I now have three games I'm regularly playing: Warframe
, Baba is You
, and Dance Dance Revolution A
. I'm a very lucky man who has a refurbished bowling alley in his home town, and they got one of those lovely silver arcade machines. It's become a near-daily thing for me. And I think I might be losing weight from it, so that's a thing! I definitely have more energy, if nothing else.
Anyway. Onto other videos game:
I played this for less than an hour. Looks to be an acceptable platformer with a slightly wobbly gimmick based around taking a picture of the platforms and shifting them for as long as the exposure lasts, and an emphasis on speedrunning/minimal gimmick use, but it literally has no sound as it depends on Windows Media Player, which no longer exists in Windows 10. Not very impressed. Oh well.
A solid, albeit short (9h) little mini-Metroidvania, made of several discrete maps instead of one massive one. Made by the same people who did SMT: Synchronicity Prologue. Good movement tools, good bosses. Amusing dialogue, although a bit lowbrow on the humour. Only really spoiled by one atrociously bad "minecart" level. Would recommend for raocow to play for an LP.
I watched DC play this a while back. I've played Pink Hour too, so no real surprises here, but it's a solid little rompy shooter by Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya, of Cave Story fame. Fun for a few hours.
So let's be clear: I love tactical strategy, and especially Frozen Synapse. This totally left me cold in very little time. No story mode - campaigns have to be unlocked by doing stand-alone missions. Hyper macho pro-militaristic vibe. Planning UI is really, really bad and the behaviour of your dudes is extremely limited. I've heard great things about this but I totally bounced off it. May come back to years from now.
Yoku's Island Express!
Or more sardonically, What if Sonic Spinball was good?
I take that back, I love Sonic Spinball, and had a great time with this more recent Pinball-Metroidvania hybrid. One large, sprawling map with a clever fast-travel system. Very charming, great table design, good atmosphere. Not too challenging - no lives, just a little loss of your plentiful currency every time you fall through thorns. Reminiscent of modern Kirby, in a way. The only real downer is the final boss - couldn't take it seriously at all, and it wasn't very challenging, just repetitive. Otherwise a fantastic little gem. Also available on Switch.
Baba is You!
Recently had a breakthrough playing this and now I'm deep into the weirder side of the game. I've clocked over 50 hours and I'm still stumped by some early-midgame puzzles, while I'm hacking my way through what I can only assume is lategame insanity. If you like Sokoban (box-pushing games like the exemplary Stephen's Sausage Roll
), logic and observation puzzles like The Witness
or The Talos Principle
, or any Zachtronics-style programming game, you absolutely must try Baba Is You - and even if none of those sound like your thing, watch this trailer
and see if it resonates with you.
Sekiro! Subtitled by Activision.
Haven't got too far into this just yet - only having defeated one Major Boss, but I have a slew of minor boss executions under my blade already. Just opened up way too many routes, I went from having only two possible next areas to having like, five. Having a great time, struggling with parries but getting there. Expect to hear more from me on this game in the next few weeks to a month!
I also had a birthday recently, and so have obtained Touhou Lunar Nights
, Dead Cells
, Hand of Fate 2
, Dragonball Fighter Z
, and Devil May Cry 5
. Spoiled, ain't I? Sekiro means I probably won't get to those for a while yet though...