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Tales From The Borderlands - PlayStation 4
Another Telltale game, and this is probably the second best game they've offered, just behind the first season of The Walking Dead. It's definitely the funniest, and it's the humour in it that made me love it so much. From major gags to small touches of humour that inspires minor chuckles. Every episode made me laugh in one way or another. But even if it is funnier than Telltale games have been lately, it still got the same level of emotion. You get emotionally connected to the characters, and you do care about their fates.
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series - PlayStation 4
I love Telltale. I love games that are story oriented. I love to be able to be a part of story in which my actions actually do have some consequences. While the overall story of Telltale's Game of Thrones is already carefully plotted and something you can't avoid, there are still ways for you to mix things up. There are characters that can be either alive or dead at the end of season, based on your actions, and I absolutely adore and hate this. I love it because it causes you carefully weigh your decisions. Even smaller choices may cause a butterfly effect that will lead you to make a choice you probably wouldn't have otherwise. It also add a lot of emotion to the game. Which is why I also hate it. It's devastating. Some of the choices you have to make are absolutely brutal. This is after all set in the world of Game of Thrones.
I'm curious about what the developers are going to do for season 2, with the different kind of endings people are getting. There are people alive in my save, that are dead in the majority of other people's games. So that'll be interesting to find out.
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate - Charing Cross Edition... - PlayStation 4
Most people seem to be rather fatigued with Assassin's Creed. That is understandable. Ubisoft have released a new game, sometimes even more than one, every years for the last few years, causing people to barely have any time to look forward to the next installment before it's out. For my own sake, I haven't been too bothered by it, but I'm starting to feel slightly fatigued myself and will probably not rush out to get the next game on opening day.
With all that being said, Syndicate is the best Assassin's Creed game since Ezio's days. This is simply because of one thing, the characters are likeable and relateable. With the exception of Edward Kenway in Black Flag, none of the main characters in recent Assassin's Creed games have been memorable, with Unity's Arno being the biggest offender on this. But here they're charming, funny and emotionally engaging.
The game itself plays like most other Assassin's Creed games, but it really feels like Ubisoft have listened to some of the criticism they've got. The game feels much fresher and sharper. The missions are of a much larger variety, the combat is renewed and you've been given a vast new set of tools that makes moving around the city much easier and enjoyable.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - PlayStation 3
I used to play a lot of the early Harry Potter games, that were based on the first films, on PC back in my younger days. I actually really enjoyed them back then. So I figured it was about time that I went out and checked the ones I haven't played yet, but on a different platform this time. So it's a bit disappointing to see that this game is really dreadful.
Poor graphics, clunky controls and a poor camera are only some of the things that constantly pulls me out of the game. The other thing is a frustratingly uneven difficulty curve. Particularly when it comes to making potions. The world is also disorienting as hell, and seeing as there's no proper map, it's at times impossible to locate yourself or find certain areas in the game.
Batman: Arkham Knight - Limited Edition - PlayStation 4
The storytelling that Rocksteady delivers in Arkham Knight is something other video game developers should take a note from. The way they blend story and gameplay in a seamless way gives you the proper feeling that you're an actual part of the world you're playing. You're always in control. There are also some excellent moments of game design present, with plenty of nice reveals.
The Arkham series is pretty much about beating up thugs with your fists and gadgets with its flawless combat system. That element is naturally also present in Arkham Knight, and it works just as beautifully. It doesn't matter if you're a button masher or a bit more calculated and rhythmic, the combat is a lot of fun.
New this time is the Batmobile. I do think that there are parts of it that are fun, but it's a bit overused and forced upon you in this game.
The Wolf Among Us - PlayStation 4
I'm not familiar with the comic book series this game is based upon, but colour me intrigued! I absolutely adored this world. The characters and tales that were in it was absolutely loveable.
The game plays like every other Telltale game, and it's sufficient enough to say that if you love those, you'll likely love The Wolf Among Us as well.
