In the immortal words of one John Goblikon, “thank goblin it’s Friday!” I’m currently buried under a never-ending supply of homework, but hopefully I’ll come up for air long enough to dig in to something over the weekend.
Lately I’ve been playing the new-ish 2D horror game Claire: Extended Cut on PS4 and Vita. I received it from the folks at Hailstorm Games and ran in to a few bugs on the PS4 version that I’m working through with their sound guy.
The Vita version, however, works great.
Claire’s rad pixel art and brilliant use of color and sound takes me back to the original Silent Hill, had it been a 2D game instead. It absolutely nails the creepy atmosphere, blending unsettling textures with the shrieking and moaning of menacing monsters.
The map system was a little irritating at first, navigating a 2D game using a top-down map, but I’ve finally gotten used to it. So far it’s shaping up to be a really incredible game, and hopefully it holds that momentum throughout the rest of my adventure.
Oh, and I’m also giving away three copies of Claire: Extended Cut on PS4 today through my Twitter account! Click this link here and follow the instructions for your chance to win!
I also just started playing through the new hand-drawn Norse mythology action game Jotun (pronounced ho-tun), which reminds me a bit of The Legend of Zelda meets Titan Souls. In Jotun you control the Norse warrior Thora, whose untimely death gives her a chance at proving her worth to the Gods in order to enter Valhalla.
The game is gorgeous, with some of the screen-sized boss battles and landscapes being downright breathtaking. Thora has both a light and heavy attack at her disposal, along with a basic (see; invaluable) dodge roll. You’ll accumulate new God Powers throughout the game, like magical healing spells and throwing hammers, so combat has yet to become stale despite it feeling a bit stiff at times.
My main game right now is I am Setsuna on PS4. This Chrono Trigger-inspired turn-based JRPG by Tokyo RPG Factory has been my go-to for the last few days, and I’m absolutely loving its somber tone and all-piano OST composition. Working in tandem with its dreary winter setting, the game constantly feels lonely and depressing… because it is.
As the mercenary Endir, it’s your job to escort Setsuna, a teenage girl chosen by her village as a sacrifice, to the Last Lands. It’s a bit like Final Fantasy X in a sense, where you spend the game inching closer and closer to a character’s demise, all to avoid some sort of monstrosity taking over the world.
I’ve only managed to squeeze in about 5 hours so far, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
On the World of Warcraft front, I’ve gotten my Gnome Mage up to level 107 and my Worgen Shadow Priest up to 105. It’s been slow going, since I mainly play with my girlfriend and we’re both full-time students. Legion has been excellent thus far, though!
What about you folks? What are you getting in to this weekend?