Video game devs, take my money already!

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My name is Rinn, and I think I have a problem.

I can’t stop buying video games when I already have so many unfinished ones.

And it certainly looks like 2019 is not going to help me on that front. There’s a lot of great releases that I’m really looking forward to! I also treated myself to a PS4 in December, which has opened up a whole new world of possibilities, and another game library that’s going to take me a lifetime to get through.

(All game titles link to respective Steam store pages, or websites if there isn’t one)

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The Outer Worlds (TBA): Developed by Obsidian (who brought us Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity, no less), The Outer Worlds is an open-world sci-fi RPG. It promises to have recruitable companion NPCs and dialogue decisions, amongst other things, but really I was just sold by the excellent trailer that was premiered at the Game Awards.

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Dying Light 2 (TBA): The sequel to one of my favourite games played in 2018, I cannot WAIT for Dying Light 2. I was never a fan of zombie games until I tried Dying Light, and that was purely from watching some friends play it. The co-op is fantastic, and I hope this continues in the sequel.

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Tunic (TBA): This game basically looks like a fox version of The Legend of Zelda aka it looks ADORABLE. And there’s no release date yet 😦

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Mineko’s Night Market (TBA): I have been playing a lot of farming/exploration type games, such as Garden PawsMy Time at Portia and Stardew Valley, and this looks in a similar vein, although perhaps even more like Animal Crossing. And yet again – no release date!

And these are just a few of the games I have my eye on! Others include Willowbrooke Post (March), Concrete Genie (TBA), In the Valley of Gods (TBA), Babylon’s Fall (TBA), Control (TBA), Days Gone (April), Judgement(TBA), Sea of Solitude (TBA), Twin Mirror (TBA) and Crackdown 3 (released this month).

I also added Far Cry: New Dawn to this list, but I am currently playing/streaming it already and having an absolute blast!

What are you hoping to play this year? Do you have your eye on any of these titles?

P.S. Did you know I am a Humble Bundle Affiliate? You can use my link to buy games from Humble Bundle, and it will support me directly! Additionally, if you’ve never signed up for Humble Monthly before, you can use my referral to help me out.

 

 

 

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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.
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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.
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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?

I’m a Twitch Affiliate!

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After one month of streaming my Dead Space misadventures, experience of Paladins, return to Kirkwall and dating of Dads, I’m now a Twitch Affiliate!

If you’re not familiar with Twitch, this basically means I can make money from playing video games. Yep, I can make money from doing one of my hobbies! It’s going to be very small amounts, but still – why not? The revenue comes from subscribers and adverts, and it’s a really exciting development and one I’m really proud of.

Over the next few weeks I’ll work on building up my Twitch ‘brand’. I am, of course, going for the whole spaceship theme, with myself as the captain and my followers and subscribers as the crew.

If you’re interested in following, or even subscribing, please go and take a look at my Twitch channel. Even if I’m not live, you can view my previous broadcasts under ‘Videos’.

Is there a particular game you’d like to see me play? Let me know! 🙂

Dead Space | Why Am I Even Here?

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If you know me, you probably know I am not a fan of horror.

So naturally, my first solo Twitch stream choice was a horror game I’ve had for a long time, but never played: Dead Space. The plot is pretty familiar if you’re a fan of the Alien franchise: trapped on a spaceship, being hunted down by things that travel through the vents – although in this case, it’s the mutated crew of the ship, not an alien species, which somehow makes it a lot worse.

Horror games are always a fun choice to stream, because both the streamer and the viewer can feel pretty involved. And honestly, I’m not sure I’d be playing this game without my followers chatting alongside and giving me the moral support I need to even move just one step!

So, here we are, my first two live streams of Dead Space. Twitch keeps recordings for up to 14 days, so I’m archiving my videos on Youtube as well. If you’d like to follow me on Twitch, or watch the videos on there instead, my profile can be found here.

