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Games played in July

July 26, 2017 — 45 Comments

I have taken upon myself to play through (or at least try) all of the games I have in my game library on steam, which is over 500 games. There are of course some games that are almost impossible to completely finish, like mmorpg games or simulators that doesn’t really have an end. But I will try, I will document my journey and I will review the games and my experience with them. It will be a weird mix of everything so I hope you will at least somewhat enjoy it.

The Abbey (Murder in the Abbey)

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I couldn’t get to finish this because of a bug that kept deleting my save. It is a decent murder mystery game where you play as a monk visiting an Abbey. One of the brothers died, possibly a murder or the work of the devil and you have to solve the mystery. It is a point and click game, the visuals aren’t great but the story is great. (At least what I was able to play before it broke was great).

Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden

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This is a point and click and hidden object game in one. You play as a woman heading down into the deep to find her fiancé who has disappeared. All traces lead her to an underwater city named Eden, it seems to have been a thriving community but something must have gone wrong. You solve puzzles, find clues, navigate through the areas to get closer to finding her guy, Robert. I don’t know if this has been the best game I’ve ever played but it was certainly not bad. If you have a few hours to kill and you enjoy hidden object/point and click games then maybe you will enjoy this.

Adams Venture Chronicles

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Awfully sexist. That’s my first thought when it comes to this game. It’s an adventure game where you explore ruins and find treasures, but boy, is it not written very well. In the very beginning of the game, the woman is objectified and some of his remarks are terrible. One example is when he enters the area for the first time, she asks if he remembered to bring the rest of their supplies, because it was all of their food that needed to be moved. Of course he hadn’t, because he said he thought that the huge crate was all of her make up. Why on earth would an archaeologist care about make up when she’s scavenging in a filthy ruin? I didn’t really care for the script, but the game itself is kind of good, if you don’t pay too much attention to what the protagonist says. I haven’t been able to finish the game yet.

Dungeon Siege

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Childhood classic. I found a demo disk ( is that the right spelling? Thanks to Funhaus, I have no idea if it’s spelled disc or disk anymore) that came with some computer magazine when I was younger and I played the heck out of the demo. Years later I purchased the game on sale on steam and I fell in love all over. Lately I’ve been wanting to revisit some of my favorite older games and this was the first on my list. It has a charming atmosphere, interesting mechanics and it’s generally a great rpg. The only sad part is that the grapphics are very outdated, it is an old game after all, so if great graphics is what you want, you wont like this very much! But if you want to play an old, charming rpg, you should give it a try.

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In the fascinating world of ANNO™ the player will sink into a unique building strategy game, where he sets sail in a beautiful island world to master the tricks of trade, diplomacy and economy, building up his own monumental cities. Continuous careful and elaborate planning will help fulfil his citizen’s needs and let his empire flourish. The upcoming ANNO 1404™ will bring this award-winning building strategy series to a new level:

Discover a strange and wondrous land in the uttermost East: the Orient! This highly civilized land will provide you with endless opportunities, and with the help of your new allies your occidental cities will prosper and become mighty metropolises!

Get to know the culture and technologies of the orient

Learn to interact diplomatically with the foreign culture, make agreements and raise your diplomatic status. Learn technologies to produce oriental goods like mosaic, coffee, carpets and many more.

Make the desert bloom

Bring home the Noria, a mighty water pump, to draw ground water. Master the climatic challenges of the desert islands and make your dry land fertile.

Meet the Sultan and earn his respect

Erect impressive monuments in your metropolises to raise the attention of Sultans and Kings! The higher your reputation, the bigger your possibilities will be within the world of ANNO 1404™.

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General information

Anno 1404 (Known as Dawn of discovery in the US) is one of many Anno games out there, and to me it is one of the best. It is a city building game, a trading game, and exploration game and so much more! I love city builders and having the creative freedom to make things look fairly as great as I want them to, only being restricted by having a warehouse, church or a market nearby. I love that you will have to expand to other islands to get the right cultivation for crops, that you can get a nomad settlement to grow new exotic things and that you can do missions/quests in between.

