Pushing through burnout and negativity is one of the hardest things to do. Whether it’s as a content creator or just in day-to-day life, it is incredibly taxing. There have been a lot of really difficult things in my life lately, but the one I feel comfortable talking about here is with Apex Legends. The season started off great, but more and more, I find myself just tired of it all. I’m tired of feeling like my skill-based match-making isn’t accurate. I’m tired of flopping between nights or games where I am doing great, then immediately after just doing so badly, I kind of start to hate myself and the game. It seems like no matter what I do, I can never be consistent with the game.
It all circles back to my own feelings of self-loathing and never really knowing when just to quit. So here I am for the first time in fourteen seasons, completely uninstalling Apex Legends. I plan to return around the Halloween event and the new season. Until then, I have a ton of time to kill and games to cross off the old backlog. Here are some of the games I have been plugging away at.
I don’t like early access games. I’d rather the game spend an extra year or two in the oven and release in a complete state. That being said, Gloomwood has a great foundation. It knows what it wants to be and does its best to establish that with the three available levels. If you are interested in seeing a game blend Dishonored and Thief into a smaller package, by all means, drop the $20 on this. The most unique thing about it is the inventory system. It takes the attache case from Resident Evil 4 and makes its own version that works. The main character pulls out the case and squats down to look through it. You can organize everything, and if you don’t want something you picked up, just grab it and throw it across the room.
Another game that pays homage to Resident Evil is Evil Tonight. It’s a classic horror survival experience shown in a 2D environment. There isn’t any hand-holding as the main protagonist runs through an alternate reality of an art school that is full of various monsters and hazards. The game doesn’t even give you a map, which is a challenge in and of itself. The puzzles are pretty great, and they range from easy to why does this require math? The weapons feel pretty satisfying to use; I love running with the crossbow and pistol. The only real downside of the game is the main character can be a little off-putting at times. I can’t tell if she feels intentionally cocky or was just written by someone who mistakes vanity for confidence. Either way, the game is only $15, and it goes on sale fairly regularly.
Late Night Mop (PC)-
Lixian (Markiplier’s editor) has put out another game. This time, he looked to combine the scare styles of The Mortuary Assistant with the satisfying cleaning of Powerwash Simulator. And Late Night Mop was born! The player is tasked with cleaning up a house that, unknown to them, they are not alone in. It does manage to pack some decent jump scares for such a short game. It is great for a first attempt at horror, especially his first experience with Unreal Engine. There are two alternate endings at this time. I have no idea if he plans to update this or move on to a new project, but you can grab it now on itch.io or GameJolt. It is technically free under the pay what you want banner, but toss him a few bucks for it if you can.
Omega Strikers (PC)-
There isn’t much that can be done to make me like soccer. If you throw in characters with Overwatch-like abilities, that’s a good start. Currently free to play and teaming with possibility, Omega Strikers is a blast to play alone or with friends. So far, every match is 3v3, so communication is key. You can use your abilities to do more complex shots or to deal damage to enemy players. If you do enough damage to an enemy player they will get KO’d, which temporarily removes them from the match. That can grant a huge scoring opportunity. It can make all the difference whether playing in ranked or unranked modes. I am excited to see where the roster and competitive scene grows for this game. I think it could rival Rocket League.
Hades (PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4/5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)-
I have been on a weird rogue-like kick lately. I restarted Hades a few nights ago while waiting for my friend to join me on stream, and I honestly could have gone all night with it. The characters and lore are superb. Even when Meg is kicking the ever-loving piss out of me I always want to keep going and trying. More and more, I find myself wanting to get Zagreus out of Hades and experimenting with different weapons and power-ups. Depending on the run I am going for, I’m digging the shield and spear. Cerberus, Charon, and Aphrodite all stick out as my favorite characters. Every time I come back to the main hub I make sure to give Cerberus head pats. I always chat with Charon at his shop because he is the best spooky boy and Aphrodite… I think I finally am a simp for a character in a game. Grab the game for $25 (when it isn’t on sale) and try it out. (It got so many awards for a reason!)
Whatever has you feeling down and burnt out, grabbing one or all of these games is a great way to combat it. If it gets too bad and the games don’t hit like they used to, take a break and go talk to someone. The world’s better with you in it, homies.