What Are You Playing Wednesday

Aiden Pearce from Watch Dogs.

Aiden Pearce from Watch Dogs.

It is Wednesday question time:

  • 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?

The last few weeks I have been playing a lot of Watch Dogs. I am terrible at the criminal convoy and fixer missions, but I am slowly going through the main mission.

What have you been playing?

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24 Responses to What Are You Playing Wednesday

  1. Meredith says:

    I picked up a copy of Guild Wars: Complete Edition (GW1) to work on the linked rewards to GW2. While dated, I’m still having a good time playing through, getting the old lore, and having a new challenge.

    I really love Nightfall, it’s so rare to see any African inspired cultures or regions in fantasy games.

    One of the Pathfinder groups at my local gamestore is starting up a Wrath of the Righteous campaign. I could not jump into it due to conflicts. I’m just curious how the LGBT aspects* of that particular campaign will be handled by the players. I’m trans, and while the owner and some players had no problems, others did not accept.

    * I don’t wish to spoil any more than I have to.

    • Llamaentity says:

      I lost my GW1 account details before I started playing GW2, so I’ve missed out on any linked content between the two :’c

      I mostly only play GW2 when there’s new Living World content, but I love the game! Feel free to add me to your friends list if you want: Llamaentity.6139

  2. Alexander Hammil says:

    Sunless Sea! It’s the story-heavy roguelike from the Fallen London people? It’s atmospheric as heck and as good on the diversity front as the parent game.

  3. Llamaentity says:

    I’ve been playing:

    Rogue Legacy (Vita). After playing it some on PC, it finally came out on Vita, so I went ahead and bought it again. Beat it twice and played a whole crapton in the process. Such a fun 2D action platformer!

    Endless Space (PC). Still in love with this 4X strategy game. Just recently won a game as the Sophons. Next I’ll try as the Automatons XD

    Master of Orion (PC). Started getting into this a bit more. The gameplay is so refined! I really like the way the production sliders work.

    Legend of Grimrock (PC). I’m on floor six of this first person dungeon crawler. Searching each floor pretty thoroughly, and I’m figuring out most (but not all) of the secrets. The combat is meh but I do love the puzzles!

    The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav (PC). The art in this adventure game never ceases to impress me. The puzzles are generally sensible, though never a challenge. The main character is annoyingly rude to a certain character, but other than that I really like the game (mostly because of the art).

    Kohan II: Kings of War (PC). Still slowly going through the campaign of this RTS. The story just took an interesting turn–sort of. Rather, suddenly I am in control of the ones I had been trying to defeat from the beginning, so things are getting interesting c:

    Dragon’s Crown (Vita). The most noteworthy thing about this 2D beat ‘em up is the art. It’s clearly of high quality, though some of the character designs are notoriously exaggerated, and some of the women have ridiculously skimpy outfits. I got it ‘free’ with PS+, at least! I’m playing as the Elf (a bow/dagger user), and I’m finding the gameplay enjoyable enough so far. Seems like it could get grindy later on, but even the side quests have been fun.

    And as always, I’ve been watching lots and lots of anime.

    • Kimiko says:

      I’ve heard good things about Dragon’s Crown‘s gameplay, but the ridiculous female outfits and sexualized mini-game(s) turned me off of it.

      The same thing happened with Valhalla Knights 3 (Vita). The first two games (for PSP) were really good, if a bit grindy (and had gender-neutral armor too). The third sexualized both the female outfits and added brothel mini-games. Do not want.

  4. Chris Hill says:

    I’ve spent many hours playing through Ragnarok Odyssey Ace on the PS3. I like it, with reservations. The customisation and kit expansion options are enjoyable and the combat mainly brisk and varied. The story is pretty ignorable and many of the ‘quests’ are pretty repetitive (kill x of these, find y items). As with most JRPGs, all the costumes choices for the characters are ridiculous (especially the female ones, of course.) The biggest problem for me is – once again – some major difficulty spikes. The structure of the game has regular boss battles with giant creatures of various types and they are tough. After a while you can start to pick up the boss’ attack patterns, but the control scheme can be a bit eccentric and so you end up getting pounded anyway. In later chapters, the game is prone to increase this difficulty by adding in additional creatures to harry you while you are fighting the boss. There have been a few points where I have got very close to quitting, but stubbornness has just about kept me going!

    Other than that, I’ve played a little Skyrim and also Magic Mirror, a fairly enjoyable – if straightforward – missing objects/adventure game mash-up.

    • Kimiko says:

      I have the first Ragnarok Odyssey (Vita) game, and had to give up halfway through because of those boss battles. I think the problem is that the game doesn’t have normal upgradable equipment and only a limited set of available special effects cards. You get more choices later on of course, but that doesn’t help at all if you’re stuck at a particular boss. The balance between classes is also iffy. The fighters have a much easier time than the archer or mage. I originally bought the game because of its relation to Ragnarok Online (which I never played, but I enjoyed the DS spin-off very much), but it turned out that Ragnarok Odyssey has very little story, and only a very thin connection to the old Ragnarok setting. Well, more like none at all really. I enjoy Action RPGs though, so the basic game was fun enough. Just those boss battles.. :/

      • Chris Hill says:

        I don’t blame you for giving up! I’m at another point now when it would be really easy to do so…

        I wonder whether part of it is that it is really designed to be multiplayer? Though you can hire NPC mercenaries they seem to be pretty underpowered compared with the player. If you had three player characters then maybe the extra power would make all the difference.

