Thursday, January 15, 2015

PC Gaming Catch-Up Impressions Twenty-Second

This is my twenty-second set of Steam backlog game impressions.  It's also my last set!  I've finally tried all the games I've been meaning to in my Steam library!

Expect a couple more follow-up posts reflecting on the 66 games I've tried.  Now I've definitely put my new computer through it's initial real world test.

For now here are the last three games.

Civilization Beyond Earth

I had high hopes for this game.  I ended up very disappointed.  Civilization: Beyond Earth is not a bad game, but it's not a great game either.

I thought this game represented the Civilization series being handed over to a new generation of developers.  They were setting it on new planets beyond earth and revamping all the game systems.  I thought incorrectly.


This is basically like every Civilization game before it, but with a sci-fi look and feel.  The main difference during actual gameplay is that there are aliens everywhere and they're much more difficult to deal with than Barbarians ever were in the previous Civ games.  It seems like the aliens attack so much that the only way to possibly win in Civilization: Beyond Earth is to go for a military victory.  That's really sad.  One of the best things about the series was being able to play the game in a multitude of ways.

Luckily for me, I just discovered Endless Legend the other day while playing through this backlog of games.  It's awesome and it does everything I thought Beyond Earth was going to do in terms of revamping the tired Civ formula.  Endless Legend is going to take the spot from Civilization in my gaming lineup from now on.


Risk of Rain

A pixel side scrolling shooter.  This one didn't really do much for me.  I was given a survivor on a planet with a couple special abilities and told to survive.  The survivor setting is well represented with other games at the moment and I didn't like the feel of the shooting.


I wouldn't recommend this game.  I would much rather be playing Super Time Force Ultra instead.  It was so much better.


Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein is strangely good.  It's like someone took a 90s shooter and revamped it for the modern era.

Health doesn't recharge.  You constantly need to pick up ammo, health, and armor.  There is over the top Nazi killing.  It feels like a 90s shooter, but it's so much better.


I can't put my finger on exactly what I like about this game.  I do know I've had more fun in my first two hours with Wolfenstein: The New Order than I had in all of my playthrough of Call of Duty Modern Warfare this year.  I would easily recommend it to FPS fans.

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