For those of you following along at home, I have 372 games in my Steam library that I have NEVER PLAYED. Well, I am going to spend some time every day trying to play through some of those games. This is the documentary of that endeavor.
Game #1: Banished
I know I said I would start with the letter ‘A’, but that was a lie. I’ve always like the look of Banished, so I thought a simple city-building strategy game would be first on my list. I always liked SimCity, and simulation games in general. I spent about a half hour going through the very thorough tutorial system.
I loved the idea of creating a little town and seeing if my people would survive. As I started playing the actual game (on Medium difficulty), it started raining. Basically it would rain every few hours on my poor people. The first step was to get a house so they had a roof over their heads. To build a house, I needed them to cut down some trees. So, I sent my poor people, who have ended up exiled to a new land, out into the woods. They were hungry and cold, but they powered through and I built them a house. However, I also wanted to build a bridge, because they looked so pretty in the screenshots I had seen. So I set them to build a bridge as well as a house. Then I had them collect rocks to make streets. Then I realized I had no builders, so I assigned my new flock to build the magnificent streets, house, and bridge. I played a little longer than my allotted hour, but I had a prosperous community who would all die from starvation long before they would build another house.
Game #2: Critter Crunch
I had played a demo of this game a while back, and I bought it. Now, I’ve finally played the real game. It’s hilarious. You control a little creature (called Biggs), who uses his tongue to grab smaller creatures and feed them to larger creatures in order to generate jewels, which Biggs lovingly regurgitates in rainbow fountains to his son, Smalls. The game is reminiscent of Tetris Attack, with some Bejeweled thrown in. The artwork is lovely, and the game is a blast to play. After an hour, I could have played another hour easy.
Destiny launched the new Crimson Days event thing. I was able to log on and play with one of my many PSN friends. The event is a PvP 2v2 deathmatch with revives. First team to win 5 are the champs. Our first match went badly 0-5, but we started picking things up quickly. I’m not a great team player, but I know my role. I run in and while I get killed, my teammate cleans up. We had one match (remember there are basically 2 kills per round for a total of 10 for a win) where my teammate had 16 kills and I had two. That was pretty embarrassing, but most matches we both had 7 or 8 each. I got a special shader and a new emblem, but I will have to play again tonight in order to finally achieve the coveted ‘chocolate ghost’.