  5. Kimiko says:

    Oh, hey it’s finally Wednesday again :P

    Wow, I’ve played a lot since the last time. Heroine’s Quest (PC) was a lot of fun. I ended up playing it once with each class.

    After that I went through my backlog of visual novels. Sakevisual’s Jisei, Kansei, Yousei (PC) series was really good. Even though the series isn’t complete yet (five games are planned I think), I highly recommend it. Their free short VN [Text] (PC) is also worth checking out.

    Café 0 (PC) was a little weird. It didn’t make sense until my second playthrough. You have to be consistent in your choices or you’ll just get the bad end. After four non-bad ends you can get the true end. All in all the story still wasn’t great, but it was interesting.

    Dischan’s Dysfunctional Systems Episode 1 (PC) was really good, especially the art and interface design. There are only two endings (I expected a third), but that makes sense if you know that this is only the first installment in a series of at least three. The second game is going to be much longer than the first and should come out later this year. I also played their Juniper’s Knot, which is free and completely linear, but sweet.

    Winter Wolves’s Loren The Amazon Princess (PC) is an RPG/VN/dating sim hybrid. Of interest is that the player character is not the heroine Loren herself, but her assistant. The romance can be turned off, but then you miss out on some content and achievements. The RPG aspect is very classic, with a lot of micromanaging of skills and equipment. Although the cast has more male than female characters, there are several lesbian and gay romance options. I played the demo (first chapter), but decided against buying the full game because I didn’t like the RPG micromanagement much, and the price is rather steep at €20 (or €25 for the game + expansion). If there’s a sale somewhere I might pick it up though.

    The World To Reverse (PC:Windows) was a it of an odd duck. It’s two short VNs that aren’t so much visual novels as interactive poetry or something. Quite artsy, with stories that are pretty vague.

    Did I miss any games? No, I think that’s all of them.

    And now I’m playing yet another VN, Danganronpa (Vita). Visually it reminds me of Persona 3 a little. I should warn though that the creators really went out of their way to turn a VN into an action game. The trial part of chapter 1 I only got through with a walkthrough for the correct matches, super-easy difficulty, and looking up a video of the rhythm game part. Yeah, that was not at all what I expected from this type of game, and I don’t feel bad at all for using that FAQ. Stupid word matches don’t make sense and are too hard to hit. I’ll keep playing because the social and investigation parts are fun, but I really hope they get rid of all the action in Danganronpa 2 (probably won’t happen though) or allow to turn it off. I hate timed anything in games.

    • Lassarina says:

      Oh, I’ve got Loren the Amazon Princess on my Steam wishlist! I’m really fascinated to give it a try on the next Steam sale. :)

    • Kimiko says:

      Update on Danganronpa (some spoilers, but that can’t be helped):

      Chapter 2 has two characters handled really badly. A character with DID is depicted as a raving, drooling lunatic. Another character is trans, which is used for a shocking reveal, and is constantly misgendered by everyone.

      This on top of the fast-paced action parts I mentioned before makes me not want to play this game anymore. If I’d known about this beforehand I wouldn’t have bought Danganronpa :(

      • Doug S. says:

        The “action sequences” get a lot easier if you equip the right skills. You get skills by befriending your classmates during free time. Two useful skills you can get quickly are “Robot Jock” from Leon and “Melodious Voice” from Sayaka; each of them only require you to give them one present to get. (Go to the chapter select and replay chapter 1 if you missed these.) Also, you might find it easier to aim the cursor with the touchscreens than with the joystick.

    • Ashera says:

      Loren the Amazon Princess actually just went on sale today as part of the Dirty Dozen Discounts indie cross-promotion. It’s 66% off.

  6. Lassarina says:

    I’ve been a busy bee. I’m slowly inching my way through Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons on Virtual Console, which I tend to have about fifteen minutes of attention span for before I get bored. (I’m also trying to make my way through Anodyne – it took me far too long to find the cliffs dungeon, ugh – and getting my butt kicked by it. Why do I keep playing Zelda-esques when I am so bad at them?)

    I finally hit level 40 in Final Fantasy XIV and I’m in Coerthas, running for endgame before they finish the current content set. (By running I mean “remembering to progress the plot when I run out of rest XP to advance my crafts which are all at level 30.”)

    Still plinking at FF6 on iOS; I do not remember having this much difficulty with World of Ruin boss battles before :( I might have to come back and get the dragons later.

    Also still working on FFX HD for my Moogle University project; I’m in Sanubia and the changes to the music keep catching me off guard.

    I’ve also been playing Legend of Fae on Steam, which is Yet Another Bejeweled RPG, but it features a female, disabled protagonist, which is at least a little bit different.

