‘Remember when I said you fly too fast? Forget I said that. Fly fast!’ – Destiny 2, 2017

Happy Monday, everyone! How are we all? I hope well! I am starting to think that weekends are not long enough! Two days is not enough to recoup from the week before! As promised, I am back this week and I actually have something to review! Without further ado, here comes my review of Destiny 2. 

My Warlock in Destiny 2 – Destiny 2, Bungie, 2017

Destiny 2 is (obviously) the sequel to Destiny. Players assume the role of a Guardian, who protect Earth’s Last City from invading alien races. The Cabal, who are a warmongering race, have taken over the Last City and all Guardians are stripped of their abilities (their light). The player character sets out on a journey to find their light and take back the Last City.

Destiny 2 is a first person shooter, with the player going into third person when using their ultimate power. These powers are based around void, fire and air. I currently use fire, because that’s the first warlock power. 

The Dawnblade – Destiny 2, Bungie, 2017

I really like Destiny 2. It’s a really fun game to play with others. Of course, I’ve been playing it with @sebonthesilvermountain because I like to spend time with him and really struggle to play videogames by myself if they’re meant to be multiplayer. 
Both Seb and I agree that the gun play is very smooth. The weapons feel distinct, even if some of them aren’t very good. I am not a fan of the grenade launchers. I find questing fun, and I am interested in the story. I want to know more about the characters, and I’m excited to be hearing what my characters voice is when I get to the DLC. 
The game does have some downfalls though. For instance, I have an issue with the game being a bit short. I’ve not been playing long, but I know for a fact that I am nearly 50% of the way through the main campaign. I’m glad I have some DLC, but Bungie expecting people to research the original game or something. Seb has an issue with the game being lacking, especially for PC players. It expects players to know all about the original Destiny. As a PC player, neither of us know about it as the original game never came to PC. We are missing out on some of the game. 

All in all, I would say someone give this game a go! I don’t know if it’s still for free, but it’s worth picking up to play.

What do you think about Destiny 2? Did you play the original before the second one? Would you play them if you’ve never played them before? Leave a comment down below!  

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What I did to celebrate Halloween in 2018

Good Monday everyone! For anyone that knows me, I love Halloween. I love the aesthetic, the dressing up, the movies that come out. I don’t like really scary things or knocking on people’s doors expecting food, but I do love the effort people put in to Halloween-ify their houses. Because I was with @sebonthesilvermountain this week we did some stuff together. Below is an amalgamation of the things we did together to celebrate. Without further ado… here we go!

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During the day we went to the ‘St. Albans BID’ event in town. We went a bit later than everyone else to avoid some of the crowds, but it seemed well attended. It was really nice to see people dressing up and enjoying themselves.

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The cover art shows how crazy this game is – Lust for Darkness, Movie Games Lunarium, 2018

Lust for Darkness

Who doesn’t like dark mythos imbued with cults all around sex. I did enjoy this game but the ending was really meh. To me it’s like they spent all their money early on  and then had to rush it. The story was interesting though. Jonathon has to save his wife Amanda from a sex-cult where she’s been “held prisoner” for a year. There are weird demon things and lots of death and killing. It’s worth a play for a couple hours. Obviously it’s 300% NSFW and 18+ so no kids please!

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Lucius is as evil as he looks – Lucius, Shiver Games, 2012

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Who doesn’t love being the son of the devil, riding your trike around your house and mercilessly killing people? Lucius (so far at least) is a really fun game. It’s some stealth, some magic, some mystery and a whole lot of fun. Did I mention riding around your whole house on a trike? It’s worth the few £ that it is on steam at the moment.

 

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Sabrina on her birthday – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix, 2018

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

#TBT last week when I reviewed the first two episodes of Sabrina. Well, I finished it finally and let me say – I loved it. Like I said last week, there were some pushy bits of agenda, but in the end I really liked what happened to the characters. I look forward to season 2!

 

Alas, Halloween is done for another year. I wonder what the next one will have in store for me!

What did you do to celebrate Halloween? Did you have a good time? Leave a comment down below and tell me! 

RIP Telltale, 2004-2018

Hello, and good Monday to everyone! This week has been busy for me, and so I’ve not watched anything really. But there has been stuff to talk about that I want to discuss with you. It won’t be a long post but I think it will be a sad one. I cried about this when it first came out, believe it or not. I’m sure that literally everyone in the gaming (and probably every other) community knows what’s happening here, but let’s just dive right into it.

