Hi everyone, and welcome back to My Week Unwrapped, where I discuss all the games I’ve been playing over the last seven days. Once again, Genshin Impact occupied most of my time, but I still had a chance to try out some new games. Some of them are quite enjoyable, too. So let’s discuss!
Desta: The Memories Between
I’m a big fan of ustwo games, as they’re the folks behind Monument Valley and Alba: A Wildlife Adventure. So I was thrilled to see they had another game out. Desta is only available through a Netflix subscription, so it’s best if you already have one. It’s also a little hard to describe the game. It’s basically a dodgeball roguelite, if that makes sense. You play as Desta, who dreams of their memories every time they fall asleep. In their dreams, they play dodgeball against old friends, teachers and other important people in their lives. The idea is make it as far as you can without dying, or in this case, waking up. Each time you wake up, you start over without any of your skills or power-ups, but characters do level up from experience earned and those provide permanent upgrades that persist through each playthrough. The story is also front and center here, with Desta confronting their past. It does feel like it could get old to have to keep playing through the same dialogue but changed up a bit. I’m only on my second playthrough (I “died” on the third chapter in my first one) so it hasn’t been too bad yet. But I do wonder if it really makes sense as a roguelite. I dread dying and having to restart, especially since my current game is already 1.5 hours long. Usually roguelites and roguelikes involve quicker games since you’re meant to replay them. At this length, I can’t see wanting to try again if I fail on this playthrough. But it’s still an enjoyable game and definitely worth checking out if you have a Netflix subscription.
Despot’s Game is from the makers of Despotism 3k, which once again involves exploiting humans. This time, you equip them with armor, weapons and mutations and send them off into battle. It’s a roguelike, so the idea is to get as far as you can before all your humans die. It’s mainly a strategy game, as you don’t directly control the soldiers. You send them into a dungeon room and watch them battle monsters. It’s hectic and bonkers without relying on reflexes. I only played the demo, so it’s hard to tell whether it will have staying power. But I enjoyed the half hour I spent with it. A highlight was being able to keep some humans unarmed and then let them combine and morph into a bigger human. It seems like a fun game and I’m glad there’s a demo, but the $20 price point to unlock the full game might seem a bit too steep for many people. I recommend at least downloading it and playing through the free content to see how you like it.
Eldrum: Red Tide
I haven’t played the first game in the series, Eldrum: Untold, but I’m impressed with Eldrum: Red Tide so far. It’s a text-based RPG that features fantastic artwork as backgrounds and an immersive soundtrack. The first act of three is free and I haven’t even gotten through it in the hour I played. I decided to take a break after dying, but I like that it keeps multiple auto-saves so you can go back and try to fix your mistakes instead of starting from scratch. The whole game is very stylish and feels great to interact with. It’s also well-written, though I do think it could use a bit more humor. I do like what I’ve seen so far and I’m going to try and make more progress, maybe even get to the end. Again, it’s free to try so I recommend doing so and deciding for yourself whether to buy the full game.
And last, Genshin Impact’s 3.1 update is finally here and with it a whole new desert region to explore. I also rolled for the new character, Cyno, and luckily won my 50/50 so I got him without having to spend all my primogems. I’m still building him, though, because they gave him scarabs as his upgrade material. They’re living creatures spread out over the desert and not easy to spot. So it’s taking time to get them all, even after grabbing some from other people’s worlds. Aside from that, I’ve been playing through the new chapter of the archon story quest and completing the daily tasks that are part of the Of Ballads and Brews event. There’s a ton going on, so expect a lot more Genshin videos this coming week.
And that’s everything I’ve been up to this week. I’ve also been catching up on Killing Eve and am now nearing the end of the fourth season. The show has been getting a bit convoluted, but it’s still holding my attention and entertaining me, so I can’t complain. Anyway, let me know in the comments section which games you’re playing and I’ll see you back here next time with more of My Week Unwrapped!