Last Week’s Gaming

Quacks state the Lion has Resistance to Ace Attorney

Another week down, another week of more gaming than I thought I did, but less than I wanted. That doesn’t make last week bad at all. Gamescom had quite a few trailers that raised my eyebrows, and a long-awaited Kickstarter arrived. Win!

It looks like I might not have enjoyed a few games this week, as I don’t go into a lot of detail for most of the games. That’s definitely not the case, it’s just I didn’t have a lot of detail to go into for most games.

You will see what I mean as you read on and see what I did get up to last week. Next week, there will be another post (or two fingers crossed) so keep an eye out for them!

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

Board Game Geek Link – Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

Two weeks and two scenarios down. 5 ‘introduction’ scenarios teach you the full Gloomhaven rules, so we are almost halfway through the rules! 

This ‘play this portion of the new rules’ system is working really well. There was very little of the first set of rules I needed to go back over. The reason was simple – we had all played and questioned any of those rules in the first game.

New elements were introduced to the gameplay, including randomised monster actions, traps and, of course, treasures! That said, the adventure was still ‘Walk in, smash everyone’, so it’s hard to sound overly excited about.

Traps and Treasures and Enemies. Still a learning room though.

Having flicked through a lot more of the rules and such in Jaws of the Lion, there are 5 teaching scenarios with 20 more playing the complete ruleset.

So it looks like three more weeks of learning, then a ‘full’ campaign game over the next few weekends. What a terrible situation to be in!

The Quacks of Quedlinburg

Board Game Geek Link – The Quacks of Quedlinburg

It has been quite a while since we played Quacks of Quedlinburg. It has been even longer since I played with my own copy. How can I tell? Well, my upgraded tokens are still sitting in a bag and not in my game!

There is nothing ‘wrong’ with the cardboard tokens, I just miss the acrylic ones

Quacks was a good call from Alpal. After the second Jaws of the Lion scenario, sitting back in a game that you primarily concentrate on your own board was an excellent mental break.

Well, it started that way. By round 6, looking at your neighbour’s board led to wondering just how much you need to push to get that bonus.

If that bonus means I can push up the starting drop, I will almost always take it!

It’s easier to hit the higher points when you start halfway through the board!

I am hoping for another round of Quacks this weekend, possibly with The Herb Witches expansion. I haven’t tried that yet, and what better time to check if I should upgrade my tokens than integrating an expansion?

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Played on – PlayStation 5

So last week, I talked about how I was almost finished the second Phoenix Wright game Justice For All. I thought I might have to play the case twice, as there is a trophy for getting the ‘bad’ ending in the last episode.

Well, the good news is I didn’t have to replay too much at all. Enzo decided to help me select evidence to present, and I clicked on the wrong piece. So, thanks, Enzo?

My mind instantly starting playing the Johnny Cash version of ‘Hurt’

I am looking forward to the final collection in the trilogy called Trials and Tribulations. Get a little closer to another Platinum trophy! Still, I am also a little over Phoenix Wright right now. 

The problem is, it’s been great to play a game that makes you think but hasn’t required dexterity to play. Looking at my backlog collection, there is a revised title that I think will fit the bill… 

Terminator: Resistance – Enhanced Edition

Played on – PlayStation 5

2019 feels like an eternity ago, but it was only two years ago I Platinumed and reviewed the PS4 version of Terminator: Resistance. A great piece of fan service, but firmly in the ‘OK’ game category. This is a pity because many target audiences missed an enjoyable experience looking for ‘Great’ games instead.

Well, right now, that’s precisely the level of game I want to play. I need the rest, but I still want to enjoy myself. And the Enhanced Edition has a new game mode that puts you in the role of a Terminator. The piece that was missing in the original!

A game set after Judgement Day. Explore locations from T2!

I planned to jump straight into the new Infiltrator mode. The game had other ideas – it looked like I had to finish the original story first. But after firing the game up after that first session, it seems like I could start Infiltrator mode.

I’m going to hold that off for a little bit, though. The main game is solid, and I did enjoy playing it. It’s also short enough to use the campaign as a palate cleanser before finishing Phoenix Wright.

Just walk through the right door, and watch No Hope pop

Well, that’s the plan. Plans can change after all. Will I try and Platinum Terminator: Resistance again? Right now, I would say probably. I already have the ‘hardest’ trophy of the base game, No Hope. 

What makes this trophy the hardest? Planning. You have to lockpick a specific door about halfway through the game, and it’s the first door I found requiring level 3 lockpicking.

It all comes down to what I need to do for Infiltrator mode, but I am looking forward to playing as a Terminator.

Those teeth still creep me out

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until next time,

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