The not very regular series of posts in which I detail what I’m currently playing, but haven’t played enough to review in full yet!
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
I am completely blown away by this game so far, both in terms of graphical appearance and gameplay. A great story, interesting characters and a very satisfying combat system. If you have a new 3DS I think this is a must own for the system. The soundtrack is also excellent so far, especially through headphones.
There are some times when I long for more games that don’t involve running around shooting things with guns, as the market can often seem overrun with lots of that. Enter FarCry Primal, set before guns were invented, in the great and lush outdoors, the game is strangely immersive and utterly stunning on PC. (I may have invested in a 970, more on that in a later blog post) It’s a very visceral experience, and one which is holding my attention quite nicely at the moment.
After regretting not purchasing the limited edition Animal Crossing New Leaf 3DS, I was not going to pass up the chance to purchase the limited edition all new Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer version of the console!
The package included the game as a download, and the console itself is a thing of beauty, with furniture pieces on the front and a mini house scene on the back.
The “new” 3DS XL also has those lovely coloured buttons, and the extra grey nub thing (to give it, it’s technical name) and can read both Amiibo cards and figures. (More on those in my Happy Home Designer review)
Doing the system transfer was a little scary, but I followed the official guide which can be found by clicking here. And it was a pretty easy process in the end. An AC adapter is not included, so you’ll need to purchase seperately…Hmm Nintendo…Hmm!
This, was one of the games I loved the look of most at EGX. Backtracking slightly, EGX (Eurogamer expo) was a gaming event that took place in London this past weekend, and despite the big guns being there (Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo) The areas I spent the most time in, were the 2 indie game sections, the games there fueled my passion for gaming even further.
So to the games…Firstly Toryanse, the Studio Ghibli style art was what first caught my eye, as well as the cat, the thing that pleases me most however, is that this is a point and click adventure game. Within the game all information is presented via speech bubbles and illustrative thought. You can follow the game’s development and find out more by clicking here.
2. Big Pharma
Ever wanted to manage your own pharmaceutical company? I know I have…manage side effects, discover new active ingredients, battle with rival companies, question your own moral compass, and of course, develop drugs, in this sim due for release in 2015. For more info, click here.
3. A light in chorus
Easily the most beautiful game I saw at EGX was A light in chorus. This is an exploration game in which you move around as a reconfigurable swarm of particles, taking on the shapes of the things around you, illuminatiing other things to explore. This is a game that really has to be seen, so I’ll embed a little preview below. For more info on the game click here.
I’ve never been one for card games…until Blizzard made it fun. Hearthstone is currently in open beta, and I am loving every minute playing it at the moment. You choose a class, can customise your deck and do battle with other players online, or just play around in practice mode.
You both start with 30 health and 3 cards, cards cost mana to play, which builds up with each turn. At it’s heart it’s a strategy game, one which is easy to learn, but very tough to master, as the luck of the draw will always be a factor. I’ve come back from 4 health to win a game, and lost miserably due to silly mistakes. The first few games I played, I lost, all 4 of them, but something keeps me going back for one more go. Here’s my thoughts so far.
Things I love so far;
The range of classes on offer is excellent and caters for lots of different styles of gameplay.
The battle animations themselves are top notch, spells come with majestic twinkly noises, and hits from minions break up the board and particles fly up from the cards.
There is an excellent social aspect already, with a friends list, and easy to use chat features.
Play options on offer…you can practice, play online against others, or if you have extra time, battle it out in several arena matches for prizes.
Creating custom decks is simple to do.
Things that need a little work to make me happy;
First on my list would be a way to swap/trade cards with other players, even just people on my friends list would be great.
The cost of entering the arena is 150 coins…sure these can be earned in game…but that’s not cheap!
Having to unlock all the classes at the start can be a lengthy process.
The game looks great, the music accompanies well, and each battle is unique depending on your class, deck and opponent. It’s a deep and tactical game, that’s also fun and easy to jump into…Blizzard, I tip my hat to you on this one.
You can download Hearthstone and play for free by clicking here. I play mainly as Rogue but also as Priest or Hunter, and my battlenet ID is Astrocyte#2419.
This was actually my free game that I received as part of Nintendo’s too many games promotion, which meant that if you purchased 3 titles from a selection of 8 before the end of June, you could choose another one of the 8 free. The reason I didn’t buy this, is because I knew how much I would struggle to complete levels! It’s an excellent platformer, and lots of fun, until you fall or mis jump on the same part of a level for the 50th time. It’s a real old school platformer that’s been bought up to date with a bright, smooth graphical presentation, and the added 3D element…these features however, don’t make me any better at the game.
Animal Crossing New Leaf
Confession time…I still play Animal Crossing Wild World, 7 years after it’s release. There’s just something addictively enduring about these games. It’s hard to describe the AC games to someone, I always want to say they are like a fun version of the Sims, but they are so much more than that, and to me at least, much more appealing. Basically, you play as a human living in a town full of animal characters, each with their own interests and differing personalities, and you choose how to spend your time, fishing, digging for fossils, taking trips to a tropical island and bug catching all earn you currency to upgrade and improve both your house, and your town. There are events all year round, mini games, and the villagers also give you tasks to do. When I write it down, it seems much less appealing than it is, so I highly recommend you give it a try for yourself. I’m currently loving visiting other gaming buddies’ towns, and seeing what’s for sale in their shops. (Shop content changes daily, and varies from player to player.)