One of the constants of Tales of the Aggronaut is my sheer inability to keep any form of a series going for any length of time. There is a thing that I used to do semi-monthly where I trued up the regularly playing widget on my blog’s sidebar and talked a bit about the games that I have actually been playing. I would talk about the things that I was adding to the list, the things that I was for whatever reason still playing… and then talked about the things I was removing from the list and a bit about why. Unfortunately based on a quick search of my blog… this is not something that I have done since August of 2017. A lot has changed since then and a lot of games have come up and gone away, and quite frankly I am not sure how valid any sort of a comparison might be. However I wanted to get this started again. So from now on I expect to be updating these towards the end of the month rather than at the beginning of a new month. I’ve also decided to start including the platform I am playing on, since in a few cases that actually does matter a lot.
Destiny 2 – PC
I’ve been having a bit of a renaissance with Destiny 2 and I spent the vast majority of the weekend hanging out downstairs and playing it while remoted into my desktop upstairs. My nonsense Parsec setup is amazing, and this really has become my default gameplay method most of the time. I mean who doesn’t want to play sitting on the sofa, wrapped up in fuzzy blankets… with two cats snuggling into them? I got the Trinity Ghoul to drop after completing Ikora Rey’s bounty objective, and it is awesome… unfortunately I will probably never actually use it. The fact that we can only use one exotic weapon pretty much means that choice is always going to go to the Thunderlord. If they introduce some legendary HMGs into the game again… that decision might shift… but for now it feels damned good to have access to one again. For the most part I am spending my time knocking out various things that award Powerful/Prime engrams, and other than that I started leveling the Hunter last night while watching Walking Dead. The game really is in the best state it has been in period… and I am probably counting all of the awesome stuff that was available during Year 3 of Destiny 1. If you are not playing this game you owe it to yourself to check it out again.
Monster Hunter World – PC
The other primary game that I am spending most of my time playing is Monster Hunter World on the PC. This game is so much more enjoyable with a mouse and keyboard, and I have recently been grinding away for the Dante weapon and armor set that came in with the Devil May Cry cross over event. I also had no clue how often I use the term grinding… until this weekend when a Chinese Cutting Wheel and Grinder company reached out to me to see if I wanted to do a paid product placement. It is weird how things like that happen… how the gaming sphere takes a perfectly normal and reasonable word and shifts it into something else. I still have yet to get over the level 49 hump that is Tempered Kirin… but I figure in the coming week I might start devoting some of my play time towards doing that. I would really like to be uncapped again by the time the Winter Festival starts up, so that all of the time spent doing those events can bolster my hunting rank. The highlight of the weekend was the Code Red match when three of us were using Kulve Taroth Paralysis weapons… and it was shocking just how often we had the mob locked down tight… even Teostra.
Final Fantasy XIV – PC
Somewhat shocking to me… I am apparently back playing Final Fantasy XIV regularly after my extremely long absence? The last update from August 2017 was just about when I started to peel away from Stormblood, because that was also the month that I played a significant amount of Guild Wars 2… enough to probably consider it my main game back then. In the year and some change that has passed since that post… I really have not spent all that much time playing the game. I came back a few times attempting to get caught up with the main story quest, only to stall out in this place or another. However lately it has felt really good to roam around and play something like this, especially when paired with my more action oriented main squeezes of Destiny 2 and Monster Hunter World. I can only take so much of that in a single setting and need to retreat back into something slower paced… and for now at least hotbar combat works nicely for that.
Diablo 3 – Switch
Another game that I have been enjoying the hell out of is Diablo 3 on the Nintendo Switch. It is a really great platform for the game and I had never really given the console version any serious play prior to this. My only gripe is the way it requires connectivity to play seasonal characters. Essentially if you want to play these in a disconnected state, you need to have the forethought to start up a game before you leave the safety of WiFi… and then place your switch into Airplane Mode. From there the game will allow you to continue playing your seasonal character, and eventually synchronize everything when you get connected once again. This is somewhat maddening, but at least I have the ability to tether to my phone if for some reason I did not think ahead to do this thing before I left the house. I am spending a lot of my “while trying to fall asleep” time playing Diablo 3.
Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee – Switch
While I did not play much of it this weekend, I am still very much enthralled with Let’s Go Pokemon. When I last played I had just beaten the third gym and was grinding my way towards the next one. However when I get back into game I want to do some backtracking and train my Eevee with some of the silly named abilities that the mentor is offering. Based on Ashgar’s suggestions, these are apparently really good moves. This is the biggest problem that I have with Pokemon games in general, is that I never know what moves I should be allowing it to learn and what ones I should be ignoring. As a result I tend to largely favor straight damage attacks and ignore the more fiddly nonsense of raising and lowering accuracy and such. Pokemon is a game about collecting cute pets for me… and the combat nonsense is largely just something I have to deal with in order to collect said cute pets.
Fallout 76 – PC
This game is still very much on the list but I have not devoted near enough time to it. Largely this requires me to be upstairs… and since I have been spending most of my time downstairs it just isn’t getting played. I’ve also been dealing with a lot of stress and that makes me turtle and avoid doing any manner of group activity that requires voice communication. This is coupled with the fact that I don’t really have a great comms set up downstairs, and as a result simply avoid joining voice servers. I could of course go into “listen only” mode but that doesn’t really work in situations where the in game chat is not amazing. I did spend some time this weekend hanging out with Rae and walking her through the finer points of Monster Hunter World… or at least answering a bunch of the questions anyone has starting that game. I know Tam, Kodra, Shiana and Waren have been having a massively fun time running around in a big group… and as cool as that sounds… I just can’t bring myself to be that interactive. I am hoping when the private servers release that there will be a second awakening of this game and I can hop on the bandwagon at that point. In the meantime however I am playing a very quiet and crafting-centric version of the game as I expand my nifty roadside base.
Hellgate London – PC (Steam)
As generally “not good” as the Steam version of this game is… I find myself still regularly booting it up and playing around with it. I did however dig out my copy of Hellgate London on DVD, and plan on going through the nonsense to install it and get set up to use the London 2038 emulator servers to see just how well that version of the game plays. In the mean time however… it is still Hellgate London, no matter how cludgy it might be and I love this game. I am guessing this would be on my list of guilty pleasure games that no one else really understands… like Vagrant Story… or Simon’s Quest. Remember kids… Excessive game play may affect your lifestyle.
Dragalia Lost – Android
While this is not necessarily an every day thing anymore… I am still very much playing Dragalia Lost on a regular basis. At this very moment there is a special summon event going on, and I seem to have missed the guaranteed five star adventurer summon… and currently it is a wyrmprint. No one gives a shit about wyrmprints… so I will wait to use mine until the five star dragons kick in at the end of the cycle. The current event is somewhat enjoyable, but I do greatly prefer the cycles where we have a raid open and a new character that we can gain faction with. So far it seems to alternate back and forth between kill a boss and get bonus loot… and earn a new character and do a raid. Since this is a wind event and that tends to be the crew that is the least used overall… I am using it to work up their levels and have largely coalesced on using Melody the Samurai Maid as my main for the event. Admittedly I mostly like her because it reminds me of my friend PizzaMaid… only because she is a maid that kicks lots of ass as well.
Pokemon Go – Android
With the connectivity between Let’s Go and Pokemon Go… it has also spurred me to be a lot more active in this game as well. I don’t have an awful lot to say about it other than the fact that I am regularly checking what “Mons” might be around when I am out about in the world. The fact that I got a Google Wear watch has also increased this experience because I am now getting credit via Google Fit for the time when I don’t have the app open. As a result I am hatching a lot more eggs than I did previously, since it seemed inconvenient to keep the app open all of the time. Mobile games are generally a massive drain on the battery, and none are harder on it than Dragalia and Pokemon Go… so as a result I tend to play them sparingly when I am at fear of running down my battery and without a way to charge it again.
Walking Dead Our World – Android
This game is barely holding in there and since being punted from the clan I was in… a lot of my reason for playing on a nightly basis has disappeared. It was enjoyable to feel like my little bits of play were adding up to larger objectives, but without that incentive… I am just not motivated to play that often. The game has a problem of not making it really reasonable to acquire better characters or weapons. 99.9% of the activities you do will give you white cards, which might as well go straight into the dumpster. The only things worth using really are purple or orange the highest tiers, and they have tied a number of objectives to doing things with specific legendary weapons making it really hard to knock those out each week. They really want you to spend money on the game, and I feel like I am just not getting enough joy out of the game to do so. I’ve lucked my way into a few items and they were running a special where Legendary Morgan and Rick were super cheap to purchase with one of the in game grindable currencies. I fully expect however that by the time I do my next update this game will be on the outs.
There are other games that I might boot up here or there but for the most part this is the crux of games that I am playing regularly as the title of the post suggests. What are you my wonderful readers playing lately?