So what are you playing now? Besides Lego, that’s something we have in common: a fondness for video games.
I’m not playing anything at the moment since I have quite a bit that I’m working ( and playing ) on but over the past month I’ve been immersed in a few titles.
The one I have been playing the most is Dungeon Siege 3 on PS3. I have played all the previous flavours of DS so it was inevitable that I would play this one eventually. The franchise keeps moving around and is under the Square Enix umbrella now, and it their stink has rubbed off on it for sure. It’s still a real time dungeon crawler, with a few big additions and some major omissions. You can’t create your own character anymore, you get a stock set of 4 to choose from, the upshot is there is a lot more customized character dialogue. You can only have one companion at a time, the upshot is there is less loot to deal with. There is no pets or armour sets but gear still has a pretty complex set of values if you like to twitch out on stat boosting. The loot table is decent, most of it is just more coins and vendors occasionally have great scores.
The textures are lovely, combat is fun and it’s more than just clicking through. There is some interesting strategies that you can employ and many ways to tailor the game to your style. If you like to tank right through stuff then there is a guy for you. If you like to kite and dash then there’s a stat combo as well. The stat ladder is pretty good, you can’t max out everything so you have to choose. There is quite a lot of decisions in the game as well and your actions really impact how the story plays out, whether you are merciful, ruthless, pragmatic or mercantile, more so than other karma based games I’ve previously played.
Big annoyances are no overall map and no real progress meter. I don’t know how far through the game I am. Nice touches are all the great references and nods to the previous titles. You revisit some familiar places and see how they have changed over a couple of hundred years and see the impact your ‘character’ had on the Kingdom of Ehb. That was thoroughly boss of them and added a great layer of depth to the game.
I’m a couple of worlds into playing De Blob 2 on the Wii. I didn’t finish all of De Blob one but really enjoyed it. I think I got about halfway through. The timer issue really grates me with this game, especially if you are trying to figure out an essential minigame at the end of a level, you run out and then you have to start the whole kaboosh over. This is one of the few instances that I employ a cheat code if needed and give myself a time boost. I simply don’t have the time to do a half hour level a few times. Besides this huge irk, the game is lovely and there is a great new minimap objective compass addition.
Also playing one of my favourite games, Tunnels of Doom. It’s from 1982 on the TI99/4A though I’m playing it on the Classic99 emulator. It took a few different experiments to find one that allowed writing to disk which is key as you really need to save your game in this one. This is one of the very first graphical rpg dungeon crawlers and I find it easily holds up. There is a remake that some fans made a few years ago that has updated graphics, but the basic 8 bit look with this one makes the game so pure for me and I fill it with my own imagination.
What are you guys playing?