My wife and I took a few days off in the middle of last week to relax at a casino nearby as a sort of mini-vacation. I noticed she was playing Pokemon Go
(she started at work where there's a Pokestop), and got jealous that she was having fun without me (
), so I started as well. The casino had 4 Pokestops there, so we were able to stock up a bit on things like Pokeballs without having to spend money. Unfortunately, we live in a rural area at home, and my route to work and back doesn't really include much of interest, so it looks like I'm back to my old copy of Pokemon Diamond
for my animal cruelty fix.
I have a little more to say about Hearts of Iron IV
now that I've put in a bit more time with it. Maybe it's just me as a Paradox/HOI 3 veteran, but this game is like easy mode. I tried a game as Germany, just to see what it was like a major power (and a strong one to boot; Hitler's "Dictator" ability is stupid good), and I could conquer the world if I really wanted to at this point. The Allies and Comintern (Communist faction) have been destroyed - the only major powers remaining are Japan and USA (I conquered Italy early on), and I'm barely breaking a sweat. The UK, Lowlands, France, Poland, USSR, Balkans, Iberia, and central Asia are all under my complete control at this point. Oh yeah, It's 1942. The casualty ratio was something ridiculous like 12:1 against USSR in that war. I think by the end casualties were something like 2.7-8 million to 200K or something. I completely smashed them. Understand this isn't me trying to gloat - it's more an indictment at how bad the vanilla AI is.
When the game first released, the major Youtubers/streamers all generally went with pretty major nations for their starter game - Italy, UK, France, Germany, etc. DDRJake (A streamer who became a Paradox employee) impressed me by starting as tiny El Salvador with the goal of conquering the two American continents. But at this point, I feel like I can take on a challenge like that, and probably do about as well as he did, even though he's well-known for taking near-impossible situations and trying to turn it around. I should probably say something good about HOI4
- It is extremely stable; I've not had even one crash, and I've encountered no bugs that I can think of, which is pretty good for a game on launch. I've encountered quite a few glitches in Pokemon Go
Aside from that, I've also started playing Rimworld
, a game in alpha still, but fleshed out enough to play at this point. Rimworld
is a game about 3 colonists trying to survive after crash-landing on an unknown world on the outskirts of civilization - a "Rimworld". It's essentially a base-building game where you have to defend from occasional attacks, deal with the changing of seasons and the elements, all while building a new ship to bring you back home. I've enjoyed my limited time with it so far, and except for a few UI/quality-of-life changes I'd like, it's otherwise pretty good. Modding is alive and well in that community, so you can modify as desired. My first colony died off after having two of my colonists die in a cave-in while mining.
Damn you, physics. You've foiled me again. First not letting me kill Charlie Moore with psychic powers, and now this.Will you never let me have my way?!?!?!?!?!