Next batch of XGP games:
Crosscode - I got a little bit past the second boss on this one. I thought it was pretty decent and had some good mechanics. The only complaint I would have is the melee to ranged transition zone. It would be something I would want to actually turn off (to avoid melee when you need to range because IDK where my mouse cursor is). Something I would definitely consider continuing to play.
Creature in the Well - It has an interesting “combat” mechanic of hitting balls of…energy? However, I’m not entirely sure I like this game. I would say it’s mostly due to that energy ball bouncing and requiring a bit more precision than I care to need.
Children of Morta - So I had to write this one last to attempt to dredge up any thoughts about it…One of the few things I could think of is it might be interesting to play with multiple people. I may actually have to try this again to try and get a better opinion. I really didn’t see anything special or problematic with the story, combat, or anything. The best way I could describe it just about neutral. And that’s…weird…
Book of Demons - Not particularly a fan of this one, but I definitely can see the appeal. I am someone that prefers the exploration of say Diablo or Path of Exile. The combat seems a bit…simplistic of spamming the mouse button and pulling a Monty Python every now and again (RUN AWAAAAAY!). I probably won’t get this tbh. The art style is definitely something I’ve never seen before.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - So… if this is a successor to Castlevania, then I unfortunately am disappointed in both. I couldn’t really get into it. I was trying this one with a XB1 controller and… i dunno, I wouldn’t say it felt clunky at all. I just couldn’t get into the control scheme. I think this is the same issue I’m having with many of these 2D platformers, where the git gud is more than I currently care to deal with. The main gripe that I have that continues to stick in my mind is the god-awful animation to run speed. It’s very possible that the other games that I played on XGP ruined this but I felt there was a massive disconnect between the expected speed and the actual speed of the character. And I feel like it’s just enough to cause issues.
Bad North - I played four islands of this, and I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was. It’s a simple premise with multiple different ways of play. It’s definitely something I would consider picking up on sale sometime down the road.
Ape Out - So I enjoyed this, but anyone that is not fond of excessive violence will NOT like this. The combat controls are exceedingly simple with a grand total of 4 buttons plus the mouse (incl L/R click). However, there is some strategy involved with how you go through the level, because bum-rushing it could very well get you killed.
Age of Empires Definitive Edition - Yup, I suck at this. I played a custom game and placed in last although I was the second empire to fall. Similar to various other RTS games I have played before but with single combat units. TBH, how long I lasted and the number of units I took down of a FAR superior empire was actually pretty good. I think the reason I got screwed was A. because I played a custom game and B. I was learning on the fly. So i ended up way behind. The graphics overall is decent and I think it’s one of your standard RTS games.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
Super Lucky’s Tale
Sea of Thieves
Torment: Tides of Numenara
That’ll actually complete everything, but I will do one last pass on the games to see if anything else is there I want to try out and maybe give Children of Morta a second shot at an impression.