What Are You Playing Wednesday

The gnome character from Book of Unwritten Tales standing in his machinery filled home.

It is midweek question time again:

  • 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 started a PC adventure game The Book of Unwritten Tales this week and it was charming and funny. After playing a couple of hours, I am definitely looking forward to seeing where it goes next.

 

Otherwise, I saved up some money and got the Vita bundle that included Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation and started it last night. I am definitely interested to see where the game will go with the idea of Aveline changing her persona to blend into different situations.

 

So, what have you been playing?

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13 Responses to What Are You Playing Wednesday

  1. Kimiko says:

    After finishing Chrono Cross (PSP) last week, I started Flower, Sun And Rain (DS) and Torchlight (PC/Linux).

    Torchlight seemed much more fun, so I played that first. Gendered classes are an unfortunate staple of the Action Dungeon Crawler / Hack&Slash genre. Torchlight even has one branch of the female Vanquisher’s skill tree called ‘Marksman‘. Good thing I like playing a ranger class, since that’s the only female one of the three.
    Gameplay is quite intense, with constant clicking to attack and run and use items. I was worried that something like that would trigger migraines, so at first I limited my playing to an hour or so at most, but nothing bad happened, so at the end I played through most of the final part of the dungeon in one go.
    Despite the myriad customization options in skills and weapons, I don’t think I’ll play the game again soon. The randomly generated floors only use a few different layouts, so even the shorter dungeon sections looked familiar after the first one or two floors.

    Flower, Sun And Rain turned out to be disappointing. It had been sitting in my gaming backlog for a long time, always getting passed over for something that looked more interesting. Rightly so, I’ve found. First of all, the 3D looks like something from the 90s, so crude. The story makes no sense whatsoever. The ‘puzzles’ consist of characters talking to you about some completely unrelated topic, then looking up that topic in the hotel brochure, picking the right number from that page and entering it in a cumbersome interface. This is not fun to play, and from what I’ve read, doesn’t get better either, so I’ve dropped the game.

    Next up is Star Ocean: First Departure on the PSP. My urge to burn buy a Vita is rising badly, seeing several people on Backloggery playing Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward.

  2. Lassarina says:

    Still chugging faithfully through FF Dimensions, though that slowed markedly last week after I decided I was definitely for realz finishing a writing project I’ve been slogging at for 6 years (I started it on 11/1/2006, for NaNoWriMo). As of today I am 500 words from the end (for scale: I have written 175,000 words on this relentless beast.) Just in time to start NaNoWriMo tomorrow! Planning, I do not have it.

    And because I do not have planning, I am also working on Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, which I was having a very difficult time getting into when I picked it up on Sunday, and I finally realized why: I’m in the early bit of the game where they’re setting up the story, which means the characters just keep going yap yap yap. Yes that’s very nice and all, now GIVE ME MY PUZZLES. (This is exacerbated by being familiar enough with the series that I think I’ve already guessed the plot twists.)

    Also I’ve apparently decided to go achievement-hunting in Bejeweled again. I’ve only six to go! (Max-level star gem achievement, max-level hypercube achievement, max-level “detonate X special gems in one move,” max-level “get Y butterflies in one move,” max-level “get Y artifacts in Diamond Mine,” and “one million gems.”)

    • Kimiko says:

      Bejeweled! One of my favorite games :)
      I’m surprised you’re missing specifically those achievements though. The ones I’m missing are for Poker (platinum for score and gold for flushes), Ice Breaker (gold for column combos), and Butterflies (platinum for score). What do you mean by “one million gems”? Are there ranks above “Gemhunter lv N”?

      • Lassarina says:

        My version of Bejeweled (iOS) doesn’t have any Poker-type achievements. And the description of the achievements isn’t super helpful unless you’ve already accumulated one of the earlier levels, sadly.

  3. feministgamer says:

    I’ve finally got Guild Wars 2 … But Crystal Desert is completely full! So I can’t game with you guys. :(

    But my first impressions are good. I still haven’t picked a main, but there is one character that I feel the most comfort and intrigued by, so I’m probably going to make her my main (Norn Guardian). But I’ve had a lot of fun experiencing all the starting worlds of all the races. It was hard for me to choose. I also loved how your decisions during character creation shape your main story quests.

    And it’s a bit weird, but I wanted to play all men characters in some bizarre twist for me. For one, the female voice actors aren’t that good in my opinion. But the game basically assumes I’m a man anyway, which bothers me. It’s subtle, but it’s clear, and I wish it weren’t the case.

    I’m finding the social aspect lacking, though. It might just be my server or SWTOR has spoiled me, but no body ever talks, and if they do it’s text speak. There was a really strong camaraderie in the beginning months of SWTOR, because most everyone was a Bioware fan. So it was so easy meeting someone you got along with instantly. And I always, always wanted to do things with other players. Guild Wars 2 makes it very easy to solo. Which I used to like because I used to solo exclusively … but SWTOR has honestly changed that for me. I’m so spoiled!

    • Alex says:

      I don’t know if server transfers are still free, but if they are, just keep trying to transfer to CD, you should find an opening eventually. Non-peak times are probably your best bet.

      Also, how dare you! The sylvari female voice actor is Jennifer Hale :P

      • feministgamer says:

        I just started playing my Sylvari today, and you’re right, a very noticeable improvement. :)

        It won’t even let me hit the “transfer” button to Full servers. I guess that’s what I get for waiting so long. :P

  4. Ashera says:

    Recently started Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble, which I’ve had sitting in my backlog for a while. It’s pretty neat so far.

    Poking at Glitch some more. I just got the second level of potionmaking and have been making Door Drinks (creates a portal to a random location) and leaving portals in random places to surprise other players.

  5. menunu says:

    Steam had (has?) Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition for 15 bucks!!! So, I bought that yesterday and started playing it. It is so fun on PC, though I think it is more buggy than the Xbox Live version. I wanted to be a heartless person this time, but I am ending up choosing to be on the “good” side more often than not, as usual with my first playthroughs. I’m also still playing WoW, though I think I am experiencing burnout.

    I also played a few tabletop games with some friends while waiting for the Hurricane to pass (we are all lucky; safe and sound). We played Munchkin Bites! (a Halloween version of Munckin) and Ticket to Ride. Fun times!

  6. Timmy_Mac614 says:

    I finished Dead Space: Severed. It was a nice small package (~2 hours) though I could have played that game for hours. Plus, you play as a black man with a non-American accent. The story is a follow up to the PS3 and Wii game, Dead Space: Extraction.

    With Halloween behind us, I am now playing Borderlands with the goal to play Borderlands 2 afterwards. I picked the Siren character. It is great not playing a dude. Sometimes, you just need to mix it up.

  7. Omar Little says:

    Obviously this is a little off-topic as the game is merely “announced” rather than released but it looks like they’re actually restarting work on the Longest Journey/Dreamfall sequel! Even better news is that even though Ragnar Tornquist left Funcom and Funcom still owns the rights to the IP, they have licensed the sequel to his studio.

    Other than that – still playing XCOM over here. Still don’t have enough engineers.

  8. Lupus753 says:

    I’ve just downloaded a bunch of vintage adventure games to play on my SCUMMVM emulator: Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max Hit the Road, and King’s Quest VI (the one with relatively few unwinnable situations). I’ve also recently gone back to the LucasArts adventure games I downloaded on Steam — Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Loom, The Dig, and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. Then I downloaded King’s Quest III Redux, a fan-remake of the old Sierra game. It’s been a very adventure game week.

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