It’s been a bit since I’ve checked in on my other favorite pastimes: playing video games! Here’s what I’m currently exploring and enjoying:
SLAY THE SPIRE
This is my go-to game when I need something quick I can pick up and put down easily, or when I’m just not in the mood for anything that’s going to be weighty or taxing. SLAY THE SPIRE is a deck-builder, perfect for fans of games like DOMINION or ASCENSION. Your goal is to go through a series of “rooms” and climb to the top of the tower; in each room, there might be monsters, vendors, or random events. You start the game with a standard deck of attacks and blocks that you can play to, you guessed it, attack and block. Every time you win, you get to choose one of three cards to add to your deck to make it stronger. It’s incredibly easy to pick up and incredibly addicting. I guess I should count my blessings that it hasn’t made its way to mobile.
This is a game in the vein of DARK SOULS – ie. killing monsters earns you currency, which you will lose whenever you die, so you’re praying to make it to a place where you can spend your money on upgrades before you die. It’s a little more forgiving than DARK SOULS, since it gives you a companion on your journey who will help fight the bad guys and who has a one time revive to use on your between save points. I’ve almost beaten this one, and really enjoyed my time with it.
DEVIL MAY CRY 5
This is my first DEVIL MAY CRY game, and I have a love-hate relationship with it. I love slashing demons, and that slashing demons cues a heavy rock track. It’s absurd and over the top and full of angsty guys saving the world with giant swords. What I DON’T love is the hypersexualized women, which unfortunately are par for the course in this kind of game.
EARTHLOCK: FESTIVAL OF MAGIC
At the end of the summer, I had arm surgery, which meant there were a number of weeks where I had to limit myself to games I could play one-handed. Enter EARTHLOCK, an indie JRPG-style game where combat was turn-based, and thus easily maneuverable with one hand. It’s a cute “go on a quest to save the world” style of game that made my convalescence a little more bearable. Now that I’m back to two-handed games, this has fallen on the backburner a little bit, but I’d love to finish it!
ASSASSIN’S CREED: ORIGINS
I FINALLY finished AC: SYNDICATE a few weeks ago, so I have allowed myself to jump to the next game in the series, AC: ORIGINS. I’m only one game behind now, woohoo! Playing this one has been…interesting. ASSASSIN’S CREED had a very specific formula for years, and though there were occasional tweaks, you could count on the controls to be a certain way and for combat to be a certain way, etc. AC: ORIGINS changes a ton of things to try and bring the franchise closer to the modern “open world” games, and I’m still figuring out how I feel about those changes. One thing is for certain though, there is no denying how GORGEOUS the graphics are. I absolutely love clambering over the terrain, scaling rock walls, seeing a sandstorm roll in, it’s all incredibly beautiful. And then you stab someone with a dagger and remember where you are.
That’s what I’m currently playing. What are the rest of you up to?