While the Vagary staff is comprised of a large group of like-minded individuals, that group has an eclectic range of tastes. What’s Up With Vagary is a chance for a selection of our staff to fill you in on what is sucking up the majority of their time during the past week.
Magnus Risebro – Editor
Sine Mora is a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up with bullet-hell elements. Beyond that, it’s also a very dark story of time travel, genocide, revenge and worse, all playing out in a steampunk-ish universe of Hungarian-speaking anthropomorphized animals. This fascinating pitch alone compelled me to check the game out despite my inexperience with bullet-hell shooters, and after around 90 minutes of play, Sine Mora has not disappointed.
It is damn challenging, so those 90 minutes were largely retries, but due to tight, arcade-like controls and all-round satisfying feel, I’ve yet to experience significant frustration. Also, the art-design and music, done by Suda51’s Grasshopper Manufacture, is lovely. Review forthcoming.
Tony Odett – Podcaster & Reviews Staff
Let me preface this with: I love Paradox. Europa Universalis is one of my favorite series (and I love the Rome, Hearts of Iron and Crusader Kings spinoffs), and its wide catalogue of strategy games is the best in the business. They lack in console titles, however, and I was really excited for the recent Defenders of Ardania release, hoping mostly it would preface an influx of Paradox titles. Sadly, I have to report that Defenders of Ardania is probably the most boring title I’ve played in a long time. It’s a basic tower defense game with an interest flourish (you attempt to destroy the enemy base at the same time they’re coming after you), but the strategy involved is really rudimentary. The ideas seem solid, but the result is a game that’s just not entertaining.
A game that is entertaining is Mass Effect 3. Specifically, I’ve been putting some quality time into the multiplayer. The game is significantly faster and action packed in the multiplayer, and cover is quite optional (in the single player, it’s required for survival). The grab bag nature of the equipment annoys me to no end though. My level 17 character has nothing but level I weapons. It’s absurd and frustrating. I wish I could just buy the equipment I wanted at a premium price (like I would in the single player), rather than having to spend hours and hours trying to randomly acquire the ones I wanted.
Also: the Game of Thrones: Season One Blu-Ray is awesome. Buy it.
Chris Scott – Reviews Editor
Games? Hah! Who has time for them when you can take your daughter to a weekend dance competition in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Nothing beats waking up before dawn, lugging around costumes and equipment and then sitting in a crowd of people judging your eight year old on their toe placement. My copy of Kid Icarus: Uprising kept yelling at me to play it but I gladly ignored it as I attempted to avert my eyes from too many young girls wearing inappropriate get ups.. Oh yeah and the cherry on top? Rain and the smell of fresh cow crap.
The things we do for our children….
So that is what we have been up to, what about you? Fill us in by dropping us a comment.