Another 7 days has passed, and you know what that means? That’s right, it’s time for me to ramble on a bit about what I’ve been playing and reading. On the playing front, it’s been mostly dominated by the closest thing I’ve seen to a Burnout Paradise sequel, and a few multiplayer games worth some extended looks. On the news front, a few more articles about Star Citizen, an update to the lawsuit story I found last week and one of the best games of the year finally gets an update.
Games discussed this week:
Forza Horizon 3 - (Price Vaires) Xbox One/PC
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime - ($14.99) PS4/Xbox One/PC
Mount Your Friends - ($4.99) PC
Epistory - Typing Chronicles - ($14.99) PC
I’m still plugging away at Forza Horizon 3, a game that I’ve now come to believe is the closest thing we’ll get to a sequel to Burnout Paradise. I still need to get into a multiplayer session with some friends to see if it can capture that same feeling, but from what I’ve heard from friends it definitely seems like that could be the case.
On the “new” games front, Epistory is an interesting take on the typing game that adds an interesting story as well a beautiful art style wrapped up in some tense “combat” moments that had me as riveted as any controller based action game has. If you want to read some more extensive thoughts I'll have a piece up in the next day or so.
The last few weekends, my friends and I have been spending a few hours playing some local co-op games. This week’s games included Mount your Friends, which is a perfect game to play while enjoying some pizza with buddies since it’s pass and play. The gameplay is reminiscent of QWOP, CLOP or other multi-limbed “masterpieces”. The other game we eventually played was Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, which I had played with Dan almost a year ago, and enjoyed quite a bit; however with 3 players this game hits the sweet spot. You are intrepid space explorers seeking to recover some powerful doohickey that will help you wipe out “Anti-love” from the galaxy. It’s just frantic enough that you feel like you could use one more person but never quite overwhelming.
Cool Story Bro
In an update to the story I linked a few weeks back, it appears that the developers Digital Homicide have requested both of their lawsuits be dismissed, stating their company has been “destroyed” mostly due to the fact that their games were pulled off of Steam in response to their lawsuit. While I do feel a bit bad in a general sense, this company wasn’t in the business of making quality titles. I’m just glad to know that I won’t have to worry about posting a potential negative review of a game and having the potential of my personal information being requested/released publicly. You can read about the dismissal here.
I lighter news, Stardew Valley (one of the best games I’ve played this year) FINALLY released a big update, which enables some new features in the game. The trailer for the update can be found here and the detailed patch notes are here.
Finally, Kotaku UK published a few more intriguing articles about Star Citizen as part of their week of coverage that are worth checking out, one about their “Superbackers” you can read here and a look at the troubled development of their FPS Star Marine here. I’ll continue to pine for this game until it’s actually released, but I don’t plan on playing it on a PC at this point, as we’ll most likely be turned into digital consciousness by the time it comes out.
Enough talk, go play something!