Please note these videos contain plenty of shrieking and swearing – it’s a scary game! 😉 You may want to skip the first minute or two, as it’s just an interval screen whilst I was getting ready for the stream.

Have you ever played Dead Space? Are you a horror game wimp just like me?

Starbound | Space Adventures

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Last year, I found myself addicted to Stardew Valley, the Harvest Moon-esque farm life simulator released by Chucklefish Games. I farmed, raised animals, filled up the museum, made friends, got married (Elliott, in case you’re wondering…) and explored to the deepest, darkest parts of the mines.

Whilst I loved the game, it didn’t quite feel infinite. There were town boundaries, a limited number of mine levels, and once I’d completed the Community Centre I didn’t feel like there was much of a goal anymore.

So imagine my delight when I discovered that the developer had released not only another game, but a science fiction game. love sci-fi. For several years on my previous blog I ran an event dedicated to the genre in all its forms every November (and it’s quite honestly something I’m hoping to continue over here). And just to top it all off, this game was an open world sandbox, which is a description that will ALWAYS encourage me to give a game a shot. The freedom of roaming a huge world on my own terms, and being able to create stuff? Count me in.

Starbound opens with the player fleeing their home on a damaged ship, and requires you to use the resources of the nearest planet to get things up and running again. Whilst there are plenty of side-quests and a main story, the possibilities are pretty much endless. You can choose to be an explorer and lay your claim to planets, found colonies and see sprawling cities pop up, or even just kill everything in sight if that works for you…

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My super cosy home library

I’ve played around 40 hours of the game so far, maybe 5 or so of those with a friend (yes, it has online co-op!), and I’m already proud of my progress. I have a castle with a LIBRARY, a cellar that has my own little laboratory, and around 25 colonists in various types of houses.

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My spaceship crew, in our crew uniform

You can also recruit crew members for your spaceship and BUILD YOUR OWN SPACESTATION (I haven’t gotten that far, sadly). All of the planets and galaxies are randomly generated, and have different types of atmosphere, climate, threats etc. For example, there is a toxic jungle planet nearby to me at the moment, but I don’t think I’m quite ready to face that one just yet. And not only can you fly above the planet, but you can dig, dig, dig right down to the core – but be prepared to face whatever might be waiting for you down there!

Whilst exploring on my own, I managed to find a little village of llamas, who were apparently all Scottish (??!), a tiny frog town and some mushroom houses that were occupied by mushroom people… all on one planet. Whilst playing with my friend, we found a ‘Glitch’ town (medieval themed, but occupied by robots), and may have accidentally stolen a few items to furnish our own homes, which led to a long (and fatal) showdown with the guards.

This is the first in what I hope will be a fairly long series of posts, sharing my Starbound adventures.

Have you played Starbound? What sorts of things did you find whilst exploring?

My First Gaming Video… | Paladins

When Claire and I had the idea to start up this blog, one thing I considered was filming some of my gaming, with narration, as some of my favourite Youtubers do (Markiplier and Jacksepticeye). Whilst I’m not expecting my videos to be ANYTHING like theirs (they are some of the funniest guys ever), I decided to bite the bullet and just test it out. Maybe this is something that I’ll do more often, maybe not, we’ll see… But here’s my first ever gaming video!

If the embed doesn’t work, you can also view it on Twitch here.

I chose the game Paladins, which is a free-to-play FPS (First Person Shooter) available on Steam. It’s similar to Overwatch or Team Fortress 2, in that you group up with other players to play capture-the-flag type scenarios. The game sound is a little quiet in this video, but that’s something I’ll be sure to check before the next (in my first attempt, I could barely be heard).

I’ve also been experimenting with Twitch today, and that’s something I’m hoping to do a bit more often too – especially now I’ve roped a friend in to join me for some regular gaming 😉 We streamed earlier but made the rookie error of not choosing to save broadcasts…

Have you played Paladins? Do you share your gameplay videos, and if so, do you have any advice for me?