Gaming Outlook for 2019

Based on my blog roll, this seems like a Thing To Do, so let’s discuss what’s on the docket this year.

To Be Played

I am currently playing Far Cry 5. While the overall experience is similar to Far Cry 4 (which was similar to Far Cry 3), the exact formula has been broken up a bit. Instead of running around trying to skin Honey Badgers for a larger wallet, for example, most character progression is based around achievements and finding prepper caches. It’s subtle, but it does change my focus a bit. A more detailed impression will need to wait for later.

Other games recently purchased on sale:

  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Dishonored DLC (Knife of Dunwall; Witches of Brigmore)
  • Dishonored 2
  • Prey
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

My Dishonored kick might seem a bit out of nowhere… and it kinda is. My criticism from way back 2012 still hold thus far in the first DLC: the game is almost painfully easy even at the highest difficulty. Well, at least so far on the first level. That’s more a stealth game thing than a Dishonored game thing specifically. Nevertheless, I kept reading praise for the DLC specifically, so I snagged it on sale and here we are.

The rest of that list is basically a rehash of what I had been keeping an eye on since Black Friday.

Might Be Played

I have not booted up Fallout 76 in several weeks now. While it has been trashed up and down the internet – for some legit, and some not so legit reasons – the primary reason for my disconnect might be silly: Rifle schematics. Specifically, my character is focused on Rifles, and the two best kinds of Rifles in the game (Homemade Rifle, Lever-Action Rifle) can only be crafted after snagging their schematics from a vendor’s random inventory. The “correct” way to get them is to check the vendor, and then log off and back on again to be shunted to a new server, and then checking the vendor again. Some people report doing this for hours. No thanks. If that nonsense gets fixed or some new content appears, then I might be back.

Battlefield V is another trashed title, but I have been resisting purchasing it even at a $30 price-point simply because I know what’s going to happen. Specifically, it will probably consume my free-time for a few weeks, and I will eventually awaken from a fugue state, realizing that I had not “accomplished” anything meaningful. I mean, games are games, but there’s a difference (IMO) between seeing the ending credits of three games vs spending that same amount of time seeing the End of Match report of a shooter. I’m not here to just kill time with my gaming anymore.

On Their Way Out

My time with Hearthstone is approaching its end, if it has not already snuck up on me. It’s not so much the mechanics or the meta or the card grinding so much as it is… exhaustion. I have never had a particular desire to compete on the ladder; my goal had been to complete the Dailies and other low-hanging fruit. But that still requires you to put a deck together, research the meta, and otherwise go through the motions. Or I could just turn on Twitch and watch other people play Hearthstone, and experience roughly 85% of the joy that I derive from the game.

On a similar note, WoW is definitely on ice for the foreseeable future.

Posted on January 3, 2019, in Miscellany and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I’m not here to just kill time with my gaming anymore.

    I’d been feeling that acutely, too, without quite being able to sort out what to do about it. You’d think that MMOs are the obvious answer, but e.g. WoW’s gear reset with 8.1 is more total than expected, mostly invalidating progress apart from notching up the AotC/Bleeding Edge achievements. And the “credit rating” system is starting to grate on me a little.

    By the way, seeing as you’re ever more the family man (congrats!), does co-op figure into your calculations of what to play?


    • My wife prefers board games, opposed to the video variety. She did play WoW back in the day though, and got really hooked on Animal Crossing. We spoke about co-op Stardew Valley while I was more actively playing it, but part of the difficulty there would be the standard issue with playing co-op anywhere: syncing up schedules. I suppose there could have been a separate save created that got touched only 2-3 times a month, but at that point, we might have been better off watching a movie instead.

      Nevertheless, I will continue working on it.


  2. Hearthstone has been on a lifeline with me the whole year. I don’t even complete daily quests regularly anymore.

    Prey is fantastic, but I’ll warn you: taking the alien powers makes it a whole lot easier, and you eventually get pretty super-powerful without them.


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