Gaming in April.

Well, it didn’t feel like it was five minutes since I was talking about the gaming I did in March! Despite time flying by, I have managed to p[lay quite a few games last month. So, without further ado, let’s take a look!

Let’s start this gaming summary with one of my favourite video game series, Assassin’s Creed. Yes, I am still slowly making my way through the series. At the very beginning of April, I finished Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, which lived up to my recollections of my first playthrough of it. If you enjoyed Black Flag and wanted more of that gameplay, then Rogue is a solid experience. Admittedly, it doesn’t do much different to its predecessor, but I did enjoy playing a game that was more focused on the Templar angle. Its still a shame that Rogue was overshadowed by Unity and its initial issues. Speaking of Unity

I’ve also made serious progress in Unity itself, in fact, more progress than any of my other attempts to play the game. I’m not sure what has changed my mind about the game, but Arno feels a little more likeable and the plot seems to have engaged me more. On the other hand, the amount of collectables and repetitive optional activities, feel like filler and slows the games pace down. I expect to finish Unity by the end of May, so you may be hearing about Victorian London, with Syndicate, in next month’s post!

The next game I’ve playing, is actually one that has been sitting in my Steam library for some, Chroma Squad. Chroma Squad is a turn based strategy game that’s a parody of the Power Rangers/Super Sentai series. Its a solid, if somewhat simplistic in its gameplay, indie game which lovingly pokes fun at the Sentai genre. I’m almost finished it and, so afr, would be a game I would recommend to Power Rangers and Super Sentai fans.

Moving onto another PC game that I completed this month, which was also my April game for the backlog challenge, we have Her Story. You can read more of my thoughts on Her Story on the Upon Completion blog, but in short, it was a game I enjoyed so much, that I actually 100% completed it. It was the first FMV game I ever played and has certainly convinced to play more games like it.

Speaking of 100% games, there was another one that I completed 100% in April. Yes, April was definitely a good month for completing games, as I doubled the amount of games I completed 100% to the grand total of… four. So what is this other game? It was one recommended to me by Kim over at Later Levels, Stories Untold. Well, I finally got around to sitting and playing it and wow, it was an amazing experience, filled with plot twists and subverting my expectations! I daren’t go into the game too much, as it really is one you have to experience yourself. I will the ending is a bit like Marmite, you’ll either love it or hate.

And that’s pretty much my gaming for April. I have dabbled in Elder Scrolls Online and Final Fantasy XIV, but mainly for their special events that are currently being held. I’ve also been dipping into Diablo 3 on my Nintendo Switch, mainly because I’ve been burned out on Octopath Traveller. So, what have you’ve been playing? Let me know in the comments and I’ll talk to you soon!

19 thoughts on “Gaming in April.

  1. You have been busy! Sounds like you are doing well with the AC games. I really enjoyed Syndicate so I hope you do too. I still need to go back to a few of the games I either didn’t play or stopped playing after they got spoilt… but at the moment I’m finishing up Picross S3 and that’s been my go to game because I can just chill with it and I haven’t had much time to play.

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    1. I forgot how much the later AC games were filled with side activities, but I’m making progress! I’ve played Syndicate once on PS4 and it stood out to me as one of the best AC games, so fingers crossed that it remains as good as I remember!
      I played the Pokemon version of Picross a few years ago but I was put off by the way they tried to milk the players for money, which is a shame because I liked the concept. Would you recommend the version you play?

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      1. For sure, Borderlands 2 is a *huge* game if you want it to be. Even if you run through the main story with one character that will still take a decent chunk of time 🙂

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      2. The number one problem for many gamers! I’ve found streaming around the house helps. I can’t always be at the device where I want to play the game, but I can often stream from it while I’m somewhere else. Kinda wish there was a Switch version of Borderlands, that would be sweet!

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  2. Are you 100%ing the Assassin’s Creed games, or just playing through them until the credit role? Curious as one of those would take fat longer than the other.

    As for myself, Tekken 7 as part of a post idea I had, as well as Slay the Spire (that game is crack) and replaying Pokemon Leafgreen (’cause nostalgia).

    April as a whole was a bit of a mess for me as far as games being played as I was juggling a lot of stuff and trying to get review out “on time”, so I decided to take a bit of a breather with May.

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    1. I’m not 100% completing memories as some of the optional objectives are really tough. I am trying to collect all collectables and do all the side the quests. I agree, if I was 100%, it would take a long time to complete each one!
      I was hooked on Slay the Spire, earlier this year. It definitely has that ‘just one more go’ feel to it.
      I haven’t played any of the Tekken series, is a a good series to jump into if you’re someone who doesn’t normally play fighting games?

      I completely understand the need to juggle your time. Normally, I struggle to play a few games in month, so April was kind of a freak month where I actually managed to complete some, as well as play them. The main thing is to play games games to enjoy them, not because you feel you must.

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      1. For me Slay the Spire is great when I don’t know what else to play. Just sit down and play a round of it when I don’t feel like playing anything else.

        Re: Tekken – yes, but also no. That’s part of what I wanted to explore in the post idea I had. I think it’s a fairly easy game to get into at a basic level, but you wouldn’t be able to get away with playing while lacking fundamentals.

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  3. Keep meaning to play Unity and Syndicate, I’m beginning to get the impression they’re better than I’ve been lead to believe. Also after playing Origins and Odyssey that are set sooo far back in history, it would be interested to get straight into the Ass Creed games that are set the nearest to modern times.

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    1. What did you think of Origins and Odyssey?Syndicate does seem to get a bit of criticism, but I actually think its one of the better game sin the series.
      As for Unity, I first tried to play it just after its release and it was a mess. Nearly five years on, the developers have fixed most of the issues. I own both the PS4 version and the PC one, I would say that the PC version’s performance is better and less glitchy. I would say that Unity is now not the worst in the AC series but its not one of the best either.
      If you do play either, let me know what you thought of them!

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      1. Thanks will do. Yeah I here unity has been improved since it’s release. I picked it up for about 80 cents for Xbox so been meaning to play it! I loved both origins and odyssey, I prefer the new traversal and combat system. I also prefer they lean less on the modern story and the historical story is so vast and fun to explore. But I’ve always loved assassin’s Creed games. I just think I just needed origins especially to give me that push to get back into the lore of it all.

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  4. Spent a good chunk of April either in Florida for a funeral, or under the weather… So, not as much gaming. Played the Idol Manager game I mentioned last month, and a lot of Master Of Orion my old standby).

    Picked up Game Corp DX and Train Fever because they were on sale on Steam, but still haven’t gotten around to playing either.

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    1. I hope you’re feel better and my condolences. Sometimes, circumstance mean that you’re not in the right mood/mindset to play video games and there’s nothing wrong with that. And sometimes you need to the familiarity of some old favourites, my go-to is Elder Scroll: Oblivion.

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  5. Octopath burned me out too. It was so repetitive yet I did really want to like it. You should try Cosmoc Star Heroine if you liked the look of Octopath. CSH respects your time much better though. Hahah

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    1. I initially enjoyed Octopath Traveller and really wanted to love it but like you said, its a little too repetitive. I think its probably one of those games that you need to play every so often, rather than in one long session. Still, I do want to finish it, so I’ll be going back to it at some point.
      I’ve not heard of Cosmic Star Heroine, I’ll definitely be looking into it. Thanks for the recommendation!

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