LTTP: Massive Chalice

LTTP: Massive Chalice

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There’s a lot of species survival lessons in Massive Chalice. Most of it requires the player to make some cold and calculated decisions. Morals and modern day customs had to make way for necessity and I can’t think of any other game that rewards this kind of thinking.

The world of Massive Chalice was afflicted by a corruptive force called the Cadence. Fortunately there’s this Massive Chalice that can purge these lands of this Cadence but it takes 300 years charge this giant chalice. As the immortal overseer of this world, it was my responsibility to guide my people towards that fateful day.

It was up to me to breed the best warriors, build the best equipment and protect the Chalice and the surrounding land from the Cadence’s attacks.

With the 300 year hard deadline looming, it’s tough not to drop the sickly or the weak while propping up the strong, the virile and the talented. I arranged marriages between people out of necessity and not love; they had tendencies to live long lives and incredible strength, so who cares if one was 22 and the other was 60? It was about survival of the species dammit!

The people didn’t seem to mind it though. There was only one random event that made issue of the age gap but it was a the single complaint in three centuries.

It was important not to grow attached to specific heroes because they would eventually be killed or die of old age. Instead, I grew attached to specific bloodlines and classes. Hunters (like snipers in XCOM: Enemy Unknown) were god like beings — especially at higher levels. Their offshoots were equally deadly which cemented them as my favored hero classes.

Once all the mechanics fell into place, I really enjoyed my time with Massive Chalice. It rewarded my faith in breeding future super soldiers and selective breeding. There aren’t many games out there where you can say that.

Massive Chalice was the third backed Kickstarter title and I was pleased to see it pan out. I got exactly what the initial pitch video laid out; I managed bloodlines through the ages towards an end goal. What I didn’t expect were the lessons in pragmatism. I found myself questioning decisions but ultimately deciding on what was best for the entire race.

The beauty of it was they didn’t hit me over the head with these dilemmas. I made the observations so I had to make those calls; all they did was layout these opportunities for me to encounter and they did a marvelous job with that.

I like it

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Checkpoint: Interstellar Edition

Checkpoint: Interstellar Edition

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I finally watched Interstellar last night and it is by far the preeminent science-fiction film of the last decade. For me, the best science-fiction films expand the mind, think of different possibilities and inspires the viewer to learn more. Interstellar did that for me if only for a few late hours last night and a few more hours early this morning.

I was pleased to read that the science behind the film was vetted by an expert. I’m going to buy that paperback just to have a go to source to accompany the film. The official Wikipedia article summarizes the events of the movie but I want more. And who better to get the answers from than from the man behind the science itself?

I watched it via Netflix but I was still awe struck by what was shown on screen. It’s one of the most visually stunning films I’ve ever seen. And that soundtrack? Fit the film like a glove; Hans Zimmer did it again.

I’ve been tinkering with the Star Wars: Battlefront beta and it may have convinced me to wait for the the game to hit a lower price point. I’m not sold on the game’s depth.

After like four restarts, I believe I’m on my way to a solid run with Massive Chalice. The mechanics are simple but the systems themselves have nuances that were simply lost to me early on. I wonder if I’ll continue to go deep with this game and actually finish it though.


Checkpoint: Massive Sunday Edition

Checkpoint: Massive Sunday Edition

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It’s Sundays like this that make a disappointing NFL lineup perfectly fine with me. There’s a slew of quality match-ups in European soccer that I could watch.

  • Liverpool vs Everton – Recorded
  • Arsenal vs Manchester United – Currently watching.
  • Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund – Can’t watch 🙁
  • Athletico Madrid vs Real Madrid – Can’t Watch 🙁

I might have to find some unscrupulous stream to catch up on all the action.

Or I could continue playing Massive Chalice which rapidly sank its claws in me already. I backed this game on Kickstarter and I’m very pleased to see that it’s panning out thus far. It’s still early but I love the visual style and the charming voice work that Doublefine are known for.

I could also work on my Super Mario Maker level. I need to work on unlocking more pieces which I could circumvent by setting the Wii U’s date forward but I like working within these constraints. I started the 100 Mario challenge as well. Out of the 6 or so levels that I’ve played, I found only one or two to be remotely good Mario levels. There were plenty of clever gimmicks but not enough quality platforming.