EA dropped a major announcement under the guise of a small update yesterday. In a post titled “An Update On The Visceral Star Wars Project,” EA’s Patrick Söderlund announced some changes will be coming to Visceral’s upcoming Star Wars game—and Visceral Games is no more.
For whatever reason, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor‘s Nemesis System didn’t take the world by the storm the way it seemed it would three years ago. Other games haven’t borrowed the innovative system that affords players the opportunity to create endless stories within a larger game, but that’s okay. It’s back now, and it’s better than ever in Shadow of War.
We’re officially into the second half of October, and I’ve once again become painfully aware of the speed of time whipping by and the crushing relentlessness of adulthood. Or maybe I’ve once again realized we’re closing in on the end of the year and that’s it. There’s really no way of knowing which it is. Here’s everything I watched and played this weekend to stave off the advancement of time:
We play games for a lot of reasons. Sometimes we play for fun. Sometimes we play to turn our brains off and relax. Sometimes we play to experience a story. Sometimes we play to get lost in a fictional world and escape from reality, which I’ve been doing a bit more than usual this year.
2017 introduced a new wrinkle to my gaming habits, though: I’ve played more games I hate this year than I ever have before.
I’m deep into my second time through Dishonored: Death of the Outsider. I’m playing the game’s Original Game+ mode, which replaces Billie’s powers with three from Dishonored 2: Blink, Dark Vision, and Domino. There are three NPCs in front of me, and let’s just say the discussion they’re having isn’t a friendly one. Having linked the three characters with Domino, I’m standing on a nearby rooftop to figure out my plan to take them out and avoid detection—when one shoots another, which in turn kills all three characters. Problem solved.
It’s moments like this one that I’ll remember most about Dishonored: Death of the Outsider.
It’s Columbus Day. As you all know, that means basically nothing. It was still a weekend, though, which means there was plenty to enjoy on my TV screen.
I’ve never really been into multiplayer gaming, at least online. I’ve always been a proponent (and fan) of story-driven single-player experiences, dabbling into couch co-op or versus gameplay when my wife and I can. TT Games’ LEGO releases have been great for this. The same goes for many of Nintendo’s games—Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario 3D World being only two of the recent examples. Overcooked, my obsession from just a few months ago, was great.
Things have been changing recently, though, and those changes are the result of a game I’ve never played.
I’d like to say I’m going to get to everything I’m about to list, but I know it just isn’t going to happen. I haven’t managed to get to everything I’ve been interested in the past few months, and there’s a hell of a lot more dropping in October.
Fall weather finally kicked in over the weekend… and it’s colder than I remember. I still love it, though, and I ended up spending a bit more time outside than I have the last couple weekends. There was still plenty of time to stay entertained thanks to the various screens in my apartment, though.
Here’s my third check-in for the entertainment goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year. It seemed to be pretty simple. Impossible to fail. It’s looking like I was wrong. Here are the goals I set:
- Watch 100 movies, at least one each week (never watched before)
- Play and finish at least 15 games already in my collection (never finished before, played is okay)
- Read 26 books (never read before)