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First impressions: The Desolation of Mordor

Posted by warreni, in game musings 11 May 2018 - - - - - - · 4470 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...


Those pesky orcs

Posted by warreni, in game musings 03 April 2018 - - - - - - · 3466 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 - - - - - - · 4328 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 - * * * * * · 3162 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 - - - - - - · 1862 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 - * * - - - · 3370 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...


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

Posted by warreni, in game musings 22 November 2017 - - - - - - · 1784 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 - - - - - - · 2492 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...


Planescape Torment has an enhanced edition on the way

Posted by warreni, in game musings 30 March 2017 - - - - - - · 3372 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...


Stardock's new Star Control doesn't look anything like Star Control

Posted by warreni, in game musings 19 October 2016 - - - - - - · 3657 views
Stardock, Star Control and 2 more...
So, Stardock, creators of the Galactic Civilizations series and collaborators on the well-received Sins of a Solar Empire slow RTS games, is the proud owner of the rights to the original Star Control games (1 and 2) and is now taking pre-orders for its new iteration. They've even released a trailer here:  ...


Thoughts on The Political Machine

Posted by warreni, in game musings 06 October 2016 - - - - - - · 6223 views
Stardock, simulators, politics
Thoughts on The Political Machine So I more-or-less abandoned my epic 121-week campaign (Clinton v. Cruz) a few months ago, and in light of the outcome of the Republican presidential primary, it appears that it was not a moment too soon. It was, frankly, in addition to being splendidly irrelevant to the real world, becoming a bit of a slog. I quit around week 20, and it was already turnin...





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