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The Mirror Lied, well, it's a headscratcher

Posted by warreni, in game review 12 November 2018 - - - - - - · 264 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 - - - - - - · 359 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 - - - - - - · 572 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...


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

Posted by warreni, in game review 15 October 2018 - - - - - - · 719 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...


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

Posted by warreni, in game review 07 May 2018 - * - - - - · 5264 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 - - - - - - · 3912 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 - - - - - - · 6225 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...


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

Posted by warreni, in game review 07 December 2017 - - - - - - · 7463 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...


Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC Thoughts

Posted by warreni, in game review, game musings 05 November 2017 - - - - - - · 2525 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 - * - - - - · 4371 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 - - - - - - · 2908 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...


Batman: The Telltale Series-Realm of Shadows Review

Posted by warreni, in game review 08 April 2017 - - - - - - · 3589 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...


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 - * * * - - · 14369 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 - - - - - - · 2690 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...


Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a great LOTR Batman game

Posted by warreni, in game review 05 March 2017 - * * * * * · 3173 views
Monolith, Rocksteady Studios and 5 more...
Shadow of Mordor is essentially a Lord of the Rings Batman game. If they weren't both Warner Brothers games, you'd think Monolith ripped off Rocksteady in a major way. Detective Vision mode? Check. Hit counter in the upper left corner of the screen than turns red when you reach a speciifc count and triggers extra damage and special abilities? Check. Enemi...


Killer Instinct vs. Mortal Kombat X--FIGHT!

Posted by warreni, in game review 18 October 2016 - - - - - - · 3330 views
fighting games, stupidity, PC and 1 more...
Killer Instinct vs. Mortal Kombat X--FIGHT! Killer Instinct is the latest in a short line of fighting games originally developed as an arcade cabinet in 1994 and later ported to Nintendo consoles; in 2013, the series was ported/rebooted for an XBONE release. Unlike Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, Killer Instinct only had one cabinet in its evolutionary history, and it's overall a less mature prod...


Geralt's latest adventure is nothing short of amazing

Posted by warreni, in game review 16 September 2016 - - - - - - · 1609 views
The Witcher 3, RPG and 1 more...
Geralt's latest adventure is nothing short of amazing Well, according to GOG Galaxy, I've spent over 236 hours in the last five months guiding Geralt of Rivia on his quest to find and save his god-daughter, and what a journey it's been. Pretty much every aspect of the game has been improved over Assassins of Kings, but still retains its grounding in Sapkowski's morally-grey world of monstrous humans and some...


Baldur's Gate II: EE is the same Shadows of Amn you've known and loved

Posted by warreni, in game review 02 March 2016 - - - - - - · 2977 views
RPG, turn-based, isometric and 1 more...
Baldur's Gate II: EE is the same Shadows of Amn you've known and loved Baldur's Gate II is probably the definitive cRPG of the modern era; it set the standard for role-playing games in general and AD&D games in particular for the 2000s in the same way that the SSI Gold Box games did for the 1980s. The detailed isometric graphics, tactical turn-based combat, colorful characters, romance options, and character interaction...





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