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First impressions: The Desolation of Mordor

Posted by warreni, in game musings 11 May 2018 - - - - - - · 3517 views
Shadow of War, LOTR and 6 more...
The last story DLC for Shadow of War , The Desolation of Mordor, was just released, and I spent a little time with it last night. In it, you play as Baranor the Gondorian captain, last seen near the end of the main game's campaign as he is rescued by brooding ranger Talion and love interest Idril. For some inexplicable reason, Baranor is now on his own, s...


Franchise-killer Andromeda suffers from being a merely-okay Mass Effect game

Posted by warreni, in game review 07 May 2018 - * - - - - · 3629 views
action RPG, Mass Effect, BioWare and 3 more...
Mass Effect: Andromeda had a very challenging remit from its inception: wipe away the lingering bad taste left in the mouths of many gamers after the disappointing (to many) ending of Shepard's saga and ignite gamers' passions for a new series of adventures with a new protagonist and a new crew in a new part of the universe. It was a Herculean task, and...


Batman: The Enemy Within is a fascinating Joker origin story

Posted by warreni, in game review 23 April 2018 - - - - - - · 2738 views
adventure, Telltale, Batman and 2 more...
I recently finished Telltale's second take on the Batman mythos on the Xbox One because a) I got it cheap, and b) there's no practical difference between playing a Telltale game on a PC or a console--they're both a string of QTEs and dialog-choices, so button-presses of variable complexity and celerity, at the end of the day. I haven't played one of Tellt...


Shadow of War is 3/4 of a good game, but it may be getting better?

Posted by warreni, in game review 03 April 2018 - - - - - - · 4699 views
Shadow of War, Tolkien and 5 more...
I've played 83% of Talion's story in Shadow of War , and it's better than you've read and also pretty much exactly the same. The first 3/4 of the game resembles Shadow of Mordor , and that's largely a good thing. The last Act is called the Shadow Wars; I won't get too spoiler-y here, other than to say it involves a series of twenty fortress defenses of in...


Those pesky orcs

Posted by warreni, in game musings 03 April 2018 - - - - - - · 2680 views
Shadow of War, orc stories
So I've been playing the Blade of Galadriel DLC for Shadow of War recently, and I re-discovered one of those really annoying things that can pop up in these games from time to time: an orc who's immune to just about every kind of attack available to you. One of the gear missions in Seregost requires you (Eltariel) to track down and kill an orc who has a b...


Battlefront II buyer's remorse

Posted by warreni, in game musings 28 March 2018 - - - - - - · 3489 views

I fakey'd Battlefront II while it was on sale for $24. After spending a while downloading it, I fooled around with it a bit last night. The campaign seems okay, one mission in, but the multiplayer doesn't seem very good, with the caveat that I'm not much of a MMOFPS guy. I played a few multiplayer challenges and the "hero" characters seem, paradoxically,...


Windows Store Woes, or how Microsoft forced me to reconsider one of the reasons I purchased an XBone

Posted by warreni, in game musings, general musings 08 March 2018 - * * * * * · 3144 views
XBOX, console gaming, PC gaming and 3 more...
When I went to fire up Shadow of War last night, I discovered something unpleasant about the Play Anywhere Windows store version of the game that I had installed at the end of January--I couldn't find it. I was looking for it because the game suddenly quit loading for some mysterious reason. I thought that there was some possibility I could delete some ca...


The Witcher

Posted by warreni, in game musings 21 February 2018 - - - - - - · 1821 views

I've been playing The Witcher 1 again for no apparent reason. Well, the reason is that I've downloaded a number of GOG titles from the Galaxy client onto the 1 Tb drive I just installed in my laptop and I tested several of them to see whether they run in Windows 10 (spoiler alert--it's still a terrible idea to try to run Atari's Act of War series on a mod...


So why is Bayonetta supposed to be so great?

Posted by warreni, in game musings 16 January 2018 - * * - - - · 3346 views

I spent some time toying with Bayonetta this past weekend and I can't wrap my head around the hype surrounding this game's recent port to PC. Granted, I was playing a BC version originally released for the XBOX 360 on my XBOX One S, but I can't believe that it's fundamentally different. The opening cutscenes told a confusing story about a witch who is the...


Injustice 2 is both the sequel we need and the sequel we deserve

Posted by warreni, in game review 07 December 2017 - - - - - - · 7421 views
DC Comics, multiverses, fighting and 2 more...
I won't bury the lead here: Injustice 2 is a lot of fun and it's the game you were expecting NetherRealm to make after the success of Injustice: Gods Among Us . At least, mostly it is. The game probably looks good (I wouldn't know because my rig won't run it at anywhere near its full potential, so my resolution is gimped at around 1280x720 and character...


