The dastardly weekdays have been captured, burned alive, and hidden deep within the cold womb of the ocean. And like a phoenix rising from the ashes, our temporary hero adorned in masterfully crafted mithril armor, The Weekend.
How will you be spending it?
I had a pretty relaxing week and somehow managed to stuff 72 hours in to Dragon Age: Inquisition. The main story quest is finished, though I left a few of the optional bits (like closing fade rifts and shard collecting) alone toward the end. I was more eager to jump in to the DLC instead of grinding for trophies, and knew the Inquisition was more than prepared to confront Corypheus and his archdemon.
I’ve been posting screenshots of my adventure on PS4, and man, this game still looks incredible two years later. The locales are superb, particularly the stunning water effects found along the edges of the Storm Coasts and the lush vegetation and elven architecture of the Emerald Graves. I had already thoroughly explored the game at launch, but it was like falling in love all over again. I love the cast, their banter, and the abundance of lore materials scattered about the world. It’s just an amazing game. Definitely one of my favorites.
Also, for those of you keeping score, that’s 2 games down for Four in February. Two RPGs, might I add! Having bouts of insomnia has its benefits, I suppose.
After finishing Inquisition’s story, I dove in to Jaws of Hakkon at the recommendation of fellow Dragon Age aficionado Yheela. This DLC takes the Inquisition to Frostback Basin in search of information on the previous Inquisitor, which is a super interesting concept. I’ve only managed to play around for an hour or so, but Frostback Basin is insanely gorgeous and the fade rift demons are proving to be considerably more challenging than the ones from the core game. This is good.
After Jaws of Hakkon it’s down in to the Deep Roads in Descent, and then, finally, Trespasser (which actually continues the core game’s cliffhanger finale, I hear). I’ve purposefully avoided reading in to any of the DLC packs, so I’m not quite sure what to expect.
Outside of Dragon Age: Inquisition, I played a fair bit of Double Dragon IV for a review that I’ll be working on here shortly. The nutshell version thus far is that I wish they’d gone with the far superior arcade sprites and gameplay instead of the NES. It looks and feels like Double Dragon II, which isn’t always a good thing. It’s only $7, so I didn’t expect much. I just wish it didn’t feel so shallow, I guess?
Ever since its announcement, I’ve been thinking more and more about the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online expansion for Morrowind. I’ve said it before; I love Morrowind. I also dislike Elder Scrolls Online… but I’m willing to give it another go.
Since I no longer pay for Xbox Live Gold (where I already own the basic core edition of ESO) and my PlayStation Plus subscription is still good for another year, I went ahead and picked up The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition on PS4 (which comes with all 4 of the available expansions) for $40. I wanted to get a nice feel for the game before Morrowind releases in June, so I sprang for the Gold Edition just in case I end up enjoying it this time around. I know they’ve made some drastic changes since I last played during its console launch, so anything can happen.
I mostly plan on playing solo, and after scouring the internet for leveling builds I came across this informative beginners guide by Deltia’s Gaming. Some internet friends agree that Magplar (which I’ve just found out means Magicka Templar) is the way to go, since it has ridiculous self-heal potential and can pump out some pretty good damage. I’ll be sure to document my adventure a little more next weekend once I’ve had time to create a character and get my feet wet.
Lately I’ve been wanting to revisit an MMO, since bottomless games tend to be my comfort food, but I just don’t want to pay a subscription fee. Otherwise I’d have resubbed to Final Fantasy XIV and worked on the Dragoon I abandoned at the start of Heavensward, or gotten my Alliance Warlock green fire in World of Warcraft.
I even downloaded Neverwinter on PS4 (which I enjoyed on Xbox One) for a rainy day, though it’s unfortunate that my Arc account doesn’t transition from the Xbox. It’s a free-to-play game, so of course it doesn’t.
I had already paid for character slots and heirloom leveling bags over on the Xbox, which made life a hell of a lot easier. I also have a max level Scourge Warlock and Control Wizard, and a fairly high level Great Weapon Fighter over there that’d be nice to continue playing.
Still, Neverwinter is a solid free-to-play option on consoles and I sank an absurd amount of time in to the Xbox version over the last few years. The developers do a great job at making things inconvenient so you’ll want to spend actual money on it, but even without doing so there’s a ton of free content to experience. The latest expansion Storm King’s Thunder: Sea of Moving Ice just hit consoles less than a month ago (fishing!), so I’m pretty stoked to check it out at some point. I do like that every expansion is released free of charge, which definitely makes the inconvenience sting a bit less.
I’m not sure how much I’ll actually play Neverwinter now that I’ve committed to Elder Scrolls Online, but it’s a small enough (and free) download to have sitting on the back burner for… whenever. I never got around to checking out the new-ish Oathbound Paladin class, so that’s a good incentive. I’ll probably wait until they run a double XP weekend event, which isn’t uncommon.
Outside of gaming, I finally started watching Drunk History on Hulu. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s basically a show where comedians get drunk and recount historical events to the best of their inebriated ability. While said comedian slurs their way through something like the Lincoln assassination, another group of comedians reenact a dramatization, which makes for great television. I don’t think I’ve laughed this much at a TV show since discovering The League in 2011.
So aside from a trip to the zoo on Sunday, my weekend plans are mostly focused on completing all three DLC packs in Dragon Age: Inquistion so I can jump in to Elder Scrolls Online.
What about you folks? What’s on your weekend agenda? Anyone else out there playing ESO on PS4 and want to give me some starter tips?