This one is going to be easy. Well, easy-ish. I love the idea of horror games, but if I’m being honest, I’m a big old wimp when it comes to scary games, even though I can watch scary movies all day long and sleep like a baby.
Before checking the monthly theme, I had already chosen a handful of games all along the spooky spectrum to dabble in throughout October, but the game I’m going to specifically select is one I think I can get through – Alan Wake.
I picked up both Alan Wake games back in 2012 for $9.99, and never even seriously considered booting up either one. I think it’s well past time now. It’s got a fairly short completion time (under 20 hours), and I think it’s going to be more spooky than downright terrifying.
Other horror / horror-adjacent games I have downloaded to poke around in next month include Call of Cthulhu, Darkwood, Little Nightmares, and A Plague Tale: Innocence. Obviously, I don’t expect that I’ll finish all of them, but the first three have been in the library for awhile, and the last one is on XBox Game Pass for PC, which I intend to keep through the month of October.
I really expected the 9.0 patch for World of Warcraft to drop before the end of September, but as of yet, nothing has been confirmed. Still, I am planning to resume my subscription whenever it actually does show up, and will likely pick up Shadowlands as soon as I’m sure I actually want to play again (as opposed to just thinking I wanted to play again).
However, in the interim, I’ve picked up the latest ESO expansion, and re-downloaded the game, so it’s entirely possible I’ll end up doubling up on MMOs during October.
I’ve also decided to keep XBox Game Pass for another month to take advantage of the last gasp of the beta pricing. Drake Hollow is supposed to be available starting today, and since it’s designed for multiplayer, I probably won’t get far on my own, but it is definitely something I wanted to check out. Additionally, Ikenfell is slated to be available on October 8th, and looks like something I might enjoy.
Play to Satisfaction
For me, saying “Play to Satisfaction” gives me explicit permission to drop a game that’s not working for me, but also to grind away for nerd points if I’m really loving something. I’m trying to make it a policy for myself that I will always play to satisfaction – no more, no less.
I’m sure I’m already being overly ambitious this month, especially considering I spend a lot of the later half of October rewatching my favorite horror movies, so I’m going to keep the rest of this simple.