Elite Dangerous: Diamondback Scout

Diamondback Scout is a nimble and affordable ship bounty hunting, and it has an excellent jump range.

[Elite Dangerous © 1984 – 2017 Frontier Developments Plc]

Elite Dangerous: Cobra Mk. III

 

Cobra Mk. III is a well rounded ship, but I like the more specialized ships. Diamondback Scout has better turret placement and Type-6 can haul more tonnage so I ended up fitting the Cobra as planetary explorer while saving money for Asp.

[Elite Dangerous © 1984 – 2017 Frontier Developments Plc]

Journey Through Middle Earth IX: Recalling Adventures Past

In the spirit of the anniversary remembrances, the ninth instalment of Journey Through Middle Earth contains views from some of the older areas.

Future posts will concentrate on Rohan since I have managed to delete my older screenshots and it is not possible to produce high fidelity ones with Surface 3.

[THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™ interactive video game © 2017 Standing Stone Games LLC.]

Destiny Screenshots IV: Plaguelands

[Destiny © Bungie, Inc.]

Elite Dangerous: Hauler

The trusty Hauler brought in the money for a Cobra Mk. III. Then I sold it.

[Elite Dangerous © 1984 – 2016 Frontier Developments Plc]

Game of the Year: Destiny

Destiny has been around a while but it was still my most played game of the year. It received negative of critique but has improved significantly over the years. I do not have too much time to play games and Destiny is enjoyable as bite-sized chunks: a couple of crucible matches, a strike, a mission, or half an hour of patrolling is easy to fit in the schedule. I even went through the trouble of getting the maximum rank Iron Banner after the Rise of Iron release.

[Destiny © Bungie, Inc.]

Runner Up of the Year: Elite Dangerous

I first tried Elite Dangerous when it was still in the game preview on Xbox One. I did a bit of exploring and tried combat missions and hauling but did not find it interesting enough to continue. Recently I got back to the game and even bought the Horizons expansion.

I have not played a space sim since Independence War II: Edge of Chaos. Elite requires a lot of time to get into and grinding for credits can be tedious. The combat mechanics and exploration are fun enough and flying around in super cruise on kind of a soothing experience.

The real depth of Elite appears to originate from the community. For example, there are subreddits for coordinating the powerplay, which is fairly dull as a game mechanic, and community events like the Christmas carriers convoy. And of course, the game has superb opportunities for taking pretty screenshots.

I definitely want to invest more time to Elite Dangerous. Most likely it will not be my most played game for the next year, but I am looking forward to getting some material for screenshot posts.

[Elite Dangerous © 1984 – 2016 Frontier Developments Plc]

Disappointment of the Year: Tom Clancy’s The Division

I was looking forward to Tom Clancy’s The Division, and the game felt good at first. Unfortunately, the gameplay soon became tedious with bullet sponge and a significant amount of grind required to play effectively, so I quit playing after finishing all the story missions. I returned to the game briefly to check the DLC, and the 1.4 update but despite the improvements was I not motivated enough keep playing. Despite its shortcomings, The Division is one of the best-looking games on Xbox One, and I am planning to do a couple of screenshot posts in the future.

[Tom Clancy’s The Division © Ubisoft Entertainment]

Find of the Year: Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition

Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition was already released for Xbox One last year. I had not played Divinity series before and dismissed the game as an another Diablo clone. The game was on sale before Christmas, and my brother recommended it, so I decided to give it at try.

The setting of the game is generic fantasy with quite a bit of humour, which reminds me a bit of Quest for Glory. So far the plot has not been too exciting, but I like the turn based combat and the classless character system. I have always disliked class based systems and combining different elemental effects is fun. There is also a co-op mode, but I have not tried it yet.

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