Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
I had never played a Mount & Blade game before and in fact, I hadn’t really been following much about Bannerlord over the last few years. However, my interest in the game peaked earlier in the year. Bannerlord is a sandbox RPG set in a fantasy medieval world. The word sandbox really is true. After you’ve completed the opening quest or two you really are free to do what you want. To the point where I’m not even sure what my plan is at the moment.
For now, I’ve been performing quests for various merchants and lords at settlements and towns. Additionally, I’ve been hunting down groups of looters, trying to be good. That being said, my longer-term plan is to become a bit like a Viking raider. Striking out against caravans and other parties as they travel the world. Furthermore, I aim to raid those smaller towns for supplies. I’m just waiting to build my army up a little bit beforehand.
It’s not been all smooth sailing though. I have been captured a couple of times after being ambushed by bigger armies. Additionally, I’ve not actually completed many quests, failing a fair few.
The fun in Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord comes from the battles. Whilst you play as one character, you have command over your force and are able to give them orders on the fly. Which creates a real tactical element to the gameplay. Riding into battle flanked by your army is an epic feeling. I can’t wait to experience a huge battle.
I’ve not put anywhere near as much time into this game as I should have. As a result, I actually missed out on most of the first rundown – which is the set timed missions you can play.
The latest Rundown has just released and it was time to give it try. However, we have one problem. Currently, only myself and Ross have the game. Meaning completing missions is damn tough. I know people do solo them, but having not played much we’re not well versed in how best to approach the levels.
GTFO is a game with such an incredible atmosphere and a really fun gameplay loop. There is a lot to love about it and I really want to play more.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Well, what were you expecting. Another week spent putting hours into a seemingly second life on the Island of Mauritius. I’m up to 6 Villagers now. A 7th villager visited our campsite last night fishing for an invitation to stay, but I did not like her so didn’t offer out the invite to move.
Since last week we’ve come into a new month, and that means certain fish and bugs left with new ones arriving to get addicted to catching. It goes without saying that yes I constructed a spreadsheet of all available fish, times they are available and their shadow size. Same for bugs, just minus the shadow size.
And we are also in the midst of 2 special events running for 10 and 12 days. Cherry Blossoms till 10th and Bunny Day till 12th. Cherry Blossom is stunning, as pink cherry blossom petals fall from the trees and special DIY recipes using the dropped leafs come rarely in balloons across the day. Bunny Day however, good grief has that rabbit really fucked up the villagers way of life in Mauritius. Wanna go fishing, probably catch an egg, hey something to dig up, probably an egg, oh sweet here comes a balloon with a new item, probably an egg etc etc.
Yes the Bunny has dropped his eggs on every possible fun exploration part of the game, and they’ll be here for 6 more freaking days. The positive. I’ve collected enough of each egg variety to craft every egg day DIY recipe I’ve got. I need 3 more that the stupid bunny will disclose on the 12th.
While I’m very happy with how my island is shaping up, I can’t help but feel I’m playing the game wrong when browsing the AC Subreddit. Some of those players have clearly time travelled, but their creativity once terraforming is unlocked is astonishing. I have no hope to transform my island into anything half as good as some of those folks.
F1 eSports: Virtual Grand Prix Round 2
The 2nd Formula 1 eSports Grand Prix took place Sunday evening. Sadly the game F1 2019 does not contain the new Vietnam GP that was due to be raced on this weekend, so the eSports racers went around Melbourne Park in Sydney. This race was head and shoulders an improvement over week one which saw plenty of crashes and not much competitive racing. The grid was stronger this week though featuring more F1 racers who unsurprisingly picked up the switch to simulated racing with ease. Shame Lando Norris for the 2nd week in a row experienced technical difficulties, come on lad, with the F1 salary you’re on, you can afford a better rig than that?