January 2016 Videogame Releases Are Off To A Crazy Start.

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Just some thoughts about game releases that have come out so far.

As I’m sticking with my bi-weekly review schedule for the time being, there won’t be a review this week. However, I didn’t want to leave you guys completely dry and decided to just let myself talk for a while. I didn’t get any other posts in the workings due to my depression taking whacks at me at the wrong times. My general thinking is that in off weeks I’m going to review something technology related or simply talk about a particular subject. As said before, I do want to have time to work on reviews and upcoming YouTube series. (Which this bi-weekly schedule is giving me time). So, we’ll just play this by ear.

This is just ridiculous. It feels like I haven’t been able to take a breath since the Steam sale before everyone started releasing videogames like crazy. I kinda figured I’d get a chance to consolidate. But no, no, we decided to release a bunch of games in the last couple of weeks of January and beginning of February. Argh. How am I supposed to keep up with all of this? #FirstWorldProblems eh?

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Starward Rogue

Arcen’s next game took me a bit by surprise with its release date this week. All things considered, with upcoming titles, this is probably the best time they could have released it without having to delay it. I worked on the beta for the week up till the release yesterday and mostly focused on finding and solving performance problems on the title. I haven’t done actual beta testing since…I think that was A Valley Without Wind 2. Sure, I’ve participated in Betas since but never gave any feedback or suggestions.

I have to say, Starward Rogue is a lot of fun. A surprising amount of fun for a genre that isn’t in my usual wheelhouse. It’s a great combination of Roguelite & SHMUP elements. You’re a head of a Hydral that must traverse the levels of a laybrinth lodged in the side of a star. (How the physics work for this to happen is really anyone’s guess). It comes with Arcen’s signature genre mixing and flexibility and just looks really darn pretty. I think this is one to check out. My review for it is scheduled for next month at the earliest. But I wouldn’t hold my breath for such a quick turn around.

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Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak

I’ve only gotten limited information about Homeworld. But so far, it seems to be a questionable title. A good if slightly short single player campaign, decent PC port (except no key rebindings?!?!) and an interesting, if lacking in maps, multiplayer. I’m continuing to keep my eyes on it but this has slid down the priority list for the time being. Unless I hear something else or they really pull out the post-release support. Which is not impossible for Gearbox.

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Darkest Dungeon

I try to not let myself get sucked in by trailers but this game’s initial trailer use of vocab was so beautiful I wept with joy. I think I’ve mentioned that I tried this during Beta and gave it a decent effort. However, it was very in-beta stage and my changing priorities put it off to the side. Now? Well, honestly this release is just awkward timing. I’m going to finish up a few other titles before I go and get crushed in the dungeon’s depths. I’m certainly interested in playing it.

Cities Skylines: Snowfall Expansion

They recently announced the next expansion for this title. Seems to be a snow themed expansion with mechanics related to the cold weather and adding resources based on that. I’m not excited by the news that snow will only be available on one map. I’m also not seeing a lot of features to really get excited about in this expansion. This isn’t the day/night cycle of After Dark after all. I’ll be keeping an eye on it as more details get released but I do hope they haven’t shown all of their cards with this trailer and there’s more coming. Otherwise….I’m going to start thinking of EA’s SimCity…and there’s nothing good about that line of thinking.

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Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

I’m surprised I haven’t heard more about this game. Maybe it’s due to how old it was when it originally came out. Still, it’s on the top seller list, I’ve heard pretty positive things about it and the Steam reviews remain very positive. I’m….not excited to pick it up right now if I’m being honest. I’m overloaded with RPGs that I can play and I’m planning on starting two in the next couple of months for different reasons. Soooooooooo, we’ll see what happens with this one.

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Because what I was missing in my life was more turn based strategy games. Still, I’ve seen gameplay of this title and I’m rather excited by the changes and improvements to the original revamp of XCOM. New units, new tactics, all sorts of fun things coming. I probably won’t be getting this on day one but it’ll probably be a sooner rather than later project. First, I really want to get back to the original XCOM: Enemy Unknown and actually finish it. Surely, I can do that.

That’s all for now. Are there any games coming up soon that you’re interested in?


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