The Walking Dead: Season 2 - PlayStation 4
It's not as good as the first season. It's so clearly lacking Lee. It was way more engaging to play as Lee, and to kinda treat Clementine as your daughter, of sorts. When you're playing as Clementine, it's not really that easy to get emotionally connected too many. All though I grew fonder of Kenny this time around.
But essentially, mostly everything that made the first season of The Walking Dead so damned good, is also present here. I just got way more emotionally connected the first time around.
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season - PlayStation 4
Absolutely loved it. Loved Lee. One of the best protagonists I've ever seen in a game. Naturally it helps that you're able to play him in any way you'd like. You can have him be a complete asshole to everyone, or be kind. But it made it so easy to connect with him, and even when you didn't have a choice of things he would say or do, you couldn't help but to love the guy. His relationship with Clementine was so wonderful.
It's not much of game, really. It's simple point-and-click, with occasional QTE thrown in here and there. It's much more of an interactive TV-Show, and it works beautifully as that.
But despite me loving it, I also have to hate it for choking me up. Damned I got emotional during this. I would shout out in shock or anger. I would end up being frustrated or happy. I ended up being sad, and heck, I even cried. Emotional roller coaster.
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition - PlayStation 4
I did enjoy this game quite a lot, but oh my, if there are some frustratingly and insanely difficult parts in it. It turned me insane. Made me want to quit playing and rethink my life. (Which I probably should do anyway...) But seeing as I'm a trophy whore, I felt obligated to continue. And I did. And I eventually made it. But like, Jesus Christ it was hard. This game is ruthless. Unforgiving. Cruel. A simple mistake, and you're dead meat. Some of the platforming in this game is some of the toughest things I've ever encountered. Sure, it's all about pattern recognition and memorization, but you're timing needs to be masterfully accurate at so many occasions. If you're just a very tiny bit off, you'll fail.
Then we have the challenges. Particularly one involved tossing a chicken around. I'm never going to eat chicken again. I'm sick of it. I never want to see a chicken again. Fucking chicken.
I played this game on normal mode first, then went on to hard mode afterwards. And it went mostly well, until the final temple. There are two sections in it were you're literally being bombarded with projectiles. You'll have to be a dodging master to get through those parts alive. Which I eventually ended up being. Or just damned lucky. But anyway, it's a fun game. Despite it being frustrating.
The Unfinished Swan - PlayStation 4
You start up The Unfinished Swan and are presented to a minor story, then the screen turns completely white. You sit there waiting for something to happen, only to then realize that this is how the first level is. Everything is completely white. You can't see anything. Thankfully, you're equipped with some sort of paint gun that fires black paint. You'll have to spray that around in order to uncover your surroundings. And this is how the game is. It's essentially a puzzle game. Later levels aren't completely white, fortunately, but the concept behind The Unfinished Swan is undoubtedly neat. It also gives the game a very soothing and relaxing atmosphere to it. The gorgeous looking game design and calming music sends you straight into this little fairy tale.
It's incredibly short though. Consisting of four very short chapters, the game can be completed (with every trophy collected and all) in roughly three hours. Meaning that you can probably rush through the campaign in one hour. That's disappointing. Seeing as I got this free because I'm having a PS Plus subscription, it doesn't bother me a lot, but I can't imagine anyone paying a lot to get something as short as this.
Assassin's Creed: Rogue - PlayStation 3
I love Assassin's Creed. I think it's supercool, and I've basically loved every game with the exception of Unity. Which I thought was good, but incredibly flawed. Rogue is wonderful. It's essentially the same game, and it's extremely similar to Black Flag, but that's cool. I love the game mechanics, and they've basically gotten rid of every kind of mission type that I've found to be slightly annoying over the years. There are for instance no "eavesdropping" missions here. Which is lovely.
I really dig the fact that you get to play as a former Assassin, now turned Templar. It's a nice change of perspective, and even though the gameplay is the same, it's neat to be able to play as the other side. Just to mix things up a bit. I also like how well it tied into Unity. These two games came out at the same time, and I ended up playing Unity first. That was definitely the right decision, as I think that the ending of Rogue delivers a much bigger impact if you're already familiar with Unity.
