Game Review

Game Review: Prey

Finally – I know. I’ve been behind on my writing due to vacations and work changes and…and…and. But. I finally have finished Prey and, more importanly, my review. Much of my experience with Prey hasn’t changed much since I played through the demo, so head over and read my first look…first.

Or skip it, whatever works… (more…)

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Game Review: Batman the Telltale Series

Telltale games, for me, have turned a somewhat-to-be-avoided gameplay style into a nice diversion from everything else. I really don’t like quick-time events all that much, especially when they’re a large part of the experience. Telltale, however, has allowed the stories they tell, and how they’re told, to overshadow the now-minor annoyance of the quick-time event. While I admit that I have to be careful to spread out my Telltale games to avoid gameplay fatigue, I always feel the experience is rewarding when the game is good – and this one is good. (more…)

Game Review: Ori and The Blind Forest

I enjoy platformers but typically only those that provide a moderate level of challenge.
Super Meatboy and Spelunky! are fun but get frustrating for me very quickly. When evaulating whether I want to play a particular platformer or not, I lean towards the games that offer something a little different. It could be a bigger focus on story, unique game play mechanics, or an artstyle that stands out for me. Ori and the Blind Forest seemed to hit on all of those. I happened to catch in on sale so I finally decided to jump in and was pleasantly suprised. (more…)

Game Review: Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Based on my favorable experience with the previous entry in the Deus Ex universe, I was pretty certain I’d dig this game, but I waited a long time to buy it. I had just finished playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and, while stealth action is one of my favorite genres, I was worried I’d be too fatigued on that type of game to trult enjoy Deus Ex. Thus, the long wait to jump in. I was further rewarded for my patience by another price drop ($20) to boot!

But enough about that – On to the review! (more…)

Flashback Fridays: Alan Wake

I remember reading about this game in anticipation of its release way back in 2010 and being really excited about what I read. I love survival horror games, good stories, and Stephen King, so this game was looking like a perfect fit for me. Then I got caught up in the buzzsaw that was Bioshock 2, Mass Effect 2, Final Fantasy XIII, and Splinter Cell: Conviction, and I totally missed Alan Wake at that time.

Flash forward 6 years…

I was game shopping and saw that Quantum Break came with a free copy of this game so I decided to jump – $30 for two games I really wanted to play! (more…)

Game Review: Gone Home

I’m one of those gamers that tends to explore as much as possible. I delve into every nook and cranny looking for loot. I’m also drawn to games with compelling stories. Oh, and I was 17 in 1995. Needless to say, Gone Home was a game that was looking right up my alley. With all that said, I was a little hesitant to get too excited about this game based on my not-so-awesome experience with Life is Strange.

Turns out I had nothing to worry about. (more…)

Game Review: Rise of the Tomb Raider

Have we talked lately about how I feel about this franchise? You should say ‘yes’ unless you want me to go on ad nauseum about how much I love Tomb Raider. It’s by far my favorite video game franchise of all time (although Bioshock and Fallout come closest) and the newest entry in the series is fantastic. Although I did play this awhile ago, with Rise of the Tomb Raider finally coming to PS4, I finally got around to finishing this review. (more…)

Game Review: Virginia

After reading a few comments about Virginia and getting an understanding of the premise, I quickly grabbed it off the Microsoft store for $10. All the comparisons to Twin Peaks and X-files that started popping up on Twitter pushed my excitement for this game even higher. Two days after playing it, I’m still trying to figure out exactly how I feel about this experience. (more…)

Game Review: Quantum Break

Sometimes a game comes along and, even before reading any reviews, you just KNOW it’s going to be one for you. Maybe you’re a specific genre junkie or really dig a particular visual style. Maybe you love everything from a particular developer or publisher. Whatever it is, you know it when you see it. and Quantum Break REALLY felt like this to me when I first started reading about it. (more…)

Quick Hits: Outfolded

I don’t play a lot of mobile games and, when I do, I don’t usually spend a ton of time on them. But every once in awhile one gets its hooks into me and I have a hard time putting it down. I have yet to actually pay for one and I make a point NOT to make in-app purchases – mostly based on principle, but that’s a whole other rant. Since I don’t spend a lot of time playing mobile games, and certainly don’t play all the way through most of them, I didn’t want to dedicate entire reviews to them. But I do still want to shine a little light on the ones that I think are good. Thus Quick Hits.

First up, Outfolded… (more…)