November Game Challenge: Week Three (Camera Woes)

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I can’t believe November is over halfway through as I write this. I mean I can, but I can’t. So here we are.

I am making good on my Rise of the Tomb raider progress; I’m currently at about 50% completion. Hooray for progress! I’ve been having a heck of a good time, but I must say, I’m increasingly not a fan of the in-game camera. It continues to lead in an odd fashion, and no matter how I try to adapt to it, I’ve not found a serviceable way to use it that doesn’t result in my sighing every so often.

If it’s one thing in a game that I’m not a fan of, it’s a wonky camera/control scheme. Fortunately, the control scheme is good, and it’s true that the camera isn’t always a struggle, but I often find myself mindful of it.

The other oddity I’ve noticed is when shooting with my special bows for my bow and arrow. If I go straight into the aim with my special, the reticle has a tendency to streak in an unintended direction. I have no idea why this is (as it doesn’t happen at all when using the general aim), so color me confused.

Despite these issues, I’ve still been having quite a good time with the game, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes. Later this afternoon, I intend to dive back in, and if all goes well, I hope to be done with it by mid-week. Though we shall see.

I do want to wrap it up sooner than later, as I’m increasingly impatient to begin my trip through the wasteland of Fallout 4. I am more than ready to rise to the challenge. It’s been odd this past week, trying to stay away from any potential spoilers online, but I’ve been moderately successful. A few small things were “ruined” but otherwise, my knowledge of the game is delightfully slim. As much as I love reading (and writing) about games, there is something inherently wonderful going in to an experience with a fresh set of eyes to take it all in.

Beyond finishing Rise of the Tomb Raider this week, and beginning Fallout 4, I have no other gaming related goals. This feels both great and weird, as usually I try to balance several games on my plate, and this new “one at a time” approach seems to be working for me.

Through the process, though, I’ve discovered how much I’m not super fond of the Xbox One. I don’t hate it by any means, but I find its performance underwhelming. From installing games (from disc) taking up to a dozen tries (and retries), to various programs not running properly (e.g.: Netflix starting and stopping for no reason when my internet is fast and stable), I’ve been a bit disappointed with it as a console. I’m grateful to have it so I can play exclusives, I’m just often wishing its functionality was better.

I suppose the best way to put it is that I want to like it far more than I actually do. Perhaps I will come around. Or it will. Or we both will. Who knows? Technology is neat that way.

In the meantime, I have some tombs to raid. You know, in the nice way.

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  1. Everyone just seems to be having the best time with Fallout 4, I can’t wait to play it myself. Of course, I need to play through Fallout 3 and New Vegas first. Not that it’s a requirement for enjoying the game or anything, just a personal hang-up. Perhaps after the Mass Effect trilogy I’ll head to the wasteland…

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    • It certainly seems to be the case. I feel behind and it only came out last week! I hope to be done with Tomb Raider by the weekend so I can jump in to the wasteland.

      You are playing through the trilogy? Nice! I wanted to do that this year (oh crap, we talked about that…I’m sorry.), but I got so bogged down with all these huge releases. I’m not even sure I will finish the Witcher 3 this year.

      How far are you into the Mass Effect trilogy?

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      • I figured since I have the trilogy, and because your character and choices can carry through each game, might as well play through in one shot. Of course I might be less enthusiastic after actually finishing one or two of them and decide to inject a palate cleanser.

        No worries. I do like the idea of playing something in tandem and perhaps posting about the journey, like a “two sides of the same coin” kind of thing if that makes sense. There will probably be many other opportunities.

        I’m not very far at all, just got the ability to choose where to go in the galaxy. I played about 6-8 hours I guess? Since my initial outing I haven’t had much luck setting aside time during the week for play and there’s been a lot of unexpected travel. I anticipate finding out how much damage I can do with a full weekend starting tomorrow and am very excited. Who needs sleep?

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      • That makes good sense, honestly.

        Ooo! I like that idea a lot!

        That’s right around where I trailed off a couple of years back when I started the first one. I had no idea where to go or what to do.

        Less sleep! More games! Less sleep! More games!

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