Starting a new job has uprooted my entire schedule. I went into it thinking it would be four times a week and I would have a choice between morning shift or a late afternoon shift. It turns out I got hit with a five day a week, late shift only gig. What does that have to do with anything? That means I completely have to restructure my entire schedule. That includes any time I spend gaming both on and off stream. Below is a list of the games I have been playing as I settle into my new day time routine outside of streaming and writing.
Adios (Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)-
I never thought a game about a farmer who helped cover up mafia-style criminal actions would gel with me. There’s a beautiful simplicity to the graphics that works with the simple lifestyle the farmer wants. Every chapter in Adios adds more and more depth to not just the narrative, but the farmer as a person; from his experiences in the war to what happened after he came home. The pain he felt when he realized he couldn’t take care of his wife any more, so he had to put her in a home. The rift that caused between him and his son; all of it just adds up to a sad and emotional experience.
Along the way you also have the guy from the criminal organization trying to convince him to stay. To keep working for the org and remind him that you can’t just say “I’m done.” I also really loved having to work around the farm one last time. We both knew what happened at the end of the day, but I still had to feed animals, make a last meal, and do all the other things that just keep going on after you’re gone. The fact that you share all of this with the man that has to kill you gives it this weird sense of friendship between the two men. All the personal details, fixing a car together, calling the main characters son one last time, it’s a trip. I recommend grabbing it for about $18 dollars.
Journey to The Savage Planet (Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Stadia)-
I typically don’t like space related media. There are exceptions like Dead Space, but the concept of space as a setting really doesn’t do anything for me. That being said, when I had the opportunity to be a part of the 4th best space exploration program, I had to do it. Journey to The Savage Planet is a game that plops you down on a new planet and tasks you with seeing if it can support humanity. It becomes clear very quickly that reports about the planet were way off base. There are signs of intelligent life all over the planet and it starts to offer a more and more intriguing adventure the more you play.
The moment-to-moment game play is also very enjoyable. Gathering resources isn’t tedious, tools used to get around are clever, and having to kick space chickens at carnivorous doors is always fun. I mean what other game lets you throw down a giant space booger and use it as a bounce pad? The game is $30, but it frequently goes on sale. The best part is the fact that it is a cooperative game. You and a buddy can go to the bowels of an alien planet and even explore some DLC if you want. Find a new planet to send all the boomers too. Sounds like a win-win to me.
PowerWash Simulator (PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)-
Power washing seems like something I would enjoy doing in real life. It doesn’t take a lot of effort, the pay can be pretty decent depending on who has the checkbook. The buy-in isn’t a lot as starting equipment only runs a few hundred bucks and you can use the clients water supply.
Instead of doing that though I am going to stay in the air conditioning and fire up PowerWash Simulator. You can experience the satisfaction of blasting the absolute hell out of years of dirt from the comfort of your own home. No having to go to actual disgusting job sites, no rotten smells (probably), and no almost falling on a helicopter blade. All of the fun for just $25 or grab it on Xbox Game Pass.
Pick of The Month: Stray (PC, PS4, PS5)-
Stray is the kind of game that comes along and reminds you why you love gaming. It’s got wonderful gameplay, a cute as hell protagonist, an intriguing story, and some totally not copyrightable crab like creatures that infest cities. Jokes aside, it is the second game ever to give me an emotional reaction within the first ten minutes. Watching my cat plummet away from his friends and land with a sickening thud made me incredibly sad and worried for the little quadruped.
Stray comes with a thirty dollar price tag but going on an adventure as a cat in a cyberpunk setting that mixes in horror and sci-fi elements is worth that. It runs about five hours and rarely misses a step. Plus, no other game has cameras that nod at you when you meow at them, so there is that.
Pick of The Month: Neon White (Nintendo Switch, PC)-
Neon White is a breath of fresh air. It’s set on a version of heaven where false angels have taken over and make demons compete in a yearly event to get a year of residency in the fake heaven. They clear out segments of heaven that have had infestations of lesser demons. The faster they do so the higher they climb on the leaderboard. This time, many of the competitions competitors actually know each other from their previous lives.
The group was a family of criminals who had all died on their last mission together. There’s more here though as the player character doesn’t remember any of it since he was left in purgatory longer than the other demons were. The gameplay is slick, the story is fun, the feeling of best a previous run’s time is immaculate and to top it off it runs for about $25. If you still aren’t sure about it please go check out my full review here.
I hope things chill out at work soon so I can enjoy more games and feel a little more settled in to my new roll. I also hope you are remembering to take care of yourself. Go do something kind for yourself and grab one of the games above. Let us know what you have been playing in the comments below.