At work on my day off, again, trying to stay on top of my workload. So while I listen to calls, have a wall of Mellie
Unsurprisingly, I also have a lot of games on the go.
Divinity on Xbox One is a faithful recreation and works somewhat okay with controls (it isn't intuitive but then, could a game like this ever be?) and they still haven't improved how party inventory is handled.
Xbox 360 backwards compatibility has launched so I've got a stack of 360 games installed now. and because they're so tiny I can fit heaps of them in. GRAW and Rainbow 6 were first off the block followed by the still-excellent Shadow Complex (which, if you have an xbox and haven't played, you really should... early Nolan North, Metroid style gameplay and magnificent artwork).
The conversation above around Elite has me somewhat interested to head back in on my Xbox copy (for which I got the Elite controller for in the first place) but it's just such a big, dull, beautiful empty space that I don't know what to do in it. There aren't any players in my arm of the spiral so it's just... boring. Planets could make that a lot better though, I suppose.
Speaking of planets, Space Engineers has just released the planets update! I'd tell you about it, but the game crashed twice when I tried to launch the new 'Earth - Easy Start'.
Also, oh my lord why did I never know that The Incredible Van Helsing 2 actually got so awesome after the first, stupid level. I played the first VH and got really bored of rambling around a forest, then I got 2 hoping it would be better but it too starts with a boring, unstoried first level. After reading a recent Kotaku article about the series, I relaunched, completed that first level and BAM it got interesting. Now I have an underground lair and from it I can hire troops and generals to do side missions (like the assassin's missions from the Creed series or the side missions in MGS V/Peacewalker), I can craft new weapons and tools or I can play the ludicrously enjoyable tower defense game... or I can do the campaign. There's just so much content that isn't at all advertised in anyway until you play through to it. The latest VH game has released; called 'Final Cut' it is actually all three VH games rolled up into a single game with increased levels and shiny new HD textures. The devs offered it free to anyone who owned the trilogy and said they'd talk to Valve about those who own one or two games and want to buy the rest to get Final Cut free. I didn't even know VH3 had been released, so I'm waiting to hear what happens before trying to get on this latest one. As much as there's more hours of gameplay there than I have to give, I like the idea of a single character and singleplaythrough of the story (which, incidentally, I enjoy more than Diablo 3's by a long shot).
Black Ops 3... I am so, so impressed by this. And this from someone who buys the series every year but hasn't felt satisfied since the campaign of MW2 and the multi of MW3. The campaign is good, really good (not great) because it does something interesting with the tired old formula. The use of VR lets them do some interesting scenes and the introduction of robots and some new toys, as well as more than one path to the end (think of it as extra tunnels, not an open space) means it's interesting to play through. The multi is the shining jewel with just the right mix of movement abilities and the usual smooth combat. Levels are as overcluttered as always (I far prefer the cleaner lines of the battlefield series) and remain anti-symmetrical and still no angle is safe... but they're larger with varied levels and underwater sections... I tend to find my favourite pathway and just dominate it as hard as I can which works for most rounds. Oh, Zombies, yeah, I finally like this mode but oh my god do you need a group that communicates if you want to survive even the first wave.
Witcher 3. I grabbed Heart of Stone. Why, I don't know, I've only just met back up with Yen on Skellige so I'm a million miles away from getting near any DLC.. but I really want to spend more time here. I think I get frustrated because I don't slow down to read my Bestiary and then get frustrated by the mini-boss monsters; like Jenny of the Woods who was level 6 yet utterly dominated me as level 10 until I finally applied the right mix of potions and powers.
MGS V / Peacewalker - I really should finish these. I'm only up to mission 18 in MGSV and there's like 35 or more of the bastards. PW will have to wait until it hits backwards compat.
Fallout 4 has moments where I feel transported. I remember my feelings in FO3 when I left the vault, that wondrous sensation of being in a new world.. and that same feeling has largely been missing from FO4. I had zero expectations so it's not that I'm let down, but maybe, like so many other sequels, the world has moved on and there are so many cool games to play now that games like FO3 (and BF2 and other games I feel nostalgic about) were they released today, wouldn't have the impact that they did. Still, some positive changes (like OMG I CAN SEARCH THE INVENTORY OF STUFF SO EASILY WHY WAS THIS NEVER A THING BEFORE) means I'm happy to move about, but base-building (and even assigning people to gardens how the fuck do I do that) and fixing the power armour (again, HOW) really turn me off. I also look at how closely my building areas are on the map and figure if that extrapolates across the entire play space that's WAY too many bases to build and defend.
Halo 5 sucks. I just can't get into it. Warzone is amazing, it's the campaign I'm talking about. After playing back to back with Blops 3, H5 is just endless wide corridors with enemies plonked down like walls that you need to knock down before proceeding. Not saying that Blops is in any way revolutionary, but at least it gives a sensation of being organic. Add to that that I don't really get the whole Locke/Chief thing and don't really give a shit what's going on, and this one has been a surprising bust for me. Might have to go back and unlock some of the 6,000 gamerscore available in the Master Chief Collection instead.
The best thing in my life right now, gaming wise, is the TV I now have downstairs for my Xbox. My wife and bubbas went to her Mum's place for a week so I brought it downstairs and it's stayed there since (wasn't being used in the toy room). So being able to play XO on a TV as opposed to my monitor is a massive difference. Visually on the monitor, stuff looked shit compared to the same game playing on PC one monitor over. But on the TV all that scrappiness fades away, lines are smoothed out and textures brightened. So now I have my computer on my left and swivel to my right for the TV.