Note: With this post I’m debuting a category called “today I played”, which will consist generally of short-form posts on days when I feel like discussing smaller things – things I started playing, little things I played, demos I checked out, etc. Also, I put this journal entry together on Jan 1, 2020, before I had this blog up, so I’m publishing it today.

Immortals Fenyx Rising is a weird game for me because it’s one that I never really paid attention to before. I saw a lot of marketing material going around for it but the art style always came off as being a little weird and I didn’t see anything special that pulled me in. A lot of people I know said it was like Breath of the Wild in some ways, which to some people I’m sure is a big plus, but BOTW was a really divisive game for me, so that didn’t help either.

Today I decided to try the free demo for Immortals (exclusive to Stadia), which was also my first experience with Stadia. My time with the demo confirmed two things to me:

  1. Immortals Fenyx Rising is something I definitely want to play – the world is beautifully designed, the combat is fun and fluid, and the gear stuff seems pretty cool. The narration is just cringey though.
  2. Stadia is not something I want to touch again except where it is necessary. I have a very good internet connection (fiber) and still it seemed choppy, especially at times when there was a lot going on in the game. It almost feels like it’s a hardware issue on their end and not an internet connection issue. I wasn’t impressed. The input delay wasn’t too bad but was definitely noticeable, and I don’t think I’d ever be satisfied owning a game only on Stadia. Most of the games I’d be interested in playing remotely now and again (Witcher 3, Hades, etc) have cross save functionality between Switch and PC anyway, which seems like the way to go if you want that sort of thing.

I also checked out a game called Wild West and Wizards after finding it in my Steam discovery queue, mostly because of its interesting premise as a western-themed open world RPG. I’m a sucker for both westerns and trying weird little indie games, so I gave it a go.

It’s interesting, to say the least, but I’m not feeling particularly drawn in just yet. The abilities seem very strange, the combat feels a little clunky, and the world seems kinda empty. I’ll give it a little longer and see how I feel though.

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