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Game of Thrones, Borderlands, The Wolf Among us and The Walking Dead – Telltale Games, 2004-2018

In a very sudden, and almost tragic, turn of events – Telltale is shutting down. It’s come pretty out of the blue. And I have to say – the way it’s been handled is pretty awful.
Early in the weekend this press release arrived on the internet:
Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company’s employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners.   “It’s been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.”

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The Wolf Among us, Tales from the Borderlands and The Walking Dead – Telltale, 2004-2018

These 250 employees were given no notice. No severance pay was given to any of them. Some of them were hired a week ago. One poor guy moved across the States to work here. Their health insurance only lasts one more week. According to an ex-dev, Emily Grace Buck, these people were working for pittance, doing over time for free and working paycheck  to paycheck. She has also confirmed that –
They will not be completing the last season of The Walking Dead. There is no news on those customers who have brought the season pass getting their money back, or at least partial refunds. This will be interesting – what happens when people purchase a season pass and it never gets fulfilled? This will set president for new season passes, and what happens when a company goes bust before completing it. Everything has been cancelled, other than the Netflix show for Minecraft: Story Mode.

Without a shadow of a doubt, this has been an awful situation, and handled very badly. The fact that they were hiring last week actually sickens me. I am shocked, however, that things seemed to go from fine to awful in 24 hours. I am interested to see how this all turns out.
Like I said in the intro, I am very upset about this. The Telltale games were some of my favourites, and I will hold them all dear to my heart. There have been 2 I have spoken about on here; Batman and The Guardians of The Galaxy, but I also loved every other one I had played. I am kind of glad I haven’t brought The Walking Dead past the 1st season (I was waiting till the final ended, and getting a pack of them to binge). We shall just have to see what happens.

Have you heard about all of this? What are your thoughts? Which were your favourite, and least favourite, Telltale games? Leave a comment down below.

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The Day Clive Russell Called Me a ‘Diva’ – St. Albans Comic Con, 2018

Good Monday everyone! How are we all? I have had an eventful weekend! Saturday I got a tattoo and yesterday I was at St. Alban’s inaugural Comic Convention! It’s amazing to have a convention on our doorstep, and I was lucky enough to be allowed to take a load of pictures and give you my honest opinion on what I thought of it. Spoiler alert – I loved it! Before I move on, I just want to give a big thank you to Paul, of Creed Conventions, for allowing me in as press, letting me talk to everyone and anyone there, take loads of pictures and being an overall great guy!
Anyway, without further ado – here’s my thoughts (and pictures – feat. some amazing cosplayers!) on St. Alban’s Comic Con!

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St Albans Comic Con! – St Albans Comic Con, Creed Conventions, 2018

All the stall owners were willing to have a chat with me, and let me take photos of their stock for my page. They were so lovely to chat to. I spoke to many of them about cosplaying, their favourite Harry Potter characters and even just how they were. I got given a free sticker of Yuri from Doki Doki Literature Simulator from Kira Hopcroft because she “likes to throw stickers at people.” Everyone’s work was amazing, and I brought myself some badges, phone charms and even a Star Wars top from The Zombie Survival School. The man running, (who’s name I never got, woops!), even let me hold a couple of his replica swords! My friend Luke, who manages Chaos City Comics and I’ve spoken about before (he designed my logo), told him that he shouldn’t let me play with that! I don’t know if it’s because he doesn’t trust me or not! I’ll have to find that out myself later!
Everyone was so interested in finding out why I was taking photos and chatting to everyone. They all wanted to know about my blog. For instance, Hertfordshire Libraries was interested in finding out about my blog. They even said that they had seen my stuff around and were looking forward to seeing what I had written today. I’d love to keep in contact with them all – they had some great recommendations on their stall, including My Little Pony and Kick-Ass. They told me which library would be best for me to go to to get the Graphic Novels that I wanted, and it’s only down the road! You can bet that I’ll be there a lot!

