As one of my New Year’s Nerdolutions, I have resolved to spend more time playing video games. Why, you ask? Sometimes I get really overwhelmed on my days off, wondering what I should do. I can’t decide, so I end up browsing Twitter for awhile and then I look at Amazon for good deals for awhile. In the end, I get nothing accomplished. I’m also one of those people that get obsessed with Steam sales and I’ve racked up a huge backlog of games. So that’s why I want to spend more time playing video games so I won’t waste time on the internet and all the money I’ve spent on game deals won’t go to waste.
This week I’ve been playing a lot of Mass Effect 3 on Xbox 360. Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I’m a huge Bioware fanatic and I was majorly excited for the release of Mass Effect 3. However, when I got halfway through it, I got really bored with it. It seemed like all I was doing was going to similar looking planets fighting either Cerberus agents or Husks. I ended up giving up on it, until now. I’ve been playing Mass Effect 3 for the past few days nonstop, but I’m not really sure how close I am to finishing it. I’m going on an eleven day vacation starting Saturday, so I’ll finish it up very quickly this weekend.
I also got invited to the Elder Scrolls Online beta this past weekend, and I must say I am destined to never play this game. I was also invited to the last beta which was during the week of Thanksgiving, and I think I had to work somewhere around five 12 hour shifts while the beta was open. Throw that in with family time for Thanksgiving and then Black Friday shopping, I only got to play the tutorial. This weekend, I had to work the majority of the beta, but the one day off I had to play it, there was a giant patch that had to be downloaded and it was an incredibly slow download. I ended up falling asleep waiting for it and I missed the beta a second time. I just hope that Bethesda invites people to longer beta tests before they release the game. I hate to think that Bethesda is going to stop giving me invites just because they don’t give me a long enough window to test their game out.
The final game I’ve spent time on this week has been Path of Exile. This is a free to play action RPG much like Diablo, but very different at the same time. My boyfriend and I were playing the first few levels together co-op, and let’s just say, I don’t think this game works well as co-op. First, there’s no system for sharing loot, it’s just free for all. Second, I died while fighting a boss that dropped a quest item. My boyfriend picked up the item while I was dead, and now my character can no longer advance through the quests. Now, I really like this game and I like the ideas behind it. I’d really like to review it someday or stream it or do a lets play. The problem is, I could no longer advance through the main quest line. I guess I could grind and explore and level up that way, but who wants to do that? I decided to stop playing Path of Exile, at least for now and definitely not co-op. This all really pains me to do because my boyfriend won’t play games with me and this and Diablo are the only two games he’s willing to play co-op.
Well, that’s about it when it comes to my gaming this week. Later this afternoon I’ll be off to another three soul crushing 12 hour shifts and then it will be an 11 day vacation with my birthday included. Mass Effect 3 is almost over for me, so if anyone has any suggestions for my next game, let me know!