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Plays This Week

On 07/27/2022 at 04:20 PM by KnightDriver

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Starting with whatever I have hooked up at the time. 

Began with Switch and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle: Got killed on a boss in one of the worlds. The boss is two bosses, one which weilds ice and the other fire. Those two guys pack a punch. I almost got the ice guy but the fire guy wore me out. Next time I take the high ground and keep my distance. 

Xbox 360 where I played Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure: I replayed the Leviathan level trying to get the achievement for avoiding 30 sharks in the boss battle. On the way there I stumbled into another one that unlocked when I was gulped down 5 times by the leviathan in the waters around the islands. I didn't realize it was in there until I used a water Skylander and tried to explore the waters. I failed the 30 sharks one though. 

Xbox Series S where I started with Shadowrun Returns: I saved a kid from being torchured and took the elevator to the top floor of a building to confront the drug lord in one of the early missions. I wasn't in the mood for much more turn-based action after that. 

All Series S after this: 

Gems of War: Cleared another set of campaign tasks for the week. That's about all I wanted to do that day. 

PAW Patrol: The Movie: Adventure City Calls: I usually stop a game after an achievement, but I reserve the right to keep going to the glorious end if I so choose. I finished up all the achievements in this game by playing all the minigames in reverse order because there was no way to tell what I had gold-stared or 100% ate the pup treats the first time around. Thanks game for giving no clue as to progress. It's done though. I'm back to 3rd place on my friend's achievement leaderboard. 

Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance II: I boosted my ability to animate a skeleton to do my dirty work, increased my skill to wear better armor (and then did so, now looking like a leather-clad vampire sexy beast), and boosted my life drain spell to drain two enemies at once. Why choose just one when two will do better, I say. I'm becoming a bad mother f'er. Except then I got killed by a fire hazard. Duh. 

Power Wash Simulator: I cleaned up a shoe house, an old 20s roadster and a skatepark. I earned enough for the medium duty gun, but I'm waiting for the cash to get all its accessories as well. Remember The Cable Guy when he had to drill a hole in a wall for a client and chose the biggest drill bit? It's kind of like that. I'm now The Power Wash Guy. 

Microsoft Solitaire Collection: Just trying to get deeper into the events section. I've learned some new strategies playing the harder difficulties of Freecell and Pyramid. Interesting side note. MSC seems to count as a Game Pass game because I always get rewards credit for playing it. Interesting, and thank you. I need my 10k points every month. 

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed: Still in my rotation. I discovered stunts by looking through the achievement list. I didn't know how valuable stunts are in the races. Get some height and pull the stick to flip in various directions and you get a boost when you land or transform. There's also an achievement for flipping in all four directions before landing, so I'm practicing that. No achievemnts unlocked today though. 

Torment Tides of Numenera: This just dropped on Game Pass. I've been curious about it for some time so downloaded it immediately and played an hour or so. I love games that integrate gameplay with building your character's stats. You spend a good deal of time at the beginning reading story and making decisions that decide your starting abilities. You can, of course, change them once the menu screens pop up, but I like to stick with what came up. I'm a Slick Nano, which means I have Charisma and can cast spells. 

The battle system is turn-based and complex. I think I'll get used to it though. I'm liking the story so far. It seems to be well written. I'm not very far into the game yet though. I'll probably play it in short bursts. Not sure how much reading I can take in a game these days. I do plenty of that outside of gaming already. 

Picture Zone:


Wawa (convenience store on the East Coast) has their own happy meal for kids. I found these cards that they pack in in a book at work. On the back is a QR code to take you to a web site that has games just like McDonald's Happy Meals. I like the art on these. Wally looks like Scrooge McDuck. 


The remains of my once massive PS2 collection. I'll try to sell these soon but certainly not some of them like Culdcept, DQVIII and a few others. 


Not the Atari game, not the 1972 Tarkovsky film, not the Stanislov Lem book, but the early 2000s George Clooney, Soderbergh directed film. I thought it was very good. It's based on the book just mentioned which I started to read a few weeks ago and put down temporarily. I need to get aquainted with a lot of Russian scifi I missed in my youth. 

Well, that's all for now. 



Cary Woodham

07/27/2022 at 05:53 PM

I'm trying to remember which boss I got to in the Mario + Rabbids game before quitting.  I didn't like the game, but at least the makers of the game figured out a way to get me to try a strategy game.  Put Mario and Rabbids in it!  Such a weird combo.  I will skip out on the sequel, though.


07/29/2022 at 10:35 AM

These games always inevitably frustrate me even though I love the easier levels. It becomes more like work after a while. I will give that boss battle another try before I stop though. 


07/28/2022 at 01:25 PM

I was so intrigued by Torment: Tides of Numenera that I bought it when it first came out and enjoyed those first few hours. It was a terribly busy time of life for me, though, and it fell by the wayside. I have yet to go back to it and I really should. 


07/29/2022 at 10:41 AM

Yeah, I was too overwelmed by its complexity the other day to continue it, but someday. . . 

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