It’s been a depressing week for co-op gaming, folks. I’m sure it has been little more than a series of unfortunate coincidences, but it’s enough to make me go back to solo gaming for a while. Sometimes innocuous situations look different when they are all strung up together.
Or, it’s just me and I am…unpleasant to play games with.
I made decent progress on some of my current games in rotation, but I’d thought I was going to start in on Ghost Recon: Wildlands with a friend on Friday, but that fizzled out with no word. I had hoped to play more Dark Souls III this past weekend, and while I was able to sync up with my co-op partner on Saturday evening, I feel I upset him somehow, and it was crickets yesterday.
As for the Dark Souls thing, I had decided to have half a beer on Saturday night (which is enough to make me tipsy), and, at one point, I apparently misunderstood where we were trying to go. I triggered the anger of two large enemies and I died in spectacular fashion. Oops. Other than the first boss (where I died three times before I beat him), and one of the times my game got invaded (a jerk person hunted me down as I ran away and killed me), it was the first real time I’d died in normal gameplay. So I just tried to keep my head down after that and do as I needed to. I managed to kill two somewhat tough (apparently) enemies (some jerk named Patches and a naked guy on a cliff with a katana), and get Onion bro’s outfit back to him, so it wasn’t a total loss. Hopefully I didn’t frustrate my co-op friend so badly that he doesn’t want to play with me in the future.
I’m just feeling like I’m not the most desirable co-op companion lately. This has happened once before, when a trifecta of situations occurred with Destiny, and seemingly no one wanted to play with me. It was one of the times I put the game down for a large chunk of months. It hurt too much to play at the time, particularly when I saw everyone online and playing, just not with me.
I mean, I love the feature on PSN where you can see who is online and playing what. I always feel inspired by that. In recent cases, I’ve felt, ahh, everyone is alive and well, just no one wants to play, even if we had plans to. It gets old.
I’m getting old.
Sorry this post is depressing. I’m not feeling so great about the quality of my company. I’m working on it, but I could use a general mental tidy.
Yesterday I finally started in on Wolfenstein: The New Order. I hate to say it, but I’m just not feeling it so far. I’m around an hour into the game, but so far it feels generic and uninteresting. I’m going to power through (I asked a friend when it picked up and he told me sooner than later), but so far I’m wondering why it’s not clicking with me. I really enjoyed the 2009 Wolfenstein so I was all ready to like this one. Hopefully my feelings turn around on it.
I was super excited about the Destiny 2 beta this week, but with all the co-op weirdness, I’m a bit less so. I’m sure I will jump in and try it, but I’m no longer bouncing off the walls. I think I’m going to spend more time with single player games for a while. I know that’s not addressing the cause, but it sure helps with the symptoms.
I’m way behind for the year anyway. I do hope I get to finish Dark Souls III, though. I was enjoying it so much more than I thought I would.
This week I’m planning on finishing Wolfenstein, trying the Destiny 2 beta, and hopefully finally starting Yakuza 0. I also have a pile of horror movies I’ve been meaning to get to. So we’ll see how everything pans out.
What are you hoping to play this week?
(P.S. None of this was meant to come out passive-aggressive, so if it did, please know it wasn’t intentional. This was merely meant to be a representation of my gaming landscape from the past week.)