Genre:  Strategy/Simulation
Platform:  Playstation Portable (PSP)

What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord!? 2.  Yeah, that’s really the name of this game.  I was so excited to get it.  It looked like a lot of fun.  The premise is simple enough – you build a dungeon by digging out the earth and creating monsters to help the villain avoid the heroes.  Sounds easy enough, right?

Wrong.  Totally, completely wrong.  This is the hardest game I’ve ever tried to learn.  I started by going through their numerous tutorials, but I could barely pass those.  This game requires you to start, develop and maintain a very delicate ecosystem below the ground.  Your basic monsters are eaten by the next tier, and so on.  But you can’t run out of nourishment for them or you won’t have any future growth.  No matter how much I tried, I just could not get it and pass more than the first few levels.  I tried A LOT.

This game came with the original on the UMD (disk), so I tried that as well.  Failed there, too.  Only on this one, I can’t get passed the first level.  I have looked up tutorials online, but the consensus seems to be that this game is just stupid hard.  Here’s the thing, though – it’s still a really fun game!  There’s some sort of satisfaction digging in a large area and trying to thwart the hero.  The game uses humor very well, too.  I would definitely recommend that you try it for yourself.  Maybe you’ll think in a different way and be wildly successful.

Genre:  Platformer
Platform:  XBone, PC

Let me start off by saying that this is not a bad game.  This is, in fact, an excellent game, I just don’t seem to be up to the task of mastering it.  The graphics in this game are gorgeous.  I have a 4K Ultra TV and I was blown away at how beautiful this game is.  It feels less like a game and more like you’re playing in a fantastic animated movie.  The soundtrack is also stunning and I get goosebumps when I hear it.  This is because it ties in so well with the incredible story telling, which you are immersed in from the beginning.  All three of these things make for an amazing game.  I was near tears in the first five minutes of the game, that’s how incredible the story telling is.

But, this is a platformer, and it’s not your parents’ platformer, either.  It does have slight RPG elements in that you level up your character and pick skills from a skills tree.  However, the game play is HARD.  I would frequently get stuck at sections and replay them 20 times, only to save and come back later and breeze through it.  This game requires a lot of thought and patience to get through.  I don’t have enough of the latter, I’m afraid.

It also toys with save points.  Instead of being set throughout the game, you have to absorb enough orbs, earned by killing mobs, to charge up your ability to save.  This sounds well and good until you don’t have enough for a save point after a particularly difficult part and you have to start back 15 minutes.  This adds to the frustration, but again, also adds to your sense of accomplishment.

But alas, I’m crying uncle on this one and moving it out of my “now playing” list.  I’ll likely still take a stab at it now and again, but it’s not on my immediate radar anymore.