Last Week’s Gaming – March 23rd, 2020

Ticket To Ride

So my first week of working from home is complete. Gearing up for week 2.

Hi everyone.

Rabbit and I have been pretty sick this week, so we both worked from home while resting up and getting better. All up we are both fine, but with the current issues, it’s better to be safe and isolate ourselves.

There are prices to pay. Mainly I didn’t get to play board games with Alpal again this week like I was looking forward to doing. At least I know she got some Steam game inspiration from last week’s article. 😀

On the plus side, I have had time to sit and start tinkering with my recording/streaming setup! This has me excited for sharing my reactions to video games and stepping up the Talking Tech articles as well. I will share some more thoughts about all this below. 😀

Potion Explosion – Android/Steam

Writing my digital board game article, I realised I hadn’t played Potion Explosion for a while. So I took the opportunity to fix that. 🙂

I still only play against AI opponents, because I don’t have to wait on people on the internet. I can get many games in with the AI compared to a single game online. If that is your biggest complaint about a game, you know something is going right with the gameplay. 🙂

Next week if I play again, I have set myself a challenge to start playing with the potion/Professor combinations more. I have one single combo (basically the default settings) that I tend to play with. I feel like I am limiting myself with the possibilities by doing this.

I will let you know how that little experiment goes next week. 🙂

Potion Explosion
I need to give to give other potions a good run. I have played the same combo for a couple of years now!

Ticket to Ride – Xbox/Steam

While I have played the digital version of Ticket to Ride recently, I realised I had to play it again to grab some screenshots.

Oh no, what an awful position to find myself in!

Also talked about in last week’s digital board game article, all of my thoughts on Ticket to Ride hold true. Want a game you can sit back and enjoy? Ticket to Ride should be on most people’s short lists.

Eventually, pattern recognition will kick in and people will be battling for routes at a cutthroat pace. This is where the expansions come in – for very little money, you can almost get a new game!

Ticket To Ride
I came so close! This is fairly typical of my 5 player scoring though 🙂

One Deck Dungeon – Steam

Like I wasn’t going to give this little dungeon run another go. 🙂

I am getting to the point I am thinking of buying the expansion to play on PC. I have the stand-alone expansion Forest of Shadows physically. Still, as I have said, I love the quick play digitally.

There is a new poison mechanic introduced in Forest of Shadows, as well as new potions, rooms and monsters. There are also new heroes to play with. As I said, you can play Forest of Shadows stand alone, but you can also bring across your powered up original heroes as well.

That’s another one we will have to wait and see what I do next week. 🙂

One Deck Dungeon
Now you know why the Yeti hides from me :p

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore – Switch

I didn’t get too into Tokyo Mirage this week. That said, my Switch is sitting next to the bed for a quick round or two anytime.

The combat so far is relatively repetitive, and the pacing is throwing me off quite a bit. Exploration feels awkward in Tokyo, as you have many small areas to explore but fixed camera angles. That, coupled with the Japanese Pop Idol subplot, has me skipping text more than I thought I would.

That said, the bite-sized nature of the adventure makes for a great break between the more action-heavy games I am playing. I know exactly what I am supposed to be doing days later with the objective and Topic system.

Hopefully, I will get more into it again when I have finished the extra stuff I am doing at the moment.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore
Flashy moves are great, but like Summons in Final Fantasy get a bit boring

Control – PS4 Pro

I played this a lot early in the week, but hope to pick it back up Sunday. The uneasy feeling that the start of the game me has passed, and I am pretty sure that’s because I haven’t been subjected to more Threshold Kids videos! 😀

Power-wise I am doing pretty well. I have now unlocked levitating and started claiming more Objects of Power. The game is excellent, and now I want to spend a couple of hours backtracking and tackling side missions.

Now that I have gotten into the game, I am 99% certain that this will be my next Platinum Trophy run. The same locations in the Oldest House are a bit repetitive, but combat has been nicely ramping up. Now I am getting into the exploration and collectable aspects as well.

I just need to make time to finish Control before the full release of the next game. 🙂

Control
Having a chill time turning enemies into friends 🙂

Resident Evil 3: Racoon City Demo – Xbox One S, PC

Resident Evil 2 last year was a game I basically inhaled. I didn’t Platinum it, and I probably never will. Not because I don’t enjoy it, but because some of the requirements just seem a little out of reach for my skill level.