I also met some lovely celebrities! During a chat with Amiee Richards, who played Marcella in Game of Thrones, I told her that it was sad that she died as she did. She smiled and shrugged at me before saying “It happens to everyone.”
In my slideshow you’ll see a picture of Clive Russell, who played Blackfish in Game of Thrones and Lord Lovat in Outlander, where he’s staring directly into the camera. Afterwards, I jokingly said to him “You look a little bored, are you alright?” He laughed and shook his head, protesting that he was just making sure he looked bored for the picture. He later called me a “Diva” when I was having my picture taken on the Star Throne. I am taking that as a massive compliment. I wished I had asked him which he liked filming more, Game of Thrones or Outlander, as I’m such a big fan of both. But he told me he hopes to be back next year, so fingers crossed I can remember to ask him then!
Hannah Spearitt, SClub and Primeval fame, and I had a lovely chat too. She was interested in finding out about my life, about why I was there as press taking photos. As I left I said it was nice to finally be able to talk to her and tell her that she’s been a big part of my life for many years. I was probably being an embarrassing fan girl at times, but she told me that it was lovely to be able to talk to and meet me. I hope to see her at another Comic Con soon, hopefully back at St. Albans.

I felt so welcomed and happy to be there. I loved every second of it!

Pictures below!

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A thank you from me, for taking time out of your day to talk to me – (In no particular order)

Dave Gibbons, Lee Bradley, Micheal Pasquale, Kira Hopcroft, Chaos City Comics, Luke Ridge, Sam Rogers, James from Subworks, The Zombie Survival School, CatCreations, Paul Johnson, Sophie West, David Leach, Herts Libraries, Tasha Cosplay UK, Anita Mensah, Clive Russell, Hannah Spearitt, Amiee Richardson, Rock Pop Candy, Creed Conventions… and everyone else who put time, money and effort into making the convention a great success. I hope to see you all next year.

[All photos are my own]

‘We get many letters asking, “Can I fight like Oni?” No, no you cannot! … Sorry.’ – Agents of Mayhem, 2017

Hey everyone! How has your week been? Mine’s been full of writing a dissertation and enjoying the heatwave! Who knew that a lido would be like being on holiday, who needs Spain when you have the British summer, ‘ey?
@sebonthesilvermountain has been with me, as said last week, so whilst I was writing he was playing games. Game of choice this time has been Agents of Mayhem, made by the people who made the Saints Row franchiseWithout further ado, here’s my (perhaps our?) thoughts!

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Franchise Force in full view; Hollywood, Fortune and Hardtack – Agents of Mayhem, Deep Silver, 2017

Agents of Mayhem is an open world adventure (much like it’s Saints Row predecessor) The game takes place in a Seoul, the city of the future. The game features twelve agents, which are comprised in four trios: the Bombshells (Italian engineer Joule, Indian immunologist Rama, and German football hooligan Red Card); the Carnage a Trois (American field strategist Braddock, American derby driver Daisy, and Russian “Cold Warrior” Oleg Kirlov under the alias “Yeti”); the Firing Squad (American gang leader Pierce Washington under the alias “Kingpin”, Japanese hitman Oni, and Middle Eastern assassin Scheherazade); and the Franchise Force (Colombian former sky pirate Fortune, United States Navy chief petty officer Hardtack, and Canadian actor and proclaimed “Face of Mayhem” Hollywood). Three additional agents are provided via DLC – Seoul police lieutenant Johnny Gat; Moroccan soldier Fatima Daoud, also known as “Lazarus”; and genius hacker Kinzie Kensington, under the alias “Safeword”.

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In homage to the superhero TV show, there are many clips in the game like this – Agents of Mayhem, Deep Silver, 2017

Seb and I really enjoyed Agents of Mayhem. Whilst, yes, it wasn’t Saints Row, which really upset a lot of people, it was a pretty good game. The writing was funny, the gameplay was immersive. There was the ability to change squad members to be your own, and match your gameplay style; the use of gadgets and legion tech allow the player to tailor to how they want to play. I liked the guns ablazing characters (Daisy and Braddock) whilst Seb was into the close fire and melee damage ones (Yeti and Oni).
Some of these names of characters will be familiar with Saints Row players. This is because this game is set in an alternate reality, where the player character of Saints never existed, but the secondary characters did. Instead of being scouted by the player character (who becomes the President of the USA) they are scouted by Persephone, the leader of the Agents of Mayhem.

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Fortune giving us a good view of Seoul – Agents of Mayhem, Deep Silver, 2017

It felt like Saints Row, in the story telling and game play. The only thing that’s missing is the multiplayer. That’s the thing that upset people. And it honestly feels like multiplayer should have been a part of it. There’s a few things that give this away. The extra squad bonuses (of extra XP etc.) show that a squad should have been you and a friend, and not you swapping characters yourself.

