April 23, 2022

4:23 AM

The more I play of Returnal (Ascension), the more I’m convinced that my brain isn’t functioning properly. There is no way to win this game. You just keep playing. You just keep dying. Nothing changes.

I’ve gotten pretty good at running through levels 1-3… but something happens at 4. The enemies get tougher, and by then, your proficiency and integrity are maxed out. And then I get the feeling: is this really what I should be doing?

Aren’t there more important things happening in the world?

For example: *gestures vaguely to everything*

In other news, I used to have crippling social anxiety, so much so that whenever I was outside my house, I was always convinced someone was watching me. Even if I was just walking around or doing yard work, I was super self-conscious of how I looked. Was I digging a hole correctly? Was I emptying the lawn clippings like a doofus? That kind of stupid thing.

Turns out my anxiety was well-founded. I am being watched.

April 8, 2022

9:17 AM

So I finished Horizon Forbidden West, and while it wasn’t the sweeping epic that God of War was, I still enjoyed it.

I think my problem has to do with the balance between the quest and the grind. Open world games don’t always get it right. With HFW, I found myself grinding for the best weapons and armor, but hitting brick walls that I thought would be removed by progressing the story.

And then the game was over.

So I don’t know. The grind didn’t seem worth it. Finishing the story didn’t seem to require the BEST weapons or BEST armor.

Still, a great game, and I spent HOURS playing it. Definitely worth the buy.

March 28, 2022

10:41 PM

God bless the sleep and quick resume functions of the PS5. I can start and stop my games as easy as walking away and coming back when the baby is asleep and the kid is at school and the chores are done and work is over and… so on.

I always found photo mode to be kinda dumb. I used it a couple times with Metal Gear, but Horizon Forbidden West really makes you want to stop and take pictures. I don’t know why. The game really is that beautiful.

Worth every penny if you ask me.