In my spare time

Okay, first things first. I don’t have a lot of spare time these days. Between real life and writing, there are rarely enough hours in the day. But at least three times a week, I will take an hour or two in the evening to game. The problem has been finding new games I want to invest both the money and time in. Too often over the last few years, I’ve been burned. So I find myself replaying older games and waiting for games that sound interesting to go on sale. On occasion, I actually find something I enjoy and don’t want to put down until I finish it.

A game that disappointed recently was Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.

Perhaps I should rephrase that. I had fun playing it but, after one playthrough, I haven’t wanted to go back to it. The endgame didn’t appeal. The actual campaign was short. It didn’t have the familiarity of Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon’s Keep.

Another disappointment of late has been Division 2, which had been my go-to when I needed something I could play for half an hour or an hour, blowing things up and taking down the bad guys to blow off steam. The last major update basically made the game unplayable on PC, my preferred platform. Worse, these problems came during a new campaign season. So, another bust that may be improved with subsequent updates but, right now, isn’t worth the frustration.

My son recommended some time ago that I try Destiny 2. I hesitated. I do some multiplayer gaming but it isn’t my preferred way to play. I had tried the original Destiny and found that to be a drawback. Boy was I wrong about the Destiny 2. The Witch Queen It is fun. You can play single player or join into community events. The missions aren’t that long. That means I can take half an hour or so and play enough to give my brain a rest before going back to doing whatever needs to be done.

Another pleasant surprise has been the new expansion dlc to Outriders. I’ll admit I haven’t played Outriders in months, again due to some of the glitches with the game in the first few months after it came out. But glitches notwithstanding, I enjoyed the base game and wondered how the devs at People Can Fly handled the latest expansion. I am happy to announce that the dlc is fun. The endgame–which in its original format had me as dissatisfied as Tiny Tina’s–is much better.

Better yet, if you haven’t played the base game, PCF did what The Division 2 dev’s did when they brought out The Warlords of New York expansion. You can start a new character at a level appropriate for the expansion. So you don’t have to grind through the base game before playing unless you want to.

If I had any kind of complaint against the Worldslayer expansion for Outriders, it is the length and cost. I’m getting tired of devs putting out relatively short DLCs but charging close to full game prices for them. It is one reason I rarely buy DLC these days until it goes on sale. But there are times when I need something new to keep me from losing my mind due to stress.

Even then, all too often I find myself wondering why we can’t have games with good story elements and characters we care about like we had with the Mass Effect trilogy. Even though I own the original trilogy and even ME: Andromeda, when the Mass Effect Legendary edition came out, I bought it. I was curious about the improved mechanics of the first game in the trilogy. I wanted to return to the world of Commander Shepherd and their companions. This time, I modded the game and am having a blast playing it for the umpteenth time. The problem is I don’t want to stop when I start playing. . . which is why I’ve added Destiny 2 and Outriders Worldslayer to my game rotation.

What about you guys? What do you do to blow off steam? (and yes, I am reading when I go to bed. I couldn’t not read any more than I can’t write.)

Featured Image by ADMC from Pixabay

About the author

Writer, proud military mom and possessed by two crazy cats and one put-upon dog. Writes under the names of Amanda S. Green, Sam Schall and Ellie Ferguson.


    1. I’m having fun with it. It’s not as intuitive as some games, but that’s okay. I like the challenge and love the gameplay.

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