Honestly, give this game a go! If you liked Saints Row you’ll like this game. It’s very similar. This game got bad stick for no reason. We both liked it enough to complete it and look for all of the outfits etc.

Have you played Agents of Mayhem? Or even Saints Row? Did you like either of them or not? Leave a comment down below! 

‘I have a dark and expensive fetish. I download pop songs on ITunes’ – Monster Prom, 2018

Good morning everyone! Hope that you all had a good weekend. Did you watch the Eurovision Song Contest? I am watching it as I write this post – my current thoughts are it’s a bit more boring than the previous years, but still watchable.
My other news this week is that I’ve been published online; a short story called God is Dead. Feel free to check it out here. Let’s get it to the most read on the site! Tune in soon for it to be made into a special podcast episode. I’ll let you know when that happens!
This week I want to review a fairly new game, a dating sim of all things, called Monster Prom.

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Yellow/Oz, Red/Amira, Green/Brian, Blue/Vicky (or players 1 – 4). It can be played multiplayer! – Monster Prom, Those Awesome Guys, 2018

Monster Prom is a dating sim in which the player can choose between six different monsters they can try and date. Each player, who has picked from Yellow/Oz, Red/Amira, Green/Brian, Blue/Vicky, takes their turn at going through an event in one of the map locations in order to gain stats that affect the way their love interest perceives them. The issue is – there’s only three weeks to go from a nobody in school to a somebody (and you need to become one!) to get a date with your chosen love to prom. Chosen loves can be;  Vera Oberlin (a medusa), Polly Geist (a ghost), Damien LaVey (a demon), Liam De Lioncourt (a vampire), Scott Howl (a werewolf) and Miranda Vanderbilt (a mermaid). What’s great about Monster Prom is that it can be played with friends, locally or online.

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We all started a mega party at recess – Monster Prom, Those Awesome Guys, 2018

I can’t say anything bad about this game. I played it in a 4p game, with our resident, Man on the Silver Mountain, Seb and our friends Jem and Simon (who we play quite a few small games with – big up to you two!) Jem played Yellow, I played Red (because everyone wants to be a sassy fire lady), Simon played Green, which left Seb with Blue. The good thing about this game is that just because your character looks like it conforms to gender norms, doesn’t mean you have to – there is the option to be a he, she or a they with all characters. It’s also incredibly inclusive, with story lines not caring what gender you profess to be – no one is off limits in this game (as long as you get the right options with them).
It made for a good laugh for a couple hours, as we all voice acted it all out. Seb’s voice for Liam was particularly hilarious, and I hope he talks like that more often. It’s a good game to play for a laugh to be honest, and we had a laugh. I have yet to date my Vampire Prince or my Mermaid Princess, but it will happen… one day. I have dated Polly, and she’s a wild ride, that’s for sure (no pun intended).

I can’t recommend this game more, everyone should play it at least once. It’s pretty hilarious to play with friends and family. You guys should play it!

Have you played Monster Prom? What did you think? Love the story and the funnies? Or do you just hate dating sims? Leave a comment down below?

‘I’m afraid of heights, okay?’ – A Way Out, 2018

Happy bank holiday everyone! I hope you’re enjoying our next bit of warmer weather! This week I’ve been playing a couple games with Seb and there’s just one I want to tell you about! We’ve spent a couple long nights playing this and laughing a lot. It’s totally worth a review! You might recall I was waiting to be able to play this from this review!  So without further ado, here’s A Way Out!

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Vincent and Leo making their escape – A Way Out, EA, 2018

A Way Out is played with 2 people. And only 2 people. It is designed for co-op and it cannot be played alone, it must be played with another player through either local or online play. Leo and Vincent, our two main protagonists; a mafia mob boss type man and a super quiet “banker” (In our current playthrough I am Leo and Seb is Vincent – take that as you will), two convicted prisoners who must break out of prison and stay on the run from authorities. As the story of both protagonists is told simultaneously, their progress may not be synchronized, which may result in one player being able to control their character, while another watching a cutscene. We’ve needed to cooperate with each other in order to progress, which has been absolutely hilarious I might add, and each situation can be approached differently, with both characters taking different roles. For instance, Vincent (Seb) pushed Leo (me) out of a plane and we both wet ourselves laughing.

