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There has been an extended period of time that has passed since my last game gush. I want to provide an update on what I’ve been playing recently. You know, maybe share some of my thoughts about the gaming world during the process too.

Games Played Since October

  • Marvel’s Avengers (PS4)
  • Harvest Moon: One World
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4
  • Back 4 Blood
  • Lost Words: Beyond the Page
  • Two Point Hospital
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Kill It With Fire
  • Ring of Pain
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Goliath
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Final Fantasy XIII

Now those are the major contributions but I also had a few hours put in toward Warzone, Apex Legends, The Procession of Calvary, Bassmaster Fishing 2022, and Phoenix Point.

As you may notice, the list has a variety of older games, recent games, and fresh new games. Although each individual game has its own flavor of grind-fest, there are only a few handpicked selections that I truly still love to play. Sadly, as much as I love video games, some of the choices also just didn’t pique my interest for too long.

Highlights

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Marvel’s Avengers

I need to make an entirely separate post about Marvel’s Avengers to discuss many topics surrounding the game. To keep it simple here, my unpopular opinion is that the game is good. I enjoy it for what it is. Sure, the end game content started out very slim to nothing. Some perks on exotic gear still aren’t as great as perks on legendary gear. But, on the other hand, the unique standalone story was thrilling to play through. For a character like Ms. Marvel, I think the voice actresses nailed the giddiness that comes with the role. Each hero’s unique combat choreography was also really fun to learn.

Harvest Moon: One World

Harvest Moon: One World needs a huge stamp on the cover for “ridiculously addicting.” Honestly, this game has everything you should like about village simulators. Follow a set of unique storylines, farm (of course), mine materials, build relationships, and just have fun wasting hours upon hours plucking crop after shining crop right out of the plowed soil. This is absolutely one of my favorites. Simple, relaxing, and oh my god, addicting.


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Forza Horizon 5

Since I nabbed an Xbox Series X (FINALLY!), I have been fortunate enough to play Forza Horizon 5 how it was intended. The Mexican landscape is beautiful and the level of detail is an extreme mastery of the art. You can free roam across multiple environments: desert, volcano, jungle, multiple cityscapes, and various assortments of street and dirt roads. Activities are abundant like street racing, drag racing, dirt racing, performing PR stunts, and connecting online for battle royale action or other fun game modes. And if that’s not enough, the photo mode is available which captures shots that look almost too real. 10/10!

Ring of Pain

Man, I was surprised by this one. Ring of Pain is an unorthodox card game where mainly the cards come to you. Although the game does have a progressive element, the dungeon runs only take about 15-20 minutes tops. The pace of the game is excellent for gamer parents like me and others with busy lifestyles. The game also has an eerily dark art concept that, quite frankly, I just find really cool. And when you think you figured out all there is to figure out, they launch another card at you that you have never seen before. Seriously, I was addicted to Ring of Pain for probably about 48 hours straight!

Back 4 Blood

Back 4 Blood is in no way a horrible game. In fact, I love what they did with the revamp on the Left 4 Dead series. A rebranding of enemy types and the innovative card system added an extra layer of randomness to every mission. The one thing that every game seems to be doing now is adding an obsessive amount of grind factor into a leveling system. In Back 4 Blood, veteran difficulty feels almost impossible without having some of the higher level cards that you only unlock by playing match after match after match. This is the only drawback to the game whereas the predecessors said here are guns and zombies and good luck.


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Final Fantasy XIII

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Yes, another great game by Square Enix. Final Fantasy XIII has a strangely bad reputation in the RPG community. It’s known to be the most linear story experience for a Final Fantasy title. Although this is very true, I kept an open mind during my first ever replay of the game. As it turns out, I love the paradigm system for combat. The role system promotes changing your play style to find the best tactic to overcome your opponent. And I’m not sure about you but I have an absolute blast switching between the paradigms on the fly. I could really talk about the game all day so I’ll stop here and save it for a game gush lol

Bassmaster Fishing 2022

Fishing — one of the greatest pastimes known to man. Bassmaster Fishing 2022 does pretty well simulating the patience and skill that is involved in fishing for some of the toughest sea creatures to wrangle. Although it’s obvious the dev team for this one really cared about making a great game about fishing, I just couldn’t do it. I’m not patient enough. For some reason, I am patient enough to grind out Final Fantasy X for all the achievements (such a pain in the ass). But sitting still and waiting to catch a flounder? Yeah, just not going to happen!

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