August Game Challenge: Week Four (Just As I Thought)

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I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to be making progress on my extended game challenge this month, and I’ve proven myself to be correct. Though this is one of those times when being correct kind of stinks.

This past week I actually didn’t play much of anything at all. I’ve been trying to take more strides with my health, and this included beginning to go to the gym again. I’m proud of myself for that (and also mortified while I am there), but it has also made me incredibly tired, both mentally and physically. That means I’ve been spending an increased amount of time sleeping and trying to recover.

I did play a smidge more No Man’s Sky and I’m still not entirely sure what to think. There is a strong part of me that wants to play the game to “completion” to unearth the mystery at the center of the universe. There is another part of me that wants to play recreationally every so often. Then there is a part of me that wants to set the game aside for good.

I don’t yet know which will win out.

I also never got back to Abzu. I am hoping to play (and finish) that game today.

Tomorrow sees the release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and I’m excited to immediately start in on that. Tomorrow also sees the PS4 release of Inside, and I admit, I’m far more likely to play it on PS4 than I am on my Xbox One, as I seem to rarely use it. It’s not intentional, it just happens.

I’ve also been feeling the urge to go back and finish Trials of the Blood Dragon, as I think I was nearing the end, and I was loving the aesthetic as well as the soundtrack. I wasn’t good at it, but I did have fun with it.

And, of course, the remaster of Resident Evil 4 arrives a week from tomorrow, and I’m very excited to finally hunker down and play that.

As you can see, I’ve no lack of games I’d like to play. That’s both wonderful and overwhelming.

So, today, I will focus on Abzu, and if I finish that (which I expect I will, if I can figure out how to swim like a reasonable person), I will dedicate more time to No Man’s Sky. I don’t know how long it will take to get to the center of the universe, but the more time I spend on it, the quicker I will be done.

No matter how far I get, I will absolutely be starting Deus Ex as soon as it arrives tomorrow. It isn’t reviewing super poorly or super well, but I’m still excited to give it a go. The team who made it also made the most recent Thief, and I quite liked that. I’m more than willing to dive right in.

What are you focused on playing this week? What games are coming up that you are most excited for?

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  1. I just started playing Mad Max, despite not knowing anything about the series. But it speaks to me. Arkham style combat? Check. A million collectibles? Check. Cool visual progression? Check.

    Also, I love the gameplay mechanic where you do things in order to recapture territory, or dismantle enemy fortifications, or take down enemy groups piece by piece. This game does that well, and any game that does it well is probably one I’ll enjoy.


  2. Deus Ex is on my playlist; waiting to hear more in regards to reviews. Also, I want to play TT’ Batman. Looking forward to Titanfall 2, BF1, & Rise of Tomb Raider. The last two games being on reserve.


    • What did you think of Game Informer’s review of Deus Ex?

      The more I you mention Rise of the Tomb Raider the more I consider getting it on PS4. I never played the DLC and I always was interested in the Baba Yaga expansion.


  3. I’m hoping to start Uncharted 4 this week, I wanted to play it the other night and after installing it an update that was over 11GB started installing and took around 3 hours to finish which basically ended my play session for that before it began. Other than that, I’m working on Super Meat Boy periodically and Danganronpa. In terms of upcoming releases, I’m looking forward to Ace Attorney 6 and Titanfall 2. I hope you enjoy whatever you decide to play!


    • Some of these new updates are RIDICULOUS! I understand a couple of gigs, maybe, but that’s a huge update.

      How are you liking Danganronpa? I started the first one a while back but left off a couple of hours into it. I’d love to hear your take.

      And thank you! I’ve actually been stuck in bed for the last 36 hours, so I’m hoping to get to ANY games tonight!


  4. I’ve a super duper long day ahead of me today but I am so excited to come home to the delivery of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided! Meanwhile, I’m marveling at the local news because (at what my guess is) a college student moving into a local university tried to impress a woman by jumping from the rooftop from a Qdoba to a Brueggers at 2:00 AM. Now he’s stuck between the buildings and rescue crews are trying to get him out by cutting through one of the store’s walls while the crowds will soon descend into the area in order to continue the university move-in. Not directly video game related but I feel that it’s an Assassin’s Creed inspired incident.


    • I hope your long day went quickly and that you got to dive in to Deus Ex!

      Wow. That’s just…what an odd way to try to impress someone. And your Assassin’s Creed comparison got a genuine laugh out of me! Too bad he missed his cart of hay…

      I’d like to think there is an eagle somewhere giggling about his antics.


  5. I’m really digging No Man’s Sky. It’s the first game since Diablo III: UEE that I actually played on release day. I’m currently not interested at all to race to the center of the universe, actually. I’m only in my second system! It’s weird and hard to explain how I’m enjoying just putzing (no idea how to spell that) around and just seeing what’s there for hours and hours without any drive to accomplish a specific goal. Maybe that will change over time, but for now it’s been a great place to just hang out I guess. Is that weird?


    • Playing on release day is exciting! I love midnight releases, or waiting for your delivery carrier of choice. I just love experiencing a brand new game.

      So far in No Man’s Sky, I’ve been increasing my inventory and doing little else. I’ve been making some money here and there, but I haven’t even been able to fix my hyperdrive yet!

      I don’t think it’s weird at all. If you are enjoying yourself, that’s all that matters.


  6. It is exciting, but I definitely make an exception when I do play on release day. Inevitably, there will be patches to fix issues that plague day-one players. NMS didn’t crash on me once on release day, but that luck ran out quickly. Over the next several days it crashed on me constantly. Now it seems to be working great though. I’m also hesitant to get too far now because I’m excited to see the features they plan to add.

    I’m sure you know what you’re doing, but if you want to share play sometime I can offer the benefit of my experience with the game so far. Just let me know!

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    • Man, it seems like in the last couple of years especially, the day one patch has become a staple. How weird.

      I’m glad your version of NMS didn’t crash on you; mine crashed literally EVERY OTHER time I tried to play it. It also crashed mid-game once and I lost a chunk of progress. Very frustrating.

      I appreciate that offer, actually. I don’t know what I’m doing beyond the general grind of the game. I never even found a way to repair my hyper drive. So I may take you up on that.


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