Two Point Hospital announced their next DLC, Close Encounters, a couple of days ago. It’ll release on August 29 and is currently on sale both at Steam and at Fanatical (no idea if it’s available anywhere else). I love this game and have sunk a lot of hours into it and pre-purchased the two previous DLCs as soon as they were announced. But with this one, I’m not sure. For one, I actually only play the game when a new DLC is out and I can rush through the maps. But the main reason is that this DLC seems too weird. Yeah, Two Point Hospital is silly and definitely not realistic. But even so, aliens in this game seem displaced. Then there is a new game release: “Telling Lies“. I really enjoyed their previous game, Her Story, so I actually did want to buy this new one! However, there’s some controversy over the game’s pricing. It’s 16.79 € (I assume $19.99?), so it’s not that expensive. But the very exact game is $6.99 in the iOS … [Read more...] about Bookahneer’s Geekwatch (August 2019): Who wants my money?
I’ve only played a couple Mobile RPGs on the channel so far – yet I’m a very large fan of the RPG genre as a whole. Dragon Blaze is a South Korean RPG – yes, South Korean, so you can probably guess the kind of game it is already. I mean, if I could actively participate in the combat – making choices, selecting skills or moving in any capacity then I might have a better opinion of the gameplay.. but alas, the combat is auto-play. The team behind Dragon Blaze state that the game has extraordinary graphics.. and I’ll be real with you guys here, the graphics are pretty damn nice. I wasn’t really very impressed with the game. … [Read more...] about Dragon Blaze Doesn’t Even Require You Play The Game
(Disclaimer: I was provided a review copy of Black Desert on PS4. This has no bearing on my coverage.) One thing I love about Black Desert is the sheer amount of stuff to do and the complicated nature of it. Let’s take fishing for example. You go into Velia which is one of the first major towns you’ll come across and find the dude at the wharf that sells fishing poles. Simple, you think. You equip the fishing pole and head down to the shore to see a big chunk of text appear in the corner that says “Abundant” or “Average” or “Depleted.” This tells you how well stocked that area is. This is also the point where the game explains a couple other functions to you. You can press the X button to cast your line. Alternately you can hold down X to consume energy but have a higher chance at catching better fish. Alternately you can cast your line and just go do something else, after a couple of minutes the game will start automatically fishing for … [Read more...] about Diaries From Velia: Fishing Black Desert (PS4)
Following towns and cities, I want to discuss another thing that is very important to me in sandbox games. This time we will discuss gear and crafting and what I think it should look like. As usual, you can find the full document here:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qrD2MwlirFeuFF3U88XVUcvPa3yVbbslkbImYow0XJk/edit?usp=drivesdk Gear in a Sandbox What should gear look like in a sandbox? This is a good question and I have to say: it depends. Just like any other genre, the sandbox MMO can choose to focus on many different styles of play and methods of customization and improvement. Some sandboxes tend to take the traditional route of vertical gear progression through “tiers” or some other conceit that places the highest level of gear at a significant advantage and making it the focus of the progression of the game. Some games take a hybrid approach, or a diagonal progression, which mixes soft tiers and caps alongside skill mechanics that could “potentially” even … [Read more...] about Bardikens’ Compendium of Suggestions Part 4: Gear and Crafting
Breaking from what we all kinda thought was just the official new thing at the Epic Games Store, there is only one free offering this week — instead of two. This week, EGS users can download Plytron Corporation’s puzzle-platformer FEZ for free. This is a great game for anyone looking for something a bit more chill to play. The game normally runs about $10, so it’s not as big of a deal, price-wise, as some of the other offerings. But hey, that $10 can certainly be used elsewhere. To snag your copy of FEZ, just log into the EGS and click the “get” button. Note that the deal only lasts until August 29, at which time the free offerings will be two other indie games, Celeste and Inside. … [Read more...] about This Week’s Free Epic Games Store Offering Is Fez