Savin’ The Day
Happy Weekend TAY!
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far (or winter depending on your hemisphere). It has been dreadfully hot around here and not much fun to go outside, but it has been perfect weather to stay inside and play video games. I don’t want to think what my air conditioning bills are going to be.
The cold I caught before last weekend followed me through last week and really knocked the wind out of my sails. I don’t do well with stuffy sinuses and didn’t end up with a lot of quality sleep.
I was able to game a bit and finally finished off Ruiner last weekend. I thought it was a fantastic little twin-stick combat game and I really dug the aesthetics. I highly recommend it for people looking for a game that fights back.
Being sick and feeling kinda blah, I couldn’t decide what to play after finishing Ruiner. I dabbled with a little Death Road To Canada, on Canada Day no less. The game rewarded me for playing on Canada’s Birthday with 250 hockey sticks (weapons) in my inventory and a companion beaver (who didn’t eat much). Death Road to Canada is a neat little roguelike that I will definitely revisit again and again but it wasn’t going to hold me for any long period of time.
I then booted up Transistor and played that for a short bit until I discovered it shared a lot with Ruiner, right down to the isometric view and some of the combat mechanics. Transistor looks cool but it isn’t visually as sexy as Ruiner and I really didn’t want to play something so similar right away.
So, I spent a while scrolling back and forth through my Steam library trying to settle on something to play.
...and I ended up with Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
I’ve only played a couple of levels so far, but it has been a great time. After some initial woes with the PC version (the game does not like controllers plugged in before launching on Windows 10) I was able to get the game up and running at 4K.
I briefly saw the game years ago on the 360 when my kid bought it, but he never played much of it and I had my heart set on playing the PC version. It is a wonderful chapter in the Ghostbusters universe with the return of many of the original cast. Aykroyd and Ramis even wrote much of the script. It really does feel like another Ghostbusters movie, but nothing terribly new so far. The game seems content to just revisit the major scenes of the movies with a new story wrapped around them.
I’m loving it though, it is lots of fun to control and it is a nerds dream in terms of the presentation. I’m looking forward to more of this one.
I’m away at friends this weekend, so my replies will be spotty at best until I return home on Monday. My kid is bringing his Switch on its first road trip with his new case, screen protector, 3 Wireless Pro Controllers, and the newly added Puyo Puyo Tetris and Mario Kart Deluxe. Should be loads of fun for the kids (and the adults when the kids go to bed).
So, what are you playing this weekend?