Eye For An Eye – Vidjagame Apocalypse 408

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Question of the Week: Now that we’re approaching a year of lockdowns, what’s been your go-to game during the pandemic? Has there been one that’s helped you through it so far?

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9 thoughts on “Eye For An Eye – Vidjagame Apocalypse 408

  1. QotW: Dragon Quest XI. I’ve been working it on and off since I got it at the beginning of the pandemic (around 70 hours in). Currently off on it…because I’m playing a riff on the series in Yakuza Like A Dragon….

  2. QOTW: Divinity Original Sin 2. I bought it back in 2018, but never played past the Fort Joy intro until 2020. In early August, I had a wrist surgery that put my right hand out of commission for a few months. This limited my gaming choices significantly, but DOS2, like most turn based RPGs, is entirely playable with one hand. I was even able to convince a couple of my friends to pick it up on a Steam sale. All that plus the dangerous hell-scape that was the outside world at the time led to over 300 hours of some of the greatest RPG gaming of my life. Now I have two functioning hands and can use them for all sorts of things (like playing Baldur’s Gate 3).

    1. Good choice, played a lot of Divinity 2 with the girlfriend during lockdown. We’re in Arx at our second playthrough.

  3. QotW: Since my job is technically essential, I haven’t had much extra time for games since the lockdown went into effect.
    EXCEPT for when I got really sick during the summer, and it looked like I had the ‘rona. As I was stuck at home waiting for my test results, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town had just came out, and a remake of one of my favorite games that was simple and calming is just what my panicking sweaty body needed. Eventually my test results came back negative, and if it wasn’t for that game, I would not have handled my air conditioning-less self isolation nearly as well.

  4. QotW: My answer is actually the same as Matt’s. Been slowly making my way through the Yakuza series for the last few years. Since lock down, I’ve made it through 5 and 6, spending most of my time on the impressive variety of side quests and mini games.

  5. QotW: I decided to pick up Breath of the Wild just a few weeks before lockdown went into effect with the money I had gotten back from refunding the disaster that was Warcraft 3: Reforged. I had never really gotten into a Zelda game before but I wanted to play something on Switch since I had just bought the console a few months earlier. It turns out the best way to escape the troubles of the real world is to journey to a fantasy world that has already been fucked. All kidding aside, Breath of the Wild is now one of my favorite games of all time even though I’m the last person on earth to discover the game. I have probably spent in excess of 150 hours with that game and I can’t wait to play the sequel after I finish Age of Calamity.

  6. QotW: I was furloughed from my job for 5 months, so you would think the answer would be Animal Crossing but you’d be as wrong as Guiliani thinking a landscaping shop was the Four Seasons! No, the actual savior of my sanity during those long months was Stardew Valley, which I had put off for a number of years since it just seemed like a work simulator. Oh how right and wrong I was! When you have nothing to do and no where to go, fake work and fake community are a godsend to get you through another lost week. However, Michael was right to warn of its addictive nature as I played an intensive 200 hours before tearing myself away to other titles, but my wife got sucked in and is now passing 400 hours since the recent patch came out. STARDEW VALLEY YOU WERE THE REAL PLAGUE ALL ALONG!!!

  7. QotW: I got a good friend who has been struggling with depression until not that long before the lockdown and all that. He worked a lot on himself but he was ( and is ) now at a moment in his life where he has to go out, do activities and meet people to keep him out of that bad headspace. You can guess how that’s going being stuck at home alone… So to keep him distracted at least one evening a week we started playing Left 4 Dead 2 again. It is great, that game is still so much fun. A lot of content has been added to it by a still lively community so we’ve been exploring lots of new maps. And now we’re just having fun getting destroyed on expert difficulty.

  8. QotW: I’ve been playing a lot of Bloodborne and Dark Souls 3 during quarantine. There’s something therapeutic about learning the hard lesson that perseverance is only proven through painful repetition. Also, the way you speak to the townsfolk of Yharnam on the night of the hunt is exactly how I talk to my grandma during the year of COVID.

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