I still haven’t gotten around to writing that comprehensive review of Horizon Zero Dawn. And if you look at my ranked list of video games, you’ll notice reviews for 9 out of the top 10 games conspicuously absent. It’s not that I don’t want to write them; I love those games and have a great deal to say. The problem is that writing the kind of review those games deserve is a significant endeavor and quite frankly, I’m lazy. =(
Two nights ago I decided to play some Andromeda multiplayer. I hadn’t played in well over a week and was looking forward to shooting some aliens. The first game I joined ended with lost connection to Mass Effect server. No big deal, let’s have another go. The second game went fine for a bit, but ultimately I wound up staring at the blue screen of death. FFS. I reload the game, go back into multiplayer and try again. I was able to finish a game and extract, huzzah! But the sound cut out during Wave 4, leaving me with not but 60hz hum to listen to. It obviously wasn’t meant to be.
Last night I decided to try again. I found a lobby no problem and the host set it to a bronze strike team mission, cool. First couple waves went fine, then we had a host migration. It was all good though. We restarted the wave with 4 players and a new host. Before the wave ended, I was once again basking in the blue glow of an error screen.
You know what? If you want me to play your game, get your shit together. And if you ever want me to buy another BioWare title, you best get your shit together in a hurry.
Out came Mass Effect: Andromeda, in went Horizon Zero Dawn.
I noticed a tooltip last night that said equipment never comes from card packs; it can only be purchased from the item store. So bust out your smartphone and make sure you’re launching strike team missions from the APEX app to earn extra mission funds while away from the game.
I played several more hours of multiplayer last night and things were a bit better. I got a good group of randoms and we rolled for seven or eight matches, full extractions most of the time. I played all Human Engineer and got up to level 14. My M8 Avenger is up rank 9, so it’s shooting something at least slightly stronger than airsoft pellets. Between my level and gun, it finally feels like I’m able to do a little work, and it’s a good feeling.
My experience with the Human Engineer has been pretty positive so far. They’re a very solid all-around character, able to deal with both shields and armor as well as prime and detonate their own cryo combos. I’m assuming that combos work similar to how they did in ME3, where the damage is proportional to the ranks of the two powers used. Given that, my priority has been getting Overload and Cryo Beam to rank 6, which they are now at.
Ah, the sweet sound of exploding ice cubes…
I’ve been playing Horizon Zero Dawn on the max difficulty setting. As you’d expect, it was super tough at first, becoming more manageable over time. Lately I’ve been finding it relatively easy. I chalked it up to being over-leveled. Then a couple nights ago, I went into the settings to fiddle with the audio balance and noticed the difficulty had been changed to ‘Easy’.
Needless to say, the game is profoundly not easy.
I just thank all the gods that there are no difficulty related trophies. Phew.
Well, I popped in Bloodborne last night…and now I kinda wanna play more Bloodborne. Battlefield 1 might be going on pause. Beat the first boss, the Cleric Beast. I beat him real ugly, but I beat him. It’s not exactly tutorial material but I may post the video.