Despite still having lots of campaigns to finish yet, I started several new games in the last two weeks: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
: bought it in a sale this summer, but after seeing the movie, I was expecting some dashing action adventure with lots of jumps, flying through the air, dazzling moves, but the game is more of a Diablo-like hack-and-slash, so no acrobatics there. Number of monsters is overwhelming, but I opted for the casual mode and they are slain easily. "For a balance between action, role-playing and story" the game says about the casual difficulty, but alas there's not much role-playing involved and the story feels quite thin. I love the tongue-in-cheek banter between Van Helsing and his side-kick the ghost Katharina though.
Started Forgotten Realms - Demon Stone
for want of some action, but I just finished the opening scene, so I can't tell much about it yet. Battlefield 4
can be played for free for a week with EA-games 'game time' promo (https://www.origin.com/nl-nl/store/free-games/game-time
). Only for the 5 hour single player campaign - so the game is finishable within the free week. It's a game mostly for graphics, they're really stunning and I was surprised at the detailed environments my 4 year old mid-range Radeon HD 6670 is able to churn out. The game is so beautiful to behold, I bought it in the Heavy Action sale, even though I had 6 days free time left. I suck at multi-player, but I will playthrough the campaign more than once just for the beautiful sights I guess.
Another two shooter with beautiful graphics I started are: Crysis
- alas also only on Origin, but I bought the game in a sale after getting Crysis 2 for almost free (with money just going to charity in EA's Humble Bundle), as I want to start the series from the beginning. Not an easy game, but doable and I love the relative non-linearity of it, you can choose different approaches for your objective. Enemy Front
I bought despite of bad reviews, as it's AFAIK the only modern single-person FPS settled in the Second World War. Kind of a Medal of Honor Warchest with modern graphics. The game is not about being part of a whole army though, with lots of support, but about the resistance, starting in the midst of the Warsaw Uprising, assisting the Polish Resistance in a fight against the germans in missions where you are often alone in a hostile environment. So the game is quite difficult, I like being on a batlefield surrounded by allied forces more. Guess I'll restart this one to play it on casual difficulty.
From this post it seems like I'm an action man, but my most played game of the last two years is Dragon Age: Origins
. Besides all these new games, I'm still going through 7 different campaigns in DA:O, plus one character going through the Awakenings expansion and one doing the Golems of Amnarrak DLC.
Finally, I started up Dragon Age II
after owning it for several years already. I suspected a really bad game, from all the flak it got, but thus far I like the story of a family on the run, building up a new existence and I like the details in the atmosphere, like the slightly Levant/Oriental elements mixed into the look of the City of Kirkwall and the clothing styles of it's inhabitants.