Nep’s week in gaming: Week 18 of 2020


Hello again and welcome back to Nep’s week in gaming, the blog post where I talk about everything I’ve been doing that week! This week has been pretty relaxed for me, as we had a national holiday on Monday so I only had to work three days this week. Due to that-which-should-not-be-mentioned, I was still at home pretty much all week. Didn’t really do a whole lot since I ended up being down again for a few days due to personal circumstances, but that should be alright for now and I can concentrate on gaming again. I did do a good amount of writing though, since I really enjoyed talking about the games I’ve recently beaten. There’s also an award coming up soon so busy times!

New games!
Since it’s the end of the month, that means I could choose my Humble Bundle Monthly games again. Unfortunately for me this month was… pretty disappointing when it comes to my interests. There were really only four games that I was genuinely interested in, and the remaining games are something I would play when I really don’t have anything else to play. But since I have more than 800 games on Steam alone… yeah, not going to happen.

Humble Bundle Monthly April 2020

  • Hitman 2 – A franchise I’m still unfamiliar with but at least interested in. Suffice to say, if I do get to playing the Hitman franchise it probably won’t be with the second game. But yeah, this is one of the four games that I wanted!
  • Gris – One of the other games I wanted since 2D Platformer Gris has gotten fairly high praise when it released. Definitely one I am planning to try out whenever I get the chance!
  • Opus Magnum – A puzzle/programming game I didn’t really care for. Granted, I don’t judge games without playing them so I’ll probably get to it eventually, but it’s low priority.
  • Molek-Syntez – The other puzzle/programming game I didn’t care for. Same reasoning as Opus Magnum but yet again, I am not objected to playing it.
  • Raiden V: Director’s Cut – Getting into the stuff I like again, Raiden V is a top-down shoot-m-up of a franchise I’m also fairly unfamiliar with. At least, I think so. I might have very well played a Raiden game before but I can’t remember. But I like my Schmups so this was a good buy.
  • Driftland: The Magic Revival – I don’t really like real-time strategy/simulation games so this is not up my alley. Buuuut it does look interesting at least so I’m yet again not completely objected to playing it.
  • Turok 2: Seeds of Evil – I believe last month Turok 1 was in the bundle? Oh well, I have them both now and I’m very much looking forward to what I’ve missed out on when they originally released!
  • The Bard’s Tale IV – I… actually don’t know what to think of this one? No really, I watched gameplay and I just didn’t know if this was something I’d like or not. Definitely going to play it when I get the chance though, I apparently also own the first 3 games!
  • Capitalism 2 – What a weird game to put in a bundle with mostly modern games huh. This is probably the game I care least about together with Opus Magnum and Molek-Syntez, so it’s low on the priority list.

Not really that special. But then, something quite special actually happened! As some people may know, I’m an avid PSP collector. It is also my goal to one day have a complete PSP collection, and I’m decently on my way so far with already having a few rare titles obtained. One of these titles I didn’t have yet that is slowly going up in price due to scalpers is Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. But I also knew that it’s a popular franchise with a good amount of games sold, and considered amongst the best games on the platform. This just means that I had to wait for someone who was unaware of the current market value, or at the very least didn’t sell it for ridiculous prices. Not kidding, I’ve seen this game go for up to 90 bucks. Fortunately my copy only cost me 10, and now I am the proud owner of the game!

What have I been playing?
Due to what I mentioned in the beginning paragraph I haven’t really played that much games. I did make a bit more progress in Ao no Kiseki, but it’s not mention-worthy enough. So it basically only comes down to two games:

City of Brass

  • City of Brass (Steam) – Review coming up next week for sure as I’ve already started working on it and checking it over. City of Brass is a first-person roguelike game set in the stories of the Arabian Nights, and I had a good time with it. How good, you’ll find out soon~.
  • Grip: Combat Racing (Steam) – This one of the other hand… I’m just not sure if I can accurately describe it, and thus it is up to debate whether it will get a review later on. It’s a racing game with combat-mechanics, but it just has so many questionable design decisions that frustrate me to no end. The main campaign for example is legit horrible. I’ll keep playing it a bit more next week as well though, maybe my opinion can change on anything that isn’t the campaign.

I might as well use this post to announce updates as well, since they’re not too important to get their own blog post but still worthy to be mentioned.

  • I have been trying to get more active on Twitter. Honestly, I kind of hate social media but at the same time it is also the easiest place to share my blog posts and come into contact with people. So to try and get more active, I have been posting daily ”Questions of the Day” on my timeline with all stuff regarding gaming. They work the same way as my Questions of the Review for example, but with a broader approach. Starting this month, I will also post daily game recommendations of a genre decided by followers at the start of each month. They won’t be in a review format and instead just be a slight recommendation alongside a trailer- and platforms they are on. Of course, this does not mean they won’t ever get a review but I’d have to replay them to give them an accurate review.
  • Discord! I’ve been advertising this several times, but might as well bring it up again since I’ve done some interesting developments with it. It’s a community-driven server where I allow all sort of content creators to share their creations, which include bloggers. I also have a channel for the Question of the Days, Tierlists but most importantly: a Game Club. This club is designed to work with my daily game recommendations, as it’s a friendly competition for people to beat as many games as they can in a month, preferably the genres that are part of my daily game recommendations. There are no prizes attached and instead, it’s just a fun competition which can also lead to a discussion about the games beaten by other people. If you are interested in joining or want to know more, you can ask me or click the link directly. There are no strings attached, and if you just want to join to promote your blog articles that is also perfectly okay!

Nep’s Gaming Paradise community
Here are some content that I want to share that happened in the community!

  • Tips on Using Social Media for Writers and Bloggers by Books and Pixels – Not only was this a fun read, but Jacob has done an excellent job at sharing tips and tricks for people to get more traffic for their blog posts. I’m definitely going to try and use the #writingcommunity tag as well!
  • Knights of the Round by Gaming Omnivore – This was a very enjoyable read as well, as I remember playing this game back on my Super Nintendo back in the day. Somehow I lost my copy of the game so I’ll probably have to try and get it again at a later date.
  • Whiplash: Weasel your way out of this one by Later Levels – I highly enjoy reading personal backstories when it comes to game reviews, and this one was especially fun as it’s a collaboration where the goal was to play the most obscure title they could find. It’s certainly not a game I’ve heard of so they’ve done an excellent job on that! A really fun read for sure, check it out!

That’s all for this week! This week I’ll be sure to give you a review of City of Brass, as well as the award that has been given to me. Until then, stay safe and I hope to see you all later!

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A gamer and writer at heart who wants to combine his hobbies into one. I am 25 years old and I'm from the Netherlands. Having played many games over the years, I wanted to express my love for them, however obscure they may be!

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Thanks so much for the mention, Neppy! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Gaming Omnivore

Thanks for the shoutout! My SNES copy of Knights of the Round is actually my old neighborโ€™s. My brother and I borrowed the game years ago and when they asked about the game, we told them that we had given it back(to my honest knowledge at least), it was then about a year later while moving out of my apartment that I came across the game…my neighbor had already bought another copy since then so I…uh, still have it. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Jacob @ Books and Pixels

Great write up as always! Thanks for the shoutout again!