Daily Ramble 98: Games of November 2017
November is always a strange month for gaming for me since the holiday can either set me up for lots of game time or hardly any game time. I suppose I had a reduction in game time overall for the month but the time I got, I think was quality. Even though I didn’t get outta Kingsmouth, Secret World Legends was my main game of the month. I am still really liking the atmosphere and I am trying out new weapon classes as well to see how things fit into my play style. Other games of the month included Destiny 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, SMITE, and a little Guild Wars 2. On the whole, I enjoyed my gaming time and other than learning about the reduced XP gains in Destiny 2, the Lootbox controversy, and the Darth Vader Battlefield II snafu, I think it was a good month for me gaming.
Secret World Legends
In Secret World Legends, I spent the entire month working on the various missions throughout Kingsmouth and I think I know the area pretty well. I visited Priest Island and the hulking monsters there, the airport where the Orochi group bring in their black helicopters and where I worked to get the power hooked up to the runway lights, and I worked my way though the sewers to solve the Kingsmouth Code.
It was a bunch of fun and I’m almost done with the content I’m capable of completing at level 18. There are a few missions and monsters that look to be level 50 but I’m not going anywhere near them for a while. Along the way, I also started leveling up some Blade abilities. So now I’ve got Blood Magic, Assault Rifle, and now Blade skills and I’m actually quite fond of the close range damage my sword does and I’m running with it as my primary weapon and Blood Magic as my secondary. So far it’s a fun build.
Horizon Zero Dawn
My time in Horizon Zero Dawn has been enjoyable but I am just getting started. I got through the basic learning phase, watched the training montage, and have moved on to the preparation for the Proving.
I’m getting used to using my abilities and clicking on my Focus to track and highlight the machines. I know I’ve got a long way to go but this game is really cool. While I’m not sure why there are machine animals and monsters, they are fun to figure out and attack. And for once, I’m actually enjoying playing things stealthy. Hiding in the tall grass and performing a Silent Strike is pretty cool.
I managed to get Sol up to level 10 and I’ve started to branch out a bit to other gods in SMITE.
Once I reached the 18 god requirement for ranked play, I tried out a Conquest game and realized that I didn’t know much about playing class types other than Mage and Hunter. Guardian and Warrior are not something I’ve played much and I don’t think I’ve ever played an Assassin except in Assault where I was assigned one randomly. I’ve also started swapping play between the PC and PS4. Both have their pluses and minuses but I’m enjoying them both.
MMO Book Club – Guild Wars 2
Last month I saw that there was a group of gamers calling themselves the MMO Book Club. These guys are from Reddit and they play a certain MMO for a month (or 3) and then vote on the next MMO to play. It’s a way to experience a bunch of MMOs with a group of common people where you’re certain to have a decent population for the game. In November, the game was Guild Wars 2, but it was their selected game for the previous few months as well. That resulted in a situation where I was just starting out and everyone else was already high level, so I didn’t play too much. It’s still a game I’d like to get back to some day but it didn’t really work out in November.
I kinda put Destiny 2 on the back burner. After getting through the game on my PS4 Warlock, I didn’t have as much motivation to level a Hunter on the PC. I plan on getting back into the game in December since there’s gonna be DLC to play, but I haven’t decided if I’m gonna level up on PC or go with my Warlock.