Before I begin, I was prompted to post this game thread cause The Guardian threw out this absolutely garbage article of the "25 Greatest Consoles" that made room for bombs like The 3D0 and Atari Jaguar and completely left out the Game Boy series of consoles. I guess they're only counting systems you can plug into the TV, but seriously, the GBA had probably one of the best libraries of games I've ever seen and the fact that it's backwards compatible with The OG Game Boy and Game Boy Color just made it that much better. Either way, it's not that great of a list, cause it's pretty much every console that ever sold any real quantity. So maybe, I dunno, next time do a Top 10 and give the Game Boy some credit?
I was originally planning on reading The Earth Abides this weekend, but after seeing Quatrarius mention Dark Souls to kleinbl00, I decided to focus on that instead. I ended up getting pretty far in that game initially, but never got around to beating it. Knowing the nature of games these days, I figure it'd just be easier to start a new character than try to pick up where I left off. Knowing my previous experiences with Dark Souls, as well, I'm doing a bit of grinding and just dumping all of my levels into vitality until I have 1,000 hit points. After that, I'll focus on leveling other things, like strength, endurance, etc. Man, that game is bleaker than I remember, but so addictively fun.
I'm mostly enjoying the heck out of my Evercade, picking it up and fiddling around with it a bit between chores. I think most of my time is spent on the Technos cartridge. It's funny, cause I got that game because it's chock full of Beat 'Em Ups, and the ones on that cartridge are awesome, but I'm spending more time playing Volleyball for the challenge and Dodge Ball because it's fun running around on the screen beaning people with a ball as hard as I can. Those guys at Technos know how to make some good games.
I got Divinity: Original Sin II earlier this year, because my friends said it would scratch my D&D itch. It doesn't. Nothing compares to sitting around the table with friends, rolling dice, and goofing off. That said, the game itself is pretty flawed too. The story is uninteresting, the NPC's are uninteresting, and while you're pretty much able to go anywhere or do anything, there's a lack of focus to really drive you to keep playing the game. Mechanics wise, it's a bit interesting in that you can really use map elements to your advantage, such as setting poison gas clouds on fire, electrocuting people standing in puddles of water, turning water to ice, etc., but those mechanics are over used in the entire game, to the point where they're present in pretty much every battle. So instead of having that one memorable battle where you killed a guy by throwing a fire bomb in the middle of a gas cloud, it's basically a common occurrence, making such encounters dull and forgettable. In short, the game is dull, I want my money back.
Puyo Pop will be forever amazing.