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warreni's Blog > At last, too much of a good thing? Thoughts on Assassins Creed Odyssey

Posted warreni on 19 August 2020 - 07:00 PM

Assassins Creed Odyssey (or Assassin's Creed: Odyssey ?) is the latest in Ubisoft's long line of Assassins Creed titles. The 2018 title followed hard upon the release of 2017's Assassins Creed Origins , which did, at least, actually provide a kind of origin story for the order of Assassins. Odyssey uses the same engine and reuses many of the earlier tit...

warreni's Blog > Enjoy your lockdown inside The Complex

Posted warreni on 04 April 2020 - 11:30 PM

You've probably heard of or played Late Shift . It's been in the Game Pass for XBONE and it's been out for a few years now. It's the story of an ordinary bloke (I have to pull out my Briticisms for this review, so my fellow colonists will have to pardon me) who gets caught up in a botched jewelry heist at an auction. It's also one of the breakout games fr...

warreni's Blog > Kingdom Come: Deliverance keeps tripping over its own feet

Posted warreni on 23 March 2020 - 02:44 AM

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a game that I really wanted to like, even though I had my doubts about it from the beginning. The skeleton of a really good game is in here, and the game has interesting characters, a well-crafted story (from what I can tell), and a levelling system that shows meaningful growth of the protagonist. However, it's just constantl...

warreni's Blog > Sony's Spider-Man (PS4) is the best Spider-Man movie you've never seen

Posted warreni on 29 January 2020 - 06:02 PM

Spider-Man is great. I mean, the Sony Spider-Man game released in 2018, not Spider-Man 3 or The Amazing Spider-Man or Spider-Man: Homecoming. Those things were terrible and best relegated to the dustbin of history. Nothing in Insomniac's track record (which includes odds and ends like the reputable shooter series Resistance for PS3 and the hipster-do...

warreni's Blog > The Outer Worlds is a brief, entertaining ride

Posted warreni on 08 December 2019 - 09:51 PM

I finished The Outer Worlds last night after investing what I'm guesstimating was around 25 hours into it. I'm guesstimating because with Game Pass games there's no real way to track your time, unless you use a third-party utility like Gameplay Time Tracker. Weirdly this is not something that exists in the current iteration of the Xbox WIndows 10 app. In...

warreni's Blog > Planet Zoo beta impressions

Posted warreni on 08 October 2019 - 06:43 PM

I've pretty much finished my time (about 2.5 hours) with the Planet Zoo beta. This seemed like an opportune moment to share my thoughts on what seems to work and what doesn't. Frontier has a long history with this sort of thing, which may surprise you if you only know them as the folks who made Elite: Dangerous and Planet Coaster . Frontier didn't reall...

warreni's Blog > Moral ambiguity in a world of assassins

Posted warreni on 10 August 2019 - 01:33 AM

I've been playing a lot of Assassins Creed: Origins lately, and I've run across something interesting. I haven't played an Assassins Creed game since ACII (and I only got about 75% of the way through that one). My recollection is that these are not games with lots of grey areas. The protagonist is the player-identification figure and it's largely assume...

warreni's Blog > With Pillars II, Obsidian knocked another one out of the park

Posted warreni on 23 March 2019 - 04:44 AM

Yes, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire IS trying to kill you. Scratch that. It already did. Hm. . . spoiler alert? In the first few seconds of PoE II , you die. But. . . you get better (that was a fairly unsubtle Princess Bride reference, for anyone who's counting). This is Obsidian's novel way of allowing you to rejigger your character while still havi...

warreni's Blog > First impressions: The Desolation of Mordor

Posted warreni on 11 May 2018 - 03:26 PM

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...

warreni's Blog > Franchise-killer Andromeda suffers from being a merely-okay Mass Effect game

Posted warreni on 07 May 2018 - 08:33 PM

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...

warreni's Blog > Shadow of War is 3/4 of a good game, but it may be getting better?

Posted warreni on 03 April 2018 - 02:31 PM

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...

warreni's Blog > Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC Thoughts

Posted warreni on 05 November 2017 - 04:28 PM

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...

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

Posted warreni on 04 August 2017 - 10:57 AM

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. 
The specs for this tablet are available on Amazon's site he...

warreni's Blog > Adam West's legacy

Posted warreni on 10 June 2017 - 11:15 PM

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...

warreni's Blog > Batman: The Telltale Series-Realm of Shadows Review

Posted warreni on 08 April 2017 - 04:35 PM

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...