Total Club Manager 2005 - PC Games
I can't believe that this game is ten years old now. I'm starting to get really old. When I was younger, I used to love to play these games. And I still do. Total Club Manager is in my opinion the best football manager games ever. Easy to understand, yet complex enough to not be boring. I do own 2003 and 2004 as well, but shamefully, as newer computers and older games doesn't go together that greatly, only 2005 seems to occasionally work on my laptop. (Yes, I'm playing on a laptop.) But it still crashes and ruins saves. Like it has now, which is why I'm stopping this gaming session. It lasted for roughly a month, and was fun while it lasted. I do think it's good that it crashed and made my save unplayable, as this game is perhaps the biggest time stealer out there. One hour suddenly turns into four.
The way that I usually play is that I create four managers for four teams in four different leagues. Spain, Norway, England and one random. In this case Italy. Then I usually pick one of the self-made teams with my own created players. As that is possible with a downloaded patch. Then I'll just try to win everything with every team. Creating talented players. Getting money to buy the best players (there's a money cheat in the game, but that's no fun) and eventually switch to another team when I feel that I'm done in that league. And it just goes on like that. It's fun.
Never Alone - PlayStation Network
This is almost heartbreaking. Never Alone does something important. It raises awareness and teaches you about something you've probably never cared about before. About the Iñupiat. Alaska Natives. It's a game that is wholly centred around that. With several Alaska Native elders, storytellers and other members contributing to the game in one way or another. It's a game that offers 24 collectibles that are short videos on these people. What they believe in and how they live their life. The game is also narrated by someone who speaks the language.
So what we have here is a game around that, and its folklore. It's a sweet thing, and the heart is certainly in the right place for everyone involved. Sadly, it's just not a good or enjoyable game. Nor is it that much of a visual or atmospheric experience.
It's a game that's ruined by an awful AI, dreadful framing and horribly clunky controls. It's shockingly incompetently made, and completely unplayable.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War - PlayStation Network
It looks and sounds absolutely beautiful. The art design is gorgeous, and the music in it is mesmerizing. Particularly during the start screen. I often found myself just keeping the game at the start screen to have that music loop while I was doing other things.
It's essentially a puzzle game with some minor quick time sequences, stealth sections and chase scenes thrown in it. And plenty of collectibles. This gives the game some much needed variety. Certainly, not everything is as fun or challenging as it ought to be, but it's solid enough.
My problems with this games lies in its storytelling. It's a game that's very much driven by its story, but it's bugged down by being so extremely overtold and emotionally manipulative. It paints everything so extremely thick. It bothers me greatly.
CounterSpy - PlayStation Network
The concept is neat. The look, feel and design is gorgeous. The 1960's vibe this game delivers is unlike anything I've seen recently. There's no denying that CounterSpy is cool-looking game. Just a shame that there's so much around it that I didn't like.
It's a stealth game, but seeing as it's also a side-scroller, I very often found the stealth to be slightly broken. And it doesn't help that the AI is inconsistent either. There's a trophy that requires you to go through an entire level undetected, and even if the levels are short, that was a pure nightmare. Combat is also annoying, particularly when you face of against many enemies as you're constantly under fire then, and will, no matter what, get hit. A lot. And die.
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire - Nintendo 3DS
I'm not the Pokémon gamer I used to be back in the Game Boy Color/Game Boy Advance era, but occasionally I find myself trying the new games out again. I used to love to play Emerald and Ruby before, so this time I ended up picking the remake of Sapphire.
I do adore it. It's in many ways the same game as previously, all though with a few updated game tweaks. Like Mega Evolutions. And updated graphics and such. But I do have to say that the most welcome addition to this was the possibility to catch so many legendaries after defeating the Elite Four. I've always disliked the fact that it's not possible to catch every Pokémon in the games, and while still not quite possible (trading/wondertrade doesn't count), it's at least good to be able to catch some more this time.
inFAMOUS: First Light - PlayStation 4
Never played an inFamous game before, but seeing as it was free with PS Plus, I decided to give it a go. So naturally I was confused by the story, and never got a full grasp to what it was all about. But I did enjoy the various kind of powers that the character possessed, and some fun with that. Particularly the arenas/challenges were fun. Stupid, mindless fighting. But fun.
