What Are You Playing Wednesday

The city in Shadowrun Returns.

The city in Shadowrun Returns.

Another week, another What Are You Playing Wednesday!

  • 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?

This week I started Shadowrun Returns. I am roughly 1 hour into the game, and so far I am enjoying the graphics and battle system.

What have you been playing?


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9 Responses to What Are You Playing Wednesday

  1. Pai says:

    Shadowrun Returns is one of the best RPGs I’ve played. The base campaign is a little short, but the DLC is fantastic and much bigger; it improves on the base game in every way. I love the character designs as well — for example, orc women who actually look like badass orcs! And great diversity overall in the available character portraits.

    The user-generated content tools are neat too, though its hard to find anything that even holds a candle to the official campaigns.

  2. Chris Hill says:

    Still playing through Skyrim. I haven’t touched the main quest for several weeks, just keep pottering around doing bits and pieces. I’ve also been watching the Spoiler Warning ‘Let’s Play’ at the same time and it’s amazing to me that our missions have hardly overlapped (my enjoyment doesn’t mean that the whole game isn’t very silly and badly written on many levels…)

    I’m also playing through ‘Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons’ on the PS3. This is an absolutely gorgeous puzzle game and I’m enjoying very much (and it’s short, so makes a good ‘palate cleanser’ around Skyrim sessions.)

  3. Llamaentity says:

    Yay I’m back to gaming! I missed the last one of these because I just couldn’t find the motivation to play anything for a few weeks there. It was worrisome! However, I’m back in the swing of things and trying out many PC games I had been meaning to check out. Steam and GoG sales helped in that regard!

    Banished. Really easy to relax to and pairs great with Netflix. Even when I’m low on resources, it feels pretty chill (maybe because it seems to always be snowing?)

    Age of Wonders III. Just three hours into the Elf campaign of this turn based strategy game but I like it so far.

    Kohan II: Kings of War. On the third mission of the campaign of this real-time strategy game. Seems okay so far. I’ve heard it’s great so I will keep playing and find out!

    Ultima Underworld I. I jumped into this without a guide and it’s been rough. At the very least, I need to figure out how to heal myself. I just run away if I see anything other than a rat because I’ve been stuck at 5 hit points for a while haha XD

    Arcanum. Started a new game of this, hadn’t played it in years. I got pretty far a long time ago, well over 50 hours of playtime, and lost my save. Finally ready to see it through to the end!

    Master of Orion 1. Still getting the hang of this old 4x strategy gem but it’s been interesting!

    Bought many other newish and classic games that I’ll be trying out over the next few weeks XD (mostly strategy and RPG classics… suggestions for more of those are very welcome!)

  4. Doug S. says:

    Been doing a bunch of random stuff. I’ve made progress in Final Fantasy Dimensions (which has the story of Final Fantasy II and the gameplay of Final Fantasy V) and in Flower, Sun, and Rain, which is totally surreal and definitely showing itself to be a Suda51 game.

    Marvel Puzzle Quest’s developers are pulling a dick move in the next major patch: they’re making “heal your party” abilities only generate temporary hit points that disappear at the end of each battle instead of actually healing them. This means that people will have to rely much more on health packs, which the game is very stingy with unless, of course, you give the developers money…

  5. Dejadrew says:

    Steam and GOG sales are beating me up and taking my lunch money. ^^; but I’m accumulating quite a dragon hoard of neat titles (if I call it a hoard instead of a backlog I feel less guilty about how slowly I’m whittling it down. Instead I get to picture myself coiling up on a pile of gaming treasures and hissing.)

    Playing Bastion right now, and making decent progress, though action RPGs are NOT my usual bailiwick. I have it on clumsy-toddler difficulty level which instarezzes me every time I die. Which is a lot. A LOT. I’m enjoying the story, though. Hopefully I can manage to rez and stumble my way through the whole thing so I can see how it ends.

    Not sure what to try next from the hoard; I now have a LOT to choose from. (HSSSSSSSSSSSSSssssss!)

  6. Lassarina says:

    I’ve been playing FF6 on iPad, which is sort of frustrating from a controls perspective but I’m appreciating how fast I accrue XP and GP, so there’s that.

    Also, now that the wedding is over, I’m back to FF14 – I just unlocked Scholar and Summoner for my Arcanist and OH GOD FINALLY I can queue as a healer and not wait an hour just to get into the dungeon. Hallelujah. (Titan is next!)

    Otherwise, I finished my replay of FF12 and had forgotten just how much I love the endgame story but loathe the endgame dungeons. They are the worst.

    I started Costume Quest, but the controls are very frustrating and I’m wondering if I would do better trying to play with a controller.

    Oh, and of course, the Steam summer sale is wrecking my wallet, though I’m trying really hard to behave.

    • Llamaentity says:

      Congratulations!! Exciting news ^.^

      And same here with the Steam sales. Today, I’m going to be very bad and buy several games… again :C

      • Lassarina says:

        Thanks! And then I went from that straight into buying a house; it’s like I don’t know how to relax….

        I was doing so well at clearing my backlog this year – I was at +5 – and then Steam sale :( :(

  7. Ms. Sunlight says:

    WIldstar. What to say about Wildstar. Well, it’s certain and confident in the direction it’s taken and if you like MMOs it’s definitely worth a look.

    The good: the combat is fast and fluid, the art style is fun and the music is fantastic. Dungeons / group content is plentiful, challenging, varied and fun. Character creation isn’t the best but the species you can choose from are interesting; I particularly like the Draken (because they’re badass, and I rolled one) and the Chua (nongendered furry cuties that like science and destroying things – “Science without violence is boring!”)

    The meh: the game falls a bit short in terms of story and narrative. The world-building is interesting and there are some fun characters, but it’s not what I’d hope for in an RPG, especially since I’ve been spoiled by games like SWTOR and FF14:ARR

    The not-so-good: grindy. Far too many quests involve killing tons and tons of mobs, to the extent that it stops being fun, especially when an area is busy. The crafting is crap and has been released in an incomplete, broken state.

    The bloody awful: while the humour often works and really adds to the tone of the game, sometimes it falls flat, or worse. Yes, this game has rape jokes. Fairly mild as these things go, on the don’t-drop-the-soap level, but jarring. You’re riding in the holo-taxi and he’s making comments as you travel and HANG ON was that a no means no joke? Honestly people, you released a game with THOSE jokes in 2014? Really?

    In summary, if you get a free guest pass I’d give it a go, but don’t spend your money without trying. When I first played it I thought I’d fallen in love; now I’m not so sure, and I can’t imagine playing this game in 6 months’ time.

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