Still playing Neverwinter
quite a bit while watching videos on the side during the week, their mega-overhaul really gave the game a new life in my eyes. The one big downside is that the poor old Warlock class - whose primary defense mechanism was the now-removed lifesteal, is a bit too fragile as both a healer and a dps.
I've also kept playing Alpha Centauri
, leading to a few amusing games, such as being a Democratic, Green, Knowledge-valuing Spartan
whose most faithful (heh)
friends are the Knowledge-hating Believers
, while being back-stabbed by the Democratic-loving Peacekeepers
and Green-loving Gaians
, and other such shenanigans. It's one of those games where you can really have fun with weird or crazy strategies. In any case, it finally convinced to give the Civilization series a shot. Which leads me to ...Civilization 4
: I heard it was the closest to SAC thanks to its Civics system being inspired by the old Social Engineering choices, and so far it's been going well. I like how the included an in-game alarm clock to prevent you from getting one-more-turned into a dried-out husk
. I don't miss the unit workshop as much as I thought, thought I haven't done much fighting so far. I am however a bit saddened that I picked one of the few Civ game that doesn't include climate change, I always thought it was a clever tool to shake up the status quo (even without mind worms). I am highly amused by the fact that the game includes a space elevator wonder in the late game. I mean wow, that's late mid-game, early late-game secret project in AlCen.
That game also confirmed something I long suspected, which is just how crazy-powerful SAC's terraformers are compared to the Civ workers.
Last week, I also started playing Stellaris
. That game is ****ing evil, I spend like 12 hours on it in my first session, and it gobbled two more days afterwards before I started getting it under control. Aside from that, there isn't much that I actually dislike about the game, except maybe being so overwhelming. Then again, that's par for the course for that type of video game, it takes a few playthroughs to get your bearings.