Since tomorrow is my 35th birthday and I just finished up the first week of Fall semester classes, I’m sure I’ll be diving in to something fun this weekend to give my brain the ol’ recharge.
2D claymation adventure game Armikrog releases Tuesday for PS4, and the folks over there were kind enough to spot me an early copy for review purposes. I’m under embargo until then, but I finished the game and its accompanied review last night, so expect it to go live Tuesday morning.
I’m currently playing through Adr1ft, which is quite good so far. It’s a first-person game where you control the lone survivor of a space station explosion as they drift around in space, alone, hunting down clues and oxygen containers. The oxygen system adds a neat sense of urgency, which is a nice touch. That, combined with the game’s zero gravity exploration, provide a bit more depth than you’d typically see in other first-person narrative games, like Gone Home or Firewatch.
A concern I had going in was the control scheme, but the developers seem to have nailed the whole floating around in space vibe. Using a combination of the analog sticks and shoulder buttons, you can ascend and descend, rotate, and propel yourself forward, so it’s very intuitive thus far.
There’s a really great flash sale going on over at the Playstation Store, if you’re looking for something new to play. I picked up the Game of the Year Edition of Dragon Age: Inquisition for around $15, which is a steal considering that’s the price for each of the game’s 3 DLC campaigns. The only downfall is that it’s entirely digital and weighs in around 70gb altogether. Ouch.
I’m debating on grabbing some new Vita stuff as well, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. Another World: Anniversary Edition, Norn9: Var Commons, Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~, Amnesia: Memories, Saturday Morning RPG, Soldner-X2: Final Prototype Complete Bundle, and Hyperdimension Neptunia: ReBirth 3 are sitting in my cart right now, which, including Dragon Age, is about the cost of a single full-price retail game. Seems reasonable, and I’ve been curious about the Vita’s otome scene for a while now.
Plus, it’s either spend the $60 on those or use it to grab I Am Setsuna + either Hyper Light Drifter, Firewatch, or Oxenfree. Either way, I’m in good hands.
I’ve been chipping away at Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate on Vita, which I also received for review. I don’t have much attachment to the franchise, having only put a mere 2 hours in to the Wii release, and so far I’m not sure how I feel about the celebratory 20th anniversary Vita release.
The dungeon mechanics are interesting, where you move along tile by tile. Enemies move along with you, so there’s a deep sense of strategy involved in luring and defeating monsters without painting yourself in to a corner.
It’s a bit like the PSone hidden gem Azure Dreams, but dying in Shiren is a major setback. I’m really not a fan of this, though I know it’s what draws the series’ diehards back for each release. You can store items, gear, and gold back in town, but anything on your person when you die (including all of your levels and XP) is gone forever. So yeah, you can go three hours and die, and then feel like you’ve accomplished absolutely nothing.
The sprite-work is fantastic though, as is the soundtrack, so my overall enjoyment is going to boil down to just how much permadeath I can handle before rage quitting. We’ll see.
Another game I’ve been juggling is Insomniac’s Song of the Deep, which I really like. I’ve only played for about two hours, but it’s gorgeous and feels like an underwater Metroid game. You play as a girl in search of her missing father, exploring the 2D depths of the ocean with your rickety submarine. There’s a neat storybook narrative, similar to Child of Light, with lots of great scenery to take in and deadly creatures to battle. It’s a nice change of pace, that’s for sure.
This is the last week before WoW’s new Legion expansion hits, so I’m sure I’ll be partaking in the pre-expansion invasion events. It’s been a great way to familiarize myself with all of the class changes, and I’m really enjoying my Moonkin, Fire Mage, and Fury Warrior. The most recent quest chain had me accompanying Khadgar to Karazhan and Ulduar, which are my two favorite raids of all time. The lead up to Legion has been fantastic so far, and I’m beyond excited to start my adventure toward level 110 on the 30th.
What about you folks? What are you getting in to this weekend?