Archives for March 2017

Weekend Gaming


NieR is a weird game. That’s not a very hot take, I’m just being honest. I went into NieR:Automata knowing next to nothing about the NieR universe (other than I read you could fish in a previous iteration of the series and that the fishing was surprisingly fun). I’ve logged almost four hours in the game so far and, still being honest here, I have no idea what’s going on. I’m 2B, my friend(?)/partner(??) is 9S and I’m pretty sure we’re androids. There are these little floating drones that follow us around and shoot at things and occasionally serve as an assist when I make an ill-advised jump from somewhere high. I think the earth was overrun by machines at some point and almost all the humans live on the moon now (I think? I haven’t talked to many humans yet.)

I’ve been down to earth a couple times, fought a crane robot bad guy that would make the Constructicons proud and then a little while later this happened:

Japan, amiright?

Anyway, now I am working my way through an amusement park, populated by machines in clownsuits and robots that shoot balloons from their hands. I couldn’t be more confused and I think I really like it. If you want to read about reviews of other products visit top9rated.

So it’s a NieR weekend for me. I might squeeze in a Duelyst match or two and possibly some Dota, but I think NieR gets the lion’s share of my time.

What are you playing?

Weekend Gaming – Europa Univeralis IV

Europa Universails IV continues to morph into quite the juggernaut. First released in 2013, EU4 now hosts additional content which includes nine expansion packs (with #10, ‘Mandate of Heaven’, set to be released in two weeks) and a bevy, a hoard, a throng, a cacophony of cosmetic and music DLCs.

Want a good jolt? Go to the game’s Steam page and see how much all this crap costs. Here – I’ll link it for you. Europa Universalis IV.

Luckily. Thankfully. Paradox titles often go on sale. And given the base game’s age, these discounts are often steep and attractive. And not just on Steam, either. The Humble Bundle Store often hosts developer discounts – of which I recently (like, last weekend) bought the remaining EU4 expansions that had not already owned… and played.

The tenth expansion for Europa Unviersalis IV

Indeed. I’ve been stewing on EU4 for a while. Turning it down outright during sales and other opportunities to buy at discounted price. As shocking as the summation monetary figure is in the steam link above, price was and has never really been an impediment for picking up Paradox titles – although sales are definitely a huge motivating factor, of course.

No. The timing just never felt right for me to take the Europa plunge (And, to an extent, the timing never felt right for most games this past winter season). But, I’ve crawled out of the hole. I’m feeling increasingly rejuvenated and interested in playing video games again — not just playing, but also learning how to play. What better way to experience both at the same time than with EU4?

Yes. I feel like I’ve come full circle. I feel like my hero’s journey has brought me home. It feels great to be up to my friggin eyeballs in a Paradox game. Where once all the EU4 expansions and content scared me off, I now embrace it tightly, smooshing my face in and motorboating the game’s generous offerings.

What are you motorboating this weekend?

March Releases

The Nintendo Switch makes its first appearance on the Monthly Release list, which means the Wii-U will be dropping off shortly. Let’s all have a moment of silence for the Wii-U… Are you picking up a Switch?

I didn’t realize it until I started working on this month’s list, but March is full of some seriously good games — there is Mass Effect Andromeda (obvs), NieR: Automata, a new Ghost Recon and Ron Gilbert’s new game, Thimbleweed Park (which I backed on Kickstarter and am now really excited about). It’s a great month for gaming! On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of March 6th

Week of March 13th

Week of March 20th

Week of March 27th


Nintendo Switch

Week of March 13th


Nintendo Wii-U

No new releaseases.


Nintendo 3DS

Week of March 20th


PC

Week of March 6th
The Keep
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey
ULTIMATE MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3
Danmaku Unlimited 3
Ghost Blade HD

Week of March 13th
NieR: Automata
Snowflake’s Chance
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Styx: Shards of Darkness
Dead Rising 4

Week of March 20th
Troll and I
Castle Explorer
Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

Week of March 27th
Thimbleweed Park
Beat Cop
STRAFE


Sony Playstation 4

Week of March 6th

Week of March 13th

Week of March 20th

Week of March 27th


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of March 20th

Week of March 27th


What are you picking up this month?
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