Games I’ve been playing – August 2019

I would like to keep this blog a little more active than it’s been in the past months – with the exception of Blaugust, obviously. So while I still have a few drafts I want to finish, I saw Rakuno’s post about the games he played in August and while reading, I tried to list the games I played. My first thought was: That would be a boring list. World of Warcraft Classic! But it actually didn’t launch until the last week of August and I played games prior to that. In the end, my list isn’t that short, after all.

I’ve played quite a bit of Dry Drowning. It’s basically a point and click visual novel detective story. There, did I get everything in? I have no idea how far I am into the game as I didn’t research how long the game is. It does have a demo – a rare thing nowadays – which I played first and when I realized I didn’t want to quit the game and kept reading, clicking, and making choices, I decided I had to buy it! The developers are Italian and there are some typos in the texts, but nothing major.

Equilinox also took quite some of my gaming time recently. I’ve written about my impressions in August. It’s a game you can always start up and just observe what’s happening without having to do anything if you don’t feel like doing anything. On the other hand, I do want to progress and unlock all animals and plants, of course. But I’m in no hurry. It’s also a game I can easily jump back into now. I may not know what I last tried to unlock next, but I can easily find something else to work on.

I guess you could say that other than MMO, August was mostly spent playing simulation games. There was Tropico 6, Mad Tower Tycoon and Project Highrise and Parkasaurus. All games I really enjoy playing! I also revisited Jurassic World Evolution and started the campaign again because I couldn’t remember where I last left off and how to handle certain things. I was hoping the tutorial would help, but I forgot it’s not such a great tutorial.

When it comes to MMOs, I mostly spent my time doing crafting dailies and increasing my characters’ mount speed and inventory space in Elder Scrolls Online. Then I jumped back into Guild Wars 2 after writing here that I don’t like it anymore. And it’s still true. I don’t like the direction it’s been going for years. I don’t feel that the game is for me. I like the story, but I am usually more the person who strolls through the world, concentrates on crafting and so on. I am not the one playing instanced story after instanced story. The original maps are still beautiful and those are still fun to play, even after all these years. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that ArenaNet is adding anything that would bring me back in the foreseeable future.

And then, of course, there is World of Warcraft Retail – that is, the current version of the game with the zillion expansions. My warlock hit the maximum level of 120 and that was the end of my journey with her. I also don’t like where this game has gone. But then Classic launched and yes, it is… well, old. The game is old, after all. I like it, though. It’s slow, it’s pause to sniff the flowers, it’s just fun for now.