Incinerate the President of the United States (who also happens to be your mom) – CHECK!
Survive BT’s (surrounding/guarding the incinerator) and get home – CHECK!
Go back to “the beach” – CHECK!
Start a mission that brings you closer to saving your sister – CHECK!
Connect the United States of America to the “Internet” – Wait. What? The Internet has been out?
What I love about Death Stranding is the exploration. Knowing that I can choose my route from Point A to Point B. Sure there are hazards along my way such as BT’s (see photo of ghost-like-things below) and Timefall (rain that accelerates aging/equipment decay). But at the core, Death Stranding is about earning that sense of accomplishment you feel from traversing unforgiving terrain. This game is beautiful, and I’m sorry that I let the initial poor reviews rob me of this experience.
I just happened to listen to The Reformed Gamers Podcast – Episode 99 – The Pro-Life Message of Death Stranding last week; Then I just happened to walk into GameStop yesterday with Wyatt.
“Hey dudes, how are you doing? Is there anything I can get for you?”
I smiled, “I’d like a used copy of Death Stranding please.”
“Death Stranding huh…”
The clerk opened a drawer and thumbed through it.
“Oh yeah, I’ve got a lot of copies of Death Stranding. Have you ever played it?”
I smiled again, “Nope.”
You could tell that he wanted to say more about the game… but decided not to. I was sure he wanted to talk me out of buying a copy.
“It is definitely a Kojima game.”
I’m about an hour into Death Stranding and liking what I’m playing/seeing so far.
I have a bunch of games I want to play, but I keep end up watching another episode of Chicago Med or Kim’s Convenience instead. Nothing wrong with the games I have to play either. Sitting on my floor, beside my bed, are:
- Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
- Unsolved Case Files – Avery and Zoey Gardner
All board games have been opened and their instructions looked through. Just haven’t had the time to bring said board games to the table. As you can see with my above list, each of these games require an hour or more of play. Not too big of a deal. What is a big deal though is having to learn and then teach said games. Which sounds, quite frankly, exhausting! Or at least requires a good bit of steam that I just haven’t had.
On the video game front, I have:
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
- Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
- Plus some others I’m just not remembering right now.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla speaks to me. I haven’t been this captivated by an open world game since Mass Effect 2 or even Assassin’s Creed II. I’m hesitant to write about Valhalla lest the spell be broken. Know that I love this game. Love it! And I’ve probably played six or seven hours so far.
Super Mario 3D World speaks to me for an entirely different reason. The level design in Super Mario 3D World is short and to the point. No fluff, no filler. You could call this game the Captain Toad of Mario games. Wyatt and I have been battling it out to see who gets the most points. I’ve even been called a “Star Stealer”. I’m proud of that title.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life… is a Yakuza game. I didn’t realize these are essentially old school adventure games where you break out into an arcadey fight from time-to-time. I’ve put an hour or two in and don’t know if I will continue. Just not feeling it right now.
Overall I guess you could say that I’m not playing board games but have been playing video games. Which is a change of pace. I’ll be playing Brew, Wingspan, and Unsolved Case Files (these are seriously good) soon. Unless I continue to pillage all the things in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
I have always hated attending a funeral service of a non-believer. The loss, the lack of hope, ultimately knowing that Christ’s redemption did not happen for the individual. Hershael York writes:
We prayed for him, witnessed to him, sent others to talk to him, and five years ago even took him to Manaus, Brazil, to go fishing for tucunaré (peacock bass), but with the real intention of sharing Christ on the entire trip. We colluded, cooperated, and conspired for his soul.
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