Game of the Week – 26/12/2016

It’s the last week of 2016. What game will take the last Game of the Week spot for 2016?

At the start of the week I thought that my game of the week for this week would be another MMO, following the falling out I had with Star Wars: The Old Republic and my ideas for new horizons. I am honestly surprised to be saying that my game of the week this week is Fallout 4. I have taken to Fallout 4 once more as I wanted to not be a terrible human being and side with anyone who isn’t the Institute. I have a decent number of mods installed, because Bethesda games are best experienced with mods!

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I don’t even have that many mods installed, compared to some.

To that end I have decided to take up the Minuteman cause, joining Preston in making the Minutemen great again. I am running a whole bunch of mods, but the one that makes the Minutemen bearable is the We Are The Minutemen mod, which makes radiant quests pop up less often and buffs the Minutemen NPCs so they aren’t completely useless level 1s with terrible gear; they actually turn up with heavy weapons and power armour if you’re high level as they level with you.

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Elizabeth is a fully decked out General for the Minutemen. Dressing the part!

I have definitely enjoyed myself in Fallout 4 this week. I think I’ve played almost 2 days (48 hours!) over the past week, which tells you just how much I have been playing this game since Christmas celebrations finished. I’m mostly using projectile weapons, because I’ve never really understood what’s so great about energy weapons, combined with ludicrous stealth capabilities. I carry enough guns so that if I get discovered then it’s not too much of a problem, but honestly my problems are better solved from the shadows than in a straight up firefight. I think I will probably end up siding with the Railroad in the end, with the Minutemen as a side thing, because I just prefer the way the Railroad operates. However, I am curious to see how a Minutemen ending would turn out, so maybe I will leave a save game before fully committing to either.

With two essay deadlines coming up in the next two weeks, we’ll see which games steal the Game of the Week spot next. I will never have a Game of the Week twice in a row, so if I end up playing Fallout 4 a whole bunch next week too, then I will name the 2nd most played game as Game of the Week with a brief mention of Fallout 4. I think that’s how I’d like to do this.

An Authentic Experience

So it’s been an interesting week. And by interesting, I mean totally crap. Got my first exposure to office politics (giving my teacher training a real authentic touch) and I’d really rather not write about it. Essentially, it boils down to people taking issues up with the university first instead of me, painting me in an absolutely terrible light. On the positive, I’ve sacrificed my entire weekend to plan every single lesson up until half term, which is shockingly close! My motivation to be “outstanding” should come from a genuine desire to do well, but in reality it’s all for revenge. No greater good. No just cause. (Whoa-hoooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa)

So, what’s been going on that’s actually interesting? I’ve run around in even more circles in Fallout 4, because I’m just that indecisive. I don’t think I’m going to bother with the Minutemen because it turns into a single player MMO at that point with its countless, repetitive “make a new settlement” quests. I will say now that I don’t like Fallout 4 as much as I loved New Vegas (I may have said this last week too, but that’s besides the point!), but I will go into that in more detail once I finish sorting my life out.

I also played a bit of The Division over the weekend. It runs sluggishly on my laptop, which is around three years old and only just showing her age, but other than that I am excited for the release next month. The gameplay was solid and engaging, and I liked that my fears that it was going to be a total open world PvP-fest like DayZ (Internet Jerk Simulator) were entirely wrong. I had lost track of The Division over the years, so I wasn’t sure how the game was going to be designed and playing an hour or so (as I said, I sacrificed my weekend) was a great way to experience it first hand. It felt  a little bit like Defiance. But better. I enjoyed that game way too much, so a similar game that is better? Sign me up!

On the role-playing front I think I’m going to keep with CP2020, but I have made a new character for it. After this mission, Renée is leaving; she has a family to provide for; two daughters and a husband. This current team is going to get her killed and she can’t afford that. So I’m going to retire her at the end of this mission and play a full stealth combat character. Because getting headshots by ricocheting bullets off walls is the only way to get them. I never really play combat characters, so it should be interesting to say the least.

Going to see what this week brings. Hopefully plenty of role-playing and some gaming now that I’ve got all my planning out of the way. Currently working on my fantasy novel plan too. It’s an exciting, but fairly tense time!