Black and White
Another day trying to sort Black and White and got nowhere. This is becoming addictive. An attempt at therapy is to write the article anyway and see what happens. I think Black and White is great. You play a god. In control of worshippers and their village(s) there are many very nice touches. By far the best and most immediately visible is the creature you get to control. Every god needs a creature and many are available including hidden ones that you'll have fun trying to find and ones you can download for free. There are other gods out there of course, the game comprising of trying to survive, help your villages to grow and thwart the plans of others. Oh yes, and to save the world. There are many side quests to follow as well which kept me amused for hours. It's not a straight strategy game either, contrary to the way it was marketed, with aspects of role playing and the inimitable creature. That in itself is a joy. You have to train your creature you see. It learns, has it own developing personality and intelligence and is such fun in it's own right there's a game in itself. I heartily recommend it for that alone. If you want to know how to train it there are many many sites that go into it in great detail. Some tricks I learned, apart from the obvious ones. I had my monkey to the point where I could leave it in a village and it would take care of ALL the villagers needs as well as itself with the added benefit that it would set fire to it's own poo or throw it out to sea. Was really hard to get it out of the game of "toss the villager" though.
There's Easter eggs (look in the schoolhouse in the first village), hidden secrets, magic to learn (and teach), a main quest, side quests, puzzles, battles, strategy and much more in this game.
And Lionhead are releasing B&W 2. It looks awesome as these few screenshots show. I'm really really looking forward to it, wondering just what (apart from graphics) they can improve in this excellent addition to my gaming pleasure.