Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Metro: Last Light

Post-Launch Review
Metro: Last Light Redux (PC)
Developer: 4A Games
Released: May 14 2013 (original) / August 25 2014 (Redux)
Played: story complete in 13h:30min

About

Recognized as a hero for destroying the nest of the mysterious and dangerous Dark Ones, Artyom was catapulted into the ranks of the rangers defending the Metro. Now, one year later, evidence surfaces of a lone remaining Dark One - a child. Artyom's orders are to find it and kill it before it can hurt anyone, but the mission is not that simple. Others are interested in the young Dark One, and a war is brewing between major factions in the Metro...

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Bayonetta

Post-Launch Review
Bayonetta (Wii U)
Developer: Platinum Games
Released: October 2009 and January 2010 (Wii) / late 2014 (WiiU rerelease)
Played: story complete in 11h:13min

About

Recently awoken from a 500-year sleep, the witch Bayonetta sets out to recover her memories and her past. As she fights her way through hordes of angels that seem to take an unusual interest in her, Bayonetta begins to uncover the secrets of the Umbra witches and the Lumen sages, and the hints that someone very powerful wants something from her...

Thursday, 7 May 2015

"Consoles are more convenient than PC"

I have a couple of friends who prefer console gaming to PC gaming. They tell me it's because console gaming is so much easier - all you have to do is pop in the disc and it works, no optimizing settings or fixing weird startup crashes or whatever.

True enough... unless you don't play your console very often.

I never really planned to buy a 360 because there weren't very many games on the system that appealed to me. The reason I have one is because a generous friend passed it on to me for free. And since I own it, I naturally picked up a few games for it.

The inconvenience comes from playing one old game at a time with months between games. When I boot up the 360 to try a new game, it has to update, which takes a few minutes. Then, since it's been so long since I last used it, it usually has to update again. Then I put the game disc in and the game has to update. So rather than toss in a disc and play, it's more like toss in a disc and go do something else for twenty or thirty minutes until the console and game are done updating.

I know this is mainly a quirk of how I use my 360 and that anyone who uses their console more regularly won't have this issue.

But it's still annoying.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

F.E.A.R.

Post-Launch Review
F.E.A.R. (PC)
Developer: Monolith Productions
Released: October 2005
Played: story complete in 6h:12min (replay)

About

The First Encounter Assault Recon unit - F.E.A.R. - has received their first assignment. Experimental psychic commander Paxton Fettel has gone rogue, taking control of a battalion of clone soldiers. The mission: take down Fettel to stop the soldiers. But it's not that simple. Fettel has an agenda, and it involves a dangerous research project that was shut down and covered up decades ago...

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Lost Planet 3

Post-Launch Review
Lost Planet 3 (PC)
Developer: Spark Unlimited
Released: August 2013
Played: story and most extras complete in 14h:42min

About

Jim Peyton has come to E.D.N. III, an ice world covered in hostile bug aliens known as akrid, to work as a contractor and send that huge danger pay back home to his family. But as Jim settles in on the remote world, he stumbles across some huge secrets that will determine the future of the planet, and he'll have to decide where his loyalties lie.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Red Dead Redemption

Post-Launch Review
Red Dead Redemption (X360)
Released: May 2010

(This review took way too long to get done for a few reasons, but hopefully my schedule will get back on track soon.)

About

It's the early 1900s in the American West. Former outlaw John Marston is strongarmed by a government agency into hunting down his old gang across the West and into Mexico and bringing them to justice.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Finally, a review!

Red Dead Redemption review is written and ready to go live on Wednesday. My schedule's opened up a bit, so hopefully I'll be able to get them reviews back on track.

Next up is the sequel to one of my favourites and a game I've been itching to play for a long time: Lost Planet 3.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Not dead

I said a while back that my posts would slow down with this new job, but I didn't anticipate it'd be THIS slow! I think it's the combination of having fewer hours to play games, and the particular game I'm working through at the moment. So, lest ye think I've abandoned this blog, know that I am currently (and slowly) playing Red Dead Redemption on my XBox, and there will be a review... sometime.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Tomb Raider

Post-Launch Review
Tomb Raider (2013, PC)
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Released: March 2013
Played: story 100% complete in 14 hours

About

In this reboot of the classic series, Lara Croft is a young archaeologist on her first expedition, searching for the lost empire of Yamatai. The ship is struck by a powerful storm and trapped on a mysterious island, where Lara and her friends find themselves hunted by a dangerous cult of an ancient queen...

Friday, 6 February 2015

Review Slowdown

If you're a regular reader you may have noticed that I didn't post a review this Wednesday like I usually do. That's because I got a new job - and a pretty cool one too, working at a major tabletop game store. But this job allows me less free time for video games than my last one did, and it's already throwing off my review schedule. Plus I've been getting back into Guild Wars 2 a lot more recently, so that also cuts my time for new old games.

That doesn't mean I'm giving up video games - it just means I'll have less time to work on reviews. I'll try to post something as often as I can, but I probably won't manage a full review per week anymore. To compensate, maybe I'll post small updates as I play through a game, and then do a full review when I finish.

Actually, I'm now finally starting a game I've been excited for since it came out two whole years ago - Tomb Raider. So if it really hooks me I'll have a review sooner than later.

Thanks for reading!