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Whatever you do… don’t starve

January 12th, 2013 by Cat

Categories: PC

I’ve recently been playing a new game that’s in beta right now, called Don’t Starve. It’s made by the same people who did Shank and Mark of the Ninja.

It actually reminds me of Minecraft in the way you play it. You start with nothing, collect things around you, and build things that help in your survival. The point is to survive as many days as you can.


Though the game is called Don’t Starve, and you have a hunger meter… I’ve actually never died from starvation. Instead, I end up doing stupid stuff like accidentally pissing off beefalos, or being hunted down by wolves, or picking a fight with a spider nest.

Getting attacked

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Gaming Year in Review: 2012

December 31st, 2012 by Cat

Categories: DS, PC, PS3, Xbox 360

With one day left in 2012, I figured this would be a good time to do my usual review of games I played this year 🙂 Let’s start with the favorites!

Favorite single player: Mass Effect 3
I am a huge fan of the Mass Effect series, and though I agree that the endings left me feeling empty and disappointed, the journey up to it was emotional and satisfying. I also liked that the game play required more movement than just taking cover in one place.

Favorite multiplayer: Mass Effect 3
Yes, ME3 wins both for me. I was skeptical about the multiplayer, but it is good fun, especially after they added better kits (like the N7 series). I’m normally not that into shooters, but adding in powers and skills definitely makes this more interesting for me.

Favorite indie: Orcs Must Die! 2
Though I haven’t played the first one (yet), I had a lot of fun doing the co-op in the sequel. It’s a different take on the tower defense games since you control a character that runs around setting traps and can also shoot the enemies yourself.

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Short round things

October 27th, 2012 by Cat

Categories: PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360

Kirby’s Return to Dreamland
I played and finished this Wii game recently. After games like Mass Attack and Epic Yarn, Kirby returns to the traditional gameplay of copying enemy abilities. While I liked those other 2 games, it is nice to get another “normal” Kirby game.

Most of the abilities I recognize from past games, and each one has a list of moves you can do. (Like down+attack might do something different than just attack.) And well, like most recent Kirby games, it’s not that hard, though some bosses are more challenging than others. You won’t find anything really new or different in this game, but if you’re up for some “old school” action, this is a fun one to play.

And while still very much in a Kirby mood, I bought Kirby’s Dream Collection, which celebrates Kirby’s 20th anniversary. I haven’t played it yet, but it has Kirby’s Dreamland 1-3, Kirby’s Adventure, Kirby Super Star, and Kirby 64. I actually haven’t played half of those games, so I’m pretty excited to have them now XD

Mass Effect 3
I recently unlocked both Volus kits! (Yes, I realize a lot of people probably name their Volus Adept, Biotic God.)

There are a few kits that can be support-like, but these Volus… are very much so. Both have Shield Boost, which I like a lot, and it feels like I’m playing healer. It’s as it sounds: it repairs and boosts shields. I have both specced so that it also gives 50% damage reduction for 6 seconds. It’s especially great for hacking and escort missions where everyone is in one place.

The adept has stasis and Biotic Orbs. Each orb gives a recharge speed boost, or they can be launched to hit/detonate enemies. The engineer has 2 mines, Recon and Proximity, both of which can detonate and be specced where affected enemies take more damage from all sources.

Oh, but they are awkward to play! They are shorter than everyone else, and thus cannot see over some cover. They can’t take cover either. Their base health is 150, which makes them pretty squishy. Fortunately, their light melee is a cloak, so that’s good for reviving people. Cloak, revive, shield boost. They took a little getting used to, but it’s actually pretty fun sometimes XD;;

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Wii U Experience

August 27th, 2012 by Cat

Categories: Wii U

A couple weeks ago, I got to go to a Wii U Experience! They’ve been doing this in several cities, where they set up a bunch of Wii U demos. When they were here in Austin, I think there were several sessions going on throughout the weekend. Thanks to a couple friends, my husband and I got on the guest list to one of them.

It was a lot of fun! The event was kind of small, so there wasn’t a long wait at any of the stations either. Here are my thoughts on each game, but please note that these are based on a short demo.

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Number 2

August 15th, 2012 by Cat

Categories: PC, PS3

Orcs Must Die! 2
I don’t usually play tower defense style games, so I didn’t get the first one and can’t make comparisons between them. The co-op in 2 though? Super fun.

There’s 2 characters to chose from now: the hero and villian in 1 (which I don’t think have names…). Yeah, they’re working together now.

The guy starts with tar and arrow traps. The girl starts with acid and ice traps. The traps they can get afterward are the same though. The key to scoring high is getting combos, meaning having enemies die from multiple effects.

We’ve been doing pretty well on this “scoring high” thing. We’re ranking in the top 50 (out of thousands) on most maps, sometimes in the top 10, like…

Yep, that’s right. NUMBER ONE XD

We’re just playing the normal difficulty, which I think is too easy with 2 people who know what they’re doing. Sometimes it takes us a try or two to figure out the map, but after we have a good set-up, nothing gets through. Half of the time, we score 5/5 skulls on our first try. Haven’t tried a harder difficulty yet, so I’m not sure how that is.

The maps don’t really differ in single player, so it’s actually a challenge there, especially if waves of enemies are appearing in 3 different spots at the same time. Fun stuff though! I recommend it if you have someone to play with.

God of War 2
Is a mean, mean game. I don’t remember GoW1 being this hard. I mean… here’s 2 situations I was in recently.

Fight starts out with 2 cerberus that spit out cerberus babies. If you focus on the babies, the grown ones just spit out more. If you ignore the babies, they eventually turn into full grown cerberus that also spit out more babies.

Or a platform that you have to lower, while a ceiling of spikes fall on you. However, as you’re lowering it, you’re being attacked by skeletons. Take too long on the skeletons, and the ceiling crushes you. Ignore the skeletons, and they’ll interrupt you as you lower the platform.

So many situations where the game is like… how many things can we put against you to screw you over? It usually takes me a few tries to figure out how to kill everything quickly (often by spamming magic or rage).

Anyway, these are what I’ve been playing lately. I think next up might be finishing Skyward Sword, which… I’m surprisingly not that excited to play anymore.