Last Week’s Gaming – March 2nd, 2020

You know those weekends when everything catches up with you?

I have had a lot on this week, culminating in not too many games being played 🙁

Honestly though the downtime was needed, and I had a great time on the couch and pottering. I even started watching Altered Carbon Resleeved, the second season. While we are only a couple of episodes in, it is grabbing me just like the first season.

I also started watching Picard. I stopped watching the first episode about 2/3rds of the way in, because I really want to watch it with Rabbit.

But you aren’t here to find out what I think about TV shows – on to the games!

One Deck Dungeon – Steam

Look, I made no secret how much I have been playing this lately 🙂 I only played a couple of times this week, and I ‘lost’ my gauntlet run 🙁 For no good reason other than the challenge, I want to get through all five bosses in one run. I am nowhere near that level yet 🙂

But I am still having fun with it, and that is what counts. It was only timing that stopped me from playing any more this week. Well, that, and a little game I have had in my ‘To Play’ list for a while called Thronebreaker…

A quick run, and my first dungeon complete with the mage 🙂 Look at all those progression points 😀

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales – GoG.com

I love the Witcher, my hesitancy on playing The Witcher 3 notwithstanding. However, I am pretty sure I worked out why I am hesitant – more about that later this week 😀

The idea behind Thronebreaker is pretty good. It’s an isometric open world(ish) adventure game where you play as Queen Meve of Lyria and Rivia. There is a story that unfolds (avoiding spoilers, not trying to be coy) and you resolve combat with Gwent, the side game introduced in The Witcher 3.

Just like The Witcher games, there are decisions to be made and consequences for all of those choices. There is a good chance Thronebreaker might become my ‘I want a break’ game at lunch at work, but we will see.

I might not talk more about Thronebreaker quickly, but it has been bumped up on my ‘I want to finish this’ list.

An adventure roll playing game that uses Gwent for comabt

PC Building Simulator

I have known about PC Building Simulator for a while, and even talked about it in Early Access. Initially I thought it was just a cheap way to safely play with building different PC builds and things like overclocking.

I was kind of right, but there is more to it. After watching some people talk about it, and getting ready to write up some tech pieces soon, I thought I would give it a go.

And I got REALLY sucked into the story mode. Basically you take over a failing PC repair shop that has been run into the ground. You start with basic jobs like cleaning PCs and removing viruses, but soon you get to fix and build new dream machines. While not 100% accurate, the process of diagnosis and building is surprising spot on.

I was surprised how much I got into the story mode

And the best part? For me, it was just a kick back and relax experience for the first couple of hours. I wasn’t challenged until I got a few weeks in, and the AMD mix with vague customer wishes actually made me look up what was compatible with what. And not game walkthroughs – I was looking at AM4 motherboard spech sheets for the info!

Not for everyone, but I will play more of this in a couple of weeks just to see how far I can go in the story.

Roomba: First Blood

I almost didn’t put this on the list today, because I was not in a fit frame of mind to play games. I did go through the eStore sale and buy a few games, and Roomba for $6 was on the list.

A game I had seen a bit at PAX at the Samurai Punk booth, so much about the premise just amuses me. You play a Roomba that defends your house from intruders. Yes, you read that correctly 🙂

You can pick up weapons and ram into robbers, or hack different appliances around the home to trap them. When you defeat them all, you have to clean as much of the house as you can before your humans get home.

I played the first level, and I enjoyed it. I will play it more when I am a bit more with it, maybe next week.

Stealth action from a perspective I would never have seriously considered

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 tomorrow,

JohnHQLD

The Mandalorian and The Witcher 3 Switch release dates and more!

So many things going on!

So the relative drought of games releases lately is coming to an end. Gamescom announcements have been flying by my periphery this morning, and I don’t have the time to watch them all as they happen. Stupid day job :p

The Witcher 3 Switch Release Date Revealed

One notification that did grab my attention though was a hard release date for The Witcher 3 on Switch. October 15th is the day. The Tuesday after PAX Aus in fact. I don’t know why they didn’t highlight this in the new trailer though?

For me, I don’t know about buying it on Switch though. And it’s nothing to do with ‘graphical downgrade outrage’ or anything of the sort.

I have it on PC, and I still have to play it. I planned to replay the trilogy, maybe even recording the gameplay, but the timing is sucking. I also bought it on PS4 to try out console controls for the series. My planning was trying to work out if I played Cyberpunk 2077 on PC or Console.

Getting it on the Switch might mean I get to play it. Even though I wanted to finish Final Fantasy X by now, the fact I have been able to take it with me or play it on the couch means I am about 20 hours further in than I would be. And that’s the appeal of ‘Switcher’ for me – I will finally get to play it!

Disney+ is coming to Australia in the first run – and it brings The Mandalorian!

In another bit of news released recently, the new streaming behemoth Disney+ has a launch date. And that date is November 12th.

Usually, I would be looking at the date and thinking “That’s nice. The US gets the thing. When does it come to Australia?”. PlayStation Now and Google Stadia, I am looking at you!

This time though, Australia is in the first round of non-US releases. Australia and New Zealand will be getting the service by the end of November 2019!

Pricing wise, it looks good as well. $8.99 a month or $89 for an annual subscription. That’s a brilliant price to compete against pretty much anyone, and in Australia, it’s much cheaper than Netflix and Stan.

And one series that has always been a Day One launch title is The Mandalorian – I can’t wait to see what they are going to do with this series!

Because I don't already have a backlog of things to watch and play!

Iron Harvest, the RTS in the Scythe universe, has a release date as well!

A while ago, I backed Iron Harvest. It was basically a no brainer for me. A real time strategy game based on the same world as Scythe? OH HELL YEAH.

With all of my time juggling, I haven’t had a chance to sit with the Alpha build I got as a backer, which has been dissapointing. But I have been sitting back and waiting, madly hoping that this and Phoenix Point don’t release at the same time!

Don’t know what I am talking about? Have a look at this mornings new Gamescom trailer below!

Until then, I still need to finish XCom 2’s War of the Chosen expansion. Maybe over the holiday break?

What news has been coming out that has you excited? Let me know in the comments, Facebook or #JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until next time,

JohnHQLD