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At certain points we’ve had to work together to not get killed, like the above – A Way Out, EA, 2018

I really enjoyed playing this game. The split screen perspective of the screen have been really helpful. When Seb’s not been able to see anything, or vica versa, we’ve been able to work together to find out how to do something. It’s also helped when Leo’s been on a high up place and he can only look down, whereas Vincent can actually look around – there’s been police looking for us and only he’s been able to see them.
We’ve had a really fun time getting achievements, and playing the minigames. At one point we both tried to swing together, and it was the most awkward thing in the world. And the most hilarious thing ever. There’s lots of stuff that makes us both laugh in this, including the dialogue options with random NPCs.
It’s a really good story so far, we haven’t finished it – no spoils please! – but I cannot wait to. Seb and I think that Vincent is some undercover something or other, his story is shady (like really shady), but it’s obvious that Leo is a guy who deserves to be in jail.

I cannot wait to finish this game. I am so excited to play all the other options we didn’t do, like driving a police car off of a bridge instead of just crawling underneath it.

Have you played A Way Out? What did you think of it? If not will you play it? What do you think of it being only 2 player? Leave a comment down below!

Games I’m Looking Forward to Playing in 2018

Merry Monday, readers! How are we all today? Other than a stinker of a cold (I know – I think I’m cursed) I have had a really good week!
Last week I gave you the games I’ve enjoyed playing this year, so this week it was suggested that I give you all the games I want to play in this year – ones that will release in the next 9 months! Let’s just get on with it shall we!

Sea of Thieves – Released 20th March 2018

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Sea of Thieves, Rare, 2018

Everyone loves pirates, right? I’ve wanted a good looking pirate game since Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, which was a great pirate game (and awful assassin’s game!) I’ve seen some amazing footage of this game, played by big gaming channels like Funhaus, and it just looks like a tonne of fun! I love the idea of hoisting the sail, steering a ship and getting the booty from long lost islands! My only qualms with it is the character generator making everyone look like a potato, so hopefully they’ll be changing that for the actual game release. This game looks like it’s going back to the early days of Rare, from before it was brought out by Windows and the awful Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, and I am so excited!

 

A Way Out – Released 23rd March 2018

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A Way Out, Hazelight Studios, 2018

A Way Out is the second game by Josef Fares (of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons fame). This is a pretty revolutionary game. Whilst lots of large narrative games are single player only, this game has no single player – only a multiplayer (local and online). Players must work together as Leo and Vincent, two convicted criminals, to escape their prison. The story is split screen, so players can see both narratives at once. This idea, to me at least, is so cool! I love playing games with other people; as much as I do like a singleplayer game, it’s really refreshing to play something whilst chatting to someone – and I have just the man I want to play this with! (Our resident Man on the Silver Mountain if you hadn’t guessed! He’s also looking forward to playing this one too)

 

State of Decay 2 – Released 22nd May 2018

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State of Decay 2, Undead Labs, 2018

Zombie games make it twice on this list, and this is number one! I was recently introduced to State of Decay last year, and brought the Game of the Year edition last week for myself. What I’ve always thought that game lacked was a multiplayer. Which is why I’m glad that they didn’t change much about this game for the sequel, other than adding a multiplayer. I’ll be going through the first State of Decay to get myself through the wait for the second one!

Shadows Kiss – Released Sometime in December 2018

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Shadows Kiss, Clockwork Throne Studios, 2018

This is the first game I’ve ever backed from the beginning of it’s development. I love a good supernatural game, as well as an MMO, so putting vampires and multiplayer games together is a big yes from me! It draws a lot of inspiration from Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, which I’ve never finished but do love to have a play of every now and then. I can’t wait to run around and eat some humans, whilst running around and killing werewolves with friends – nom, nom, nom!

GTFO – Released Sometime in 2018

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GTFO, 10 Chambers Collective, 2018

The second installment of zombies on this list. Except this one is much scarier, and I won’t be able to play by myself at all! GTFO is by the people that made Payday, which is obvious when you look at gameplay trailers. It’s a 4 player cooperative game, which I hope can be played with less than 4 players, and you team together to go around an abandoned facility, grabbing loot and killing undead! I am an awful shot, so I hope that people can help and bear with me!

Ooblets – Released Sometime in 2018

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Ooblets, Doublefine Studios, 2018

Thought I’d end this on a nicer game. I love simulation games; and loved Stardew Valley when it came out. This is very much like that, with a mix of Pokémon too. It’s just about living a life – harvesting, exploring, joining clubs, collecting things and meeting the towns residents. It’s just a calm and relaxing experience which I can’t wait to have! It’s all so cute and adorable, and I will feel cute and adorable playing it!

