September Game Challenge: Week One (I’m Doing It!)

trials of the blood dragon

This month is off to a good start! I’m so relieved to report that!

My goal this month is/was to get current, and I’ve been actively working towards that. Last night I finally finished Inside. It’s a game that’s best experienced rather than discussed, and I’d hate to even remotely spoil it for anyone out there interested in playing it for themselves. I will say it was visually striking, and certainly seemed open for interpretation. I’d read that people had their mouths literally agape during the ending, and I can’t say I was any different. I had expected a more explanatory finale, but I enjoyed the game none the less.

One gripe I had involved a couple of the puzzles. Two in particular had such random solutions, I ended up having to look them up online. They both involved mechanics that had never been used up until that point in the late game, and I was a bit baffled. I felt badly that I had to resort to the fine people of the internet for help, but I did, and I’m glad I got to the endgame. It’s one I won’t soon forget.

All that being said, I’m ready to tackle more games! I feel the pressure of September 20th and Destiny’s Rise of Iron expansion looming and I know once that hits, my life will be all Destiny, all the time. No matter my best intentions, I always end up putting considerable time into Destiny. In fact, as I write this, I just want to go farm more engrams to decrypt come the 20th. Bungie hasn’t confirmed that engrams will decrypt to year three items, but they were weirdly coy about answering that question so I have a sneaking suspicion that they will do just that.

So I’ll be hoarding engrams. You know, just in case.

I’m hoping to finish up Trials of the Blood Dragon this week. I think I’m just a couple of levels away from the ending, and, despite the fact that I’m terrible at the game, I’ve had a good time due to the Blood Dragon aspect.

I’m also looking forward to diving in to Valley, an intriguing little game from the makers of Slender: The Arrival. I may not have liked that particular game (and actually gave up on it about halfway through), but from everything I’ve seen of Valley, I can’t wait to jump in (jump being the operative word). Apparently you take control of a unique suit that allows you to move about in fluid ways, but that’s not where the game really hooks me. Within the world, the suit gives you the ability to manipulate life and death. You can bring life back to nature and creatures if you like, and that’s exactly what I intend to do in my playthrough.

I’m also thinking of finally getting into Far Cry: Primal which released much earlier this year. I realized I’ve only completed 12 games released so far this year, and I definitely need to get cracking. For the first time in a long time, I feel ready to get these games under my belt. It’s exciting. There are so many experiences I can’t wait to have.

With that I ask, what are you playing this Labor Day weekend? How will you be digitally celebrating?

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  1. Just finished Episode 1 of Telltale’ Batman. I am currently playing the BF1 beta. Interesting game; I’m enjoying the Conquest mode. Lvl. 6. I’m excited for Ep. 2 of TT’ Batman & BF1′ release, October 21st. Rebekah, what games are you interested in?

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  2. Little late to comment about what I will be playing, but not too late to comment about what I did play. It was basically a long weekend full of No Man’s Sky. Man I love that game, and still can’t really explain why. Also, now there are a couple of close relatives that are frequently coming over for 4-player Overcooked, so there was some of that.

    I’m glad your monthly goal is starting off well!

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    • Nice! Have you gotten significantly closer to the center of the universe?

      Overcooked looks so fun with a group! I watched a Test Chamber for it and it looked hilarious!

      Thank you! I’m glad to finally be getting my sh*t together. It’s about time.

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      • I’m currently in my 5th system, moving at a nice leisurely pace. I’ve maxed out the size of my suit, multi-tool, and ship as well as learned all of Gek, Krovax, and Vy’Keen. I’ll probably be spending less time on each world I stop at now that all of that is out of the way, but I still like finding the animals and seeing what the next crashed ship looks like.

        So no, not significantly closer to the center, but no real drive for that yet either. I’m still just loving the loop of setting down on the next unexplored planet and exploring it until I want to see the next one. I guess there’s nothing to stop me from continuing to do that after finding the center? Huh, now I’ve got something to think about.

        Overcooked is way too much fun with a group! I could see returning to that again and again when the right people come together. It gets real crazy.

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      • Wow, you’ve done a lot! I did like learning the different languages and that’s what I’m most looking forward to when I get back to it.

        Overcooked sounds like a lot of silly fun!

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  3. I’m glad you got to play Inside. It was one of the more interesting games I played this year. I didn’t really get into gaming too much over the long weekend. Hopefully I can continue Uncharted 4 and get that one complete before the end of the month.

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    • As am I. I knew the ending was supposed to be bonkers, I just didn’t see quite what was coming. Interesting, indeed.

      I hope you get to finish Uncharted 4! Perhaps this weekend? Either way, I wish you much good gaming!

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