Just some quick hits for today.
I finally, for the first time, beat The Witcher. My previous two attempts both fell short due to mass bugs (at release) and a comp change (a few months ago). Now, on the new PC, with the enhanced edition, I was actually able to sit down, focus, and finish it. I still believe it’s one of the better RPGs to come out in recent years, and the story itself is pretty fantastic. If the sequel is nothing but more of the same (with more inventory space please), I’d be one happy gamer.
I have Heroes of Might and Magic 6 on pre-order, but that was delayed until September. I did a little research into the game over the weekend, and it’s looking very solid. Hopefully the multiplayer is Heroes 3-ish. If it is, I expect many early mornings lost to ‘just one more turn’. Heroes has long been one of my all-time favorite TBS series, right up there with Civilization.
Finally, the HBO series Game of Thrones has so far been some great viewing. I’ve not read the books (I know), so everything that is happening is new to me, and the plot twists so far have been interesting. I’d normally start watching something like this on DVR right as the series ends, but I’m hooked right now and have been watching the episodes on Sunday when they come out. Good stuff.
As for Rift, 1.2 could be a make or break patch for me. If the nerf to dungeon difficulty is as extreme as it sounds, I’m not sure how long the game will hold my attention. The overworld stuff (questing, rifts, invasions, etc) is already themepark easy, leaving only the dungeons as challenging content to push players (themepark PvP is a joke IMO, and hence does not count). If those become AoE-fest speed-runs of exploding loot-piñatas tuned to the lowest PUG group, no thanks.