Hand of Fate, There Came An Echo, Sleater-Kinney, More Divinity: Original Sin
Almost all of my gaming time continues to be consumed by Divinity: Original Sin. I’m playing the game on Easy now, and even then I often find the battles reasonably challenging. Good use of the environments and various stunning effects tend to lead to battles going in my battle, but I still run into phases where it feels like my whole time is so woefully outnumbered that there is little that I can do except get my stupid face kicked in. It’s fine, though, because I really do still quite enjoy the game. There have been a couple of times where I’ve ended up stuck for exactly what I’m supposed to do next because Divinity does not care for your waypoint system, but those have been pretty few and far between. Overall, it is an excellent gaming experience, though. I’ve logged 40 hours into it so far, and HLTB lists it as about 63 hours for a playthrough of the main story, so I’m probably a pretty good ways from completing it. I’m close to the end of Bravely Default, as well. Once I get through both of those, I plan to start on Shadowrun: Dragonfall, although I’m interested in getting Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Probably at least another month or two from getting any new games, though. I really need to eat into this backlog.
Still, that doesn’t keep me from being jazzed about new game releases. A couple caught my eyes over the last few days. Culprit 1: Hand of Fate:
I had somehow completely missed Hand of Fate and yet it is basically perfectly targeted to me. Basically, as I understand it, you play the game and build a deck of cards that then is used to create the dungeon that you explore, amassing new gear before heading into action RPG combat (RPS compares it to a simpler version of the Rocksteady Batman series combat). The other game that caught my eye was There Came An Echo:
I remember seeing There Came An Echo on Kickstarter a bit ago and being intrigued. Now that it is up and out, it has been added to my wishlist. First, I’m a sucker for cyberpunk stuff and I like the idea of a realtime strategy commanded only by voice controls. It’s also got a nice, vibrant art style. Plus, priced at $14.99, I don’t have to worry about internal struggles as to how long the game might or might not take to beat. Certainly one I’m watching.
Oh, music. I’m currently really digging Sleater-Kinney’s new album, although I’ve not gotten a listen to the entire thing yet. When I was in college, I used to go to this little record store and the woman that worked there would always tell me whatever rad stuff I needed to be aware of. This was in the pre-blog days, so I hadn’t really found a place to reliably find interesting music aside from whatever was covered in Rolling Stone. Anyway, she told me that I had to listen to One Beat. I was utterly unfamiliar with Sleater-Kinney before that, but it was so different than anything I had listened to before (Yes, I know that was coming to the game late). I didn’t quite grasp it at first, but I also kept thinking about it. My default choice was Price Tag (which is so rad), the opening track, but there’s this awesome video for A New Wave featuring Bob’s Burgers, so I’ll share it instead.