F5 For A Better Deal

Happy Weekend TAY!

And a happy fake-Thanksgiving to our U.S. residents. (everyone knows real Thanksgiving is in October). I hope you are all having fun looking for those Black Friday deals. I just bought some keys for Dishonored 2 and Wolfenstein II on PC at a fantastic price.

Last weekend and most of the last week was filled with caring for my sick kid. He picked up one of those knock-down-drag-out colds that left him bedridden for most of the week (I know many others around here are intimately familiar with a nasty cold this season). He was finally well enough on Friday to return to school and was greeted with a massive backlog of work and tests.

So, being up nights tending to the kid left little time for video games but there is always a way if there is a will.

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I’ve been playing Age Of Wonders 3 with a friend via email and other than one game that ended with a corrupt save file on the server, this is definitely the slickest Play-By-Email (PBEM) game I’ve ever played. It is simple enough to get into quickly but offers a fair bit of depth. I’m a dumb-monkey when it comes to strategy games, but even I seem to somewhat understand this one. PBEM is great when you only have time to game in short snippets.

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Other than Age Of Wonders 3, the little game time I found of any length was spent with The Witcher 3. I’ve only made a few hours of progress since last weekend and anyone who knows The Witcher 3, knows that three hours means squat.

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I love just wandering and exploring in The Witcher 3. The game’s quest system is so well devised that stumbling across quests you haven’t been already given is wonderfully integrated into the world. Instead of having to receive a quest before it will appear on the map, you are able to complete most quests prior to being given a contract.

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When you do find a quest-giver for something you’ve already completed, Geralt of Rivia will tell them something like “yeah, yeah...I already killed that monster in my blind rage for resources...here’s the head”. I’ve also run into instances where I’ve let a monster go, only later to be given a quest to kill it. That can make for a fun conversation when the quest-giver wanted revenge on the creature for the slaughter of his entire family.

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This weekend, my family owes my wife a birthday dinner which was postponed due to my son’s illness. Other than that, we might venture out to look for some Black Friday deals, but we aren’t looking for anything in particular. We will likely end up playing some more Minecraft: Story Mode -Season 2 this weekend as we are behind a few episodes, but any solo game time I can find will be spent with The Witcher 3.

So, what are you playing this weekend?

***Another Day In Canada, sorry for the local-news-pains this causes. This was just north of Toronto.***