Ys Origin today, which could have been a bad idea because I'm stressed a bit, but the navigation fail was actually amusing and I made progress despite it. Plus all the extra killing from backtracking got me a level up.

The lack of a map does bug me a bit, although the running around does seem like it'll help in the long run. Also, it'd be nice to have some sort of tips section or a quest type feature. When I first went into it, I ran around for a bit with no idea where I was up to or what to do next. Not exactly a productive use of time. Again with the lots of killing being a good thing I guess? Plus, incentive to play more often so I remember more.


Also played a bit more Terraria, but it's getting too close to my shift so I couldn't really enjoy it properly. Made a sky arena above my house for when the Eye of Cthulhu starts spawning, started working on a tunnel under the Corruption, and... that was about it. Given that it's only a small map, I suspect there won't be much past the Corruption besides the Jungles, so my next goal really needs to be setting up for Cthulhu and the worm thing. Have to see how it goes.
So. Terraria. This is the sort of game that hooks me really nicely, drains away a lot of time, and leaves me feeling really satisfied with little to show for it.

The thing is, to really enjoy playing it, I need to be able to login, see what I've created, and go "Yeah, I'm happy with this, what can I add/do next?" Which is great, except when the last few sessions have been spent patching stuff together and generally making a mess. So I'm left wanting to clean it all up but not wanting to sink the time needed to do so bit by bit, because I also want to go off adventuring again.

Add to that the random-but-predictable nature of the world generation, and I just really like starting a new world. The only world I have that's lasted is one I share with a friend. All the others have fallen by the wayside.

Which is sort of a bad thing ("I've spent so much time on this and I'm still on the same midgame stuff") but... I still love playing it, so I guess that's okay? I used to play Minecraft, which I enjoyed, but never got into the mods or the creative mode, so the appeal was limited.

Anyway, setting myself a goal with the current Terraria world: Keep it organised and work on beating the bosses.


In other news, had the bad idea of going into EB Games after work the other day (my budget disapproves...) and picked up the Warcraft 3 battlechest because it was on sale.

Once upon a time, I played Warcraft 2 a bit, but proceeded to lose interest in Warcraft until WoW came out. Actually to be honest in that time I wasn't really gaming much at all, and WoW was what I came back to because my brother got into it.

When I saw Warcraft 3, my thoughts ran "I have a friend who plays that, and she likes it", "It's a battlechest, which is cool" and "It's pretty cheap and this way I can't justify getting anything more expensive". And lo, I became an owner of Warcraft 3.

Haven't spent much time with it yet, just the horde prologue campaign, and so far my conclusions are: Pretty cool, graphics and portrait animations are hilariously bad. Seriously, watch the portraits as they talk and tell me that a face should move like that. But I suppose it is 10 years old or something, and the gameplay graphics are certainly good enough to play. Just have to not watch the portraits.


In other other news.... I need to stop buying new games before I finish current ones. On a related note, I need to spend more time finishing games and less time stuffing around with Terraria.
I got my Wii U yesterday, the premium pack and Darksiders 2. Really happy I actually got it on release day, because I had it delivered and the postal service here isn't always that great. But it came and I was home, so no having to go pick it up from the post office. Played a bit of Nintendoland because why not, and... it's not bad but probably more fun as a party thing. Or even a drunk gaming then. Might have to try that on my weekend.

For the most part I'm really liking the Wii U, although the Gamepad is maybe a little awkward for me. Which is partly because I don't actually play on consoles enough, so holding a controller at all is a thing, but the grips seem designed for larger hands than mine. Awesome for people with larger hands I guess, and all I need to do is rest it on my knees or something, which I tend to do anyway because my gaming chair is a giant beanbag. I'll have to play it enough to either get used to it or figure out what doesn't work so I can give feedback or something I guess. So it'll work out one way or another.

Got into Darksiders 2 as soon as I'd figured the controls out enough. Easy setting again for comparison. Controls are obviously different (gee really?) but nicely set up, and the graphics are good. (Although new tv and not much gaming on it, so I don't have much of a comparison basis, and I... don't really see graphics quality as much anyway.) One of the things I've noticed - and I'll have to check at some point because I could just be unobservant/misremembering - is that there's some sidequests in the Wii U version that aren't on the PC version. Well, one at least, Karn asking me to find him a plate he made. I'm sure I didn't get that on the PC, unless I lost the option for the quest somehow. It doesn't really matter, it's just interesting. Plus it means playing both versions wouldn't be exactly the same and hopefully more interesting.

The other thing I've been playing (far too much of) is Terraria. Mostly thanks to TotalBiscuit and JesseCox (of YouTube fame) but also because it's just plain fun. Got a friend playing it too, and the multiplayer world seems to have more in it. Although... that could just be because I'm exploring more in multiplayer than I dare to in solo. We'll see how it goes.

But now I have to get ready for work. More Darksiders 2 tonight maybe, we'll see.

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