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The Start of Something New?

My poor blog, woe is it that its creator should be so consistently useless. I’m in slightly strange place right now, currently stuck unemployed with no future at my parents’ house and really struggling to make any headway in any direction; be it the job market or any kind of creative or leisurely outlet. Anyway, I will be once again trying to get my blog back on some sort of track, I was thinking maybe weekly or biweekly posts but I haven’t decided yet. It will probably depend on whether I’ve been playing anything interesting lately. Maybe I’ll write about some stuff from my fitfully dull everyday life so that no one can read that either. Well now that I’ve mustered the motivation to write something I may as well continue. Please enjoy the round-up below. Feel free to leave any feedback, it would probably make me want to write on a more regular basis if you did.

Awesomenauts

I mentioned this neat little 2D MOBA in my last post and I would like to precede any discussion on the game with a hearty recommendation. I’m not entirely sure of the price tag but I am pretty sure I picked it up for cheap in a Steam Sale and have certainly got a lot of enjoyment out of it. The game has not been forgotten by it’s developers and receives regular balance tweaks and updates to keep things fresh. There is also DLC, which I have not yet bought, which introduces some new characters. DLC also comes in the form of skins for characters, which are thankfully purely cosmetic.

A character with invisibility in a game with no way of detecting him? Balance concerns? What are you talking about?

Awesomenauts is a game I don’t take too seriously and that is possibly why I enjoy it so much. For my competitive games I already have Super Smash Bros. Melee (I play in tournaments) and Dota 2 (which I watch a lot but struggle to play due to my woeful laptop) so Awesomenauts does not need to be competitive for me to enjoy it. I know there have been tournaments for it but I have remained blissfully unaware of any results or meta-game so have been able to enjoy the game in a casual capacity. Awesomenauts combines platforming with great 3v3 2D action. You can upgrade your abilities with ‘solar’ (gold) which is earnt through killing enemy droids ‘creeps’, ‘turrets’ (towers) and of course the enemy. This game is League of Legends streamlined even further. It’s short, minimalist MOBA fun and there is certainly opportunity to do some fancy stuff with some ‘Nauts allowing for a higher skill ceiling than you might expect.

It’s not all good though, lack of dedicated servers can make for some unfortunately laggy games and I have heard complaints that the new DLC ‘Nauts are a little OP. This could change with a patch though so no need for that to dissuade you from a purchase. Overrall very fun, especially with friends. Good for short, multiplayer bursts of fun. Can be frustrating in the same way all team based games can be. Worth a purchase

Depression Quest

This is an odd one. Not so much a game as a particularly, well, depressing ‘Choose your own adventure’ sort of thing. The game was originally meant to follow a shareware model but is now available on Steam for free in a tribute to the incredibly tragic loss of acting and comedy legend Robin Williams through apparent suicide. Williams had previously struggled with alcohol and drug problems as well as depression. The experience is certainly a little harrowing and indeed may be a little too painful for anyone having recently experienced or currently trapped in the throes of depression. A Warning: Don’t play this if you’re feeling low, it can’t do you any good.

In short, the game puts you into the shoes of a depressed man. You make his decisions for him, if you make ones that lead him further down the path of mental illness your choices become fewer and fewer. Make too many wrong choices and you will have ruined the protagonists life. An uncomfortable experience due to its hard hitting emotional qualities and this could be considered a teaching tool for those looking to learn more about the illness. The writing does a good job involving you with your protagonist and does well to effectively convey the completely crushing feeling of depression. Overally this is hard for me to form an opinion on as it’s hardly a game, it’s an interactive story. If you’re looking for an emotional experience and are interested/have a connection to depression that you want to explore this may be for you. It’s free anyway, so give it a go anyway. Maybe you’ll take something important away from the experience.

Summary

I think that’s it for now, any other game I want to talk about I could probably write a full piece on and I don’t want this already lengthy text post to drag on any longer than it needs to. Well there you go, hopefully I can keep this up for a little longer this time around. I will endeavour to keep this regular as it’s really the only thing approaching a creative outlet I have at the moment and it’s probably important I do something other than my full time activity; nothing. I am still writing for Gamer Headlines so feel free to check out my articles there, it’s mostly news stuff but if that interests you give it a look.

Thank you to anyone reading this/following this blog. I’m sure no one actively follows me since I can barely regularly update it but if anyone has taken the time to read this posts then I am very grateful. Hopefully I can keep this up.

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