Bookahneer’s Geekwatch (June 2018): New games and E3

Guild Wars 2 Bookahneer's GeekwatchDo you know when we had our last Bookahneer’s Geekwatch? In September 2016! To be honest, I actually forgot I had this column and whenever I had a few gaming things that got me excited, I thought: Nah, that’s not worth a whole blog post. But that’s exactly what this column is for, after all.

I have been really busy in “real life” and will continue being so from now on. All is good, though, except that I don’t have as much gaming time as I would like to have. Naturally, now there are and have been several sales for games that I have been wanting to get and I couldn’t resist! When it comes to games, I am apparently a hoarder. But when a game costs only 2 € and I want it, I just can’t resist. “Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition” was such a sale. I don’t remember the exact price I paid for it, but it was cheap. A member from our pen and paper roleplaying group had recommended the game to me as it’s apparently really great in storytelling. I guess I will find that out for myself soon. So far, I haven’t done much in the game as other games interfered and took away my attention.

Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr” finally released. I am working on writing some first impressions down, so I’ll keep it very quick here: I was disappointed about the game in the beginning, but I continued playing and within a couple of missions, I properly “settled in” and now I really enjoy the game. Also, my left hand doesn’t need to do much in the game, so it’s perfect for playing in the evening to relax a bit. It is just important not to expect a game like Grim Dawn or even Diablo 3 which let you explore maps – whereas in Martyr, you follow one path and have one or two corners in which you may find a chest with loot, but that’s it (see the map in the screenshot below). Maybe it’ll be different later on, though. The game itself is still fun, but there’s no sense of exploration (and no getting lost on a map, at least).

War40k: Inquisitor - Martyr

And then there was E3. Tropico 6 is definitely on my “to watch” list for 2018. The developers not showing up to two live interviews at E3 is worrying me, though. I have never seen another developer ditch two out of two interviews at E3 or gamescom or whatever, so I’m not sure if that’s a bad sign – especially since they had been saying to expect news and so far, we saw one article where somebody played a demo with apparently nothing new in it and some Russian article that at least showed a few nice screenshots. Maybe it’s nothing. But the development studio, Limbic Entertainment, is a German one (fun side note: They’re not too far from where I come from). And us Germans are usually very punctual or at least let you know why we didn’t. Their complete lack of communication with the fan base surprises me. They are also not the ones who developed the Tropico series in the past – that was Haemimont Games who recently released Surviving Mars. So on the one hand, I’m very much looking forward to continue playing in Tropico and on the other hand I’m skeptical because of their lack of communication and news regarding this game.

One surprise from E3 is the soon-to-be-released “The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit“. It’s the prequel to “Life is Strange 2”, a game series that I really love! The best part of this news, apart from this prequel releasing very soon – on June 26 – is that it’s free! And according to the description, there will be links to the story and the characters of Life is Strange 2. Intriguing! I definitely know what I’m going to be playing that week!

I think that’s all the games that I’m personally excited about after E3… not a lot – and even less so considering that one wasn’t even really shown at E3. But most of the games that I like aren’t necessarily the kind of games that are presented in such press conferences. And one image for Elder Scrolls VI is not enough to get me excited, by the way! ;) Who knows how far off that game is… according to the developers, it’s in a concept stage. So I will probably get excited about it – at next E3.

“Bookahneer’s Geekwatch” is the place where we take a look at all those little pieces of gaming news that have attracted our interest and/or talk about what’s recently been in the spotlight of other fansites.