Games I played since my last update:
It's been a little while since I felt like I'd accomplished enough to warrant an update post, and I've been struggling to bring myself to finish off games that I've got near completion (80%+). I guess I'm spoilt for choice at the moment with games, there are so many I want to play all at once and not enough hours in the day for them all .__. But I will get to them all as soon as I can! I have played and completed a few though since the last time, so here's a few thoughts on them.
INSIDE I waited so long for this to be released, ever since I played LIMBO probably a couple of years ago by now, and they kept pushing the release date further and further back, when I received this as a birthday gift in September, I had to play it right away. It was pretty short honestly, but it was so much fun to play through! I really enjoyed it and felt that it was totally worth the wait. Incredibly strange and bleak just like LIMBO, but with a weirder story and beautiful (mostly) greyscale artstyle... if you were a fan of LIMBO, I think you will love INSIDE.
The Walking Dead: Michonne: I can see why they labelled it as a 'mini series'. I enjoyed playing it as much as any other Telltale game, aside from the fact that it was only around 4-5 hours worth of gameplay, quite a bit less than I'm used to from Telltale games. It didn't feel like they gave me enough time with the characters to actually care about any of them other than Michonne herself. The other characters could've all had their faces mauled by walkers at the end of the game and I don't think it would've made me feel anything. I still think it was a fun game though, and as well made as ever, so maybe I'm being a bit too harsh :p
Plantera was nice. Relatively easy to complete compared to a lot of other clicker / autonomous games I've played, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as some of the others out there set goals that are practically (or actually are) impossible to obtain.
The Park was incredibly disappointing, imo. I was expecting to be spooked at least a bit by it, and played it for Halloween, but everything felt too predictable, and the entire game is over after roughly an hour. It's not a terrible game by any means, as it feels like the developers tried to put the time in making the atmosphere creepy, and perhaps for people who are less familiar with horror games it might be great, but for me it just wasn't good Maybe it was my own fault for expecting too much going into it, though.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is amazing. I really love this game, and fully intend to try and 100% it, but it's gonna take a while. The fights against big monsters feel epic (especially Ur-Dragon :o), climbing all over them chipping away at their health with your trusty pawns helping out (or quite often, needing you to go pick them up off the ground). It seems like a mashup of Dark Souls / Skyrim / Shadow of the Colossus, and the pawn system is actually a really nice addition. If you like Adventure/Fantasy RPGs, you should love this.
Oxenfree is my first gift to myself for halloween, and while not as scary as I expected, definitely has a great creepy atmosphere to it throughout. Going to go for the 100% on this one very soon, as it seems pretty easy to obtain, and I'm interested in how different it feels to take the different conversation choices :D
SOMA is my second halloween gift to myself, and it is amazing so far. This is another one I waited quite a while for as I had a lot of fun with Amnesia in the past, and since this is by the same devs I was really hopeful for a well made horror/atmospheric game, and so far, it has delivered. I really appreciate horror games that don't rely on mindless jumpscares every 30 seconds, which has become far too common these days, and instead build suspense and make you feel uneasy in your surroundings and wondering what's around the next corner, without blasting a screeching violin chord into your ears at 150 decibels and launching an enemy directly to your face.