NaturalVision Evolved (NVE) is a work-in-progress visual overhaul mod that is currently in the early access stage. Numerous changes were made to the environmental weathers, lighting system, ambient colors, tonemapping, world textures, building models and much more in order to blur the line between fantasy and reality.
Remembering one of my greatest gaming experiences with Mass Effect 2, I was one of the unlucky ones who bought Mass Effect: Andromeda on launch day. But was riddled with bugs, and crappy gameplay.. so much that I didn’t make it past the first mission. But it’s 3 years later, and I’m think maybe they’ve fixed all the major issues and maybe the gameplay will match the gorgeous visual by this time. Let’s try and justify the $60 purchase.
I’ve been looking for a replacement for a space 4X game like Master of Orion. Games like Stellaris and Endless_Space 2 haven’t hit the mark. But by chance I saw a Youtube video showcasing Pax Nova. After a quick 5 minute video, I quickly zipped over to Steam and bought it during early access at $25. This should be perfect for quarantine.
I’ve been waiting for the next tactical shooter game to replace XCom 2. Interestingly enough, XCom: Chimera Square and Gears Tactics both launched at the same time. Of course I was loyal and went with the XCom brand. But Chimera Squad doesn’t seem to be the next phase in the series, but more of a more scaled-down, office of the previous tactical games. It’s ok, but it doesn’t seem to have all the gameplay I wanted. Luckily, Gears Tactics looks more like XCom 2. The PC-only game might be my next purchase as a way of keeping me occupied during quarantine.
I’m dead! I did not see this coming! One of my game bro’s text me and made my day. It’s been 4 years since XCom 2 dropped and took over my life. True, the add-on XCom: War of The Chosen released in 2017 added a lot of replay value, it still was the same game. Now, it looks like XCom: Chimera is a smaller scaled adaptations of the previous games, but with just enough newest to satisfy my XCom addiction!
I like to paint myself as a big 4X game enthusiast. I’ve been playing Sid Meier’s Civilization Series since it debuted on the Mac platform in 1991. From there, I’ve played every iteration of the game.. even the Colonization series. But to be honest, venturing off into other 4X games has been unsuccessful. The only other games that’s hit the mark have been Master of Orion reboot: Master of Orion: Conquer The Stars released back in 2016 and rebooted XCom: The Enemy Within in 2012 and XCom 2 in 2016 (which I still play religiously to this day).
I’ve tried a few other similar 4X games, mostly notably Stellaris and Endless Space, but they never really caught on with me, mainly because of my impatience in taking the time to learn a new UI. But Stellaris has been back on my radar, specifically because of the community mod New Horizon, which reskins the game with Star Trek branding. That doesn’t seem too much, but the Trek ships and sound effects should be enough to keep me interested long enough to get into the game.
Looking for new ways to keep myself occupied, I’m intrigued by Playstation Now. Like Shadow, it looks like I’ll be able to play Sony games on my Mac and iPad. I’m a little hesitant to add another $10 subscription to my budget, but having access to the Playstation platform without having to shell out $500 for hardware sounds pretty sweet.
Kamala Khan, the teenager who defends Jersey City as Ms. Marvel, joins Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, The Hulk, and Captain America in the upcoming game. She has some interesting info for Tony Stark and the Avengers. Check out a bit of the story elements for Marvel’s Avengers game.