Mix and Match Genres
Although I had been trying to stick with SWTOR through to the cap, it’s already starting to wear on me. I might see if I can just plow through, head down, and get my main character’s story done, but I don’t know that I’ll even get that far.
Over the past week, I had been restlessly paging through my Steam library for something “new” to play. As much as we joke and lament about the “backlogs” that we create through Steam sales and such, I find that it’s like Christmas (or your Major Gift Giving Holiday of Choice) when you spot a game you totally forgot you purchased, and decide to give it a shot. This time around I picked Shadowrun: Dragonfall to run with.
I had played the original (meaning the recent Kickstarter version) Shadowrun Returns for a while, but drifted off for some reason. I got SR:D as part of that deal, but it never really registered because it just showed up in my library because of it. It’s a hybrid RPG/turn based strategy that works really well. It’s an exceptionally solid game with great mechanics and fantastic writing.
But it’s Shadowrun. I like the setting OK, but it still rubs me wrong. I’m a massive cyberpunk fan, and if it had just gone that far and no farther, this would be a different post. But Shadowrun is the product of someone at a focus group presentation asking “you know what would make cyberpunk even more awesome? Welding high fantasy to it! Eh? Eh?” I get that it’s a niche, and the lore explains it extremely well, but the addition of the fantasy side adds a bit of…I dunno…camp to the whole presentation. Orc in ablative flak armor? Elf with smartguns? I think Shadowrun was an answer to a question no one asked.
That being said, I still love the game.
Caving on Price
I am a VIP. You may touch the hem of my robe (quickly, before my boss asks me why I’m wearing a robe to the office).
I suspect I’m not alone, though, in being a “VIP at GoG.com” which kind of negates the importance of the title. Still, I got an email from them yesterday, and I actually decided to look at it because it indicated savings within. I noticed there was a section advertising my exclusive VIP deals (which is apparently an actual thing with them for some reason; no idea how one obtains that status with them, but if it was granted to me it can’t be an exclusive club), so I clicked on it.
Now, I’ve been passively resisting The Witcher 3 not because of any real reason. I have other games to play, I have played W1 and W2, but never got past the 45 minute mark or so in either, and the last time I bought a game because of it’s Skyrim-ness — Dragon Age: Inquisition — I left it behind at the oh-so-thrilling “Val Royeaux palace dinner party segment”. I told myself that there were no stars that could align that would get me to jump on W3 until it was at a much lower price.
GoG’s VIP section had the game at a discount, bringing the price down to $37.99. I happened to have $17 in my PayPal account at the time, which would cost me a grant total of $20.99 for the game. Hell, I figured that $20 would be the best price I’d see for the game between now and the Winter Steam Sale, so why not. And it gave me a legitimate reason to install GoG’s Galaxy download client, which people inexplicably don’t hate, despite wide spread self-reported loathing for all game library managers that Are Not Steam that the Internet seems to cop to when someone, somewhere, sneezes.
I have yet to actually play the game, though. The intro is on massive-ass cut-scene, interspersed with some thrilling horse riding, and the occasional need to pay attention so as not to get killed. I have to say that the keyboard and mouse control scheme is shit: it’s like piloting a cinder block on a sheet of ice. The controls are so sloppy that I feel I’m going to have to give it a try with a game pad to see if it feels more “natural” that way. I hope so; I could have done a lot of other things with that $20.99.