Previous post was in July huh, yikes. I have been gaming, just not writing about it, so lets me put some words down now and fix that.
The Battle Brothers expansion, Blazing Deserts, is out. Surprise, its awesome, and I was very happy to see it was on the Steam top seller list on release day. The devs deserve it with how long the game has been supported. Crazy to think at one point they considered the game ‘done’, before enough fans convinced them to release more DLC.
The expansion itself is a basic ‘more stuff’ expansion; more starting setups, more enemies and events, another end-game crisis, new equipment, backgrounds, and locations. They hit the desert theme perfectly, and I’m enjoying fighting the new enemies. Right now I think my favorite change is to the battle maps, as instead of generic maps for everything, now you fight on a map that reflects what you are doing (graveyards, bandit camps, fortress ruins, etc). The new scenery and obstacles don’t overpower the map or make for gimmick fights, but do change things up and visually are a real treat.
I played a bit of Far Cry 5, as it went on a deep sale on Steam. It’s a Far Cry game, so if you liked previous versions you should enjoy this one. The map is huge and beautiful, the story a bit too close to real in the age of the Trump Cult, and gameplay wise its just brainless enough to be relaxing. I’m sure I’ll get back and finish the main story at some point, but it’s on pause for now.
I also tried Minion Masters, a PC clone of Clash Royale. It plays as expected, but its not sticking with me as it lacks any real sense of progression (cards don’t have levels like in CR, so once you have a good deck, you feel ‘done’). Not a bad game by any means, just not good enough to get a lot of my time with so many other options.
What is getting a decent chunk of my time, aside from Battle Brothers, is League of Legends and Mighty Party. LoL is that perfect “play one game a day” title, and I’ve also been watching a lot of their eSport matches as I find them incredibly entertaining and the production value is top-notch. Mighty Party I just enjoy the progression grind and the core combat gameplay, plus its the perfect game to have running in the background as you work from home.
I’m also still playing the occasional online game of Lords of Waterdeep or Carcassonne with friends. Both are just fun boardgames to play on the PC while chatting on discord.
I tried Crowfall again as it went into beta, but I still find the core gameplay to be very subpar, especially the floaty combat. It has its audience, but I don’t think I’ll be in it unless something major happens with its core feel.
Coming up we have Crusader Kings 3, which I want to go into blind and just see what happens, and Necromunda, which I am really hoping is a great game to play with friends in 1v1 and 2v2 matches.