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Save Point: April 2020

Welcome to April’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds up all the happenings here at Later Levels in case you missed anything. With the UK lockdown still in full flow and most of us staying at home, let’s have a quick recap of recent events.


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  • COVID-19 has been hitting us all hard over the past month and most people have been doing their bit to keep everyone safe by staying at home. This has meant more time for playing video games – and for me, more time for writing about them too. I started posting more regularly this month and have increased from three to five articles a week because there are just so many titles I want to cover. I’m not sure whether this will end up being a long-term thing, but it’s nice to have something to occupy myself with right now.

    The coronavirus has had an impact on social gatherings and annual gaming events have either been postponed or cancelled as a result. That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything happening though: online expos are starting to pop-up and it will be interesting to see whether this changes how we blog. I had the opportunity to play several demos during the Steam Game Festival and can’t wait for the full releases of Hazel Sky and Moncage; and a few more games were added to my wishlist during LudoNarraCon 2020. More about that coming in early May.

    A quick shout-out to the awesome Athena from AmbiGaming too, who completed a nine-hour stream to raise over $500 for Direct Relief a couple of weeks ago. She rocks!

    Gaming life

    Games played:

  • Beautiful Desolation
  • Black Mirror III
  • Chinatown Detective Agency (demo)
  • Deathtrap Dungeon: The Interactive Video Adventure
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
  • Flotsam
  • Four Last Things
  • In Other Waters
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Escaper
  • The Procession to Calvary
  • Whiplash
  • Several demos from LudoNarraCon 2020
  • Games reviewed and previewed:

  • Chinatown Detective Agency
  • Commander ’85
  • Gamedec
  • Life is Strange
  • Moebius: Empire Rising
  • Space Observatory
  • Whiplash
  • Several demos from the Steam Game Festival
  • A big thank you to my blogging friends who helped me put together the Gamers’ Guide to Isolation in April by providing a few suggestions on the perfect titles the play during the lockdown. This was a lot of fun to do and who knows, you might see us return for a few more short series in the future. I must also say thank you to the lovely Luke from Hundstrasse who sent me Whiplash for my PlayStation 2 – a bizarre 3D-platformer about a weasel and rabbit chained together, not without controversy – for our game-swap collaboration. Check out this post on his blog to find out about the titles I sent to him in return!

    Kickstarter has been particularly fruitful this month and I found myself backing three campaigns: isometric RPG Gamedec; a pixelated point-and-click called Chinatown Detective Agency; and then science-fiction thriller Commander ’85. I also had the opportunity to finally gather my thoughts about a couple of games I played during March. I know many people loved Life is Strange but it just didn’t hit the spot for me, mainly because I didn’t warm to its protagonists; and Malachi from Moebius: Empire Rising annoyed me with his sarcastic comments and crazy eyebrows, by trying to be a mix of Gabriel Knight and Erica Reed rather than a new character.

    Real life


    April is usually my favourite month because it means spring, cute fluffy animals at Easter and birthdays. Although it has been different this year, we’re trying to stay positive despite the coronavirus but it was difficult taking the decision not to see my stepson for six weeks to protect his wellbeing. It can be hard being a separated family at the best of times but throw a pandemic into the mix and it’s taken to a whole other level; your concerns and requests aren’t always taken into account when you’re not the primary carers, and that can make you feel as though you have very little control over a child’s upbringing.

    I’m finding that so much of my life right now is taking place on a screen, that I’ve been trying to find things to so outside of gaming to break up the routine a little. One such recent activity was an Escape Puzzle jigsaw called Space Observatory which was quite entertaining, although not what we expected. I’ve also been learning to make bread by hand, trying to do cross-stitch and running a family scavenger hunt too; keep your eyes open for a post in May about how these are all going.

    Coming up

    Events:

  • 01-31 May: Give Back to an Indie Developer
  • 01-31 May: Summer Game Fest
  • 14 May: Shadowrun stream
  • 16 May: The Eurovision Division stream
  • 28 May: Shadowrun stream
  • 29-31 May: NarraScope 2020
  • Every Thursday: #BloggerTalk
  • Take a look at the Side-quests page for more!
  • Posts planned:

  • A round-up from LudoNarrCon 2020
  • The video games that define me
  • Being forced to make choices in video games
  • Why Sea of Thieves isn’t for me
  • Lockdown activities that aren’t gaming
  • And now over to you guys: what have you been up to lately, and what have you got planned for the coming month? Is there anything the community can help with or get involved in? Let everybody know in the comments below so we can show our support. Thanks for reading!

    Kim View All

    Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.

    20 thoughts on “Save Point: April 2020 Leave a comment

    1. Hey Kim, this month I’ve been playing FFVII remake and RE3 remake- considering giving Darkest Dungeon a go in the upcoming month, maybe start a few writing projects once the uni terms is over too. I hope you’re well 👍

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      • Morning Steve, how’s it going? 😊

        The Resident Evil 3 remake has been a popular choice this month! I’ve not read much of the reviews because my other-half and I would to give it a try ourselves at some point; how are you finding it?

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    2. I’m currently exhausted of the lockdown. I thought myself fine, upon my lay-off, because I had a part time job as an artist. Turns out no one has money to spend because they are waiting to see what the future brings.
      I have had more time for gaming. Played a new board game with my kids yesterday, and checked out a new game from the Xbox Game Pass, called “Deliver Us the Moon.” Really interesting game, I wanna know what’s happening but it is incredibly easy to play. I have also been playing Apex Legends, Fortenite, CoD Modern Warfare, Deadcells, Final Fantasy VII remake, Sonic Spinball, and Animal Crossing.
      Minecraft dungeons is coming soon, so looking forward to that, and later to Halo Infinite.

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      • Oh no… I’m sorry the lockdown is exhausting you. Sending lots of positive vibes your way, and hoping it’s over as soon as possible. ❤

        I saw a bit of Deliver Us The Moon at an expo last year (back when you could still go to expos!) and I've seen quite a few posts about it, although I haven't played it myself. Sounds like it's one you'd recommend?

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        • Hard to explain… I find it interesting and I like the storytelling, yet it lacks any and all challenge. All of the puzzles are super obvious. Feel like it’s spoon fed to you.

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          • Hmm. If the story turns out to be worth it once you reach the end, then I’d think about giving it a go because I do like a bit of sci-fi… I’ll wait for your review. 😉

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            • Yeah, I always hate the time restrictive games, and there are moments as your O2 is short but you can always clearly see the next O2 canister and it takes you directly where you need to go.

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    3. A mildly belated *thanks!* for the link love. Strange times are strange. Really strange. Like, really, *really* strange. Sending lots of happy, non-covid thoughts your way. 😊😊

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