Finally finished Wasteland 2. An excellent game, but quite long. I definitely need a break from the tactical RPG genre before I tackle Wasteland 3 and it’s DLC.
I played through two Wales Interactive FMV games, I Saw Black Clouds and Bloodshore. I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed Bloodshore. Based on its premise of streamers and influencers being dropped Fortnite style onto an island for a real life battle to the death, I wasn’t expecting any likeable characters. But the writing and acting is actually pretty decent, and while there is only one ending (something I don’t actually mind in these narrative games) the choices you make offer up a few different ways of getting there.
I Saw Black Clouds manages to do everything wrong. The editing is choppy and terrible, there’s a moronic twist about 3/4 of the way through that wipes the plot and most of your choices clear away (the game changes from a well done ghost story to a completely different subgenre via a hypnosis/dream trope) and at one point the game gave me a choice to make, then literally said “but that’s not actually how it happened” and kept rewinding itself until I made the other choice. It was a poor attempt at some commentary on denial, but did not make for a good gaming experience. I have to say that I Saw Black Clouds is the worst of these types of FMV choose-your-own adventure games I’ve played yet.
Right now I’m playing The Strange Brigade, an adventure pulp inspired game about a group of heroes trying to stop the spirit of an evil Egyptian witch queen from destroying the world (while also pilfering the occasional relic). It’s very light, with simple puzzles and hundreds of zombies, mummies, and skeletons to gun down. I’m enjoying it.