What Are You Playing Wednesday

The city in Solstice. A snowed in  desert oasis with Northern Lights.

The city in Solstice. A snowed in desert oasis with Northern Lights.

Wednesday is here again, and with it come the usual round of questions:

  • What games are you playing this week?
  • Would you recommend those games to other Border House readers?
  • What games have you ranting?
  • Are any of those games listed ones that you want to see covered on the site?

I have barely played any games this week, but I did start Solstice. It is by MoaCube, the makers of Cinders. It is another interactive novel type game from that group with gorgeous art direction.

So, what have you been playing?

10 thoughts on “What Are You Playing Wednesday”

  1. My games for the past week:

    Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance. Finally beat it, and decided to go for “200.0%!” (which is basically 100% for this game). I enjoyed it a lot, and collecting all of the furniture was fun and cute.

    Borderlands 2. My brother and I decided to start this up cooperatively, after beating Borderlands a few months ago. Pretty cool so far. I’m playing as the Assassin, because I wanted to use sniper rifles and backstab my foes. :P

    Sleeping Dogs. Getting pretty far! Driving is still fun, and I’m enjoying the hand-to-hand combat and storyline. The gun fighting is usually obnoxious and too over the top for the rest of the game’s tone (super long shoot-outs, often while driving, just aren’t fun).

    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Just started this, two hours in. I’ve played before but got stuck at some point (didn’t want to look anything up). This time, I will be sure to figure it out and beat the game, as it’s one of only two single player 2D Castlevania games I haven’t beaten since SotN came out (the other being Circle of the Moon).

    Was looking at my GBA collection and decided I’d try to go back to Summon Night 2: Swordcraft Story. I’m over halfway through, I believe, so it shouldn’t take too long to finish. I just have to run around a bit to remember where all the NPCs are. Going to finish this up before moving on to Circle of the Moon.

    The League of Legends World Championship Finals were thoroughly unexciting. The matches were one-sided for the most part, and the coverage after the games were all finished way short. Compared to the Road to Worlds (I watched basically all of the NA LCS, EU LCS, and lots of OGN Playoffs), and previous rounds of Worlds, it was anticlimactic. SKT T1 was impressive, nonetheless.

    Anyway, I enjoyed the League of Legends season/playoffs a lot overall!

    And for this week, I will continue to work on Sleeping Dogs and Symphony of the Night, most likely. No more FFXIV for now… might decide to subscribe later if Ike wants to. It’s just not that fun compared to all my other games, including the Secret World, which has a storyline that interests me much more.

  2. I finally unlocked the Livid Dead section of Rayman Origins. I like the Halloween feel. It is sad that the game is almost done.

    I am making progress in GTA V. My favorite character is Trevor. He is a psychotic pansexual. At first, I thought he made gay sex references to project his dominance, but the more I play him I get the feeling he will sleep with anything. It is nice to play the first queer GTA character. He is also most people’s favorite. I am not giving GTA a pass on its misogyny and transphobia, but I am excited to see it turn a shade of pink even if it is an extremely violent, brutal pink.

  3. I didn’t post last week because I didn’t play much of anything, except the demo of Spelunky on the Vita. After a while it seemed I got pretty good at it, making it through the mines several times. The full game is €15, which is pretty steep, but I was having fun with the demo, so yesterday I bought it. I should have looked around more before deciding to buy. The very next area (jungle) is brutal. And later areas are even worse I read. I kinda regret buying this game now.

  4. I was up until 1:30 last night playing Sword of the Stars: The Pit. I kept dying as the Engineer until I realized I was playing on Normal. I just got the game so I’m keeping it on Easy until I finish at least once.

    I’ve also plateaued on King of Dragon Pass. You play as the chieftain of a clan of Iron Age barbarians. It’s set in a fantasy world of dragons and whatnot but it’s actually very well-researched in terms of showing the culture of the broad mishmash of Celts/Gauls/Saxons/Norse that the game is drawing inspiration from. Wealth is measured in cattle and you must continually propitiate the gods for political legitimacy. Also you can do stuff like take out a lawsuit on a ghost haunting a house. The historically inaccurate part is where the women have the same power as men, but it’s a fantasy world and it feels perfectly plausible in the game’s setting.

    1. I love of King of Dragon Pass. I never get very far though, because I always panic a few hours in that I’ve irreparably screwed up my tribe and second guess myself into starting over.

  5. Oh, wow, that is a gorgeous screencap of Solstice. Want.

    I’ve been playing Guild Wars 2, in which I rolled up a Norn warrior that I’m enjoying much more than my Sylvari Mesmer (I love the Sylvari, but Mesmer was the WORST choice for baby’s first MMO character), and also Final Fantasy XIV in which I decided to accept a random FC (guild) invite and so far they are really nice, really generous, and not saying jerkheaded things, so that’s awesome.

    Still working on my Final Fantasy IX replay, and I got re-addicted to Chaos Rings and am trying to do a full clear of the entire game. ack.

    I’m trying to play Infinity Blade II, but I’m stuck on some random dude on my way to the first Blood Sentinel, and it’s frustrating.

  6. I finally got around to playing Diablo III (PS3 version). I’m playing as a female barbarian, and though the character types and races fall a little too “neatly” into racial/cultural stereotypes, she is awesome and totally kick-ass!

    We also just got the Wii U’s new Windwaker (Legend of Zelda). I just played about an hour and it’s pretty fun! It’s a little strange using the gamepad at first but I think I’m getting the hang of it. Love all those bright cheerful colours! Though the game is very cutesy, I was disappointed that the society is gender-segregated. I guess Link will always be a “boy”… but wouldn’t it be way cooler if we had other choices?

  7. Right now, I’m mainly sticking to Style Savvy but that may change depending on whether we pick up just Pokemon, or RF4 as well (and AA:DD).

    I’m excited for the FF:X+X2 Remaster though and hope it’ll be out ASAP, and I want to play through Drakengard 1+2 and Nier since it’s announced that 3 will indeed be localized~.

  8. Gorgeous screenshot!

    Aside from Terraria 1.2, where I finally manage to make a good-enough world to start playing and building in, I’ve also started playing Civilization V. It’s the “Gold Edition”, meaning it’s missing the second expansion but includes all the previous DLC, and its complexity is definitely a bit daunting. So I’m playing on the second-lowest difficulty to slowly get the hang of things.

    Playing as Egypt and aiming for a “cultural” victory, I was hoping to stay peaceful but the Celts had other ideas — they kept whining about my expansion, insulting my military and bullying city states I was trying to ally with. So I declared war and … am now discovering that trying to take a city without some decent siege equipment is not a good idea. Who would have thought? :p Thankfully, killing a good number of their units convinced them to offer me peace and their second city. I had declined the first two peace offers but now have accepted the third to give me a bit more time to stage a more organized assault. I think I need to read some warfare-related strategy guides.

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