Have you seen any of these games before? Wanting to play any? Perhaps you hate the idea of them? I’d love to hear! Leave a comment down below!

 

 

Top 5 Games I’ve Enjoyed Playing in 2018

Hello everyone! Thank you for bearing with me recently! Been all over the place! I’ll always come back to you though, remember that! A library is never closed for long!

This week I promised you a bumper post of what games I have been loving so far in 2018; most of these games are old, or have been updated in 2018, some of them are new. I play a lot of video games at home, with Seb and with friends so narrowing this list down was hard. But without further ado – here is the ‘Top 5 Games I’ve Enjoyed Playing in 2018’!

Life is Strange

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Life is Strange, DontNodEntertainment, 2015

 

Let’s start with Life is Strange. I have been playing this in anticipation for playing the prequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm. Both are episodic games, with the ability to do things to change the future dialogue or events in the game. Set in the fictional town of Arcadia Bay, Max Caulfield (a student photographer) discovers she has the strange ability to rewind time when her childhood best-friend Chloe is shot dead by Nathan Prescott, the boy who’s father owns the school and most of the town. The ability to rewind time is a big part of Life is Strange. It allows for the puzzling mechanics of the game – fetch quests and changes to the environment. The first rewind is to save Chloe from her untimely demise at the hand of Nathan.
I really enjoyed playing this game, I haven’t finished it yet, but plan to in the next week or so. Whilst some of my friends found the story to be mundane, I currently find it to be compelling and I want to progress to find out what happens. I can’t wait to finish and start the next one!

Dungeons and Dragons: Neverwinter 

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Dungeons and Dragons: Neverwinter, Cryptic Studios, 2015 – Present

I have played this game for a long time; at least 3 years at this point. Like many other gamers, I play both tabletop and video games, so playing a D&D MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) with the ability to sit at my desk in my pyjamas sounded like a laugh riot!
Neverwinter takes place in the time when a the city itself is forced into chaos by the disappearance of the last Lord. Factions are fighting for dominance to call Neverwinter home, as undead rise and attack. The Lich Queen Valindra attacks the newly built wall, it’s a weak feature, and attempts to sack the city. The tutorial forces the player in as deep as possible – they have the save the city as quick as possible!
As with all Dungeons and Dragons stories, Neverwinter is captivating from a narrative standpoint. All of the races are accepted equally; classes and races get their own quests too, which you can include your friends in on. My main character Lerissa (a tiefling warlock) loves to run around with her lover Svokk (a dragonborn rogue)!

 

Overwatch

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Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment, 2016 – Present

I’ll be honest – everyone and their dog plays Overwatch or has seen Overwatch being played. I, like many other people, have a main character or two – I really like playing D.Va, Sombra, Moira, Zenyatta and I’m looking forward to the addition of Brigitte later this month!
A brief synopsis is thus – Overwatch is set in a fictionalised Earth, thirty years after the the resolution of the Omnic-Crisis. Human created AI’s called Omnics, that turned against their makers. The United Nations, based off of the real life equivalent, quickly created the team of ‘Overwatch’ to fight against them. They win, and shut down the Omnics. The Leaders of Overwatch begin to argue, Gabriel Reyes and Jack Morrison can barely be around each other anymore. The UN realise they need to do something to stop them, as the rest of the world have outcried about it. Overwatch HQ is blown up, purposely killing Reyes and Morrison among others. The UN then passes the Petras act, stopping all Overwatch and Overwatch-esque activity from ever happening again. Years pass and it turns out that Reyes and Morrison are very much alive – Reyes is now a terrorist called Reaper (basically death), the leader of Talon, out for vengeance and killing. Morrison is the masked vigilante Soldier: 76, and he’s working with old members of Overwatch to stop Reyes and find out why he was shut down in the first place.
Now this story is great, but I wish I had found it out in the actual game and not via story comic books or via my own research. These characters have amazing backstory, which should be found out via playing the game. The story doesn’t even mean anything in the game, Overwatch and Talon characters can play in the same maps together and be on the same team. Why have an in depth story when it means literally nothing?

