Happy Friday, humans! So, technically yes, I know, the game is God of War…but let’s face it, the hook is that Kratos and Atreus are learning to be father and son every bit as much as they are an ass-kicking combo of gods. We tried something a little different for tonight’s stream, as Dad of War is obviously a single player game and I have not wanted to spoil the main story beats of the game. So, since Beefer has advanced the furthest in terms of combat ability and accessed a difficult optional battle with a Valkyrie Queen, we elected to stream his attempts to defeat her…with the rest of the crew providing him with, ahem “encouragement.” Hopefully you find it as entertaining as we found ourselves! Except Beefer. He didn’t appear to be entertained by it at all. You can find the video on YouTube or below.
Until next time! – EWE
Welcome to mid-week, mortals! You’re halfway to…wondering where in the hell your weekend went before doing all of this over again, for the rest of your natural lives. BWAHAHAHAHA! Ah, but I don’t bear all bad news – in your spare time, you could stumble upon spectacular little gaming gems like the one I’m about to tell you about!
This is actually a two game series that was funded on Kickstarter and developed by White Giant RPG Studios, and was brought to my attention by my very good friend and fellow streamer, as well as husband to my bestest friend in the world Malevolent Moogle, the one and only Absurdum. Please, please, pretty please, find and follow him on YouTube and Twitch – he is very funny and talented and knows his games! Last time we got together, I saw him playing what appeared to be a retro-RPG and asked what it was. After watching him play it for a while longer and hearing from him about how much content the game and its sequel roughly contained, I pulled them up on Steam and found them to be on sale in a bundle for under $5 total – and you can guess what happened.
I have not yet progressed far through the main story of the game yet, but that is primarily because I have been reveling in the comfort-food-feeling of the combat and leveling mechanics. For those with fond memories of being able to lose themselves in an hour or so of fast-paced, turn-based combat with a relatively steady trickle of rewards in the form of skill points and gold for new abilities and equipment, you will be right at home, and the variety of character classes ensures that multiple playthroughs are unique in playstyle.
If these games are still on sale on Steam, and you have any fondness for old school JRPGs at all, this is a no-brainer from my standpoint. If they are not on sale, this still feels like a pretty solid value, but the developer’s website appears to have a demo version available for download, so try it out for yourself and if you like it as much as I do, by all means, support an indie dev, humans! – EWE
Let’s start with the other stuff, humans! My journey through Midgard and the realms beyond alongside Kratos and Atreus continues, and it continues to amaze me with the development of both its world and its characters. I simply cannot exaggerate how much of a rebirth this game is for Kratos – from a mindless avatar of rage and destruction to a wizened, saddened, but still angry, and struggling to be better, father and man. I can’t get into too many details without spoiling story beats, and that would be criminal because you simply owe it to yourself to play this game because I don’t know how any game this year is going to beat it as a pure gaming experience. I cannot get enough of it, and am enjoying every moment I spend with it.
When I’ve put down the PS4 controller and gone to bed (Editor’s Note: and subsequently failed to fall asleep) I’ve been spending some time with Adol Christin’s adventure in Ys: The Oath in Felghana. The Ys series of action-RPGs is one to which I am definitely late to the party, as I have had them lingering in my Steam library for quite some time but have only recently begun playing through them – but I don’t mind because that has resulted in the most pleasant kind of surprise. Fantastic, challenging combat and platforming, creative level design, and absolutely stellar boss battle design have made these games a complete blast for me to play. The storylines are fairly standard anime fare – which, as an anime fan, I’m not complaining about, but if you aren’t an anime fan, won’t do much for you. But overall, in my time playing through Ys Origins and now Ys: Oath in Felghana, if you are a fan of action RPGs or action platformers at all, you owe it to yourself to try this game.
Finally, tonight, Dracollia, Beefer, and myself may have made some kind of dubious history by dealing in three-month-old-tomorrow Special Buddy! It was quite fun to watch as we banter, either on YouTube or Twitch or below!
Happy gaming, my friends! – EWE
Got to have a brief dinner and gaming session with Dracollia, Beefer, Monkey, and Special Buddy, so we decided to do what all well-adjusted groups of people do and have an impromptu stream of BroForce! Check it out on Twitch or below!
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Until next time, humans! – EWE