I can dedicate time and get better at the game, but I have so many other games I want to play it will feel like work.

In a couple of weeks, the remake of Resident Evil 3 comes out, and I can’t wait to play it! So it was with glee on Friday I downloaded the demo on every platform I can play it on. 🙂

But this takes me into a side project I have been playing with the last couple of days…

Resident Evil 3 Racoon City Demo
No scary screens here. But even on the Xbox One X, I love the reflections the devs managed to get working in this engine!

Coming Soon – DOOM Eternal!

I preordered and even preloaded Doom Eternal in preparation for last Friday’s release.

Usually, I don’t play first-person shooters. Destiny and Doom are two notable exceptions to this, and I have given away Destiny 2. But Doom 2016 bought back great memories of the original games, and I am looking forward to playing this reboot/remake going forward.

And then I thought about it. What if I recorded my initial reactions for a game I have been looking forward to? So I have been tweaking my setup using the Resident Evil 3 Demo as my test setup!

This means I can start also planning videos for my Talking Tech articles, hopefully making them a bit easier for you. It also means I can finally get into the video projects I have been sitting on, like taking you through old games I loved back in the day. 🙂

Streaming Test
Getting the setup sorted. It's close!

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

Last Week’s Gaming – March 16th, 2020

Control

Games played, and one title for ‘work’ with the site

Hi everyone!

I didn’t get much gaming in this week, between work and preparation for a few pieces with Talking Tech. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t get to play anaything! Hopefully next week I will get more board games in with Alpal, but we will see how everything goes.

Enough retrospection, onto what I did play this week!

I have cracked. I got One Deck Dungeon on my phone. I can play it whenever and whereever I like.

And I don’t like it on my phone.

The gameplay is solid, that hasn’t changed. The problem is the amount of screen size you get on your phone. Playing One Deck Dungeon on PC, I can see everything that is happening. The worst I have to do is scroll through some skills.

On my phone, I have to flip between 4 screens. Reviewing status, skills and using items means flipping between screens. It’s not terrible, but it’s not great either.

If you don’t have the PC version to compare it to, One Deck Dungeon on mobile is fine. But after this experience, I would have to say play on a tablet. You need th extra screen space.

Oh, and I finished a gauntlet run on Steam. I did lose one round though! I will have to try for my perfect run again. What a pity 🙂

One Deck Dungon Mobile
I can see everything happening for this encounter, but I need to change screens to see my characters

Control – PS4 and PC

I am being a little cagey about my time with Control. I know people raved about it when it was released late last year, and after a few hours I can see why.

It is very different, and doesn’t even try to apologise for it. The opening voiceover even warns you this is going to be a different experience.

While not what I would call scary, enough of the opening story and videos had me unnerved. You think the game and/or story is going one way, and I was usually wrong.

It has some issues for me so far. The action is solid, but the discover the story narrative style is very slow. Puzzles haven’t been overly taxing or out of place, but there is a lot of timed side missions that feel like a way of padding out the experience rather than fun experiences on their own.

You will be seeing a lot of Control in the next few weeks, both in Last Week’s Gaming and Talking Tech. Yep, I am using it for some of my upcoming tech articles over the next few weeks – I hope you look forward to that 🙂

Control
Somehow, the story is crazier than the gameplay. What do you expect in a world with true paranormal events?

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore – Switch

During the week, I had to go and spend some time waiting for Rabbit. I thought this would be a great time to try this Persona/Shin Megami Tensei cross Fire Emblem release.

Everything on paper has me interested. I haven’t played Persona 5 yet (I know, but I told you my backlog was impressive). That said, I have played enough Persona 4 Golden to know that this portable version would be right at home on the Switch.

The narrative has me on the back foot a bit. You discover that you can use Mirages (spirits?) in combay on another plane, and these helpful Mirages are from Fire Emblem. But in the ‘real’ world, you start on the path of becoming Idols – Japanese Pop Stars is the quickest summary I can give.

It has me intrigued, but largely because I can just save and put it down after a fight or two. And I have Control waiting in the wings. This is the problem with playing multiple attention grabbing games 🙂

Tokyo Sessions Mirage FE Encore
It's a strange premise, but so for I am enjoying it. For an RPG though, I will say it's not for everyone.

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