I’ve started playing Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2. I love huge capital ships pounding each other to pieces and I love the design of 40K ships, so I wanted to like the first one more than I did. It ended up being a bit too fussy, with too many cooldowns to track on your ships, not enough feedback, and everything feeling just a bit too messy and frantic.
Early impressions of this are good, though. It’s very much the same game, but it feels like ships are slower and more ponderous, which is exactly what you’d want, both from a theme perspective, but also to make maneuvering more consequential while also being more manageable. There are still lots of cooldowns, but the interface has undergone a huge overhaul, making it easier to keep track of everything.
It still looks wonderful, and they’ve outdone themselves with the variety of factions and ships. It’ll take me some time to decide what I think of the strategic layer stuff in the campaigns, but it doesn’t seem too overbearing so far. I’m feeling good about it so far.
In other 40K strategy impulse buy news I picked up Gladius, which is a sort of stripped down Civilization, with no diplomacy and much more fighting. I’d heard some positive noises about it bubbling up, and it’s pretty good. It reminds me a lot of Warlock, which I really enjoyed. Solid factional differences, decent units. It’s pleasantly compelling without ever being anything special. Sometimes, that’s just fine.
I’m working my way through Hollow Knight. I started late last year, and I’m making steady progress. It’s my game of last year and likely this one too. It has had its praises sung enough elsewhere- the highest personal praise I can offer is that I will very likely actually finish it. I’ve allowed myself to occasionally look stuff up, which I don’t regret. I’m not sure I would have found the entrance to the Hive on my own, and I don’t know if I’d have summoned Grimm’s Troupe.
Only the Watcher to go as far as seals. I have all the various movement abilities and a perfect nail. I need to fully explore the Queen’s Garden, do the Trial of the Fool, and have a decent stab at some of the dream versions of the bosses. No doubt some other things will crop up. I’m in no hurry. I’m having a great time.