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My first farm in Stardew Valley during the fall

Lately I've been tweeting a lot (or the equivalent in my case) about Stardew Valley. Ravanel noticed that. She also noticed that I haven't made any post about the game. So she decided to blackmail me ask me to write some posts about it.

Since she knew almost nothing about the game I thought a review would be a good idea. I might do a few more posts about Stardew Valley after this but it is something I need to think about.

The shorthand I usually hear the most for Stardew Valley is that it is like Harvest Moon/Rune Factory but better. I never played that game series, only heard about it, so I can't really compare. Another game I hear comparisons about is Animal Crossing but that is another I never got the chance to play. If your case is like mine then read on and I will try to explain what the game is about and why it is so fun.

...continue reading "Stardew Valley Review"

Fran Bow and the TwinsUsually I avoid doing reviews. Not because I hate them simply because I feel like there are other people who are much better at it than I am and I rather not parrot what they say. But then there are those moments where a game resonates with me so strongly in some way that I just feel like praising it to everyone I meet. Unfortunately just saying "Play this game! It is awesome!" is a very poor way to get people interested in said games. Therefore I find myself trying my hand at something resembling a review. This is one such an occasion.

So, about this game, it is an adventure game about a girl called Fran Bow that was living happily with her family and her best friend, a cat called Mr. Midnight, until one night while she was trying to sleep she saw an horrible creature peeking through her window. The next minute Fran heard her mother screaming and when she went to her parents bedroom she found them brutally murdered. Next thing she knows she is an asylum for kids who suffer from psychiatric problems. During one of her sessions she end up taking a new medication that the doctor hopes to help her. It ends up having quite the opposite effect, making her see a lot of creepy and horrible things that others can't see. It is at that point that Fran decides to escape the Asylum, find Mr. Midnight and discover who murdered her parents.

...continue reading "Fran Bow Review"

The main character staring at the horizon
Praise the Sun!

I am not the type to be attracted to brutally hard games. I am just not the type of person to get a thrill off beating an uber difficulty challenge. It is just not how my brain works. But then I started to watch this Let's Play of Dark Souls. It not only made me fascinated with the game, it almost made me a bit obsessive about it. Since it is a game I could potentially hate though I didn't buy it right away, instead I was going to wait for a sale so if I didn't like it I wouldn't lose too much money. And it just happened that the latest Humble Bundle had Dark Souls on it. As you can imagine I bought that Humble Bundle and have been playing the game for the last few days. Much to my surprise I am enjoying the game a lot!

...continue reading "Falling in love with Dark Souls"

I am probably one of the few people on earth who was never much of a fan of Grand Theft Auto games or similar titles. I don't know why. There is just something on it that doesn't appeal to me. Even though it should considering I like sand-boxish games. But while reading some previews on Rock, Paper, Shotgun about Saints Row: the Third that game just somewhat grew on me. There was a certain charm about a gangster game that not only doesn't take itself seriously but also try to go as over the top as it can. So, in a move of pure impulsiveness and pure boredom I decided to buy it. Why did I do that with a game like Saints Row: The Third where there would be a big chance of me not liking it, thus wasting my money, and not with say..... Skyrim, which is much more my alley, with actual good reviews about it? Well, not buying Skyrim is easy to explain. I know Bethesda will eventually release a special edition with all the DLCs. So I figured I might as well wait and save some money. In the mean time I am pretending really hard that the world is suffering from some kind of mass delusion. They think Skyrim was released! But no! I know the truth! It wasn't released yet! It will only be released when they make some Game of the Year Edition or something like that containing all the DLCs. Yesss.... I am the only sane person in the world! *adjusts his tin-foil hat* Ah-hem. Please, pardon that small outburst of sanity. Now, to explain why I bought Saints Row: the Third is a bit more complicated... Part of it, as I explained, is because the previews made the game look really charming somehow. The other part is.... I guess I just wanted a non-fantasy game as most of the games on my pile of "To Play" are fantasy. More than that, a game where I can just run and go cause some mayhem without worrying about the morality of my character, the "seriousness" of the world/story or anything like that. Lastly, it is probably because I wanted to stretch a bit my comfort zone and play a game in a genre that, in the past, I didn't enjoy. I must admit though that until I got a chance of actually playing the game I did feel some regret. Thoughts about how much of an idiot I was for wasting money in a game I most certainly wouldn't like, how I should have spent that money on Skyrim instead if I was going to do something stupid, etc. Fortunately, once I got to start playing the game, all those thoughts quickly vanished and I spent some solid fun hours playing the game. Since just saying that doesn't make for an interesting post, let me try to tell you what makes this game so good. Just one caveat though. I am pretty terrible at these kind of  games. If you think that invalidates all my experiences with the game then feel free to stop reading here. Personally I think it just makes a for a better case for the game. It is already pretty hard to make a game that can please a broad range of people with a straightforward game. To do it in a game with activities as diverse as this one then, I would say, it is near impossible. Yet the people at Volition did it pretty well! My virtual hat is off to them!

I am probably one of the few people on earth who was never much of a fan of Grand Theft Auto games or similar titles. I don't know why. There is just something on it that doesn't appeal to me. Even though it should considering I like sand-boxish games. But while reading some previews on Rock, Paper, Shotgun about Saints Row: the Third that game just somewhat grew on me. There was a certain charm about a gangster game that not only doesn't take itself seriously but also try to go as over the top as it can.

So, in a move of pure impulsiveness and pure boredom I decided to buy it. Why did I do that with a game like Saints Row: The Third where there would be a big chance of me not liking it, thus wasting my money, and not with say..... Skyrim, which is much more my alley, with actual good reviews about it? Well, not buying Skyrim is easy to explain. I know Bethesda will eventually release a special edition with all the DLCs. So I figured I might as well wait and save some money. In the mean time I am pretending really hard that the world is suffering from some kind of mass delusion. They think Skyrim was released! But no! I know the truth! It wasn't released yet! It will only be released when they make some Game of the Year Edition or something like that containing all the DLCs. Yesss.... I am the only sane person in the world! *adjusts his tin-foil hat*

Ah-hem. Please, pardon that small outburst of sanity. Now, to explain why I bought Saints Row: the Third is a bit more complicated... Part of it, as I explained, is because the previews made the game look really charming somehow. The other part is.... I guess I just wanted a non-fantasy game as most of the games on my pile of "To Play" are fantasy. More than that, a game where I can just run and go cause some mayhem without worrying about the morality of my character, the "seriousness" of the world/story or anything like that. Lastly, it is probably because I wanted to stretch a bit my comfort zone and play a game in a genre that, in the past, I didn't enjoy.

I must admit though that until I got a chance of actually playing the game I did feel some regret. Thoughts about how much of an idiot I was for wasting money in a game I most certainly wouldn't like, how I should have spent that money on Skyrim instead if I was going to do something stupid, etc. Fortunately, once I got to start playing the game, all those thoughts quickly vanished and I spent some solid fun hours playing the game.

Since just saying that doesn't make for an interesting post, let me try to tell you what makes this game so good.

Just one caveat though. I am pretty terrible at these kind of  games. If you think that invalidates all my experiences with the game then feel free to stop reading here. Personally I think it just makes a for a better case for the game. It is already pretty hard to make a game that can please a broad range of people with a straightforward game. To do it in a game with activities as diverse as this one then, I would say, it is near impossible. Yet the people at Volition did it pretty well! My virtual hat is off to them!

...continue reading "Saints with Guns"