Originally published at: https://statelyplay.com/2019/01/25/stately-scrying-what-were-playing-this-weekend-31/
Okay, so scrying took a month off, but we’re back now and that’s what really matters, no? Hello? Okay, I get it, you’ve moved on. You’ve started reading what other non-professional, second-rate gaming blogs are doing this weekend. It’s okay. I understand. That said, can’t you make room in your weekend-prognostications for little ol’ Stately Play? I think (hope) you can.
Against my better judgment, I’ve decided that 2019 will be the year I get into Destiny 2 on PC. I’ve got a couple friends who play a lot, and I figure I can use their knowledge to get me through the mountain of inscrutable jargon and submechanics caked onto what seems to be a pretty fun loot-n-shoot. I know some folks here have some experience with the game, too, so any advice is welcome.
Borderlands 2 and Silent Abyss
I’m playing a lot of Borderlands 2 like it’s 2012. Can it be 2012 again? On iOS I’ve been messing around with Silent Abyss. I like the two-character gameplay and how card-modification works. It’s not the best roguelike deckbuilder on mobile but it’s well worth $1.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Legends of Andor, Bridge Constructor: Portal, Golan ’73, and War Chest
I’m still assassinating my way through Ancient Greece on PS4 (which is really making me want to go on a Mediterranean cruise some day), and will doubtless continue this weekend. Recent iOS acquisitions of Andor and Bridge Constructor: Portal are offering me novelty on the iPad. Fortunately, my weekend need not involve Super Smash Bros; a neighbor brought that over last night, and my kids got so worked up playing it my daughter had to take a shower afterward. I’d been considering a purchase, but even the kids clearly found it too intense.
On tabletops, everything’s coming up Milhouse. I rearranged furniture so I now have a good space to do solo gaming without resorting to the basement, so I’m finally making progress on learning GMT’s FAB system with Golan ‘73. My son gave me the gift every gaming dad wants, by pulling out my recent acquisition, War Chest, asking to learn the game, then immediately asking for a second play. So War Chest is aces in my book, and I’m hoping for more. I’ll need to find better ways to handicap it, though, because I kind of murdered him.
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for PC, Xbox, Playstation
- Legends of Andor for iOS Universal, $5
- Legends of Andor for Android, $6
- Bridge Constructor Portal for iOS Universal, $2
- Bridge Constructor Portal for Android, $5
- Bridge Constructor Portal for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $10
Divinity: Original Sin 2
I’m trying to get through all those games that I’ve once started and put back on the shelf. Kerbal Space Program was the latest, but this week I got the RPG bug and decided to pick up one that had earned raves when released, and I ignored due to its lack of a Mac version. Well, it’s still not out on Mac (it should be soon), but I have a Windows desktop now, so I’m playing it there. It’s…good. I think. I mean, the world is insanely detailed and the graphics are ridiculous considering my last big RPG experience was back in the Infinity Engine days.
I still don’t have my head wrapped around the world’s mechanisms. Like, what attributes do what to what skills and whatever. It’s definitely not D&D. I’m also having issues that come from being old and having kids. You just can’t get into a game this big in 15-30 minute chunks, so trying to get epic-length play sessions in is tough. I get tired. Seriously. Thus, things are beginning to drag, and I’m still in the first area with no clue of how long it will take me to escape. Oh, and the 3D camera is, for some reason, causing nausea even though it’s not a first player game. I hate my life.
Anyway, it seems awesome and I’m going to try and get as far as I can before reporting back next Friday.