Monthly Round-up: April 2015
My new NBA blog: Holding Court
1. Bloodborne: April was all about Bloodborne, fifty one hours of it to be exact. I exhausted every area and boss, with the exception of the Chalice Dungeons which I thought were dull in comparison to the rest of the game. I got the squid baby ending and even tried a bit of NG+, just enough to convince myself that I'm not up for a second playthrough just yet. A week removed from my final visit to Yharnam, and I’m still thinking about Bloodborne and all the things it did so well.
2. Valiant Hearts: Valiant Hearts makes great use of an otherwise underutilised setting - World War One. The art style is beautiful and it softens some of the more unpleasant scenes without lessening their impact. VH does a good job of highlighting the history within its fiction, and I enjoyed learning a little about the settings and events that are depicted. Gameplay is mostly concerned with lever and item-collection puzzles, which quickly become tedious, but I'm glad I saw it through to the end.
3. Yakuza 0: I only started earlier this week, so I don't have much to say other than it's typical Yakuza and I’m probably going to love it.
Words: Alex Kidd Fan Fiction
"God, these bastard hands". Alex Kidd's gigantic mitts had embarrassed him yet again.
He had lost count of the number of times he'd accidently splintered doors, smashed tables or broken the arm of a well-wisher looking for a hi-five. He had saved Miracle World a dozen times, yet the tabloids always chose to ignore his heroics and focus instead on his “fucking massive hands”.
It didn't help that he also had big ears and a shit haircut.
The tabloid teasing was one thing, but what upset Alex the most was how small Elena's hand looked in his.
"I'm so sorry, Elena. I've left my custom ball at the palace"
"That's ok Alex. Let's just do quasar laser instead. Half price on Wednesdays, I think" replied Elena. It was Wednesday.
Elena was right, she always was. Alex had his heart set on ten pin bowling, but there was no way he was going to get his chubby digits inside an alley-ball.
"Quasar it is then. I love you Elena"
"Thanks. I just need to pop to the toilet. I'll see you over at the counter, yeah?"
"Will do!". Alex had used the L word a couple of times since their relationship began last summer, but Elena had yet to reciprocate. Alex knew he needed to be patient, he knew that love would not be rushed.
Unfortunately, Elena died in the toilets. Drugs probably.
Alex never bowled again.
The Month Ahead
I'll most likely spend the majority of May playing Yakuza 0 and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Splatoon looks like fun and The Witcher 3 might be alright, but I won’t be in any great hurry to buy either of them.
I haven't bought anything new since Bloodborne at the end of March, and looking at the release schedule for the rest of the year, I’m not seeing much of interest until September and MGSV: The Phantom Pain. I might be tempted by Batman if it ends up being more Asylum than City, but otherwise I’ll spend the next few months catching up with games I missed last year, such as Alien Isolation, Assassin’s Creed Unity and The Evil Within. I was hoping that No Man’s Sky might fill the spring and summer void, but I think it’s a little late in the day now for any such announcement. The Summer Drought has started early!