July Gaming in Review
In summary, there was abso-fucking-lutely nothing interesting to play. Well, aside from Minecraft binging for half the month. I do still intend on finishing our castle, even though the Minecraft obsession has kind of dropped off a bit. Finding enough wool/dye and what not to complete my interior decorating plans for the rest of the keep as well as the throne room is kind of a pain. Oh and Dave built a fantastic mob grinder. In terms of indie games, both Terraria and Dungeons of Dredmore have been recommended to me ($10 and $4 respectively). I think I may give one or both of them a spin, though spending some time away from my computer to burn through my Netflix queue and catch up on some reading has been nice.
The summer slump happens every year; There will be nothing to play during the mid to late summer then, BAM. Fall hits and every single that that I have been looking forward to is released within a one to two week period come October and November. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is coming out at the end of August (cautiously interested/optimistic about it) and after that, Uncharted 3, Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations are all releasing within a week of each other. Bah. Which ones deserve a collector’s edition buy? Which ones will I buy immediately? Which ones will have to wait until December or later?
Deus Ex should be interesting in any case. It has a lot to live up to in regards of what is expected of it gameplay wise. The first game was mindblowing, one of the first of its kind to not only blend so many gameplay elements, but to present a multi-path narrative in first person form. The Witcher series, in my opinion at least, has upped the decision based storyline gameplay bar quite a bit. I am hoping that Deus Ex follows that route over the BioWare Mass Effect/Dragon Age choice system. I want my decisions to have far reaching effects on the outcome of the story and even the style of gameplay. I really like stealth games by the way.
Oh, I finally finished Final Fantasy XIII this weekend. I have been working on it on-and-off over the course of a month or two for “educational” purposes. It’s still a mediocre game in all respects; Characters, plot, gameplay, etc. I’m not really sure why I even bothered to finish it other than to scratch it off of my “list”. I pretty much went from The Witcher 2 straight to Final Fantasy XIII. The absolute best RPG that I have played in recent memory to the absolute worst. There’s such a huge gap in quality…