So, I’ve been laid up since last Tuesday night with a really bad cold. Made the mistake of spending the previous Saturday hanging out with friends who had just gotten over one and I apparently didn’t properly scrub myself afterwards. I hadn’t caught a cold like this in a long, long time. Allergies, I’m used to. This was just a Cronenbergian body horror mess of phlegm. You could make a Mini Me out of everything that’s come out of my body in the last week.
Luckily, I had already requested a few vacation days off for a couple of concerts that I was no longer able to attend (yay, non-refundable tickets!) and I was at least semi-coherent for a few of those days, so I managed to get some gaming in. Still, 0/10 cold. Would not recommend.
One underrated game I managed to finish was White Night. A black-and-white noir jazz horror tragedy set in a spooky mansion in the ‘30’s. I hadn’t heard any advance buzz and reviews have been pretty mediocre, but I actually had a pretty good time with it. With the glut of crap horror games that seem to exist solely in hopes of being featured in a PewDiePie video, this was actually fairly well done.
Anyone who has ever seen anything with an amnesiac protagonist will probably be able to work out the plot in the first ten minutes and enemy placement can be annoying but otherwise it was a pretty good time. I especially dug the jazz tunes and a excellent usage of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.”
The thing about it I found unique was the ghost of the jazz singer that you are pursuing throughout the mansion. With all the dark psychodrama about a tattered family of Boston’s Depression Era elite disintegrating into syphilitic madness, religious mania and ritual murder, as revealed in the many books around the mansion, the singer, Selene, remains a beacon of hope for the player as you try to unravel what happened and set her free. It’s a good hook and kept me interested throughout. If you’re looking for a quick jaunt (I did a speed run for a trophy and beat it in a couple hours) it’s worth the $15 or so to play. Or wait for it’s eventual release on PS+. Whichever.
So, anyway… games!
Welcome to the Playstation side of Friday Night Fights! Every Friday, members of the community get together online to play games and all you need to join is a user account. Down below, you'll find a list of games that we'll play tonight along with the times they'll start, the people that you should hit up for invites, and any other information that you may need.
If you want to play, leave a comment with the games from the schedule you want to play and your PSN name. You should also send a PSN friend request to the host and mention your username here in the message so they know you're one of the cool people and not just some random friend request.
If your favorite game isn't on the schedule, host it yourself! You just need to give us the game, start time, and your PSN name so people know what, when and who. It's also wise to list DLC requirements, game or server names, and anything else people might need to join just so you don't need to message it to everyone individually. Last minute additions in the comments here are fine, but games can also be added earlier in the week by visiting the forums and finding the thread with the coming Friday's date. Adding a game there ensures it's on the blog from the moment it goes up.
Uncharted 3 Nanashi 8:00 Nanashi707
Grand Theft Auto Online WraithA1 10:00 AlphaHawkP Heist time!