Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Too Many Games!

Hello fellow Mormon Geeks.  This is Andrew here.  I haven't been the best at posting regularly on this blog.  Why?  Well, I've been pretty busy with too many computer games to play, working on a YouTube channel, callings, home teaching, and having a full time job.  For my YouTube channel, I actually have 11 subscribers!  I'm pretty excited about that.  My Rogue Legacy series seems to be going very well.  (My YouTube channel can be checked out here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Beutimus).  Note, not all of the games I play are G-rated nor is all of my language.  Just a word of warning.

So, why so many games?  Steam is having their annual Summer sale.  Basically, it's the annual-my-wallet-starts-to-bleed-money sale.  I've purchased a small number of games, many of which I haven't had a chance to play yet.  Some examples are The Binding of Isaac, Borderlands 2, Rush Bros, Baldur's Gate, Organ Trail (not Oregon Trail), etc.

The Binding of Isaac is a very enjoyable Zelda-esque game.  It is rated at least teen level due to the level of disturbing imagery.  It is a twisted version of the story of Abraham and Isaac.  Instead of Abraham, Isaac's mother watches Christian broadcasts on the TV all day.  Eventually, a voice speaks to her, telling her that she needs to prove her devotion by sacrificing her son.  Isaac, terrified of his mother, escapes into a trap door that takes him into the basement.  He starts out armed with only his tears (yes, he shoots his tears as a weapon!) and a single bomb.  Along the way, he finds many different items that upgrade his fighting and defensive capabilities.  There is quite a bit of variety in the items.  Overall, I've quite enjoyed the game.  It might not be a good one for everyone.

Rush Bros is an interesting platformer game.  All of the stages react to what music is playing in the background.  Sometimes, the traps will move erratically because the beat of the music is erratic.  I still haven't quite determined what the game 'listens' for to determine the beat.  The game is G rated.  It might be frustrating for younger players.  The game is very fast paced, and the visuals can be overstimulating if played for too long.  The game also has an option to race with another player.

Borderlands 2 is a first person shooter RPG.  It is a very fun game, but definitely M rated due to language and the violence in the game.  I haven't played it all that much, but I have enjoyed what I've done so far, once I got past the annoying inventory controls.

I haven't had a chance to play Baldur's Gate or Organ Trail yet.

Other than that, the one non-Steam game that I've been playing is called Cube World.  It is an action/adventure game where everything in he world is created from cubes.  The water, the terrain, the characters, the weapons, even the attack effects.  I haven't seen a single rounded surface since starting up the game, even the water droplets from splashing are cubes!  Currently, the game is in its alpha development and can be purchased for $20.  The combat is fast and very fun.  I'm sure hoping they add in a bit more 'structure' to help guide players to interesting content and/or more types of 'missions'.  I've found the game to be quite enjoyable.

Well, that is quite a mouthful.  Like I said, it's been keeping me very busy!

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