I don’t believe you could play as an African ruler and come away with an understanding of what it was like there a thousand years ago. I also don’t think that people should be grateful for any representation at all even if it’s poor. But I think Crusader Kings 3 does a good job of representing, not just including, Africa as a place full of cooks, poets, drunks, warriors, masons, priests, inbred kings, and big gay cancer patients like anywhere else. I haven’t found the specialised depth I was hoping for (and didn’t really expect to), but nor do I feel like I’m just playing as England with African names. It makes West Africa as interesting to play in as anywhere else. The chiefs of Yorubaland have immensely improved my week. They’re an excellent place to start out. … [Read more...] about I test the reigns down in Africa: A Crusader Kings 3 diary
Assault Android Cactus was a game full of details, like kickass reloading animations, that were difficult to notice given how bullet-hellish it was. Unpacking is totally the opposite in terms of pacing, but has a similarly impressive attention to detail that's obvious in little touches like the way boxes glimmer away to another dimension when emptied, or books automatically rearrange themselves to make room in the middle if that's where you want one to go, or the solid whoosh and clunk of spinning and placing items. … [Read more...] about The highlight of PAX Aus was Unpacking, which is a game about unpacking
Dropped off off the coast of Falmouth, you’re tasked with learning what happened to the entire crew of the ill-fated Obra Dinn merchant ship, which mysteriously drifted ashore with heavy damage and no crew. Playing as an insurance investigator for the East India Company isn’t exactly the most delicious or exciting prospect, but your magic pocket watch brings things into sharper focus. It allows you to see the exact moment a person died, letting you use contextual clues and the scene of the crime to deduce the identity and fate of each individual, recorded in your diary. … [Read more...] about Have you played… Return Of The Obra Dinn?
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Peril on Gorgon is a good quest chain, if a little conservative. If you've played The Outer Worlds, you'll know exactly what to expect. Shooting, looting, accessing terminals, and occasionally talking (or bribing) your way out of trouble. I enjoyed it overall, but I wish the tone was more consistent. It has elements of film noir, horror, and adventure serials, but it never really leans that hard into any of them. If you've finished The Outer Worlds and want more of the same, you're in for a treat. But if you bounced off the base game, this DLC won't be enough to change your mind. And honestly, that's exactly what I expected. … [Read more...] about The first big Outer Worlds DLC has heavy BioShock vibes