Last Week’s Gaming

A House of Ashes lies over New Horizons

I thought I would power through a heap of gaming last week. There were eagerly awaited new titles, deliveries and time. It looked like everything was going to line up.

Yeah, not so much!

I haven’t listed them below, but I did play a bunch of Roll for the Galaxy and Blood Rage. I have already spoken about both titles a fair bit, and there isn’t too much I can add. The fact I keep coming back to these titles should tell you something – they are great games.

But that’s the games I didn’t talk about – now let’s see what I am saying about Last Week’s Gaming!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Played on – Nintendo Switch

So far I am happy with the progress of my new island, Game Room. There have been some ups and downs. I already have three expansions to my home, but a resident is already leaving.

I haven’t spent a lot of time keeping up with my island residents. This is amusing because I didn’t go back to my old island worried about neglecting them for so long! Luckily things are early enough in, I can amend my ways.

I spent a week collecting bells for turnip trading, and collecting as many items for Blathers as I can. I have spent a lot more time than I thought I would, but it has been very relaxing!

I forgot how much was involved in collecting for Blathers

Shopping to stimulate the island economy has also been a thing. The Mable Sisters store location is set and will open tomorrow. Nook’s Cranny is waiting for an upgrade, so I have been buying little things throughout the week.

I have tried to be selective. Like life, you need to prioritise paying off loans and buying stuff. At least there is no interest from Tom Nook! But try as I might, there are still some items I can’t pass up on. Like I would miss buying a board game!

Ask Rabbit – it’s hard for me to pass up a board game deal!

November 5th is coming up quicker than I thought it would. And I am back at work now (boo). But a bit of daily chipping away at Game Room will bring K.K. Slider to the island soon. At least, that’s the plan!

House of Ashes

Played on – PlayStation 5

Halloween is looming, and the scary game playthroughs have all come out to play! I have been looking forward to the third in the Dark Pictures Anthology for quite some time. Curling up on the couch, I made my way through the new story mode.

With Man of Medan and Little Hope, Supermassive Games has shown they enjoy playing with player expectations. The Dark Pictures Anthology is based on horror tropes and uses this to its advantage. You think you know what is coming up, but you can never be completely sure in your predictions.

House of Ashes puts you in charge of a group of Marines and other soldiers. For the first time, you are in charge of people with training and equipment to defend themselves. I was curious how Supermassive was going to handle the change in character position.

There are no helpless characters here

There isn’t a lot I can talk about without spoiling large sections of the game. So far, I have only finished the single-player story mode. I have a feeling this time the Movie Night mode may have more impact on the story.

Unlike Little Hope, I am keen to jump back in and play House of Ashes again to see if this is true. There are plenty of times characters moved in and out of the ‘main’ story thread, and I want to see what happened.

The way my story played out, I also can’t see how some premonitions could happen. There seems to be a lot more variety in House of Ashes than Man of Medan, the only other title I played many times.

Choices have consequences – and hidden collectibles

The end credits reveal of the series finale also has me intrigued into the future of the series. There is a definite Saw vibe from the trailer but cranked up to a ridiculous level. Next Halloween is going to be interesting!

I still think The Dark Pictures Anthology falls into ‘must play’ or ‘stay away’ for many players. While I enjoy the series, I can see why people might not.

If you have any interest in House of Ashes, my first story playthrough is up in its entirety on my YouTube Lonplays. Flick through as far as you like, and I hope it helps get you interested in the game!

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,

JohnHQLD
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