The european/orient areas are new to the game series with this game, before it was more divided, now it is trying to be similar to how europe and the medieval near east was in comparison to each other. You have to purchase gifts from the European side and give them to the leader of the orient to gain his favor and unlock more perks and buildings for your oriental settlements.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who are fans of the Anno series, it’s not a new game by any means but it is still worth the play to see how it is. If you’re into city building games in general, this could be worth a try also.

The game’s plot

The campaign begins when the player is sent to administer a fief granted to him by the Emperor, in the Occident. The Emperor is unwell and Lord Richard Northburgh, cousin and treasurer of the Emperor, is building a magnificent Cathedral to pray for the Emperor’s health. Meanwhile, Cardinal Lucius is making preparations for a Crusade against the Saracens of the Orient, aided by Guy Forcas.

In the first few chapters of the campaign, the player learns the basics of game-play and the economy by assisting Northburgh and Forcas with supply and construction tasks, as well as meeting some of the other main characters.

As the Crusader ships leave the harbor, Northburgh begins to uncover clues to a mysterious plot. He and the player travel to the Orient and befriend the Grand Vizier of the Sultan, Al Zahir, who helps the player to defeat a band of Corsairs and break up a child trafficking scheme. The plot thickens as further clues reveal that a main character is implicated in a sinister conspiracy to overthrow the Emperor himself. Because he comes too close to the truth, Lord Northburgh is captured and the player is tasked with unraveling the mystery.

Over the next several chapters, the player must win over new allies, convince the leaders of the Crusade that they are being manipulated under false pretenses, and survive dire circumstances in order to defeat the villains and restore the Emperor to his rightful place.

The campaign is divided into eight chapters and each chapter can be played on 3 different difficulties: easy, medium, and hard. Apart from the story elements, the campaign serves as a tutorial to prepare the player for the more rigorous scenarios and continuous game modes.

All of the main characters encountered in the campaign are also encountered in the scenarios mode and can be selected as computer opponents in continuous games, although the actions of the characters during the campaign are unrelated to their actions in these modes apart from having similar personalities. Lord Northburgh and Al Zahir act as mentors and trade partners in the other modes, much like they do in the campaign.

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With having the Elder Scrolls series banked as my favorite game franchise, it would be odd if I didn’t spend some time talking about their multiplayer game. I pre-ordered the game, tried it at its release in 2014 and hated it. It didn’t have the Elder Scrolls feeling (people who have played it would know what I mean), and I decided to just give it a year to settle in. A lot of online multiplayer games have a rough launch so after a year I decided to try it again  after they also released it on consoles, and I fell in love. They had made a lot of changes, fixed a lot of bugs with patches and I was excited to get into it. Here’s an excerpt from the wikipedia page to give you some information about the game:

As in previous The Elder Scrolls titles, gameplay is mostly nonlinear, with a mixture of quests, random events, and free-roaming exploration of the world. The game does not provide a mode for single-player offline play, although the developers stated that there would be “plenty of content” designed to accommodate players who prefer to play solo. The player is able to play as ten different races; four different varieties of humans: Nords, Redguards, Bretons, and Imperials; Elvish varieties: Dunmer (Dark Elves), Altmer (High Elves), Bosmer (Wood Elves) and Orsimer (Orcs); and more bestial races: the Khajiiti and Argonians. Players must choose one of four classes when creating their character. Each class gives the player various different attacks, spells, and passive effects. The game has other character choices beyond those of race and class, such as the player character also being able to become either a vampire or a werewolf, each of which grants its own skill tree.

As with other games in The Elder Scrolls series, the game is set on the continent of Tamriel. The events of the game occur a millennium before those of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and around 800 years before The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. It has a broadly similar structure to Skyrim, with two separate conflicts progressing at the same time, one with the fate of the world in the balance, and one where the prize is supreme power on Tamriel. In The Elder Scrolls Online, the first struggle is against the Daedric Prince Molag Bal, who is attempting to meld the plane of Mundus with his realm of Coldharbour, and the second is to capture the vacant imperial throne, contested by three alliances of the mortal races. The player character has been sacrificed to Molag Bal, and Molag Bal has stolen their soul; the recovery of which is the primary game objective.

