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No Man’s Cup of Tea

With No Man’s Sky releasing this last week we enter the marmite period of game launch (some hate it, some love it). Once again many people stumble with the “It’s not the game I ( was looking for/ expected it to be/ was lead to believe i would get)” then appear the demands on game makers to amend/change/fix those elements that someone doesn’t like.

nomansskyIt’s strange as asking for change can vary depending on the complexicities involved. For example returning a meal as it was served cold is within the realms of acceptable demands since you expect a certain level of quality. However shouting that you didn’t like the ending/cast/ art direction of a film isn’t going to achieve anything since it’s pretty much set in stone, maybe the director’s cut maybe extended or have alternative ends, but generally you achieve nothing.

It’s peculiar how games tend to face a very different treatment. That’s not saying devs shouldn’t fix faults or address issues, but demanding more of developers, post release seems unfair, especially when the production time on games can be equal or greater than many large film productions.

Clearing up confusion

It’s clear to see that many people who thought the game was going to be something different, were they misinformed or not paying attention?
This couldn’t have been clearer in the following tweet that was posted during launch week:

There are many questions:

  • Did players make an assumption?
  • Is the single player game a dying breed these days?
  • Was there an element of lost in translation?

I have not been following the games development, as in I knew NOTHING about the game until this week. My perception is that the game launch maybe buggy a little, just like any other title. The gameplay I had watched as been fun and those playing it haven’t complained about much besides those common issues.

I haven’t bought the game myself, but I’m sorely tempted to use my Humble discount to pick up the game for the 10% off and 10% to a charity of my choice but I have so many titles in my Steam backlog it’s becoming harder to justify new titles.

Gaming hard in May

Well May is starting quite strong on the gaming front, I’ve kicked off a Diablo III character restart for the sixth season. I like the seasons in that they give me a reason to fire the game up once more, last time I had to roll a new sessional character but this one I got to restart an existing one.
I’m not a massively focused player nor do I tend to play the game with a group but I’m keen to see how the next run progresses, and attempt to complete more tasks this time around.

This week FlyinPinkMunki and I patched Elder Scrolls Online, we stumped up and bought a plus membership and then rolled two new characters. We had been discussing this for sometime and what with the Dark Brotherhood content incoming we couldn’t think of a better time to be returning. I’ve finally got around to creating an Imperial character and will let you know how we get on.

Last but not least is Overwatch which officially goes live later this month but is in open beta between the  5 and 9 with those who have preordered getting a 2 day head start. I have tried to vary the characters I play but have found that Pharah, Zarya and of course Mei are the ones I’ve favouring at the moment. I can’t wait for this game to go live as there are so many people that I follow who are playing it, if you want to add me I can be found on BT welshtroll#2579.

Finally we are still kicking around in The Division as a select few of us head towards level 20 (Yes we can blast through content but it is nice to have a regular gaming evening with some old timer clan mates). The game doesn’t do a great deal to hide the mechanics so a weekly group actually works better for me as continually play would just frustrate me.

Game Roundup 2016 week 11

The Silent Age

TheSilentAge Playability 4 | Graphics 2 | Audio 3 | Longevity 3 | Originality 4Over the weekend I completed the game The Silent Age, I’ll not lie I was a little worried that the game was a very basic Point and Click adventure and on some levels that is exactly what you get.
However you soon brush that aside as the story unfolds and you have to interact with and overcome some challenging environments (don’t worry there are no Longest Journey rubber duck puzzles).
The game is usual £6.99 and in my experience lasted between 5 and 6 hours, which includes some replay time to obtain outstanding achievements. This maybe not as cost effective as some folks would like, personally I picked the title up during the Christmas Sale on Steam so didn’t fork out the whole cost, that said it’s not far off what I would pay for the game, around £5.50.
The graphics were of suitable quality for the genre however the launcher didn’t see to be able to retain my settings so I had to reset them each time. The background music was good and the voiceover the same, there are subtitles by default which I often look for in games what with living in a household with a 6 year old.
Overall : A rather enjoyable title that I would recommend to fans of the genre who want to play something original.


Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

shadowofmordorI’ve returned to Shadow of Mordor recently as I remembered that I hadn’t really got anywhere with the main story line as I often get waylaid by gutting orcs left, right and centre. It’s trying to not let the same thing happen this time but it’s rather difficult going from A to B as I get distracted easi……. ohh look shinies. As a fan of the Assassin Creed games I’m pretty sure I had the same problem, maybe some games are just too open-world for me.

Fingers crossed I can focus on completing the main storyline and put this one to bed.

The Ship

theshipLast Friday I joined the HTMT folks in a game of murder, suspense and sneakiness, but mostly murder in vast amounts with varying objects. If you haven’t encountered The Ship before it’s like a murder mystery, only your in on the action.
In the multiplayer element of the game, once a player is opted in they are given a target to kill, but that also means someone onboard is hunting you as well. The game also employs a needs system that requires your character to perform actions that may leave them open to attack, such as reading, eating or showering.

The game is good fun in a large group but you soon become very paranoid of every other person who is near you. This usually results in you running away or butchering someone innocent with a mannequin’s arm that you picked up from a wardrobe.
Some of the maps seemed to work well, others seemed to be very focused on granting people the opportunity to kill other players. This was fine until my lack of scoring resulting in me being booted from the game and banned for 30 minutes (which was more like 90). There is a local server option can be used, which maybe the way forward next time.

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