SteamWorld Heist Gameplay Trailer Released, Qvadriga Impressions, Wrestlemania Thoughts, Courtney Barnett
SteamWorld Heist Gameplay Trailer Released
SteamWorld Dig was completely off of my radar back when it was initially released, but I later got the game and really dug it (pun totally intended, deal with it). It was a game that was on the short side, but had the good sense to end once it was out of things to say. Almost as soon as you had fully explored the world and gotten all of the upgrades, you were at the end of the game. And so it is that I am intrigued by Image & Form’s follow-up SteamWorld Heist. The trailer above is the core gameplay, which shows the game’s 2D tactical gameplay. Still, there does not appear to be a release date for the game, and I will have to wait to see what made SteamWorld Dig so compelling to me – the constant upgrades and well-paced world exploration – will transfer over to SteamWorld Heist.
Pointing at Wrestlemania Signs
It’s pretty rare that I watch an entire wrestling event in a single sitting. Even one hour shows like Lucha Underground and NXT are broken up so that I can work them into my life. I was bent on watching all of Wrestlemania XXXI on Sunday night and I did, although I started it about 30 minutes late and only caught up in time for the main event. I really enjoyed both of the kick-off matches, the tag match more than the battle royal. I was glad to see Cesaro and Kidd win the match and retain the titles, although there isn’t another team I actually want to see challenging them at this point. The battle royal was, of course, interesting for signalling the end of Miz and Mizdow. I heard Roderick Strong suggest on the Straight Shoot podcast that he would have liked to have seen that be the end of the match, but I didn’t mind Big Show winning, if nothing else so that we can stop hearing people point out he’s never won a battle royal. I was disappointed to see Curtis Axel not have a good run, I did enjoy seeing Bo Dallas’ return, and I was glad to see Hideo Itami, although I wish that they had let him show a little bit more of what he can do. I actually enjoyed the ladder match less than I expected, which was disappointing since it was the match that I expected to like the most. It was not bad, but I always find that ladder matches with that many wrestlers are almost always oddly paced. It was good to see Ziggler and Bryan really laying it in hard at the end, and Bryan winning certainly opens up some good possibilities moving forward. Similarly, I thought that Orton-Rollins was a very good match, if not a great one. The ending was pretty great, though, although I find myself now – two days later – having to strain myself to remember anything else about the match. Triple H – Sting, on the other hand, may not have been a mat classic, but it was basically memorable beginning to end. There was a weird entrance disparity that I’ve heard others mention and the match did seem to be a chance to remind us that WWE won the war, but the match was well paced and I enjoyed seeing both DX and the NWO run in. AJ Lee and Paige versus the Bellas probably needed more time to work properly, although everything else was good about the match, with AJ taking the victory. Cena – Rusev was a very, very good match and it did a good job of keeping Rusev strong while taking the undefeated record off of him. With monster heels, it is always hard to take that first loss, but I don’t think Rusev was weakened at all either by the loss of the US Title or by losing to Cena (especially since it was not an entirely clean finish). I suspect I enjoyed Undertaker – Wyatt more than most. The Undertaker looked great and was really running hard throughout the match. It built slowly and then led to the end, with Wyatt losing, but taking two tombstones to put him down. To engage in fantasy booking for a moment, it would be neat if the Undertaker wanted to go out on his back that he could giver Wyatt the win back in a casket match down the road. Of course, if he wanted to come back next year and do another match with Sting, that would be pretty great, too. Finally, I thought Reigns – Lesnar was great. Seriously, both guys really let the other have it, with Lesnar still looking dominant, but Reigns coming back for me. Plus, the ending was great, with Rollins taking the title by taking out Reigns, meaning that Lesnar never actually lost. Overall, I thought the show was great and certainly shows a lot of promise for a more exciting direction going forward.
Qvadriga from Slitherine Games is a turn-based game where you control a team of charioteers. It is also incredibly brutal. It has, of course, been out for quite a while now, but I could never get myself to fork over the full $19.99, but when it went half off recently, I jumped on it. I have really enjoyed the game, which is part (as mentioned above) chariot team manager and part turn-based racing game. Each race, you select one of your three chariots, each of which is made up of horses, a chariot and a driver (each with their own abilities, at least to a certain extent) and head into the race where you can either play in a true turn-based style or in a mode where you have to choose your next move before the counter finishes. If you head into corners to fast or get crashed into by other chariots, then your chariot and horse can be damaged (or your driver can be killed) resulting in you having to spend your money to replace them. The campaign takes you around across several circuses (what they called the places where the races were held) and, finally, win three races at the Circus Maximus (in the epic campaign, you must also have the auriga with the most wins in the world, as well). It’s not a game quite like any other I have played, and I’m really happy that I grabbed it.
Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian at Best