After a slight hiatus, here we are again. Of course, by “slight” I mean almost two years and by “here” I mean this dusty old corner of the internet. In two years have I knocked out my backlog and suddenly found myself with nothing to say? Absolutely not! During that time, though, I did play some pretty fantastic games. God of War (PS4) was a great return to form and probably my favorite game of last year. Spider-Man (PS4) was equally great and really scratched that “you want to play a Batman Arkham game, but there isn’t a new one to play” itch. That may sound like a knock, but I consider it a compliment and I am excited to see where that franchise goes next while I wait for Rocksteady or WB Montreal to stick their head out of the cave and say, “Batman is coming.” In the not-so-new category I finally played 3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3) and found that I really enjoyed the mashup of Dragon Warrior and Legend of Zelda with a lot of humor and nods thrown in to old school RPGs. I had a pretty productive two years but let us now turn towards more recent times of playing less recent games.
With Mass Effect out of the way I’ve been trying to find smaller games in the backlog to play. I’m not sure if other gamers feel the same way, but after spending a prolonged amount of time on a single game the last thing I want is to jump in to another. I played Mass Effect exclusively for over a month, so now I feel the need to play catchup on the backlog. There are other games on the stack that I really want to play, but I know once I start I’ll be in their world for a month or more. Witcher 3 (Witcher 1 and 2 also), Skyrim, and Dragon Age Inquisition are some of the top contenders on the pile calling me, but I just don’t have the fortitude right now. Thankfully, or perhaps unfortunately, there are many other games to choose from. So, what have I been playing this month?
It’s been quite a while, but then it takes quite a while for a message to travel all the way back from Andromeda. After years of waiting, Mass Effect: Andromeda finally saw release on March 21st and that’s where I’ve been since. That and doing life chores. I’ve reached the end of that journey for now and I must say it was highly satisfying. I’m not sure if it’s just the sentiment that gets the most attention, if it’s the popular thing to do these days, or if I’m genuinely in the minority but most of the chatter I had seen about Mass Effect was negative. Twice this year I’ve had this feeling with newer games (Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and now ME: Andromeda) where I’ve really enjoyed the game but the vocal gaming community seems to be on the complete other end of the spectrum.
It’s exceedingly rare for me to pre-order games with the pile of unplayed games sitting beside me at any given time. Sometimes you want to do your part to make a game appear successful and Berserk was a game I wanted to give my full financial support to. I have a very long standing love/hate relationship with the property. When I was first actively engaged in finding new anime to watch, I saw what looked like a straight-forward fantasy anime. Most of what I had seen about it didn’t really prepare me for that first episode. There was this guy with a sword that would shame even Cloud Strife just being super-pissed and crushing men, demons, pretty much anything else that got in his way for one episode. Then the entire rest of the series is a flash back to show you why he is so angry. It is NOT because someone ate the last fruit cup. But then it just ends. For the longest time (though there is a new series now) you didn’t see any more of the black swordsman and his quest for vengeance. The level of blue balls can best be described as imagine if Kill Bill had ended after the wedding flashback. You need to see The Bride kill Bill. She deserves it. I’m still waiting to see Guts get his.
It’s been almost two weeks since the last post and I am profoundly sorry. “Surely you have been productive in all that time,” you are probably saying. Why yes, I have. I finished Bioshock on Steam which is officially the first game I’ve finished in my Steam Library. Inspired by conquering the leaking, underwater city of Rapture, I moved on to conquer the leaking, less exciting faucet in the kitchen. I was rewarded with a new, non-leaking faucet and +1 to plumbing. For the purposes of this blog though, let us not dwell on basin wrenches and o-rings.
Say goodbye to another week gone. Will it eventually be remembered fondly, bringing a smile to your face as you think about that thing that happened? Or looking back months and years from now you might think, “What a shit week that was. I’m so glad that’s over.” It may be too soon to say.
It’s been a productive week on The Table Stacks. There was a lot of PS3 love starting with Warriors: Legends of Troy. With Berserk Warriors coming out in February, I felt like dusting this one off would be a good appetizer. Legends of Troy had been on my radar for a long time, but I hadn’t actually purchased until last year. This was partly because I was looking for the 360 version that was never actually released in North America. I’m a huge fan of what Koei Tecmo does, but to be honest there are only so many times you can put down the Yellow Turban Rebellion and run in fear of Lu Bu.