Monday, December 07, 2015

Gaming Buffet

Lots of interesting news all at once, so let's have a look.

You Must Build A Boat (iOS, Android, Kindle), which is one of my favorite games of 2015 (top three, actually) is receiving a content upgrade that has already gone live. It includes daily challenges as well as a few welcome tweaks (for example, if you finish the game once, you don't have to go through the tutorial again if you restart the game).

YMBAB is an outstanding game. and you should play it if you haven't done so already.

Here's a new game that just got announced: Ride the Rails: Where the Water Tastes Like Wine (thanks, RPS). Here's a game description: a bleak American folk tale about traveling, sharing stories, and surviving manifest destiny. 

Just take my money.

There's a trailer at the link, and it looks stylish and distinctive. Coming next year.

Sony announced some interesting game at their something or other event a few days (seriously, there are so many "events" that they begin to lose individual meaning and sort of mass into a pudding-like consistency).

First, there's this: Ni no Kuni II Announced For PS4. Here's the blurb:
...Level-5 announced Ni no Kuni II, a sequel to the lovely cartoon role-playing game they developed in coordination with the talented animators at Studio Ghibli.

There's a trailer at the link, and you seriously need to go watch it. It's spectacular. And if you don't know anything about Studio Ghibli, it might be the greatest animation studio in the world: Wikipedia.

Sony also announced an incredibly silly game that looks like all kinds of fun: 100-Foot Robot Golf. I'm sure I will be buying that as soon as it's released.

Finally, this game deserves a mention: 1,000 Heads Among the Trees. It's not released yet, but the game description includes this: Discover an exquisite corpse-style narrative...

Now, two notes on games I've written about before.

I beat Thea: the Awakening's main plot after 60+ hours. That's not how long a single game takes, but I kept restarting and optimizing what I was doing (which is one of the irresistible attractions of the game). This is an outstanding piece of work, entirely addictive, and I can tell from the Steam numbers that they're getting some traction.

Here's the most important single thing to remember about Thea: people are important. Attracting new villagers, and protecting existing villagers/expeditioners, is far, far more important than other games, where individual people are treated like spreadsheet assets. Treat people as disposable in Thea and you will lose, lose, lose.

I've spent a bit more time with Just Cause 3, and other than the eternally infuriating local leaderboards  (which are incredibly intrusive and can't be turned off), the game is every bit as much fun as expected. And yes, you can steal a plane, fly up and up, jump out, activate the wingsuit, and roar toward the ground.

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