Nothing I’ve seen so far about the XBox One has been very enticing—until now. Below is a new game in development by the team that created Sword & Sworcery, by far my favorite game on the iPad. Like S&S, Below looks to feature a phenomenal soundtrack, a mysterious storyline, and incredible art direction. The game is set to be an exclusive to the XBox One, though I’m hoping more platforms are under consideration.
Hadn’t heard of this. I really hope that it’s only exclusive for a little while because it’s not making me buy an Xbox but I’d make me sad to miss this game.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown does what every remake should do. It enables the player to relive all the memories from the original game while at the same time enjoying a completely new game.
XCOM, UFO, Jagged Alliance, Shadow Company, etc.
This month XCOM: Enemy Unknown hit my instant game collection and I couldn’t help but walk right into nostalgia-mode.
If it wasn’t for the fact that I no longer own any computers worth playing games on I would’ve pre-ordered XCOM the day it was released for PC, but as that’s not the case, this time I got lucky and was able to get it for my PS3 for free instead.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a remake of UFO: Enemy Unknown (X-COM: UFO Defense in North America), a game which was released 1994 and that I fondly remember as one of my favourite games at that time.
Though I was young when I first played it, it is the first game that made me appreciate turn-based tactical games and therefore also the reason I’m a fan of the Jagged Alliance series and the lesser known game Shadow Company: Left For Dead.
Since the day I heard of this remake I’ve been eagerly waiting for a time and place for me to play it and this weekend was it.
I have played XCOM: Enemy Unknown for around 6 hours, and so far I love it. It’s a long time ago I played the original but this is how I remember it – which is exactly what I value in remakes.
To me a remake should does precisely this, it should have me remember all the good times I had with the original game while still enjoying a completely new game with new challenges and modern game mechanics.
I won’t go into any details of the game itself, but I believe it has sound controls, good enough graphics and the tactical gameplay is enough for my expectations and most important of all – I’m having fun with it. If you enjoyed tactical games a decade ago, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one.
Side note on PlayStation Plus
A couple of months ago I finally came to realise how ridiculously price worthy Sony’s service PlayStation Plus is and instantly became a subscriber. A decision I have not regretted one bit.
If you own a PlayStation 3 and are not already a PlayStation Plus subscriber and don’t know what the fuzz is about I strongly recommend to have a look at the history of games made available to subscribers through the last few months for free (e.g. XCOM, Uncharted 3, Catherine, ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Classics HD, Demon’s Souls, and more).
Disclaimer: This post is written on my iPhone during a moment of inspiration with the tools I had available and is not in any way as good as I’d like it to be but I executed and I published – which is something I haven’t done for too long.
While writing this I’ve been up north on a four day vacation together with my spouse and family and is currently sat in a car, with four more people, with destination home.
It’s been a good weekend, no work and lots of play – I did however have to goals for the weekend:
Of which I just completed the second one.
The very fact that I’m writing this post right now is enough of a proof that Execute was inspiring, but I’d like to write down some more thoughts on this fascinating book.
Before I saw the first mention of the book Execute on Twitter I had already followed Drew for a while and noted his success with Pictos among other things, this however didn’t really have anything to do with me pre-ordering the book right away – I think that was purely because of the energy surrounding it.
The percieved craziness with two guys all of a sudden deciding to write an inspiring book on executing before thinking to hard about it lured me in. I had to see how well it would turn out.
I’m not a reviewer kind of guy, but I have a few things to say about the book.
First of all, it is very inspiring – it’s full tips and encouragement on executing, which stays with you after finishing the book, and it’s written in such a way that it’s actually quite intriguing to follow along on Drew’s journey through making Space Box.
The book is not perfect, especially the first half felt a bit repetitive and I noticed actual duplication of content (at least two times) – which didn’t seem intentional too me but it very well might have been.
Execute is however a brilliant initiative and glowing example of its own message and what it preaches, and that alone makes it worth buying, and if that isn’t enough I found it very insightful and inspirational with an actual real world scenario and tips from two guys with hands on experience on executing.
Well executed, Drew and Josh.
The Action Book is great for helping to keep focus through out the day and getting tasks done while also getting notes printed down. The Dot Grid Book is simply the best inventory I have for sketching, prototyping and designing with pen and paper. It gets out of the way while at the same time offering small, subtle and useful little grey dots on the paper.
There’s only one issue I have with the Action Book. It’s a bit to big for my taste. I very rarely use the whole page during a day, and it doesn’t feel right to use the same page for separate days.
It’s to bad that its so expensive to import these two too Sweden, otherwise I’d had done in an instant. Now I’ll just hope they’ll be available when I’ve filled up my current books.
I highly recommend both.
Lately I’ve put a bit of thought into creating habits for myself. There are a couple of things I’d like to have as daily routines, that currently I don’t, and now I think it’s time to make it so.
Jerry Seinfeld’s secret
A long time ago I remember reading this article at Lifehacker called Jerry Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret. Back then I didn’t think twice about it, but recently it got mentioned again by Leo Babauta, of Zen Habits, in his post The Tiny Guide to Creating the Flossing Habit.
This time around I felt completely different about it. Reading Leo’s fifth point in forming the habit it hit me. This will work on me.
Mark it on your calendar. Every day you floss, mark a big X on your calendar (Jerry Seinfeld’s secret). Try to string together a bunch of Xs, and you’re golden.
I’m don’t know if would’ve worked last time I read about this tip but I feel confident it will now. I’ll try it out with the flossing habit.