Woo hoo, friends! For the first time since January, I have real success to report! Wheeeeeeeee!!!
Over the weekend, my Dark Souls 3 co-op partner and I beat the main game (well, it was like his dozenth time beating it, but my first)! Not only was this my first Dark Souls series victory, but it was the first game I’ve beat since January when I completed The Last Guardian.
Bonkers on both accounts.
I suppose that’s what being sick for all of 2017 (so far) will do to your efficiency.
As I’ve said before, I had no idea I’d wind up enjoying Dark Souls 3 so much, yet I somehow fell in love with it. The environments are beautiful, the enemies bizarre, and the gameplay forced me out of my comfort zone (I enjoy when that happens). I didn’t think I’d ever see credits roll on a Souls game with a controller in my hand.
And none of that would have happened were it not for my co-op partner.
Both highly-skilled and highly-knowledgeable, I couldn’t have asked for a better guide.
So, to my co-op partner who we will call “Brad” ( because his name is Brad), I say the sincerest of thank yous. It’s been a magical journey. I can’t wait to go through the rest of the DLC together.
JOLLY COOPERATION, HO!
I thought I’d include a handful of screenshots from our time together, so here we go!
The FLOP emote made everything worth it. The FLOP is always in style.
Because sometimes you will have wax on your head. I mean, why wouldn’t you?
I loathe killing animals in games, and the wolves in the expansion are no exception. But these two look like I caught them laughing hysterically. This game is strange.
I managed to get in a wee bit of Ghost Recon: Wildlands over the week, though not as much as I’d have liked. The game is so huge and I’ve only unlocked around 35% of the map so far. I’d really like to make a hard push on it this week. I’m looking to play catch up now that I’m starting to feel a teensy bit better.
As much as I’m enjoying Wildlands, and I really am, it’s far from a perfect game. Reinforcements are summoned far too quickly (even if the alarms are taken out prior), the Unidad is relentless in their pursuit even if you’ve taken out all initial Unidad quickly, the vehicles handle poorly (and don’t even get me started on the camera when you try to reverse and then move forward again), and the respawn locations are unpredictable at best. Sometimes I will spawn in 200 meters from my teammates; sometimes I will spawn in in the middle of the current enemies they are fighting. I wasn’t enjoying being seen immediately even when employing stealth tactics, so I don’t feel bad in the slightest for changing the difficulty. In this case, it made the game more enjoyable. At first I felt like a weiner for the alteration, but then I realized that was silly. I wouldn’t judge anyone else for lowering the difficulty if they weren’t enjoying a game, so why should I berate myself?
I consider that thought process a victory in and of itself! I’m not always the nicest person to myself.
One thing that strikes me again and again while I’m playing Wildlands is the game world. The environments are so beautiful. Running through the countryside is often lovely. I’ve tried to capture it in screenshots, but none seem to do it justice. Still, here are a handful of images from my time with the game so far.
Choosing the option to congratulate my teammates is never not amusing.
The dynamic lighting effects are beautiful.
My partner is hard on his vehicles. He parked this boat on the shore and unintentionally blocked the stairs I was trying to use. Oops.
I’m a sucker for caves with water access.
So many areas are just beautiful to look at. I really do love the environments.
I am not careful with vehicles. I often end up like this.
This week I’m hoping to power through the rest of Wolfenstein: The New Order, and I’m looking forward to the release of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. I’m also excited for Undertale to finally release later this month on console!
And I can’t believe we are now officially less than a month away from the release of Destiny 2.
My focus for the coming weeks will be to play a massive game of catch up. That means all 2017 releases I have will be on deck: Resident Evil 7, Yakuza 0, Persona 5, Prey, Rime, Horizon, Night in the Woods, Breath of the Wild, What Remains of Edith Finch, Little Nightmares, and Get Even. I’m sure I’m missing some in there, but those are the highlights.
So, if anyone wants to reach me this week, I will surely be found at the system, playing a mammoth amount of games.
What will you be playing this week?