Not long after the 30 quest weekend challenge I pretty much stopped playing The Secret World. I will probably go back later, but for the moment I’m not feeling much of a pull to log in. I am going through serious MMO withdrawal, but, with Guild Wars 2 only a week or so away there’s no point in getting into a different MMO. A good time to play a few single player games.
I bought Endless Space on Steam last week, a pretty new turned-based 4X game. Even on Newbie setting it’s giving me a run for my money. I also bought a copy for hubby so we can play multiplayer (multiplayer games are done through Steam either with your Steam friends or open to the public). Ganging up on the AI certainly helps! If you want a great summary of the game, the Cynical Brit has a WTF is … Endless Space episode, well worth watching. With the disastrous launch of Sword of the Stars II last year, and Legends of Pegasus this month, it’s nice to see a polished game on launch. Sure, it could do with a few more bells and whistles, but in the last month there have been 4 or so updates, one of the them chock full of additions, so both the present and future look bright for the game. The UI is so clean and well designed, everything is at your fingertips and the graphics in general are a pleasure to look at. A first glance it seems pretty simplistic, but there’s plenty of depth to it, and I’m imagining more depth over time. I’ve played about 20 hours so far, and I’m not feeling at all bored yet, quite the opposite, still figuring out strategies to nail the AI!
I’ve been a typical butterfly over the last few weeks, trying to find things to play while waiting for Guild Wars 2. As well as Endless Space I’ve dabbled with a couple of Alpha Indie games, Gnomoria (kind of a better looking version of Dwarf Fortress) and Stardrive, another 4X space game (I was a contributor to the KickStarter for that, hence access to the Alpha). Fieldrunners 2 is still keeping my ipad busy. What’s everyone else doing in the lead up to Guild Wars 2?!