It's been like half a year since my last blog post. I'm lazy, I know. I actually have a lot of blog post drafts that I could finish, but I'm not the best at finishing projects I work on. I start on a lot of new stuff, but rarely go all the way over the finish line. At work it's different, because important processes and people depend on me, but with games, programming and writing, nope. Anyway, let's move on.
I have spent a lot of time the last months working, gaming and working out (strength training). At work I have spent quite a bit of time working with database(s) and SQL, which I've been enjoying. It actually doesn't feel like work for me. It's just fun. At the moment I'm most excited about gaming though, so let me write a bit about that.
Games I've Been Playing Lately
I want to share a quick update of some of the games I've been playing lately, but it won't be any full fledged reviews. I'll also share some other lists lists. So, here it is:
- ISLANDERS is a relaxing and simplistic city builder/puzzle game. I actually got all the achievements on Steam for this one. That's a first. The music is calming and the art style is nice. It has a leaderboard and a sandbox mode which gives it more replayability. I feel I'm done with the game and can put it down. It felt a bit random and simple, but that's fine. It's still a very enjoyable game, and it has a GNU/Linux version. 8/10.
- Night of the Full Moon is a card game with the Little Red Riding Hood. The art style is really cool and the game is fun. I have just played around 2 hours, so I can't say much yet. It's free to play, but with available DLCs to buy. The English isn't perfect, which is a bit annoying for an otherwise polished game. 8/10.
- Destiny 2 is a free to play open world shooting game. I have played for more than 200 hours, mostly PVP-ing. It's a good looter shooter that can be both stressful and relaxing. You have the freedom to choose how you want to play. Some of the story quests can be a little long and slow, but no biggie. It can feel lonely with random people popping up all the time and I find it a bit hard to find a good guild to play with. I'll give it 7/10.
- Deep Rock Galactic is a co-op dwarf mining game. Dwarfs and mining is a solid combo! It's pretty good, but I haven't gotten that into it yet. No Man's Sky came in the way. Solid game, but not my favorite kind of matchmaking. 7/10.
- ASTONEER is an open world space game. It's a really fun multiplayer game. The world is bright and colorful, and the exploring aspect is solid. 9/10.
- RuneScape is a high fantasy MMORPG. You know what it is. Chill, grindy and never-ending. I need to do more quests. I'm mostly going around mining, chopping trees, killing mobs and such. It's free to play, but a lot of stuff is members only. The graphics is a bit outdated, but it has its charm. A classic, along with Old School RuneScape. 9/10.
- Melvor Idle is an idler game. It's like RuneScape, but text based. It's relaxing and it gives me something to fiddle with and come back to. You can get it for GNU/Linux. The fun factor and some of the art style pulls the score down a tiny bit. 9/10 for what it is.
- Gunfire Reborn is a roguelite with RPG elements. It has different characters to unlock and it has co-op support. Great fun, but it gets repetitive after a while. It helps that you unlock new stuff as you play. 9/10.
- No Man's Sky is a huge open world sci-fi game. It's one of my favorite games these days. They (Hello Games) keep making it better and better, after a less successful start back in 2016. Respect to them for keep on going. Exploring and questing in this game is a lot of fun. I play it as a multiplayer game, but I've been having a few issues with the multiplayer functionality in the GOG client, which effects the score a bit. 8/10.
Chill Games When I Just Want to Relax
Games That I can Keep on Playing
- Melvor Idle
- Albion Online
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- The Age of Empires Franchise
- Conan Exiles
- No Man's Sky
- Destiny 2
- Deep Rock Galactic
- Monster Sanctuary
Games I Want to Play in the Near Future
- Darkest Dungeon
- Iratus: Lord of the Dead
- Titan Quest Anniversary Edition
- Dungeons of Edera
- Mini Healer
- The Last Spell
- For The King
- Battle Chasers: Nightwar
- Final Fantasy VI
- Lost Ark
- Ziggurat 2
- Meteorfall: Krumit's Tale
- Minecraft Dungeons
- The Long Dark
- Dead Cells
I have no idea if any of these games are good, but it's nice having some games on the phone to play on the go.
- Dungeon Village 2 (not free to play)
- Meteorfall: Journeys (not free to play)
- Dungeon Faster (free to play, contains ads and offers in-app purchases
- Shattered Pixel Dungeon (free to play, offers in-app purchases)
I want to find a handful of games that I can return to for years. Some chill games, some PvP games, some social games, and some open world games that have tons of content. Maybe some challenging games and/or strategy games too. Keywords are multiplayer, replayability (replay value), and a good endgame loop. I have found some, but I want to keep searching and settle down on a few.
That's it for now. Until next time! :)