Over the weekend, I went and tried a number of different games. I’ll probably write about a few of them in greater detail in the future, but as of this moment I wanted to at least briefly talk about them for a bit. At the very least, I’d like to talk about how I feel about some of them, and maybe a few other things. So let’s just get right to it.
First things first, I’d like to mention that I finally finished obtaining my Pyros weapon in Final Fantasy XIV. Yes, good for me. It was a bit of a slog, but I can’t say I don’t feel happy to at least have the weapon even without it having any stats. Admittedly, I can’t say I’m too pleased with the thought of light grinding just to put stats on it. I suppose at the very least it’ll be something that I can save for a rainy day.
I also wanted to mention the next Final Fantasy XIV expansion that will be releasing next year, Shadowbringers. I guess it’s still a wait and see game for me regardless of anything that’s been confirmed. I’m more interested in seeing what sort of content is going to be available. I mean I literally spent almost every day for the past two weeks doing Eureka, and I absolutely cannot fathom doing more of that in another expansion. So with that, I’ll definitely be looking at this one cautiously for now. As for Blue Mage, which will be coming in patch 4.5. Limited as it may be, again, it’s another wait and see sort of thing. I don’t want to dish away on that one before I’ve had the chance to actually mess around with the class, but I do feel like most of the things Square-Enix does with Final Fantasy XIV have to be taken with multiple grains of salt. It’s a fantastic MMO, but for every good thing that is done with the game it always seems like they have to balance it out by doing something that will induce head scratching.
Next up, I’d like to talk about Fallout 76. I won’t be doing anything in-depth on this one, as it’s been somewhat of an unfortunate experience. Really, I just feel like I have been struggling even trying to play this one. I played the PlayStation 4 version, so I can’t speak for the Xbox One and PC versions, but I personally found the game to be very rough. I don’t think it’s unplayable, but the game does have a lot of problems. For starters, I’d like to mention that for an online game it seems very empty. In the entire time I spent playing Fallout 76, I may have seen less than 10 people total.
Mechanically, the game feels strange as well. I actually really enjoyed the crafting and settlement building in Fallout 4, but in 76 it just feels like a mess. The shooting mechanics feel very strange as well, but I suppose that could be due to the change of VATS for multiplayer use. Going from Fallout 3, 4 and New Vegas. VATS would pause time and allow you to target individual body parts. In Fallout 76, VATS just feels like a glorified auto-target. Another annoying thing I found was going to check my Pip-Boy in an area where there were no enemies, only for them to magically spawn out of thin air a few seconds later. This has been a recurring thing in general for me, as I’ve witnessed enemies spawn directly in front of me on several occasions.
It’s been a rough one, I honestly had struggled to find anything redeeming in Fallout 76. I mean the open world was nice, but it’s hard to enjoy with some of the FPS dips and random freezing that was happening to me while I was running around. I guess overall I just found the game to be pretty boring. Maybe I’ll try it again down the road when there are more things to do and it’s had a few patches, but as of this moment in time I just don’t find the thought of playing it again to be very appealing.
Moving onto some other stuff I’ve been playing, and things I’ll probably write about a bit more as time goes on. I’ve been playing Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee, and tried Civilization VI on the Nintendo Switch for a bit.
Admittedly, I hadn’t played a Pokémon game since the Game Boy Color era. Interestingly enough, that last Pokémon game that I had played is what Pokémon: Let’s Go is a reboot of, Pokémon Yellow. I’ll be writing about this one a lot more, but as of this moment I have to say the game has been pretty fun. I do feel like the game is a lot more enjoyable when played undocked, since the motion controls when trying to catch Pokémon feel a little awkward at times. Overall, I can at least say that I’ve been enjoying the game a lot.
As for Civilization VI, I am absolutely pleased to see another main Civilization game on a console. The game runs surprisingly well, and the controls feel pretty great. I can’t wait to get into this one, as Civilization is a series that I have always enjoyed. I played this one for maybe a few hours before I jumped back into Pokémon, but I just can’t express how great this port feels and cannot wait to talk about it in the future.
That’s really it for now. It’s been a pretty solid week for games, excluding Fallout 76. There are still a lot of good games I have on my backlog, but as of right now I’m going to just focus on the more current things. I’ll probably get back to other things when I get the chance, there’s also a few other Sony exclusives that I’d like to check out. We’ll see where it all goes. I guess for now, it’s back to catching Pokémon.