Kitty Powers Matchmaker / Love Life

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Kitty Powers Matchmaker, Magic Notion, 2015

Who doesn’t love drag? Who doesn’t love matching people to others, forcing them to be together even if they aren’t meant to be? Who doesn’t love giving their couples a happy ever after? If you answered “I love it!” to these questions this game is for you! Kitty Powers is a real British drag queen (waiting for one of our Queens to get on RuPaul is getting tiring), and the lending of her persona is amazing for this game. She’s the perfect person to have as a boss. She has recently launched a new branch of her dating service and has hired the player to serve as her newest matchmaker . You can design your character to fit how you want, including dietary requirements. I really loved this little game, even though it can be repetitive at times, it’s a fun way to pass the time. I obviously just like to play matchmaker, even if I make all my characters lie to get to the second date!

Orwell / Orwell: Ignorance is Strength

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Orwell, Osmotic, 2016

Orwell is an episodic surveillance game. The Nation is lead by The Party. And you are an investigator of the government, spying on the civilians. It’s a linear story, unti’ the end; you are investigating The Thought, a freedom fighting company against The Nation and The Party.  Each part of the evidence is a data-chunk which can be used for or against The Thought. It is the players story that determines the outcome of The Nation, Orwell and The Thought. The Second Game is much in the vein of the first; the player is still an investigator for The Nation.
I really enjoy these kind of games. I love a good story, especially a dystopian one, and can’t wait to get playing on the second episode of Orwell: Ignorance is Strength.

Have you played any of these? Loved or hated them? Want to know what other games I play? Leave a comment down below!

‘You’re not just a thief. You’re more than that’ – Batman; The Telltale Series

Now, I’m unsure if I’ve said before, but I love video games (probably just as much as I love comics). Want to know what I love MORE than comics or video games? Video games that are comics. Which is why I love Telltale – The way they tell their stories are almost like graphic novels. They come out episodically, like a comic does (though I like to wait till I can binge the whole game at once) and the choices you pick are reminiscent of a choose your own adventure novel.

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It’s not a Batman series without him trying it on with Selina Kyle (Catwoman) at least once – Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016

Batman: The Telltale Series came out in 2016, episodes releasing every couple months between August and December. I tend to wait till the whole series is out before buying it, and it just so happened that the ‘Steam Summer Sale’ so I thought, “What the heck!” and decided to splurge the few pounds on the game. I had wanted it for ages, so was glad that it was included in the sale.

 

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Bruce donning the Batman Cowl – Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016

Batman is a young man in this game, he’s only seemingly been Batman for a year. From what I worked out he’s barely even 30, and it shows. He’s idealistic and tends to make rash decisions (or at least that’s how I played him). He’s quick to fall in and out of love with people and ideas, and he still needs Alfred to pretty much hold his hand through everything; he needs Alfred to be the Dad he never had.
This game gives new and fresh insight into the story of Bruce Wayne, and the demise of Thomas and Martha when Bruce was a child. It gives the “reader” (should that be player?) a true understanding of why Bruce does all of this. Throughout the beginning of the story, Bruce is helping out Harvey Dent become the new Mayor to replace Mayor Hamilton Hill, the current and corrupt Mayor of Gotham. Harvey and Bruce are, as Selina calls them, “BFFs” and watching Harvey’s decent into madness (to become Two-Face) has an obvious effect on Bruce. I also really enjoyed the way that Selina and Bruce had a small, and semi-unrequited, romance blossom between them – admittedly I did screw that up at one point, and she became slightly more standoffish with me that I had wanted.

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Friend or Foe? Batman and Catwoman waiting to strike – Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016

However, of course it has to all go wrong for Bruce. Suddenly, and with no warning, Bruce’s family name is besmirched. Your job, as Bruce, is to find out what’s going on. Mayror Hill is a man that has connections to both the corrupt Carmine Falcone and… the Waynes? It’s the player’s job to find out why these connections exist, and what that means for Bruce’s family. An old family friend, Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot, who grew up with Bruce, comes to bite him in the behind. It’s up to the player to determine who is friend and who is foe. Luckily, the Telltale games evolve around the player’s choices, so everyone will end up with a slightly different story.

 

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See below for my choices throughout the game, and what kind of Batman I turned out to be.

 

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Have you played Batman: The Telltale Series? What did you think? Have you played any other Telltale games, or other graphic novel point and clicks? What were your thoughts? Want me to play the new Guardians of the Galaxy one, and give you all my thoughts (please say yes!)? Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016)