Gaming Goodies – January 2019

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It looks like 2019 is going to be a pretty big year for games.

Which is amazing, but what am I supposed to do when I’m years behind on my Steam library, and more and more titles that I MUST PLAY NOW just keep appearing??

I valiantly work my way through them, of course. Here’s what I’ve been playing this month:

  • Assassin’s Creed Origins (PC): I actually started playing this in October, and it took me about three months to finish because I wanted to do EVERYTHING. I completed every quest and side quest, found every location, cleared every enemy base… I really enjoyed it. The ending was pretty trash, but the game itself is gorgeous. And considering I wrote my Bachelor’s thesis on that period of Egypt AND about the god Serapis, who appears quite a lot throughout the game, I was enthralled.

I had a LOT of fun with the photo mode in Assassin’s Creed Origins.

  • Spyro: Reignited Trilogy (PS4): This was one of the games of my childhood, and I may have gone out and bought a PS4 just so I could play it. Okay, maybe not just for Spyro, but it was definitely a major contributing factor. I’ve nearly completed the first game, and started the third because that’s the one I played the most and I’m too impatient to wait.
  • Vampyr (PC): I started playing this at random one morning and soon found myself sucked in. I finished it in about a week, which is pretty speedy for me. I had a friend staying who helped with a few of the bosses, and we both got involved in seeing how our choices played out. You play a doctor in 1918 London, during the Spanish influenza epidemic, who gets turned into a vampire. He is then torn between his vampiric urges and keeping the Hippocratic oath he swore when he became a doctor.
  • Jurassic Park Evolution (PC): I CAN RUN MY OWN JURASSIC PARK!! This game is a little bit addictive, and sometimes hilarious. Especially because I’ve given all my dinosaurs normal names (such as Nigel and Arnold the ceratosauruses). It can be quite challenging, and the islands never feel big enough for everything. But all the same, I will unlock all the dinosaurs, oh yes, I will.
  • What Never Was (PC): A very short free game on Steam about a girl clearing out her grandad’s attic after he dies. She finds something very unexpected and I really can’t say any more! It only took me maybe 20 minutes to finish, and I’m assuming it leads onto a full length game.
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (PC): More Assassin’s Creed-ing around my degree subject, this time Ancient Greece! Although this game is very different from the rest of the series, and you’re technically a mercenary not an assassin, it’s still super fun. I had to just stop and stare at my surroundings 90% of the time, as they were locations I’d only ever previously visited through textbooks and university research. It was amazing to see them brought to life in this way.

Hanging out at a shrine to Athena in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

  • Garden Paws (PC): This game is ADORABLE. It’s like a mix of Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley – you look after your grandparents’ farm whilst they’re off travelling the world, but the twist is that the village is populated by animals, and you’re one yourself! There’s loads to do, from helping to rebuild the village to crafting, farming, exploring, raising animals and it’s all just so cute. I’ve been streaming it a lot on Twitch lately, and it even has Twitch integration so that viewers appear as NPCs at your shop. I’ve currently played about 30 hours and probably streamed half of that in the past week.
  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die (PC): My friend CrimsonGargoyle bought this game for me two Christmases ago, and I finally got round to playing it. I streamed it and it was a perfect stream game – so weird and quirky and very unexpected! Unfortunately it’s unfinished, and there will be no second half of the game, but I enjoyed what I could play.
  • Adam’s Ventures: Origins (PC): I streamed this yesterday – it’s a puzzle game about an archaeologist but has NOTHING to do with archaeology and is in fact a total trash game. I spent 5 hours on this garbage, but I finished it and that’s one more ticked off my list!

What have you been playing this month?


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