Saturday Morning Gaming: Digging In The Back Catalog
I admit that I buy more games than I play. Sometimes it’s just something that one does in order to lie to oneself about the future. “Hey. We’ll have a relaxing day. Tomorrow, maybe. Maybe this coming weekend. And we’re going to play this game. And we’re going to be happy.” Spending a few bucks on a game can be a mild form of self-care, in that case. I’ve heard that there are people who do that sort of thing with books.
However, sometimes you find yourself in a global pandemic and you think “Maybe I should actually play one of those games?”
And so I have started playing Hand of Fate and Ruiner. Seriously, this time.
Hand of Fate was a game I picked up in 2015 and it got rave reviews and I played it for a couple of hours and then moved on. Well, having picked up a controller between then and now and, jeez louise, this game is awesome.
The voice actor for The Bad Guy is out of this world. The gameplay of randomizing each dungeon based on cards that *YOU* pick beforehand is brilliant and makes the game exceptionally replayable. The map part of the game where you move your token around on the board is exceptionally fun. The combat? Meh. The combat is what the combat is, I guess. Something to endure before you get back to the good part of the game.
Here is the trailer:
It’s a pity that the voice actor for The Bad Guy isn’t featured in the trailer because he makes the game. He comments on your level as you open it up and explore, critiques how you’re playing (“I made that card too powerful… I will have to rebalance it next time.”), and insults you occasionally. I laugh out loud about once per level.
There is, apparently, a sequel to the game as well that has improved things. I dunno. I haven’t played it yet. Tomorrow, maybe. Maybe this coming weekend.
Ruiner is a game that also got lauded back in 2017. An action twin-stick shooter that has you running around and shooting people in a Cyberpunk future (or, you know, hitting them with a pipe). There are multiple skills for you to learn (RPG elements!) and tons of different kinds of weapons and they even hung a story on it. You’ve just been hacked to attack a cyberpunk corporation and your adventures in that building provide a tutorial for your skills… how to fight, how to shoot, how to dash, how to use an energy shield, how to switch weapons… you name it. The level ends and you find that you are really, really ticked off about being hacked.
And at that point the game starts in earnest. There is a *LOT* of violence in this one. Like, I said “oooh, brutal” a couple of times. If you’ve been looking for a twin-stick shooter with RPG elements set in a cyberpunk future that happens to have a lot of violence? You should at least check out the trailer:
I keep finding myself thinking “I should have gotten a controller years ago…”
So… what are you playing?