Life – August 2020

And so, the days became weeks, and the weeks became months, and suddenly, I found myself staring at the beginning of September, unemployed, and confused as to where the time went.

The work situation

This is the last month i’m getting furlough payments, and I’ve officially not been at work for 5 months now, which is a ridiculous break from doing anything, it’s probably the longest I’ve ever not been at work, excluding my time in full time education, unfortunately last month my company made the decision to start making people redundant, about a third of the workforce were let go, and as I switched to a new team about 2 weeks before shit hit the fan, I was obviously top of the list as I didn’t have the experience of the other engineers on that team – it’s not hard to be more experienced than 2 weeks after all. I wasn’t too sad, honestly that company has been on the rapid decline since it was taken over back last year, the new management were pretty bad to work with, I don’t know if i mentioned it on here previously but I actually moved teams because it was that – or I quit, I requested some time off for mental health reasons and they rapidly decided to move me.

My main annoyance is the timing of it, because of the virus, jobs are few and far between, and I was really hoping to look at buying a house early next year – but to get the mortgage you need 3 months payslips, which is now going to be a real pain. Cordelia has also decided she’s had enough with her job, and so we’ll likely both be unemployed soon which may make paying rent and stuff a bit of a situation. Hopefully i’ll find something soon.

Seriously, where did the months go?

I really don’t know where my time has gone, I’ve done some other bits other than gaming, but i’ll put them in other posts. So here’s some stuff I’ve been playing

Bought and practically finished Satisfactory – I clocked 60 hours incredibly quickly, I had a lot of fun with that game and I think when they finish it off properly (it’s still early access) i’ll be happy to jump back in and play through again. It was really satisfying making elaborate belt solutions in 3D. I’ll drop some pictures of my base at the bottom

Played through all of Rabi-Ribi, which I thoroughly enjoyed, it’s probably one of the most enjoyable metroidvania’s I’ve played in a very long time, I loved how challenging the bosses are (maybe too challenging at times) and how much you can sequence break and get to new bosses without the game showing you where to go. Since Sekiro I haven’t found a game that provides that tension release when you land the killing blow on a boss, but Rabi-Ribi has it for sure.

I tried playing Pathfinder: Kingmaker, but I really just cannot get into those RTWP RPG games, not for me.

Started and 100%’d South Park the fractured but whole – another great game, not quite as memorable as the first game, but still really good. At the very least they improved the combat a lot so it’s less of a slog.

I tried playing Outer Wilds – Very cool concept, but I struggled to get into it, I know for sure that there will be a big payoff towards the end of the game, but the start/midgame is pretty boring and repetitive and the game doesn’t hold your hand at all, meaning it can be very hard to make progress towards whatever it is you’re looking for (I don’t even know what it is)

Played through Arkham Origins – I have no idea if I’ve actually played this before, i’m leaning yet because a lot of it felt familiar, but at the same time, but it’s hard to tell if that’s just because the mechanics were the same as in Arkham City. I have to say that Arkham Origins is not a very good game, the boss battles in particular were awful.

Played through Wolfenstein II: The new colossus – really great doom style run and gun game, also ran fantastically on my ageing computer letting me really feel 165fps, and it feels damn good and I wish more games ran on id tech

Phantasy Star Online 2 finally came to steam, I played for a fair while, but honestly, the game is just bad. I tried really hard to like it, but the combat is terribly dull, the world isn’t that interesting, the missions are samey…
Thinking back, i’m not really sure what I specifically liked about PSO and PSU but i’m just having nowhere near as much fun with PSO2. New Genesis comes out at some point so i’ll probably give it another try then.

A generous chap by name of ufnprik on r/games generously gave me a copy of Exapunks and Void Bastards from an old humble bundle, so I’ve given both of those a try. Exapunks is one of the best zachtronics yet, and Void Bastards is alright though a little bit repetitive.

Played through We were here together and We were here too with Anony, both fantastic puzzle games, though sadly you can only really play them once before you know what’s happening. If you have the opportunity to play them with a friend, please do so, they are super memorable.

Started and finished Vampyr which was in the recent humble – I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would, I wasn’t expecting the combat to be soulslike. I will say however that hard mode in this game is not balanced at all if you’re trying to do a pacifist run – unless you’re the kind of guy that kills Gwyn without taking a hit, don’t bother as the final bosses kill you in 3 hits, and you need to hit them for a solid few minutes to kill them, it’s totally unfair.