I kind of went a little overboard with new games, I guess. It must have been the post-gamescom-excitement! Or the fact that it was my birthday and felt like pampering myself… Either way, I now own a few more games and DLCs.
I bought Interrogation: You will be deceived at the end of August and I’m slowly playing through the game. I find it a bit annoying getting through all the dialogue only to fail in the end when there is a timer running down. But other than that, I really like this game, the mechanics and the story so far. I also like that you can’t just mindlessly click through all the dialogue. Sometimes, having the people you interrogate ease up a bit will make them give you answers they wouldn’t have given you otherwise. And with the timer, mindlessly clicking definitely isn’t an option. Every click takes away a few seconds from the time, so you better know what you want to ask next!
Then I bought California Games – good old Commodore 64 nostalgia. My first computer! Unfortunately, I have not yet figured out how to actually play the game, neither with my gamepad nor with my keyboard. And I can’t find a manual anywhere that shows me which keys I need to press in the games. But eh, this game is old enough, I can wait a bit longer and either try to figure it out on my own or wait for somebody to post the controls.
Tropico 6: Lobbyistico was a little bonus as it was on sale on Humble Bundle. I haven’t bought the previous DLC (Spitter) yet, but this one sounded better anyway! It’s also gotten better reviews. I think for the small amount of content the DLCs offer, the regular price of 10 € is too much to ask. But well, it was on sale. Right now, I’m focusing on my other acquisitions first, though. I just know that if I started playing Tropico 6 now, I’d probably not get to giving the new games a try any time soon!
Crusader Kings III came out shortly before my birthday and this is the only game on this list I didn’t buy. I got it as a birthday gift from bookahnerk! I tried to get into Crusader Kings II in the past as there was something about the game that in theory, I should love. But I never really grasped how to play it. I watched a few streams and it looked easier. It really is easier – once you get through the initial 100 pages of tutorial text, that is. But I am now at a point where I realize how much I don’t know about the game yet and where I google more than play in hopes of finding out what I’m missing. For example, is there any way to play peacefully? I feel like every minute I’m playing, I can add a couple of questions to the pile. But at the same time, I also feel that I kind of know what I’m doing – on a very basic level, at least.
The Sims 4 with Cats & Dogs wasn’t planned at all. In fact, I haven’t played the Sims in ages. The last time was when it was just “The Sims” with no number. But then this Star Wars DLC was announced for the Sims 4 and I kind of wanted it – until I saw the Cats and Dogs DLC. It seemed like the better deal for now (with Cats & Dogs and the base game being in a bundle and both on sale). I started playing the game and the dog’s animations are so… good. Simply that. From the sleeping position to the way the dog grabbed the toy ball, it just reminds me so much of the last dog we had. I am not sure yet how much I am going to play the game, but it’s another one I can run in the evening when I’m too tired to play something like Crusader Kings, but still want to play something relaxing.
Last on the list is Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning. I did play the original game a bit and then stopped. I don’t even remember why. But this is the only RPG that I’d thought about picking up again over the past few years. The main reason I bought the Remaster was that they changed the levels of the regions (they’re not locked to the level you were when you first entered the zone) and that I’ll get the new DLC this way. Of course, I first need to actually play the game again. I started and thankfully, the game runs very well with the Steam controller, so my poor aching hand can handle it quite well! I also hope the Remaster is successful enough for them to continue with the IP! But I wouldn’t have paid the full amount of money they want for the game. I know the developers who werked on the Remaster didn’t get any money for the game before as they bought the game and the IP, but they didn’t change that much, apparently, so 40 € is quite steep.
Now, if only I had more time to play… (and let’s better not mention any of the MMOs I’m still trying to give some attention to as well).