I am all over the map right now when it comes to video games. I am in this weird holding pattern where I am playing a ton of different games, but none of them for terribly long in a single sitting. I also managed to garbage out my left pinky this weekend which is making typing surprisingly painful. Right now my average night involves at least one Kulve Taroth match in Monster Hunter World, and then flipping over Destiny 2 to try and score another powerful/prime engram for the evening. From there I bounce all over the place… lately that has included some time spent in The Division which actually lead me to hit the level cap of 30 and start unlocking end game activities. One of the things that I loved about this game was just how detailed its world was, in that it felt like a real place that I was going to visit. Yes I realize it was patterned off of New York… but I have supposedly visited New York in a bunch of different games and this was the first time it really felt like an actual place. The game looks gorgeous at 4k… but then again so far MOST games look gorgeous at 4k.
I poked my head into Neverwinter as well this weekend and finally claimed my Purple Owlbear mount from Twitch. This game has a lot of positive things going on, but it is an inventory management nightmare… which ultimately prompted my little burst of posts on twitter. Inventory Management is just not something that is fun… and out of the tons of favorites I only got one person who chimed in stating that they actually like cleaning their inventory. There are games where having a nonsense inventory is enough to make me log right back out, and many times… I feel this way about Neverwinter. Side note another game that I often feel this way about is Everquest II because so much of what ends up dropping is not terribly useful, and when you can have bags that are getting close to 100 slots each… you can carry around a lot of junk. I think the theory is that people get excited when they see loot… but that excitement quickly passes when you realize that 99.9% of the stuff that drops is useless crap.
Which leads me to Path of Exile… a game where the common practice is to install a loot filter so you just don’t see the useless shit you shouldn’t be looting in the first place. I am using the NeverSink filter, largely because it seemed to be the one that was most widely recommended. I will say however… it does greatly improve the experience… even though that I still feel like inventory space is a nightmare in this game. I spent way more time this weekend playing POE than I expected, and I will say that the game has gotten significantly more enjoyable once I crossed the line into Act II. Unfortunately I didn’t take many screenshots this weekend… especially now that I apparently unleashed an ancient evil and blotted out the sun. POE comes in both Grim and Dark flavors… but apparently I shifted into Grim Dark mode. The other issue that I have with POE is that my character looks stupid… which I realize is fixable if I drop a bunch of money on the cosmetic shop. Right now I am wearing a leather diaper, plate booties, a metal old-timey football helmet… while wielding a camp axe and a cabinet door for a shield. This is not a good look on anyone… and no matter how much gear I swap out I seemingly cannot get rid of the diaper.
Lastly I am still spending quite a bit of time before falling asleep each night playing various mobile games and one of the ones that I am finding myself enjoying in spite of it not making any sense… is Lineage II Revolution. During the podcast I talked a bit about this and apparently I completely missed the whole cookie clicker like games thing. Games that play themselves are apparently a genre… and this one is weirdly enjoyable. What I found odd though is once I hooked up ADB to play the game mirrored on PC from my phone… it had built in support for WASD so in theory… this game was designed for a PC interface? I am legitimately wondering about trying this through an emulator like Memu and mapping it in a fashion to allow for keyboard and mouse play. At the moment you can do that… but it means you are clicking buttons on the screen instead of having things bound to mouse buttons/keys. It is weirdly entertaining… but it isn’t like I can actually suggest it as a “good” game. It is pretty and some stuff is happening on screen but I am largely just letting it play itself since mobile controls are garbage. Maybe that is the way these games are getting around that fact… letting the game navigate for you and then just hit attacks periodically in a sort of on rails shooter type experience.