I may have accidentally brain-poisoned my wife.
After watching my blogs and videos about Darkest Dungeon, Lor mentioned an interest in having access to it on her machine. "You know, whenever." was her request. I went ahead and installed Steam on her box, set up my client for Family Share so she could get access to the games in my Steam Library, and created a shortcut to the game on her desktop.
Since yesterday, she is now 12 weeks into the story-line, with a stable of characters nearly as high level as mine.
I can hardly blame her, of course. Her inability to get to World of Warcraft for a month now has left her playing nothing but Facebook games involving Match-3 and slot machine simulators. The compelling characters, the strategic combats, and most of all the sense of adventure (and its drawbacks) within Darkest Dungeon must have hit the "real game" pleasure sensors in her brain like a Peterbilt. I expect to see many hours of her life sucked away as she engages the Lovecraftian enemies within Darkest Dungeon. She has always been a better tactician than me - I would not be surprised if she defeats the game before I do. Maybe I can have her write up a player's guide later.
Accordingly, I have turned my attention to what other titles I wish to feature on YouTube. YouTube is now allowing me to record videos longer than 15 minutes, so I will no longer be required to break everything into bite-sized pieces. However, I have decided that nothing but hour-long dungeon crawls will probably not suit my audience, so I will be varying my videos a bit. Since I do not have access to brand-new titles, Darkest Dungeon notwithstanding, I have picked a couple of older titles that my readers may have missed.
In honor of the release of XCom 2 last week, I have decided to delve back into the XCom series. Long War is a mod for XCom: Enemy Within that adds new character classes, higher amounts of combat difficulty, a more complex research path, and a steep ramping up of Alien AI. It creates, in short, a "Long War" with games taking on marathon length, with lots of your soldiers biting the dust along the way. The similarities to Darkest Dungeon are not lost on me. I have not played this mod before, and look forward to displaying my ignorance to all of you. We will also be featuring...
Path of Exile is a Free-To-Play "Diablo clone" released into Open Beta back in 2013. My brother and I tried it for a bit back then, enjoyed the combat system, the "gem" system for learning and enhancing character skills, and most especially the character customization that looks like nothing so much as a map of a relatively large galaxy. No seriously, look at this:
|Taken from PCGamer.com. Please don't sue me :-)|
Anyone who has ever played a Final Fantasy game will feel right at home here. With this level of customization you can build pretty much any type of character you like. The game has apparently matured by leaps and bounds since I last tried it 2 - 3 years ago, and I look forward to taking another stab at it.
I will just have to record very quietly, lest I disturb Lor's focus as she delves ever deeper into those nightmarish halls.
Watching the Monster Lurch Down Towards the Village,