End Of The Road (almost)

Happy Weekend TAY!

I imagine for many of you it will be a weekend of watching your respective countries compete in the Olympics. For those with A.S.S. (Aversion to Sports Syndrome), like myself, it will hopefully be another relaxing weekend of video games.

Last week saw a fair bit of gaming around my house. My son and I finally finished off the Foxtails DLC for Never Alone and while it was short it was also a heap of fun. It was nice to see more of a puzzle-game approach to this platformer with the DLC. Never Alone is definitely one of my favourite co-op experiences and I can’t wait to see what Upper One Games has in store for their next project.

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My wife and I made more progress in Uncharted 4 and I imagine we are in our final hours of the game. We’ve hit a bit of a wall in a particular battle and I might give in and lower the difficulty a notch. We are playing on Crushing and I’ve enjoyed the game’s challenge up to this point, but this current encounter is extremely difficult and I don’t find Uncharted’s controls precise enough to make it fun to repeat over-and-over. Uncharted has always been a little bit of a sloppy game for controls and comments of “I didn’t mean to do that!” are common when controlling Drake. It’s not usually much of an issue since the game is rarely punishing, but this current battle I’m in is brutal and the higher difficulty is likely the cause of my woes. I’ll give it another few attempts, but I’m not keen to keep hammering away when so much seems to rely on luck.

I’m of course still playing The Witcher 3, but the end is near. I’ve finished up all the outstanding secondary quests in the Blood & Wine DLC and I’m on what I believe to be the end mission of the main story.

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As it is with many RPGs in the late game, I’m happy to be god-like and combat generally is no longer much of an issue outside of bosses. I’ve been focusing on magic (particularly fire magic) throughout the entire game and it is nice to not have to work so hard at the battles now. The following clip shows how chill I can be as a fire god.

My son and I are moving on to the Saturn version of Sonic 3D Blast since he wasn’t fond of Knuckles’ Chaotix and doesn’t consider it part of the “Sonic series”. As big of a Sonic fan as I am, there are many of the non-2D games that I haven’t played, so I’m excited to explore them with my son. We started 3D Blast and then discovered that it doesn’t save (as in there is NO save system at all). Of course, this is a common issue with older games, but I’m not sure when my son and I can block off 5-7 hours to complete the game in one sitting.

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Image From The Saturn’s Sonic 3D Blast Running On My PC

So, I’m exploring the newest version of the SSF Emulator for Saturn and Titan games. I was very surprised how quickly I was able to get Sonic 3D Blast up and running; it simply reads the disc out of my PC’s optical drive. Once I deal with a few niggling visual issues, we should be ready to go. Having saved-states in the game will allow us to play it in smaller chunks and will be nice for those after-school sessions.

Image From The Saturn’s Sonic 3D Blast Running On My PC

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Aside from 3D Blast, I’m hoping this weekend will have time to finish off The Witcher 3 and I’m sure my wife and I will give Uncharted 4 another run.

So, what are you playing this weekend?