Banished is a city building game with a difference. For one thing it was developed by one person, quite an achievement. Another difference is that it is not quite about building a huge empire nor does banished have any skill trees. No. Banished is a game more about just plain surviving. The basic premise is that a group of people have been banished from civilisation and have retreated to nature to build their own settlement.
All the glee and excitement of playing a game, like the Witcher 2, that is harder than most modern games is starting to wear off. Trying to defeat the kayran is driving me to die and die again. The worst of it is that I’m sure I know how to beat the kayran, I just haven’t managed to do it – yet.
After my last post about the Endrega Contract and beating the Endrega Queens, I’ve done a few side quests but so far I’ve been stonewalled by the Kayran. Which in turn means I haven’t played much.
The Kayran is a river monster blocking the port of the river town Flotsam. You are required to clear the Kayran monster so that the town of Flotsam can start trading again.
Fighting the Kayran
Once you get down to the river swampland area. Síle sets about summoning the Kayran to the shore for Geralt to fight. Once the Kayran appears out of the water one tentacle at a time the fight begins.
Avoiding the tentacles of the Kayran is a very prudent thing to do, considering that one smack of that tentacle can be enough to kill Geralt.
Meanwhile up on the cliffs, out of harms way, Síle shouts for you to trap it with the Yrden. The Yrden sign is basically a magical trap that immobilises enemies wherever it is placed. Once triggered the enemy is trapped for a certain amount of time.
The strategy of fighting the Kayran
With the knowledge that you can use the Yrden sign, dodging around out of the way of tentacles trying to smash you reveals that the tentacles have large joint like clumps. These clumps look rather magical and artificial. Thus the strategy of fighting the Kayran develops.
Drop a Yrden sign at the location where that tentacle joint will hit the ground. Once the tentacle joint hits the Yrden sign on the ground the tentacle will basically be glued to the ground. Use the opportunity to attack the tentacle joint until it is severed.
You need to repeat the above with 3 Kayran tentacles. There lies my problem. By the time I get to the last tentacle I have very little HP left and I end up dying.
I will continue trying to defeat the Kayran though.
While on my Witcher 2 backlog playthough I had a delay trying to get past one of the side quests called the Endrega Contract. The problem was that I kept on dying and dying. I saw some suggestions of buying 10 traps and laying them all in the path of the Endrega Queen but I wanted to kill the queen without resorting to using traps. This is just a little description of what I did. I have also embedded a youtube video below the fold.
The Endrega Contract requires you to kill the 2 Endrega Queens in the forest around the town of flotsam.
Towards the end of each year people set themselves resolutions for the coming year. These New Years Resolutions inevitably do not last very long nor do I know of many that mention gaming. So I will lay down my gaming resolutions for 2014, you can lay down your own, and we can see how long we end up keeping to those resolutions.
Without any further ado, here is the list of gaming resolutions for 2014
1. Play the games you buy
I suppose this must seem very logical to all you sane people out there. But things don’t always work out the way you plan. You could be getting hyped up for a game and then not have time to play it, you could be buying extra unplanned for games during sales. Either way, it is quite a waste of money if you buy a game, yes – even a game on sale and then don’t even touch it.
2. Play some multiplayer/ co-op games
I didn’t play any multiplayer games in 2013 and I do miss it. Mostly I guess because I wasn’t very inspired by anything that came out, also I had a broken teamspeak install that just plain refused to work and we all know that multiplayer or co-op games are hundreds of percent better when you can communicate with the people that you are playing with.
3. Try to finish at least some games
I know my first resolution was to ‘play the games you buy’ but the truth of the matter is that I don’t want to be forcing myself to play a game that is no fun to play. I have tried doing that in the past and it led straight to gaming burnout. There are some points where you just have to get through a point in a game to carry on enjoying it but I hope that in next years batch of games there won’t be too many points like that.
That is my list of gaming resolutions. Only three of them and not very difficult to achieve either.
What are your gaming resolutions for 2014?
Under a never ending deluge of game sales, lack of time and too many games there are quite a few games that have fallen by the wayside. This an attempt to play those games. The Witcher 2 is one of those games that got bought but never fully played.
A lot of praise has been heaped onto The Witcher 2, with good reason I think. CD Projekt Red crafted this game like a labour of love. Their stance on not wasting time trying to develop any form of unworkable DRM is also commendable. Thus I start my play through, hopefully I get further than the prologue this time and scratch a game off my backlog list.
Internet trolled with Fallout 4 hoax
A website called thesurvivor2099.com popped up with a timer recently. This led to people linking it to an announcement for Fallout 4. It’s not going to happen, at least not this year. Although Bethesda are working on ‘projects’. The Fallout 4 hoax did get people on the internet into a frenzy though. He wanted to force Bethesda to reveal something during VGX, considering he entirely made this up, Bethesda wouldn’t have revealed Fallout 4 regardless.
Death threats for the Fallout 4 hoaxer
The hoaxer has received over a dozen death threats he claims. Now listen here people. Just because he trolled you on a game/ book/ tv series, anything really; it doesn’t entitle you to anything from anyone. You definitely should not be issuing death threats. If you want to go about issuing death threats for something so insignificant, you need to take a long hard look at yourself.
Would crowd sourced kickstarter funding help Medieval Mayor?
I wrote recently about Medieval Mayor being cancelled. Maybe not quite cancelled but put on ice. The question is, could Tilted Mill have found a way of continuing development on the game by getting a large dose of funding. From the sounds of things, their small team was working on creating the game without having to go to a publisher to ask for money. Could they have gone to kickstarter instead?
Microtransactions are there for you
Yes, microtransactions are there so that companies can +1 gold to their bank balance. They are there for you to pay to cheat. They are there for you to pay to skip parts of the game. Microtransactions have been designed into the game for you to really want to need to buy them.
You’ve bought all the games
You may even have bought games that you already own. Especially if you had a sizeable amount of games on steam from steam sales. Then you may have discovered the humble bundle and that may have lead you to a very exciting world of bundles.
The dilemma of what do you play?
After accumulating an extensive library of bundle games from all the various sites, you may begin experiencing feelings known as uncertainty. This uncertainty of not being able to decide which game to play could leave you with a very large backlog of unplayed games. You may become a procrastinator if the challenge of completing all those games becomes too large.
Claim those kickstarter rewards
Wasteland 1 has finally been released to both steam and gog.com for $5.99. If you backed Wasteland 2 or Torment: Tides of Numenera you can claim it from your Wasteland 2 Ranger Center or the equivalent Torment Pledge Management System. Get it DRM free from gog.com or linked to your steam account.
See some screenshots of my first run of the game below the fold.