Many parts of the continent of Tamriel are available in the game, with most zones being accessible based on faction. Some zones are accessible with DLC-only from the Crown Store, while others are accessible to players of any faction when they reach a certain level. Players have the opportunity to join any of the three factions warring over the Ruby Throne of the Emperor of Tamriel: the First Aldmeri Dominion (represented by an eagle) led by Queen Ayrenn, composed of the Altmer (High Elf), Bosmer (Wood Elf), and Khajiit races; the Daggerfall Covenant (represented by a lion) led by High King Emeric, composed of the Bretons, Redguard, and Orsimer (Orcs); and the Ebonheart Pact (represented by a dragon) led by Jorunn Skald-King, composed of the Nord, Dunmer (Dark Elf), and Argonian races. Players may also unlock an additional race, Imperial, which may be a part of any of the three factions. The other major ruling faction of Tamriel is the Empire, led by Empress Regent Clivia Tharn, which has fallen into instability and disrepair, and serves as a non-joinable faction. Pre-ordered copies of the game included the “Explorers’ Pack”, which allowed all races to be played in each of the factions, and this feature is available in the Crown Store.

The game begins in the Wailing Prison in Coldharbor, where the player character’s soulless husk has been enslaved. This opening continues another The Elder Scrolls tradition, of beginning the game with the player as a prisoner. After escaping, the base of operations becomes the Harborage, a cave found at each of the starting cities, and is where the Prophet opens portals to the locations of the main questline. Once the Amulet of Kings is retrieved, the headquarters shift to the Hollow City, a location in central Coldharbour blessed by Meridia. Civilians saved from Coldharbour’s prisons arrive in the Hollow City, and it is from there that attacks on Molag Bal’s controlled areas are orchestrated.

As for the statement where they say there is a lot of content for one to play solo; that is absolutely true! It’s sad to say, but I have played the game solo for years, not grouping up with others for anything but dungeons and I have yet to encounter any issues with playing alone.

I used to play the game on my computer, but I gave in sometime last year and purchased it for my Xbox One too, which ties in with my issue of having to own games on a lot of different platforms. I did a post about that last year, but I can’t seem to find it.. Anyways, there isn’t really a difference between the platforms, I just prefer playing some games on a console where the controller is native, instead of having to use a third party controller where some of the buttons won’t work or wont be mapped right.

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My recent Argonian templar character.

The character I currently play as has to be one of my favorites. I had never tried to play as an Argonian before ( I usually just play as a redguard), and I thought I would hate it because the lizard people have always seemed to be so weird with their talk of the hist and whatnot. But I was pleasantly surprised when I leveled up a bit and actually got into the game. There is a quest line in the Hatching Pools where you have to save Argonian eggs from being destroyed and I related to it much more this time around than what I had done before.

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My horse is on fire. Literally.

Recently they released a new “chapter” for the game, incorporating the rest of Morrowind. The first thing I did was to go to Seyda Neen to see the iconic Silt Strider that you see when you first start up the “The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind” game itself. It was very fun to see it in “HD” and to relive the memory of booking a journey to either Gnisis or Suran. You also get a whole new world to discover, new quests to do, new recipes to make, new appearances to collect, new furniture and new homes to purchase. I’m really enjoying it, and hoping that the next chapter will be Oblivion, even though a lot of the areas are already in the game. Or maybe more of Skyrim… or.. Elsweyr? I don’t know, I feel like I’m just ranting at this point so it seems like a good place to stop. Have you played any of the Elder Scrolls games before? 
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Here’s some general information about the game:
(taken from its wikipedia article.)

The plot is loosely based on Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days. The year is 1872 and Monsieur Phileas Fogg has placed a wager at the Reform Club that he can circumnavigate the world in eighty days or less. The game follows the course of this adventure, as narrated by Phileas Fogg’s manservant Passepartout, whose actions and decisions are controlled by the player.