Not your father's Zoo Tycoon(: Ultimate Animal Collection)

Posted by warreni, in game musings 22 November 2017 - - - - - - · 1729 views
simulation, Microsoft and 3 more...
I'm posting my thoughts on the most recent iteration of the Zoo Tycoon series to emerge on the PC. I haven't gathered enough information on the game to do a full-fledged review, but I am basing my remarks on working through a collection challenge in challenge mode, having gotten my zoo up to level 16, as of this morning. Before I purchased the game at it...


Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC Thoughts

Posted by warreni, in game review, game musings 05 November 2017 - - - - - - · 2468 views
Dragon Age, RPG, bioWare, DLC and 1 more...
After finishing Mafia III , for no particular reason I decided to dive back into the world of a game I'd last played almost two years ago, Dragon Age: Inquisition . After playing through the Digital Deluxe Edition not too long after it came out, I subsequently picked up two of the game's DLCs on sale, "Jaws of Hakkon" and "Trespasser." While "Descent" sou...


Lincoln Clay's bloody quest for vengeance is a terrific adventure

Posted by warreni, in game review 29 October 2017 - * - - - - · 4326 views
action-adventure, Mafia, 2K and 1 more...
Mafia III is the story of Lincoln Clay's fight to avenge himself and his foster family against the powerful mafioso who controls 2K Czech's fictitious take on New Orleans, Sal Marcano. The game makes no bones about the fact that its protagonist is a dangerous sociopath whose ultimate objective will entail carving a bloody path of murder, extortion, theft...


Siege of Dragonspear is fun, but that ending. . . .

Posted by warreni, in game review 20 September 2017 - - - - - - · 2738 views

I enjoyed Baldur's Gate: EE as a simple way to revisit a classic RPG; I thought the pricetag was a bit steep, but who pays retail on this site? And that brings me to Siege of Dragonspear. Bearing in mind that this is Baldur's Gate 1.5, right off the bat, Beamdog made some interesting decisions--Imoen is not given to you as an optional party member but act...


A closer look at Amazon's Fire HD 8 2017 edition

Posted by warreni, in hardware review 04 August 2017 - - - - - - · 2644 views
Amazon, Amazon Prime, Kindle Fire and 3 more...
I picked up a Kindle Fire HD 8 on Prime Day for $50, which seemed like a pretty cheap way to get a new Android tablet at the time. Having fiddled with it for nearly a month, I thought I would share my impressions for those curious or on the fence about the Fire line of tablets. 
Camera 
The specs for this tablet are available on Amazon's site he...


Adam West's legacy

Posted by warreni, in general musings 10 June 2017 - * * * * * · 3924 views
Batman, Adam West
Adam West died yesterday at 88, after a battle with leukemia. While best known for the 1966 Batman TV series, West appeared in a number of Westerns and more mainstream films prior to being cast in that role. However, as is often the case with cult phenomena, the double-edged sword of Batman would follow him for the rest of his days; he wished to escape...


Batman: The Telltale Series-Realm of Shadows Review

Posted by warreni, in game review 08 April 2017 - - - - - - · 3549 views
Batman, Telltale and 3 more...
I played through the free entry in Telltale's take on The Batman recently, and while it is enjoyable, it is definitely not without its problems. After two patches, this remains the most-poorly-optimized Telltale game I've played to date, with frequent stuttering and long load times. Oddly, the mouse-and-keyboard controls are also really awful for a compan...


Planescape Torment has an enhanced edition on the way

Posted by warreni, in game musings 30 March 2017 - - - - - - · 3357 views
RPG, unique story and 1 more...
Beamdog has announced what many have long hoped for as the newest in its line of repackages of classic Infinity Engine role-playing games, spiritual ancestor to Torment: Tides of Numenera , Planescape Torment . As someone who got the original for his birthday back in 1999ish? (fuzzy memory), I thought it was a terrific game that enabled you to play as an...


Dead or Alive 5 isn't just for anime perverts. . . but it is for anime perverts (with lots of money for DLC)

Posted by warreni, in game review 27 March 2017 - * * * - - · 14077 views
fighting game, anime girls
The burning question undoubtedly etched upon your brain when considering any review of Dead or Alive 5 is this: is this just a game for perverts who like to see saucer-eyed girls in schoolgirl outfits or bikinis beating on each other or members of the opposite sex but who are insufficiently challenged by Sakura Beach Bounce? Well, no, it's not just for t...


The Walking Dead Season 2 continues Clementine's story in superlative Telltale fashion

Posted by warreni, in game review 18 March 2017 - - - - - - · 2646 views
Telltale, adventure games, QTEs and 1 more...
The Walking Dead Season 2 picks up Clementine's story not long after the end of Season 1, and this is definitely Clementine's show in much the same way that Season 1 was Lee's story. If you've played the previous game in this series or any other older or more current Telltale game, then you basically know what to expect from this one, and, frankly, you've...






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