    • Meredith says:

      If I remember correctly, the IOS version of FF6 fixes several bugs in the original (most notably the magic evade stat) that made end-game fights way less of a challenge than they should have been.

      • Lassarina says:

        Yes, but on my fifteenth play-through, I’m not above abusing the magic evade trick for speed. XD So that’s actually a disappointment to me.

  7. Doug S. says:

    I’ve been playing Bravely Default.

  8. Cade DeBois (@cadedebois) says:

    I’ve been playing a lot of Minecraft still, both modded on PC and regular Pocket Edition. I added a slew of technical and industrial-type mods to my modded game, and figuring out how everything works in very time-consuming but rewarding when I actually get things to work. Also added a new-ish mod called Witchery which is my first magic-type mod. I like it as it is very oriented toward folkloric, nature-based magic rather than Hogwarts. But tonight I’m working on inventory management from my quarries and a sorting/storage system for my farmed foods.

    Other than that not much–I’ve been having health and computer issues that have kept me room playing much on Steam. I’m close to finishing Brothers although it’s been over a week since I last played. I want to enjoy the last parts of it and so I’m waiting until I’m feeling better and am not so terribly stressed out. I ran into a glitch with The Swapper trying to get one of the achievements so that kind of bummed me out with that game. I really want to finish it as the story is intriguing, so I’ll probably pick up up again eventually. I tried out demos for Darwina and Rodina–Darwina was terribly unimpressive across the board and the Rodina demo kept freezing so I just gave up on it. And I just started two point-and-clicks, Richard and Alice and Return to Mysterious Island, but I’m not really far enough into either to have an opinion.

    I’m still playing a little Banished, trying to stick with one town and get a few of the achievements I don’t have yet. It’s mostly just grinding at this point, so I play it when I can afk a bit, like when I’m getting dinner ready.

  9. Dejadrew says:

    Dropped everything when I saw that Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies is now available on iOS. I DON’T HAVE TO BUY A 3DS WOOT. Currently ambling through the first case. I’m playing a little out of order, as I never played Apollo Justice (this game coming out provided motivation for me to finally order the danged thing, it should arrive from amazon in a week or two), but I figure I can just fill in “weird shit went down” and not worry too much about it. :P (I played the original phoenix wright trilogy pretty much backwards, due to various circumstances beyond my control. I was more or less fine.) I’m SUPER looking forward to the case with the Orca.

    In other iOS visual novel news, has anybody played Alice in the Heart: Wonderful Wonder World on iOS? Is it any good? It’s a fully voiced Japanese dating sim, the inspiration behind the Alice in the Country of Hearts manga that was published a while back, and it’s recently been fully subtitled in english and ported to iOS. I’m just wondering if it’s worth the download; reviews are scarce on the ground, alas.

  10. Cade DeBois (@cadedebois) says:

    In addition to my above comment, I’ve started playing Trine 2 recently and am really enjoying it. It has very colorful artwork and much more art detail–nice visuals for me right now as i’m struggling through I nasty bout of depression. There seems to be a lot more thought put into the game design than I’ve usually seen in side-scrollers. it’s geared toward people who play a lot of side-scrollers, as some things about the controls and game environment weren’t obvious to someone like me who doesn’t. And I like how with changing among 3 characters, if one char dies, you don’t have to go back to the last checkpoint and restart–you can just keep going and revive the dead char at the next checkpoint. Some of the platform jumping is annoying, as I’m really bad at that, but there’s been a few times I’ve gotten around an jumping obstacle using the special skills of the the chars to get around having to jump on platforms a lot. That kind of gameplay flexibility is really nice to see in this type of platformer/sidescrolling game.

  11. marco says:

    We went on a spree of Disney Magical World but tired ourselves out of it. As of now, the SO has retreated to Border Lands 2 and I am not really playing anything. But, we do want to finish Bravely Default since we’re a chapter away from the end; and in memory of Robin Williams, I want to start and actually complete the entire LoZ series. My SO and I were originally going to play them in timeline order anyway, but I think I just want to go ahead and start from the first and work my way through them.

    I’m also considering unpacking my Wii and returning to FFF: Chocobo’s Dungeon, Xenoblade and Opoona. The last two are real timesinks (especially Xenoblade), but I miss them so bad and feel like they could be great stress-relief/relax therapy. ♥

  12. Ashera says:

    Picked *Defender’s Quest* back up. Trying to decide how much of me failing at the last boss is bad tactics and how much is the need for more grinding.

  13. Doug S. says:

    Since we didn’t get a new thread:

    I downloaded Hearthstone. It doesn’t run too well on my iPad 2, so I’ve been playing it on my PC instead. I also decided to buy the expansion because I wanted to challenge all the computer-controlled bosses and get all the expansion cards.

    I’ve been doing pretty well for a new player, but I still haven’t unlocked all the basic cards for each class. When I decided to try out Shaman, I discovered that you can get a lot of cheap wins with the Shaman card “Bloodlust” against players that aren’t prepared for it. (Which, when you’re matched against other low-ranking players, is pretty much everyone.) I still think my Paladin deck is probably stronger overall, though.

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