On Hearthstone – Karazhan Launch and Prologue

So yesterday saw the release of the next Hearthstone adventure “One Night In Karazhan” which is the next 4 wing single player set of challenges. This will add a total of 45 new cards over the course of the adventure which can be used in online matches or adventures. This release was a bit different then the previous adventures because there was no pre-order period. Instead the purchase option became available only when the adventure came online. Another difference was that they included a free to everyone prologue mission where you play as Medivh with his overpowered mage deck against Prince Malchezaar. Each player starts off with 30 health and a 30 point shield, so essentially 60 health. Once you work through this mission it will unlock the first wing, once purchased. Once you finish the match you get some new cards and probably a prompt to go buy the … Read more…

On No Man’s Sky – Multiplayer Expectations

I’ll be honest, I feel like I had some other topic in mind yesterday but it’s 6:30am and I can’t remember it now. So today I’ll be briefly talking about No Man’s Sky some more, which is funny since I won’t be able to play it until tomorrow. So yesterday I saw a couple videos and an article or two talking about how people were upset that there wasn’t any multiplayer or cooperative gameplay. The thing is that, at least to my understanding, is that the game wasn’t designed that way. If you look at the steam store page you’ll see that it is not listed as multiplayer or co-op but as a single player game. From everything that they’ve said the likelihood of running in to another player should be next to impossible*. I was initially disapointed by this cause I thought it would be fun to cruise around … Read more…

On No Man’s Sky – Pre-PC-Release

So, like many people I pre-ordered No Man’s Sky on PC so I’m having to wait a couple of extra days to play. That may sound like I’m bothered by it, but in reality I’m totally fine with this. The thing is that even if it had come out today on PC I wouldn’t be playing it anyways. Why? Because I work full time and any gaming during the week is already a rare commodity. My days typically start off with me waking up at the crack of dawn taking a shower and then driving 20-30 minutes to work. I then proceed to work from 7/8am – 6pm. Another drive home, usually longer due to evening traffic, which usually puts me at home around 6:45-7pm depending on grabbing dinner. By the time I’ve finished eating it’s usually closer to 8pm, and I watch YouTube videos for most of the evening. … Read more…

On Weekend Gaming

So it’s finally Friday, which means I survived not only the first week of August but that with this post I met my “weekday” post challenge for the first week of Blaugust. So far I’m already finding it hard to come up with subjects every day, though easier on days where at least did some form of gaming the night before. Last night was not one of those night. I wouldn’t say I game as much as I have in the past, even from the same time last year. Most days I’m up by 6am getting ready for work and I get home around 7pm. So by the time I’ve eaten and finished watching YouTube it’s pretty late and I’m to tired to play. This is why I like games I can pick up for a short time and put down and not have to worry about where I was, … Read more…

On Solo Tavern Brawls and Seasonal Overwatch

So to keep today’s post from being super short I’m going to talk about two things. The first of which is that Hearthstone released its first Solo Tavern Brawl. Now Hearthstone is no stranger to single player content as they have the Adventure mode, but this is the first time they’ve had a single player brawl. Normally brawls involve playing with, or against another player similar to standard/wild formats and allow you to complete daily quests for gold. This time however it’s just you and your deck versus the city of Stormwind. The brawl name “Storming Stormwind” has a simple mechanic, hit it as much as you can until you die. The trick is that you can’t lose. The npc “boss” that you’re fighting starts with a couple of things. It starts with 1 hit point, which goes up after every hit (instead of going down) so you can’t actually … Read more…

On Hitman – Sort of a Post Mortem

So, when Hitman was first announced as a somewhat episodic title I was a bit skeptical and wasn’t sure it was a good idea. Since the game has come out I feel like my opinion on this has slightly shifted. That doesn’t mean I’m a fan of episodic content, I just think that in the end that was probably the best choice they could make for this game. The reason I say this is because Hitman, at least the way it is now, can be quickly digested in a single sitting. If you follow the guided routes, what they call opportunities, you are more often then not led straight to the target and how to get rid of them. If not both then one or the other. If that is the only thing you do for each level, then yes you can finish all the current content within a couple … Read more…

On Elder Scrolls Legends – Beta Impressions

So first off, today is the first day of the yearly thing my friend Bel tries to organize where people commit to posting as much as possible during the month of August. Previous years it involved posting daily for the entire month, which is seriously hard to do. This year it has shifted slightly and while you can still choose to post every day if you want it isn’t required. This year there were scheduling options, of which I have chosen weekday blogs. Meaning I’m going to try, emphasis on try, to post Monday through Friday for every week in August. I’m not entirely sure how a public list will be handled, but you can head over to his blog and check out some of the other participants. So for my first post, I’m going to talk a little bit about the Elder Scrolls Legends beta that I played over … Read more…

On Refunds, Co-op and Story Modes

So yesterday was an interesting day gaming wise that started off trying to do some co-op and ended with playing the new story mode for Street Fighter 5. So, when having a specific person that you play co-op games with it can be a bit difficult to find a game that you’re both going to enjoy. Thanks to the Steam summer sale I finally got around to picking up “7 Days to Die” 2-pack. I had been wanting to play the game for a while, and it certainly seemed interesting. Survival/Zombie game combined with Minecraft. Seemed like an interesting game that would be fun to co-op. The problem is that it spawned me and my friend at opposite ends of the map and proceeded to be a farce of spawn, die, spawn, die. I spent an hour trying to get to my friend and with no way to easily identify … Read more…

On Overwatch

So here’s the thing, I didn’t plan on getting Overwatch. Mainly because I was concerned about the price vs the amount of time I would spend playing it. The base version for PC costs $40 (US) and the Origins edition with all the bonus goodies costs $60 (US). I subscribe to a $1/hour belief that if a game costs me $40 then I should get a minimum of 40 hours out of it. While Overwatch is described more along the lines of cooperative team based shooter, it is still a first person shooter. Those types of games have typically run their course for me within a few hours. Now that isn’t to say that I won’t get bored with Overwatch before I get 60 hours out of it (I did get the Origins edition). I just think that if it is like Hearthstone where you can play it every once … Read more…

On catching up.

So I guess it has been over a month since my last post. Honestly I haven’t really felt all that motivated to write much. Been pretty busy time at work which is usually where I do all the writing. So just to give a few updates I guess. I bought a new computer, and it took almost a month for it to actually come in. I wound up getting an Alienware Area-51 desktop, 4 TB hard drive, 16 GB ram and an NVidea Geforce 970 with 4GB Ram. It’s a beast, and I’ve barely had a chance to use it. Within the first couple of days I started having issues with the network card telling me it was missing registry entries or something. I haven’t had time to really dig in to it, so the only solution I’ve managed to get working at this point is turning the PC off, … Read more…