This weekend, two games that I had some interest in, Overwatch and Endless Space 2, were free to play for the weekend. I spent some time playing both of them.
Overwatch I played with two friends, and while I’ll be the first to admit that the game is incredibly polished, the graphics are gorgeous, the characters are interesting, and the levels are vibrant and well thought out, competitive first person shooters just aren’t for me. While I enjoyed playing the game on and off throughout the weekend, I know that if I were to buy it, I wouldn’t play it that much. That being said, I think the Overwatch world, that Blizzard has created, is ripe with opportunity for other games. I’d even play a Left 4 Dead type of cooperative shooter where the Overwatch agents go on missions. But capture/defend the flag and general deathmatch type games just aren’t my thing.
Endless Space 2 I played for about 7 hours over the weekend, which surprised the heck out of me. Thank you Steam for keeping track. I’ve always loved 4X games, but sometime around after Civ V came out, I got a little tired of Firaxis’s formula and tried out Endless Legends, a fantasy, more story-based, 4X game. I absolutely LOVED Endless Legends and held off getting Civilization: Beyond Earth, Civ VI, and Stellaris. Stellaris interested me, as I love me some epic scifi, but after watching a playthrough of it, while it seems technically competent, it also seems… empty and without flavor. After playing a couple hours of Endless Space 2, I bought it last night because it was 50% off. While there’s nothing wrong with Stellaris per se, I love the individualized story-based missions that the factions in Endless Space 2 have, how you can influence politics to pass and repeal various laws, and generally the universe just seems more interesting to me. That’s just my 0.02 though.