i haven’t been playing “for real” for a long time. I played The Crown Tundra for a weekend, but I haven’t been hooked in a game for ages.
I’m afraid I’m hoping too much on Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla to be the game that gets me out of the rut. Which makes it even more tricky that I don’t know if I’m getting a PS5 soon or if it’s further away. I don’t know if it’s worth it to start playing on the PS4 or to wait for the PS5, since I don’t know when I’m getting one.
I have a Xbox Series X waiting for me, but I’m not gonna claim it. Going to opt for the PS5 instead, even though it’ll be difficult to get one despite a pretty early pre-booking.
I did my second attempt to get into the rogue-lite/-like genre. This time I tried Dead Cells, a game that I have been looking at for a long time. A side-scrolling action game that’s more up my alley than The Binding of Isaac, which was my first attempt.
The mechanics are super tight in Dead Cells. The game feels great to play. The reasons why I havent played it earlier is because I don’t get the grindy nature of rogue-lites/-likes. I need something that is failing me in, a story of an interesting world to explore. There are slot of exploration in Dead Cells, however it’s the same areas randomly generated to different configurations.
The collected cells that have been spent on different permanent perks and possible items, are the only progress that’s saved after dying. Which I noticed isn’t enough for me. I need something intriuging me, like a story or interesting environment to explore.
The strength of Dead Cells is the tight mechanics which it nails. Unfortunately, the progress getting to newer areas itself being the only prize for the accomplishment, which you are robbed of every time you die. It’s not for me.
Perhaps I’m a lazy gamer, but I want games to give me something more than just a distraction to pass time.
I beat Super Mario Sunshine for the first time this weekend, this time for the Switch. Not being the biggest fan of 3D Mario, which I usually am quite vocal about, made this more of a nostalgia trip rather than an enjoyable moment.
That aside, Sunshine is a charming game. Charming but very frustrating… And it’s like the first appearance of one of my favorite Nintendo characters. Pretty much my favorite, Bowser Jr.
I do like the game, it’s my third favorite 3D Mario after 3D Land and Odyssey. Playing Sunshine made me very aware of the facit that I playbgames for story and exploring nw worlds. With a story as thin as a thread and also an ending that I already knew about, all that was lett was game design and mechanics. Salt it’s not the games strongest points. The best part of the game is the cozy atmosphere and unique charm.
I knew I needed to collect 50 Shines to be able to complete the game, so that’s what I aimed for. I did however, not know that it was a set of particular 50 stars. When I got 50 stars, and the for the time, aptly named Corona Mountain did ger available, I was disappointed. I wanted the game to end. I did also get stubborn and was not about tonquit. So, I powered through, collected all remaining stars I needed and conquered Corona Mountain.
What a shitty section Corona Mountain is. A Long trail of Lava where there is a boat that doesn’t burn Up when in lava. But IF an obstacle would look at it, it would just give up and let Mario melt in the lava.
After the lava section, the final boss was the only part left. I knew what to do, but the mechanics being kind of unfair at times, it took longer than I want to admit.
When the boss was beaten and the credits started ro roll. All I wanted to do was to put the game on the shelf and not play it anymore. Maybe follow Mario and Peach’s examples and to just watch the sun set. No more Sunshine.
I finished Emerald today. With my tagteam of female Pokémon. Ludicolo lvl 50, Magnectric lvl 48, Pelliper lvl 46, Breloom lvl 44, Lairon lvl 40 and finally Slugma lvl 30. The real stars were Ludicolo, Pelliper and Magnectric. Even despite being underleveled compared to The Elite Four and especially to Wallace the champion, they carried their weight in gold.
I’m very happy I managed to beat the Elite Four on my first attempt, without knowing what Pokémon or types they use.
With the bedroom almost finished. We are very happy with the result. The living room is the next stop. It feels natural wanting to get new furniture before the big upgrade TV-wise.
Other than the living room I want emphasize lamps and lighting in general. Bias lighting behind monitors and TVs, but also lights making the apartment cozier, in corners, on shelves.
Been using Hue bulbs for couple of years, but not for all lights, just in windows and for other miscellaneous lights. It’s time to up the Hue game and the smart home in general. With a proper smart hub I’ll be able to set Day and night modes, something that’s not possible with just the Hue bridge alone.
Living in a smaller apartment, space is a real problem. Especially space for bookshelves. This is why I only have PS4 and Switch games in the apartment. NES, GBA and Genesis are all flashcart, and there will be more of that.
IF get a Xbox Series S that will for obvious reasons be all digital. I will still buy physical games for PS4, Switch and later PS5 which will requires space in our game shelf, yes singular.
I don’t have that many games, but it’s plenty for our limited space. Almost too many, but one thing I know for sure, it’s gonna be more.
Since we moved into this apartment we’ve has a temporary solution for the bedrooms TV placement. The TV was standing on two stools for over a year.
After some planning and hard work we managed to DIY ourselves a nice bookcase/TV bench in the bedroom. We modified three Billy bookcases by lowering them around 30 cm and out an oak board on top of them.
I quite like the end result.
There is a Switch dock setup and ready. There is also a space for an eventual Xbox series S next to the Switch dock. My favorite thing is that it has a dedicated controller shelf in the middle, just below the TV.
I didn’t really care about monitors or TVs as long the game or show was displayed correctly without any glaring issues.
This notion of mine has changed after testing high end monitors / TVs and laptops with nice monitors. I have tested 120 Hz monitors, 144 Hz monitors and even a 300 Hz monitor, OLED and LCD.
I noticed that games are so much more fun when playing on a good monitor. I haven’t bought new monitors in almost 10 years. Next time it’s time for premium monitors for the PC. For the living room it’s most probably gonna be a LG OLED.
Right now, I would probably never buy a monitor without a higher refresh rate and variable refresh rate. That’s why I’m really looking forward to a new TV in before the new console generation. To make gaming fun for real again.