I didn’t get as much time as anticipated to game this weekend, but I made the best of what I did get — and actually came out feeling pretty great about how things ended up. So what was Syp playing?
The Wolf Among Us
I wrapped up the final episode of this generally excellent Fables adventure game and have been chewing over my feelings on it. Like all of Telltale’s efforts lately, there was precious little in the way of puzzles, but I think that the final episode did deliver a lot in the way of choice and consequence, both from the episode itself and from the previous four as well. I got what I considered to be a pretty compassionate ending with most of the townsfolk happy with me, so that’s a win for poor Bigby. I felt pretty uncomfortable how the game brought up my past decisions in a (sometimes) negative light, because this game has been about how unfair the situation and position that both Bigby and the residents of Fabletown are in, and hey, I’ve been trying my best.
One major disappointment was the lack of a deductive scene. In the first (and maybe second) episodes, Telltale tried to stretch itself by including scenes where you had to investigate the environment and people to put together the truth of what had happened. That was actually pretty cool, since you could mess up and overlook stuff, but the devs obviously gave up on that. This omission was really felt at the end of the game, when the characters simply told you the answer to the mystery instead of letting you solve it.
But in terms of world-building and characterization, TWAU hit it out of the park. The Fables universe is great for adventure games and I sincerely hope we see another one, especially following the twist ending.
Lord of the Rings Online
I really need to devote more time to Update 14, but what I did get to play has actually been pretty enjoyable. Perhaps it’s my previous sabbatical that helped to rekindle my interest, but I’m settling back into my old shoes and taking a walk around Gondor.
I’ve been messing around with builds on my captain, trying to find a nice hybrid that pumps out as much damage as possible while giving me enough survivability with healing. Sort of a red/blue deal. I didn’t realize that we had another LI trait reset and was going around like a derp without any points spent, wondering why I was having a bit of a hard time taking down a frenzied deer. Stupid deer, always in the way between me and world domination!
Gondor as a land is a definite change from Rohan. It feels more old school Europe than Rohan’s Viking vibe, which isn’t terrible but… I’m probably never going to be a fan of gaudy decor and our second major Man country in a row.
Guild Wars 2
I finished up Entanglement on my Ranger (spoilers: Scarlet was really Trahearne all along!). Gameplay-wise it was adequate — nothing particularly exciting nor challenging for my character, but functional. Story-wise, it was definitely more interesting than the first episode, particularly toward the end.
I then switched over to my long-dormant Necromancer and brought her from 77 to 80 in a night. Spending laurels on ascended gear and equipping her with a full set of exotics and superior sigils was something I’ve been looking forward to doing for quite some time, so it’s cool that I’ve reactivated her. She has a LOT of the map and her personal story left to do, but I think that I’ll try to get her through the first two S2 episodes before going back to doing anything else.
My big goal for the weekend was to hit level 25 and get my hoverboard, which I finally, finally did. Whitevale is a lovely zone to quest in, and my Medic’s new build is rocking nicely. I’m trying to do each and every challenge as I find them unless it’s functionally undoable (as in not enough mobs to make it possible).
I got a good laugh at all of the spy shenanigans that occupied one of the early quest lines, especially being knocked out to be taken to a secret base and scouting around for snowmen.
One of the things that WildStar does really well and yet has gotten little praise that I’ve seen is how it’s created all of these alien races and made them quite memorable and distinct. The Freebots (who just wanna be free, man), the Lopps, and the Protostar clones are my fave, but just about all of them have great personalities and make up for a wacky scifi cast.