Too Many Games, Too Little Time

Well here we are, another week ripe for gaming. After finishing Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee last week, things still felt just as overwhelming as ever. There are a few games that I have played, and few that I still want to play, but I’ll get to those. I wanted to mention that I had seen that Pokémon: Let’s go had broken Nintendo Switch sales records. Throwing my two cents into the ring on that one, I really can’t say that I’m surprised. I felt as though I enjoyed playing Pokémon a lot more than I thought I was going to, and I guess I’m still finding it interesting enough to listen to other people’s experiences with the game. So I’d say that probably means something in terms of how the game affected me.

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Outside of my run of Pokémon, I had spent most of the week juggling with a few different games. Warframe had come out on the Nintendo Switch, so I decided to download and play around with that. Having played Warframe on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, I can honestly say that I feel as though I’ve been digging the Switch version a lot more than the others. Not to completely take away from the other versions, as Warframe is still fun to play regardless of platform, there really is something to being able to pick up and play around with the game without having to feel locked to the couch.

Other than the flexibility of having a handheld version of Warframe, t still feels like the same experience that you can get on the other consoles, which is good. I was a little worried the game would be hindered a bit with the Switch’s limitations but really it’s still pretty solid. Everything looks good, and the game runs well. The controls do feel a little awkward with the Joy-Cons, but it wasn’t debilitating or anything. The game is free, and doesn’t require a subscription to Nintendo Switch’s online service to play with other people so there isn’t really anything to lose here. Overall, I’d say anyone looking to try out Warframe on the Nintendo Switch will be pleasantly surprised.

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Next up, yet another Nintendo Switch game. Civilization VI, a game that I’ve put hundreds of hours into on the PC, has yet again sucked my soul on the Switch. I mentioned it briefly last week, but it still surprises me at how well the game actually runs and plays. Civilization VI seems to work so well on a controller that it feels a little baffling that the game wasn’t released on a console sooner.  You’re also able to play the game with touch screen via handheld mode, but I wasn’t really keen on doing that so much so I just control everything with the Joy-Cons. The game itself feels very fluent and smooth for the most part, though I did notice some lag when there was lot going on in. Other than that, I’d say it works fine.

The Nintendo Switch port of Civilization VI comes packed with several country DLC packs, as well as Vikings content. It doesn’t come with the newer Rise and Fall expansion, which is pretty unfortunate, but the game is still good enough on its own to merit playing for anyone looking for an alternative way of experiencing Civilization VI.

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Last but not least, I’ve still been on the Final Fantasy XIV train. At this point, Eureka Pyros has pretty much consumed what was left of my sanity. I had spent some time doing both light grinding and Notorious Monster farming. I keep saying that I want to put this one down, but I keep getting sucked back in. I don’t really find Eureka to be that enjoyable, but the prospect of having a perfect weapon with amazing stats does at least seem appealing. Other than that, I finished getting all of the Pyros exclusive spells and started to buy the armor sets that become available afterwards. I honestly have to admit, it’s not a very aesthetically pleasing set, but upgrades are upgrades.

For this one, I really feel like Final Fantasy XIV’s Shadowbringers expansion can’t get here soon enough. I am absolutely sick of Eureka, but I feel like I just can’t put it down. It’s something I feel that I have a hard time finding any redeeming qualities in. It feels like the content itself was designed to have a grind just for the sake of having a grind. It just comes off as annoyingly irritating once you get into the cycle of repeating the same things over and over. It’s incredibly hard to excuse Eureka, it’s just not a good time.

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So I guess that’s really it for now. I have a few other games that I have and would like to get to in the future, but for now I’ll probably be focusing on Civilization VI for a bit longer.  I’ll probably look to messing around with Warframe a bit more as well, at least while the Switch version is hot. After that, I’m going to try to get into God of War, and Detroit: Become Human. It’ll be my first time going into both games, so I’m hoping everything will go smoothly. I’ve heard nothing but good things about God of War, but I’m not entirely sure about Detroit. I don’t really mind Quantic Dream as a whole, I think Heavy Rain and Indigo Prophecy are really fun games. Beyond: Two Souls on the other hand, I found to be relatively boring so I’m hoping that Quantic Dream at least learned from that with Detroit: Become Human. I guess I’ll see it when I see it. Until then, time to continue my quest for global conquest in Civilization VI.

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