Hi everyone, and welcome back to My Week Unwrapped, where I discuss all the games I’ve been playing over the last seven days. I’m still dealing with some personal problems so this is another quiet week, games-wise. Still, the sequel to one of my favorite FMV games, Five Dates, released, which is enough of a win on its own. Other than that, I tried a couple of new games and continued playing some old ones. So let’s get started!
Ten Dates is the sequel to the full motion video game, Five Dates, that released during the pandemic. That was all done through video chat because of the lockdown. But now, everyone is able to meet in person, so we’re ditching the video chat. In Ten Dates, you get to play as either Ryan or Misha and each one meets five people at a speed dating event. Depending on how those go, you’ll be able to choose two of them to ask out on a date. And then after those two dates, you choose one of them to take it further and, if all goes well, start a relationship with them. So the formula is similar, but the characters are different. Once again, though, they all came off as real people with their own unique personalities and quirks. I wanted to play through more of the dates and review the game in time of release, but that just didn’t happen because of everything going on in my life right now. Still, I had three successful playthroughs/relationships and would like to try more. I’m impressed with how much these developers continue to make experiences that feel very close to real life dating. You never know when you’ll say something wrong that will ruin a date that was otherwise going well. I was also surprised how much I ended up liking certain characters after getting to know them more, which was the case with the original, too. I also appreciate that the game is streamlined after the first date with each main character, so you can choose to just try dating one person in a playthrough instead of going for all five again. It should make it easier for me to experience more of the dates and should cut down on any tedium that comes with repetition. Overall, I’m really impressed with it and would recommend it to anyone who liked the first game — or just anyone who likes FMV games.
Linea: an innerlight game
I have mixed feelings on Linea so far. I like the idea of it — drawing paths to connect all the pieces on the board — as well as the art style. The story is charming, too. But the puzzles so far have mostly been easy. A few tripped me up, but in the end I think there’s just too many possible solutions for each puzzle and not enough restrictions. Still, I only played through the tutorial and first chapter, so I’m hoping things will get trickier later. I do think I’ll stick with it some more and see where it goes. It doesn’t hurt that the game is free and supported by ads — with a one-time purchase to remove them. I think it’s at least worth giving it a try if you like relaxing puzzle games. I also started a walkthrough if you need help with the puzzles.
Gomorrah seems like an interesting game on the surface, as it has you managing the mafia. I also like like the art style and the whole presentation. But the writing just isn’t holding my attention. I can’t even put my finger on it. But I’m just not feeling anything for any of these characters. I recommend watching some of my gameplay video to see what it’s like before buying it.
Vampire Survivors got a small content update recently that added a new area, two new items to find, and a character evolution. The new area is called Bat Country and is a lot of fun, but the game crashes consistently if I try to play for more than 20 – 30 minutes there. Because of that, I was forced to get Mortaccio to level 80 in a different area so I could see what his new evolution is like. And, it did not disappoint. He morphs into a bigger skeleton and starts throwing his arms at enemies. It’s too bad you have to play all the way to level 80 to see it, but it’s still a nice addition. And any new content is welcome in my book. I’m still patiently waiting for iOS to get the DLC that other platforms got last year. But this was a nice distraction meanwhile.
And last, I’m still playing Genshin Impact, but to be honest, I’m getting severe burnout. I’ve been very slowly exploring the new area and not getting all that excited about it. I’m semi forcing myself to log in every day to play. And the nail in the coffin was seeing my favorite Sumeru character first get a terrible kit that makes no sense, and then get announced as a standard banner character instead of getting fixed. This means any hope of her improving in the future is gone. It’s a bit hard for me to get excited about future content now that they ruined one of my favorite characters for seemingly no reason at all. I’ll still play for now, but this has definitely soured me on the game.
And that’s everything I’ve been up to this week. I also watched the first five episodes of season 4 of You, since that’s all that’s currently available. I actually enjoyed the whole murder mystery aspect and I’m eager to see the rest when it airs. Besides that, I started watching Shrinking on Apple TV+ and it’s surprisingly good. Definitely watch it if you have a subscription. Anyway, let me know in the comments section which games you’re enjoying and I’ll see you back here next time with more of My Week Unwrapped!