Oh man! So much has happened since my last update. Hell, a lot has happened since my last review even. For the few months, my mother has been suffering in the hospital with heart and lung issues. I’ve been spending all of my free time up there with her, so I’ve had little time to dedicate to this page. On October 27, her suffering ended and sadness was felt by all who knew her. I know this has little to do with video games, but I just wanted to get that off my chest.
The games I’ve been playing are a shocking lot. I’ve been sent quite a few graphic novel games, which is pretty crazy because they require oh so much time to get through them. In an RPG, you can usually skim over the text, and skip the non-essential filler talk, but in a genre where the “game” is the spoken word, or written text, it becomes much more time consuming. I’ve got a good handful of these that I will most certainly be reviewing, but I believe the first that will hit the site is the one with the most actual gameplay peppered throughout the story. That game is Corpse Party: Blood Drive. Man, I want to start writing about it here and now, but then I’ll have spoiled the entire review. Listen, if you liked the first Corpse Party on PSP or the sequel on the same system, just go buy this game. Don’t wait for my review. The transition to polygonal sprites is actually not as bad as the screen shots make it out to be. The flashlight casts real-time shadows and it is used to fuck with you in the best possible ways. People online have said that the game’s story, including the 7 bonus chapters, takes roughly 25 hours to complete, so if length is an issue, this one’s got you covered.
I bought Organ Trail, and I love it. I made it to Safe Haven on my first time through and only had to put down one of my allies. I murdered tens of innocents who were just trying to survive themselves, but those grocery bags are mine, dammit! I never played Oregon Trail back in the day because whenever I got to use the computer, I was trying to learn how to program. I never really did get to use the computer at school that much, and never got the game on our home PC. Organ Trail is a perfect tongue-in-cheek parody of the original though. Just look at the trailer for the game to see what I mean. Organ Trail Trailer: https://youtu.be/CobETV5QeHE
On the PC side of things, I’ve been getting back into Guild Wars 2. So so much has changed, and for the longest time, I felt lost. I’ve got my bearings back, but now Heart of Thorns came out and changed everything…for the better. If an MMO came out using the “Mastery System” that GW2:HoT uses, I’d be all over it. Basically, there is no advanced leveling beyond the game’s original 80 levels. Everything is 100% lateral in that you pick and choose which skills you want to learn, and then go out and adventure, do missions, help out locals, etc, and all the XP you would have earned before are now put toward the current skill you chose. Once you level the skill to max, you can spend these mastery points on them to learn the new abilities. Of course, there is some linear design because you have to learn a few basics such as gliders and mushroom bouncing before you can learn how to take advantage of updrafts and possibly learning the language of the local people so that you can trade with their vendors. All told, I’m having a blast exploring the Maguma Jungle, and I hope to see more games take on this style of “leveling”.
Well, there it is. I have some other things I’m playing in the background, like Disgaea 5 and the aforementioned graphic novels. I’ve also gotten my hands on a Surface Pro 4 for an extended use. I will likely be reviewing this device as well.