31 January 2018

13 Months

Today is the one month anniversary of saying goodbye to 2017!

Actually managed to completely finish a big game in January last year that I got in 2016 but never started ... Rise of the Tomb Raider (100% complete).  Then finished Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) and Firewatch in February (though it helps that they are shorter games).

Spent a lot of time over 2017 with Skyrim Special Edition and Fallout 4 again... and managed to get to an ending with F4 eventually without really playing too far into the factions.  I've started playing it again to see if I can achieve the Best "Good Ending" Possible (peace between Railroad, Brotherhood and Minutemen).  Both are good to step back into periodically when I finish a big game or just need to chill.

Played a lot of Stardew Valley for a while.  I've now gone as far as I can with completing actions so it's all just farming, kissing my spouse and hugging my toddlers... and buying my way into friendship with everyone in town course!

Spent a lot of time in No Man's Sky too.  I'm really impressed with how they have developed this game over the first year and beyond... other developers would've just given up when it got bad reviews.  It was always a good chill out game - just wandering about the universe naming stuff - but it's good to have something new to try out every so often.  Have started way too many new games though and not yet made it to the centre!

Speaking of games with bad reviews... also completed Mass Effect Andromeda. Would've got to 100% but for glitches so have to be happy with 99%.  Thought it was good game, even with the glitchy faces and the numerous fetch quests.  Character creation was terrible... how did they get it so right with Dragon Age Inquisition and so wrong with this one?  I did step back into DAI for a while to see if I could finish it but got frustrated trying to remember the controls.

Continued being taunted by America and Russia in Civilisation VI but managed to win more than a few games.  Looking forward to the first expansion and playing more later in the year.  I should really get to Dishonored 2 as I decided to start again at the first game last year and didn't get very far.

And I should also mention The Sims 3 I guess... yes, played a bit but eventually got frustrated with the game crashing repeatedly when I'd played for a while.  Still not interested in TS4 but, if they would remaster TS3 for 64 bit, I think I'd be one of the first to buy.  Wouldn't even care if they just re-badged it as TS5!

Now for 2018 so far...

Started Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice around new year.  It's very good but intense, so I'll pick it up again later when I have more time and energy to devote to it.  Got Northgard in early access and have played a few games (they only take a couple of hours or so)... it's like Civilisation with vikings and I'm slowly working out what I'm doing.  Also have The Guild 3 in early access but haven't played much so far.

I'm currently working my way through the AC games with Assassin's Creed complete and Assassin's Creed II at about 50%.

31 December 2016

2016, see ya!

(wouldn't wanna be ya) 

So another year is almost over ... and I'll be glad to see the back of this one.  It didn't start out the best with David Bowie dying in early January and then it didn't seem to let up, did it?  So many well known and loved people gone suddenly this year.   

Personally, it's been another tough year with my son struggling through school and life in general, and me having a few health issues (fortunately not serious, just chronic and annoying).  Things are starting to look up for the new year ... but didn't I say that last year?  

Gaming-wise I spent the first part of the year playing mostly Fallout 4, with some more Banished and Cities: Skylines.   Then in August I tried out No Man's Sky.   I hadn't seen any of the hype for this and didn't really know what to expect.  I actually found it a great chill out game but did more walking and exploring than conquering space. Ended up playing mostly on PS4, especially when ... 

My computer died (motherboard gave up).  After messing around for a couple of months I managed to get all the parts together to rebuild it myself, with a nice new graphics card and CPU to go with the motherboard.  And it worked first time (so proud of myself) ... so not all bad.

In September we had storms that knocked out power state-wide for a few hours (days for some) and dropping out phone networks.  Luckily we have gas cooking so could at least have hot food and a warm bath by candlelight. 

Picked up Civilisation VI in October and managed to win a few games, despite America and Russia taking turns at denouncing me (for being better them) and then declaring war (a sign of things to come?).  Finished off the month by starting a new game with the Skyrim Special Edition and exploring some of my favourite spots in the game.  So beautiful.

In November I bought Rise of the Tomb Raider and Firewatch but went back for some more No Man's Sky after the big update and plenty of improvement in the PC version.  Relaxed with lots of aimless wandering and chilling out in (almost) endless space.

GOG upgraded me to Witcher 3 GOTY Edition earlier this month so I decided to dive back into a new game and finally play the Blood & Wine DLC (and hopefully actually finish the game).  Got Dishonored 2 & Pokemon Moon for xmas but haven't had a chance to play either yet as I've got back into Sims 3.  Crashes, freezes and all (never changes does it).

Update: damn I forgot Pokemon Go ... how could I? So many Zubats, so little time. I did manage to catch a Kangaskhan though (only catchable Australia/NZ).  

So another year of not finishing any game I started and still not reducing my pile of shame. Better luck next year! 

31 December 2015

Before you go 2015 ...

Guess I really should provide an update before yet another year is over!

Now where was I?  Finished off 2014 playing Dragon Age Inquisition intensively and making my way through most of the main quest ... but stopping to collect everything on the way of course (lovers included).  Beautiful game and so much fun.

Started 2015 by stumbling around in Elder Scrolls Online a bit with my main character now rocking some much fancier armour than when she started.  Haven't had much chance to get back to Tamriel but hope to do so soon. I love the world - another beautiful game - and enjoy the questing and lore.  But I prefer playing solo so not keen on the multi-player side of things (though I did join a couple of really good guilds which helped a bit).  

Messed about a bit in Borderlands The Pre-Sequel though got distracted by other games and didn't really get very far.  Another one for pile of shame.  Played a lot of Banished and discovered some really nice mods for it.  Also played a lot of Civ V but couldn't really get into Beyond Earth.  Decided to try out the Assassin's Creed games and got most of the way into the first game before ...

Started on The Witcher 3 and can definitely say it's my game of the year.  Yet another beautiful game and a great story too.  Have done every little quest so far and am still sitting at around half way (at just over 130 hours).  I stopped playing until all of the free DLC came out. Also because I'm in Team Triss and waiting on the promised patch that adds more to that side of story before I continue. 

But of course then got lead astray collecting junk and building settlements in Fallout 4 (one of the few games I've played where my character actually looks better in game than in the creator - or in screenshots) ...

I also ordered Batman Arkham Knight somewhere in the middle there but ended up returning my pc version for a refund.  Now juggling post-apocalyptic wastelands of Boston with Victorian London in Assassin's Creed Syndicate and itching to send Geralt of Rivia on to the Isle of Mists to continue his (and Ciri's) story. 

What about Sims you may ask?  I managed to get Mortimer Goth and Bella Bachelor together and off to university in Sims 3 ... until my game started to Error 12, leaving them in student hell.  Not sure how I managed it but their home world is gone so I'll have to go back and start over.  So high maintenance!  But still haven't been frustrated or even bored enough to try out Sims 4. 

That's about it for my year and a bit of games (though there are plenty more I've played but haven't mentioned ... and far too many still on my pile of shame).  Personally, it's been a bit of a crap year for various reasons (hence my longer than intended absence) but there's finally light at the end of the tunnel. 

So here's to 2016 being a fantastic year!