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The Mirror Lied, well, it's a headscratcher

Posted by warreni, in game review 12 November 2018 - - - - - - · 148 views
adventure, bizarre
Back in 2008, Kan Gao made a short prototype game called The Mirror Lied . You may have run across some of the music before. It's in the same visual style as his later and more well-known adventure, To The Moon . On its 10th anniversary, he released it on Steam, probably mostly just to screw with people.  
This is a very short (I finished in in 28 mi...


Jurassic Park game tells an interesting story in an annoying way

Posted by warreni, in game review 10 November 2018 - - - - - - · 224 views
Telltale, adventure
Telltale Games's solitary venture into Jurassic Park territory in 2011 is a bit of a departure from its older and newer games. It is a mixture of QTEs and mostly-trivial puzzle elements laden over a skeletal structure of an action narrative. The distinctions between this other Telltale games are twofold: the prevalence of QTEs in general as well as QTEs t...


Doctor Who game turns out to be rather crappy

Posted by warreni, in game review 04 November 2018 - - - - - - · 454 views
match-3, puzzle, Doctor Who
I wanted to like this game, and I tried to like it. I wasted a lot of time and enjoyed playing Tiny Rebel's previous Doctor Who -themed game, Legacy , which is a fairly-conventional match-3 puzzle game with simple stories, a wide array of characters from the show, and a variety of mechanics that keep the boards interesting. This was the company's first ef...


Bad week to be an arachnophobe

Posted by warreni, in general musings 28 October 2018 - - - - - - · 471 views
games, TV
I've gotten back into tinkering with characters in Injustice 2 again. I had more-or-less abandoned it after the Legendary update, mostly because I was annoyed that my efforts to boost characters up to level 20 weren't terribly meaningful in the face of the new mechanics and increased level cap. I noticed today that, if you play the Halloween-themed multi...


Pillars of Eternity provides a real old-school isometric RPG experience

Posted by warreni, in game review 15 October 2018 - - - - - - · 625 views
Baldurs Gate, RPG, isometric and 1 more...
I will provide this caveat up-front: Pillars of Eternity is not a game that welcomes you in with open arms. What I mean by that is, it's actually a fairly easy game to stop playing. It doesn't suck you in right away, and this is in part to things seeming vaguely familiar and simultaneously wholly unfamiliar. Who is Eothas? What is Waidwen's Legacy? Who...


First impressions: The Desolation of Mordor

Posted by warreni, in game musings 11 May 2018 - - - - - - · 4937 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 - * - - - - · 5178 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 - - - - - - · 3877 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 - - - - - - · 6220 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 - - - - - - · 3682 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 - - - - - - · 4499 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 - * * * * * · 3215 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 - - - - - - · 1885 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 - * * - - - · 3412 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 - - - - - - · 7460 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 - - - - - - · 1859 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 - - - - - - · 2519 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 - * - - - - · 4368 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 - - - - - - · 2896 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 - - - - - - · 2842 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. 
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The specs for this tablet are available on Amazon's site he...






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