It’s not often a game comes along that keeps me intrigued to the point of obsession. One of the latest titles to do so is a game called SCUM, and it’s currently available to play via Steam’s Early Access.
It could be anything. You’ve been busy. You’ve been caught up in another game. You just really hate Azerite armor so much you stopped logging on. In my case, it was a mixture of construction work and internet woes keeping me away from my beloved home in Azeroth, but my roof is fixed, I have fibre, and I’m ready to get back into my daily World of Warcraft routine again.
The only problem? World of Warcraft is a living, breathing game. You might stop playing, but the game itself goes on. Things change. Things happen. Once, I stopped playing for what felt like two seconds and came back to find the Vale of Eternal Blossoms had been wiped out. This time, it’s only been a month, but in that time, BlizzCon happened, leaving me with a ton to catch up on. It can be overwhelming. So here’s my strategy, as a long-term WoW player who often has to take breaks on account of life getting in the way, to get back into the game.
Perhaps you’ll find this amusing, and it once again illustrates just how little attention I pay to gaming news. I saw a short video of Starlink: Battle for Atlas a while ago and thought, huh, that looks pretty cool. Maybe I’ll buy it when it comes out.
I then proceeded to forget about it until it showed up in the Switch’s eShop. I bough the deluxe digital version, waited for it to download and then fired it up. The first thing it told me to do is attach one of my Starlink toys to my special contoller, and there’s me, like, wait, what now? Yes, I admit it, I didn’t know Starlink was a “toys to life” game, as they call them – and I swear, the Nintendo eShop doesn’t say a damn thing about it, go and look for yourselves.
I’ve been a fan of the Soul Calibur series since I first encountered it in arcades back in 1995 and it was still called Soul Edge. That was before a nasty man named Tim Langdell screwed that up for everyone, forcing Namco to change the second part the name to “Calibur” in future games to make the title unified in all regions again. If you don’t know about that, then look it up, it’s a funny story.
It doesn’t take much to be labelled the resident sportsballs game guy here at NAG. In my case, I once played 14 minutes of football for De Beers Football Club – purely because the Euro 2008 tournament was on the telly, and in my enthusiasm I’d gone out and bought all the kit, and showed up unannounced one evening when I heard they played social football there some nights. The coach reckoned I looked the business, so he gave me a starting position in a match against some men from the Cape Flats with neck tattoos. I’d never played football in my life.
Naturally, I was substituted after 14 minutes of running the wrong way, being endlessly offside, and hoofing the fancy new match ball into a pine forest. The only positive commentary I got was, “Bra, have you ever even played in those boots? They look brand new!” – which I now realise wasn’t positive commentary at all. The upshot of all this is that when EA Sports plops out its yearly sports games, they land on my desk. This time it’s FIFA 19, and I’m secretly delighted, because I’m actually a bit of a fan. And it helps that this year’s entry is startlingly good.
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