Played each of these toward the end of week and plan to spend a few more hours with them this weekend:
Fire Emblem: Awakening – It is hard to screwup a Fire Emblem game. The story is sort of dumb (I fear it involves time travel), but Fire Emblem stories are usually on the groan-inducing side of things. The gameplay’s still great and that’s what matters. I think it might be in the running for my favorite of the series along with Path of Radiance. Really helps to justify my 2DS XL purchase, especially since Super Mario 3D Land did not grab me the way that New Super Mario Bros. on the DS did.
Mass Effect: Andromeda – Saw some positive comments about it on here and thought I’d try it out on Origin Access. Not a bad deal for $5. The first mission was tedious (and forever taking), the characters aren’t that noteworthy so far, and the dialogue is iffy, but. . . I think I like it, maybe? The combat is still clunky in the way that Mass Effect combat has always been, but it seems I’ve arrived at a point where the game opens up (I just established the first outpost) and I have to travel around the galaxy setting up more colonies. That’s a cool enough idea to keep me playing a while longer.
Wasteland 2 – Got it in the Humble Bundle for cheaper than I’ve seen it before ($10). I have held off since I’ve heard mixed things about it, but I enjoy it so far. The turn-based combat is satisfying and the Ag Center mission was interesting enough. I’m glad it forces you to make tough decisions (e.g., can’t save Highpool and the Ag Center, as far as I could tell). Still, the random encounters on the overworld map make me feel like I’m playing a JRPG and I hear it gets grindy later. It looks like a good foundation for the upcoming BattleTech game at the very least.
So, I really like one of the games and am cautiously optimistic about the other two. Not a bad weekend ahead.