Little bit of “what I’m playing” time.
I wrapped up XCOM 2, but don’t have a whole lot else to say about it. I enjoyed the game, but I think it came out at the wrong time for me, as I wasn’t really hyped for another TBS game (too much Age of Wonders 3 and Endless Legend lately). Spoiler alert about the ending: I don’t get it. I mean I get that the Elders are dying and looking for a cure, but how does the Avatar project fit into that, and more specifically, all of the stuff said during the final mission? I do like the hint about the deep terror, though again does that fit at all into the story that was presented? (In my defense, I was incredibly sick most of the time I played, so maybe my brain missed like 90% of the story details…)
I also picked up the two DLC pieces for Cities:Skylines. More ‘stuff’ is generally always good in a city builder sim, but here the implementation isn’t perfect. The nighttime stuff is great, no complaints, but the snow addition is pretty hit/miss. On the one hand, the snow falling effect and the change to your city looks good, and the need for snow plows and seeing them clear roads is also pretty cool. The problem however is that the snow aspect only works on snow maps, and if you pick such a map, your city is always in winter time. After a bit, everything being white is kind of a pain, and ultimately I went back to a normal map. That means no snow stuff, but you still get the new trams. Decent, but hard to justify the cost of the DLC. Hopefully a future patch or even a fan mod makes winter something that comes and goes, rather than being a full-time thing (I understand currently its a technical limitation around having to change out or load so many art assets.)
Finally, I’m back playing FFXIV. As the wife won’t realistically have time to play it anytime soon, we closed her account for now and I’m moving ahead. I hit level 49 last night, and I’m very much looking forward to hitting the old level cap and finishing up the main story before moving on into the expansion.