Two weeks down. Two to go. Has anything entered my sphere of awareness that may threaten to break me out of the Five Game Challenge early? … Well, no, as it turns out. Warframe has taken over my play time to the extent that I’ve not meaningfully touched XCOM 2 or Rimworld yet. The Elder Scrolls Online, not at all.

In fact, unlike the last Looking Forward post on Day 7 there isn’t even anything of particular interest for when this challenge is done. At least — not without actively stopping to think about it.

Doing so comes up with just two titles. One I’m definitely keen in, the other more of a ‘Eh, maybe? Will wait and see’.

Death Stranding

I don’t think anyone expected, when we started the wild speculation many years ago, that Death Stranding would turn out to be a walking simulator. Courier-man, the game, post-apocalyptic version.

Sure, we were a courier in Fallout 3: New Vegas too… But… But this has ended up being all about the deliveries.

I will admit, when I saw the first snippets of gameplay I was perplexed. I assumed it could only have been a teaser. There had to be more. And while in a way that’s true, in that there is a lot more depth to the experience, ultimately that’s still the ‘game’.

Critical reviews are all over the place. It isn’t often that the big commercial outlets are all over the place in their scores, wildly in contradiction to one another. UltrViolet of End Game Viable though appears to quite like it and the story elements seem interesting enough to entice me.

There’s a good chance at the end of this challenge I’ll go ahead and pick-up the PS4 version. That isn’t my plan though. My plan is to wait for the PC version. But hoo boy the internet is going to become an absolute minefield of spoilers in the coming weeks and months, I think.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

I’m not optimistic about this. Not even cautiously optimistic. I just want it to be good.

But mostly I fear that what I want — i.e., another KoTOR experience — isn’t even really what this title is setting out to do. It seems to be a far more linear, guided down a specific path, experience.

That isn’t necessarily a death knell for the game. I can take in a linear adventure and be happy too. Just… I don’t know. I guess we’ll see?

If it ends up being included in the Origin subscription service, I will undoubtedly give it a shot. I still have until February on my year’s subscription that I picked up for Anthem.

Fingers crossed we get something decent out of this.

But that’s enough for right now. Back to Warframe. ;D


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Magi · November 15, 2019 at 1:16 am

I can see how Warframe could take up this much time :D Ultimately, I may have been participating in the five games challenge all along this month! :shrug: I mean, I’m playing League of Legends every now and then when I’ve got the time and then there’re the games I’m reviewing, so there’s basically Pool Panic, The Swindle and League of Legends for now. I “survived” on two games so far and I doubt that it’ll change for the rest of the month as I’m going to be rather busy for the remainder of the month and as I don’t really have any games that I want to review right now. I may play some Domina soon and review that, but probably not until next week’s weekend.

Warframe has so much to offer. The last time I picked it up, I’ve been working through the main quests that I had to round up, unlocked MR5 and Limbo, while also fighting my way through some rather challenging nodes and stuff. There’s a lot to do on top of the Platinum-Grinding and Fortuna-stuff and I still haven’t gotten to the part of unlocking the Archwing-Launching-Pad, yet, as I just haven’t bothered with it yet.

Death Stranding is basically just the delivery stuff but there are action and stealth parts as well, depending on what missions you choose and how you want to play them, from what I’ve seen. BUT mostly it’s the walking simulator thing and I actually like that. Once I get my new PC, I could see myself sinking my time into that once the price drops and once I’m through with some other games here, that I haven’t played at all (aka the Backlog). Hopefully, Black Friday/Cyber Monday really helps me out with the funding, hehe. If not, the new PC will have to wait until January, as I’m going to Munich over New Year’s. :c

    Naithin · November 15, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    The main quest of Warframe is amazing. You absolutely need to finish that up.

    Hopefully it hasn’t been spoiled for you, but I would guess by now it probably has been.

    Even if it has though, definitely worth getting through it for yourself.

Isey · November 15, 2019 at 6:05 am

My origin subscription ran out this month, so no more Anthem for me. Not as though I was playing it anyway.

    Naithin · November 15, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Yeah, Anthem has been a bit of a dud unfortunately. I still held hopes for it post release for quite a while, but it seems to now be a pretty dead dud.

    In terms of other things on the Origin pass, I did play a little BFV, but not enough to keep up the sub. So once it’s done, that’s probably it.

Jeromai · November 15, 2019 at 9:55 am

I would smirk, but since I’m over here sulking about my doubling workload after needing to cover another colleague on maternity leave, I’ll just grump about how I don’t have the time to play as much Warframe as I’d like instead.

Glad someone else is having fun that I can share vicariously!

    Naithin · November 15, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Oof. Any line of sight to getting someone in temporarily to come and relieve the load, or likely to be stuck like this throughout the duration of the maternity leave?

    In any case, all the best! Hope you can get at least a little time in to play here and there. :)

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