After leaving London on an underwater train to Paris or a caleche to Cambridge, the player can choose their own route around the world, travelling from city to city. Each city and journey contains unique narrative content. The developers estimate that on one complete circumnavigation of the globe players will see approximately 2% of the game’s 750,000 words of textual content.

In their role as valet, players must manage finances, their master’s health, and time as well as buying and selling items in different markets around the globe. The choices made by the player in story sections can also have a large impact on how the journey proceeds.

The game has several secrets, Easter Eggs and hidden endings, with the rarest having been seen by as few as 8 players, as well as several references to Verne’s works, including Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and From the Earth to the Moon. The game is also partly inspired by the steampunk genre, featuring such elements as sapient mechanical transport, hovercraft, submersibles and an entire city that walks on four gigantic legs.

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I found this screenshot from a mobile version, the pc interface is a bit different.

As a interactive fiction game, it is great! With each journey you get to choose between simply rushing through the journey to arrive in a new city or interact with your master or any of the passengers. The funniest moment I had during my first play through was when Passepartout somehow ended up sneaking into a harem where he was not supposed to be, and left wearing a woman’s silk outfit because he had to disguise himself. You don’t really get to see him in the outfit but it shows up in your inventory afterwards so you can just let your imagination run wild.

In most of the cities you can buy a pamphlet that reveals new routes you can take and each route has a different transport method, a different price, different comforts and different departure times. Sometimes if you reach a city that hasn’t revealed any new routes, just explore it and you will find something new. You can also purchase items in the market to reduce the travel penalty that applies to your master. He has a total of a hundred hearts that reduce whenever you travel, and regenerate whenever you rest at a hotel, for example.

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There are so many routes to take, so many things you can do differently and I feel like this is a game with a lot of replayability! After my first few attempts, I feel like I have learned more about how to more effectively travel the world so I am very interested and eager to start the game up again to see what different outcomes I can get and how I can shorten down the travel time to make it in less than eighty days. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who wouldn’t mind a sort of text heavy game that is more about enjoying the game for what it is rather than relying on action to be happening all of the time!

Have you played 80 Days before or anything similar? Feel free to share your experiences!

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When Fallout Shelter was first released in July 2015, I was immediately hooked, but I lost interest very easily. I don’t know why it happened, but I stopped playing for like a year and six months until it now recently got released on xbox one. I thought the console version of it would be really weird after trying the pc version and not liking it as much, but i was pleasantly surprised and I am enjoying it a lot. It might be because it’s more convenient for me to just turn on my xbox and play instead of starting up my pc all of the time.

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Basically, what you do in the game is to manage and build your own vault. You have to make sure that you produce enough power, food and water so that your dwellers stay happy. You assign them to the different rooms based on their S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats, with power needing S (Strength), water needing P (Perceptance) and food needing A (Agility). The stats are the same that are used in the main Fallout games so you’ll get a hang of it pretty quickly if you have played any of them beforehand. However, previous experience with the Fallout franchise isn’t really needed, as the game is a simulation rather than a role playing game like the rest.

Apart from producing resources, you can have your dwellers mate to populate the vault, defend and protect the vault from raiders or deathclaw attacks, send them on quests or just have them explore the wasteland. Their survival is not guaranteed so you will have to make sure to build science labs and medical bays to produce Stimpacks and RadAways. If you successfully finish a quest or survive exploring the wasteland for a while you will be awarded with weapons, outfits or junk to craft new items with, along with caps to purchase upgrades and new rooms.

The game did really well during its release, and is still doing so, even if people got upset with the game having microtransactions. However, the only advantages those would give you were either more Vault Tec lunch boxes or Mister Handy to collect resources for you. I haven’t purchased either and I still enjoy the game a whole lot. It also gives you a sense of responsibility when you have to gather resources and manage everything on your own without the help of a robot to do it for you.

I would recommend this game for everyone who enjoys simulations and micromanaging, and if you have an interest in the Fallout franchise in general. Have you played anything interesting lately? 

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