Developer: CD Projekt Red | Year: 2015 | Price: $42.99 | Buy from Amazon
Well, it’s finally over. After nearly four months of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt dominating my outside-of-army life, I’ve finally gotten to the end credits. I bought it right after I got my PS4 in May, but before I’d done my finals, so I actually wasn’t allowed to play it until a month later, when I moved to Singapore. In the six weeks I spent waiting for my enlistment into the army, I played Wild Hunt obsessively, often well into the small hours of the morning (although that was probably also a product of jet-lag!). Since enlistment I’ve had to slow down my progress, as I’m only allowed out of camp on weekends and have lots of other things to accomplish during that time. But last weekend I made a final 7-hour-long push to the finish and defeated the game’s final boss. And I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it, so cop a seat and enjoy the ride!
I picked up The Witcher 3 back in June when I first got my PS4 and have been playing it more or less since then, minus the last month or so when I’ve been at basic training. But as you may or may not know, The Witcher 3 is one of the biggest open world games ever to grace our consoles, and 50 or 60 hours in, I believe I’ve reached the halfway point in the story. So, because I won’t be finished with the game for a while, and because I already have so much to say about it, I thought I’d give the game a review-in-progress of sorts. Don’t worry if you haven’t finished the game either. I obviously won’t spoil the ending, mostly because I don’t know what happens! And I won’t be giving away any of the explicit plot spoilers I’ve seen so far, though I will be talking about some gameplay elements that aren’t available right from the start.
Developer: Simogo | Year: 2013 | Price: $4 | Buy from the App Store
Since I was enlisted into the army, I’ve had to cut down on video games as I’m away from home for five days a week. We’re allowed to bring phones into camp, though, so to get my gaming fix I’ve had to abandon my prejudice against mobile games and pick up a few to play during breaks from training. I looked around at some ‘Best iPhone Game’ lists to help me wade through the swamp of bad games and downloaded some games that have helped me pass the time. A game that I enjoyed immensely last weekend during my 24-hour guard duty was Device 6.
Developer: Nintendo EAD | Year: 2002 | List Price: ~$15 | Buy from Amazon
I’m currently going through a Mario phase wherein I’ve been going through and playing all the Mario 2D platformers (roughly in order of difficulty). I enjoyed Nintendo’s side series like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. but never played much in the way of Mario platformers as a kid, so it’s been really cool to actually try the mainline Mario games. Last weekend I finally beat the GBA port of the 1990 SNES game Super Mario World, a game that many consider to be the best Mario game and one of the best platformers of all time.
Developer: Nintendo EAD | Year: 2006 | List Price: ~$25 | Buy from Amazon
Up until very recently, I’d never beaten a Mario game. Shocking, right? It’s not that I never played them; in fact, I have lots of the NES games on Virtual Console, as well as all of the Super Mario Advance games. It’s just that the NES Mario games are really hard, and I just don’t have the platforming prowess to best them just yet. New Super Mario Bros. is actually the first Mario game I ever owned, though I hadn’t played it for a while. I read that it was a lot easier than other Mario games, so I decided to give it a revisit and beat it in only two days!