I adore the Olympics.
Allow me to qualify that.
I am not what any stretch of the imagination would consider a sports person, and I absolutely adore the Olympics.
Since the opening ceremonies on Friday, I’ve been glued to the television, no matter the featured sport.
It may be an obvious statement, but, because of this attention to the Olympics, I’ve not played any game on my current game challenge list.
Over the weekend, much time was spent in Destiny (when I wasn’t watching the Olympics). My partner is building up his new character, and we finally made it through both of the first two raids (Vault of Glass and Crota’s End) on hard, and it was fun to revisit them. We did far more than simply the raid content, though, and I can’t say enough how much I love being able to play Destiny with him at long last. We are both super looking forward to the Rise of Iron expansion next month.
I played a smidge of Borderlands 2 here and there, farming for exotics in The Dust. It’s by far the best place I’ve found for farming chubbies and tubbies, and there are three mini bosses to boot (well, to be fair, the Black Queen has a chance to spawn; she’s no guarantee). I’ve come out from all that farming with a lot more exotics which is nice considering I barely saw any on my first few playthroughs of the game back in 2012.
So, aside from all the Olympics, the Destiny, and the sporadic Borderlands 2 farming, tomorrow sees a huge release finally come to fruition: No Man’s Sky. While I’m incredibly excited for the game, I’m also cautious. In recent years, I’m not sure any game has been the focus of as much hype as this game. I’m concerned that many folks out there are going to get disappointed through no fault of Hello Games’s creation. Inevitably, when expectations are so high, the only place for reality to go, is down.
I think, no matter how it all shakes out, No Man’s Sky is a remarkably ambitious game created by an incredibly small team. They have endured some crazy things on the path to release, and I wish them, and the game, all the best. I will certainly be joining the fray in space tomorrow as soon as my copy arrives.
I’d love to believe that I will at least get to Inside this week (I’m chomping at the proverbial bit to play that game); I’m increasingly concerned about the game being spoiled for me, and I want to experience it as fresh as possible. I’m also incredibly excited to finally sit down and play Abzu, as anything I’ve seen of the game has been breathtaking. As someone who can’t swim in reality, the idea of experiencing so much beauty under the water intrigues me.
It’s sort of amusing to me that in reality, I am terrified of being under water. And yet, this game has me terribly excited to see what that world holds.
With that, I ask: what have you been playing this past week? Are you watching the Olympics? If so, which events have been your favorites so far?