I really like that they didn't go completely crazy with the collectibles. Like adding 500 of one thing to collect in order to get all the experience and trophies, but kept it really limited. I also liked the smaller scale of the map. Certainly, it probably is because of the fact that this is basically just a DLC in many ways, but still.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - PlayStation 4
I always end up getting these LEGO games, despite me starting to get a bit tired of them. They almost feel like a chore to get through. I do wish that they could sprinkle up the gameplay a bit, because it's starting to get really repetitive. But I do always end up coming back to these games because of the massive rooster of known, playable characters. It's fun to see LEGO Joker running around and such. And that's the other thing. They are fun. There's a lot of humour in these games. And not only for children, there's a lot of clever gags here for adults as well.
I'm not very fond of this game having several DLC's. That's just stupid, all though I'm probably going to end up getting them just because the levels themselves look to be fun. But they should have been a part of the game to begin with. Greedy game developers. Argh.
The Swapper - PlayStation Network
There's something beautiful with this game. I'm not just talking about the breathtaking graphics, which are mostly made out of clay, nor am I just talking about the wonderful music that set some sort of melancholic tone to the game. It's the mysterious story that we're presented with that causes The Swapper to have some sort of odd beauty to it. It's a story that might be hard to get a complete understanding of, but the concept of creating clones, and swapping yourself into them, creates a lot of questions and feelings. The game never shoves those feelings in your throat, and it's instead something you start to think about yourself. Whenever you create a clone, and swap into him, and then have to sacrifice the other one, in order to progress, you can't help but to think about if what you're actually killing is a piece of yourself. Or if you're actually dying. Who and what is it that ends up giving its life, so that you can progress further? Something to chew on.
It's an incredibly short game though. I believe the credits started rolling for me after around eight hours. It could have been a lot less also, if it weren't for my usually long AFK breaks and the fact that I were a complete idiot on some puzzles. The game is created by a company called Facepalm Games, and that's exactly what I did after finally finding the solution to some of the puzzles I had spent quite some time on. But it was fun. Great fun.
The trophies here. Woaw. I mean like seriously. How on earth is it possible to find those with out a guide? Who managed to actually find them and create a guide to begin with? You might get lucky and stumble upon one or two of the terminals you're required to find, but to actually find all ten without any sort of help is impossible. I was following a guide to find them, and they're at located at places that no sane person would even consider to look, as there's absolutely no indication that you could go there. Just wow.
Mario Kart 7 - Nintendo 3DS
I've been playing a little bit of Mario Kart 7 whenever I've had nothing else to do, and just been hanging around in my house. I do think it's great fun, but these kind of "party games" are a little bit depressing to play. They're slightly depressing because they remind me of the fact that I don't have a lot of friends, and therefore no one to play these games with. So it's always single player for me. I'm to bad to play online, as I'm horrible at drifting. Which is apparently what people do to drive fast.
I'm not sure if I'm completely sold on all the new tracks. Most of them just seem to be a bunch of things happening, rather than being an actual fun track. I do like that they revamped a lot of the old ones, and it was fun to play on the classic Rainbow Road.
Heavy Rain - Move Edition - PlayStation 3
Since Christmas, and throughout the first day of 2015, I've been keeping myself busy by finishing up the remaining trophies of Heavy Rain, in order to get the Platinum. Which I've achieved now.
I did really enjoy this game. In many ways it was like an interactive film, and it worked tremendously well because of its engaging story, with clever twists and a high emotional level. To begin with, I wasn't 100% sure that I bought who the Origami Killer was, but when replaying huge portions of the game in order to get every possible ending, it did make a lot of sense.
I do feel a bit stupid for getting the Move Edition, without owning a move controller. But I feel that the regular SIXAXIS controller worked just fine. It was responsive, and that's all that matters. I do have to admit that QTE during long fights scenes are quite annoying, but seeing as Heavy Rain is what it is, it couldn't have worked any other way.
Thumbs up for nudity.
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