A New Console Means New Games

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

There is now a second PS4 in our house. I've toyed with the idea of getting one for a while, just to get around the fact that so many of the games being released these days don't offer split split screen co-op. Now that it's here, I can't stop thinking about all the games Wesley and I can finally play together. It's a shame that it has had to come to this for us to be able to play the same game, but that's a rant I've been on before. With PAX only days away, we haven't invested in a lot of games just yet, but there are two that have been keeping us up late.

No Man's Sky Part 2: The Burning Question

Thursday, August 25, 2016
A supposed screenshot from the game before it was released shows a very different experience.
On Tuesday I wrote about No Man's Sky, the game that was supposed to be incredible. What we got was an incredible disappointment. Riddled with bugs and missing a ton of content that was supposed to be in the game already. Sean Murray and the rest of the Hello Games team have been conspicuously silent since the 18th when they said they are focusing on updating and adding features to the game. I've been trying to salvage some sort of experience from the whole debacle, and met with some success. The trouble is that I worry about whether or not I'm trying to make space lemonade out of space lemons, or if I'm just making excuses for a game that I desperately wanted to like love.

No Man's Sky Part 1: The Hype and the Reveal

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

This is one of the most difficult opinion pieces I've written in a while. No Man's Sky is a game that I was really looking forward to and my first impulse is to defend the fun experiences I've had in the game. At the same time, it would be disingenuous for me to ignore the disappointments I've had during my playthrough. It would be easy for me to focus on those frustrations and disappointment and write a venomous article about the game but as cathartic as it might be to rant and rave for a while, I won't deny the good times I've had. So I'll try to tow the line here, but I may stray a bit. Stick with me though, it gets complicated.

REDUX: Our Enemies Should Be Better Than Us

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

We are waist deep in alien species, toxic atmospheres and strange resources from No Man's Sky at the moment and not really prepared to offer our complete opinion on the game. What had been planned as a provisional review of the colossal exploration game has been hampered by half-realized opinions that we are still struggling to wrest from the clutches of our early expectations. I don't aim for objective reviews, but I am still too attached to the picture I had built in my mind of No Man's Sky. In place of a review, I offer you this piece from a while back about AI and its general failure to challenge the average human. Wouldn't it be interesting if we actually had enemies to deal with in No Man's Sky that weren't so ambivalent to our actions? More on that later.

Like Survival Games? Check Out This Humble Bundle!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

I discovered survival games a few years back when I got into the DayZ Standalone. Something about the unforgiving nature of it Since then, I've devoured the genre, snapping up Don't Starve, The Long Dark, Terraria, and a host of others. The current offering from Humble Bundle seeks to expand everyone's collection of the increasingly popular genre with seven notable games that will reward your tenacity. 

A Reminder to Fans of No Man's Sky: Make Your own Story

Thursday, August 4, 2016

No Man's Sky has been in the news a lot this past week. It started with a few videos released by an individual who reportedly paid over $1000 for a leaked copy on the PS4. The game won't be released until August 9th on the PS4 while PC players like me have to wait until the 12th. This person couldn't take the wait any longer and not long after receiving his ill gotten copy, he began uploading videos of his playthrough. Most fans were content to ignore the videos and updates that he posted. That was, until he said he reached the center of the galaxy.

Batman: A Telltale Game Series, Episode one: Realm of Shadows Review

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Batman in the hands of Hollywood has always been more about action than anything else. In any of the films or games, Batman has been a warrior, Bringing justice to super criminals through judicious application of fisticuffs. When I read the comics as a kid though, it wasn't this side of the Dark Knight that stood out to me. Instead, I've always remembered Batman as the world's greatest detective. That persona has been sorely lacking in almost every portrayal of the character outside of the comics (and even those have strayed more than a little from time to time). My hope with the Telltale series was to finally see that part of Batman realized.