Quick post today, just to officially start the “back in the office” blogging era.
Humble Bundle had a deal on PC games base on board games, like Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, and Pathfinder Adventures. Overall I’m happy with the purchase, but playing the digital versions of the games isn’t all rainbows.
For starters, Carcassonne has a super-annoying bug with achievements, where it doesn’t remember what you have earned. The result? Because some of the achievements will always happen (make your first city, or your first road), you get spammed with them every single game. Very annoying, and just drives the point home that not every game needs or is made better by achievements.
Pathfinder Adventures on the other hand is the definition of a game that, at all times, has me questioning whether I’m actually having fun, which means I’m not. The game is ‘fine’, but I found I was closing it down after every single game, win or lose, until I just realized I probably should stop opening it in the first place.
The digital versions also play much faster than the physical versions, which is convenient, but leads you to finding the flaws or annoyances much faster. Plus physically playing with real humans leads to general interaction, and without that the games feel kinda sterile. It’s not that their bad, it’s just that they’re not as good as ‘pure’ videogames in most cases, even with the option for online play.