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Game Progress II: The Revenge
July 26, 2015

I finished Sunset Overdrive last week and all my previous comments remain. It was a fantastic game and I absolutely loved it. One of the best next gen games and would have been my #3 game of 2014 had I played it then.

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Not video games
July 19, 2015

Game of Thrones Season 5 - This is my favorite current TV show, but Season 5 was the weakest so far. The first half was relatively slow. Too much exposition and not enough action. At this point, I'm too invested in the story, characters, and lore to be turned off, and the presentation and acting is still film quality. Things get really good by the last 3-4 episodes. Most of the season's issues likely lie with the fact it's essentially caught up to the books and in some cases ahead. It's likely a lot harder to adapt mere concepts into compelling storytelling than actual fleshed out writing. All in all I guess the it was still effective because I'm still anxiously awaiting next season to see what happens next, but I'm concerned what shape Season 6 will be in. Rating: B+

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video games
July 05, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight - I have mixed feelings. Compared to the dreadful Arkham Origins, Knight is utterly brilliant and fresh. Compared to the beloved Arkham City, it's not quite as consistent. Knight starts off horribly. The Batmobile is crammed down your throat a lot the first 3 hours or so and it doesn't feel like an Arkham game. Once it opens up and gets more varied, it's a lot better and the car sections don't feel so annoying. Even so, the game has way too may "tank battles" with the Batmobile and a few of the side quests go on for far too long. Everything else is great. Batman's mobility is even better with the upgrades, combat has new features like environmental takedowns "borrowed" from Sleeping Dogs, and the Predator encounters feel fresh with new enem

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Game Progress
May 31, 2015

The Witcher 3 - I've been playing this nearly everyday since release and I only just finished Velen today. It's basically a simplified version of The Witcher 2 with the expansiveness of Skyrim. It is stupidly huge. The story quests have been good, but the side quests have been a bit repetitive (go to this area, use Witcher Sense, follow trail to monster/target). The graphics are gorgeous and the creature designs are absolutely phenomenal. It'll probably be another 2 weeks at least before I can finish this behemoth off. My major concern is I'll become burnt out on the game before that happens much like what happened with Inquisition, Skryim, Oblivion, Fallout 3, etc etc.

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Game Progress: Broken Age is phenomenal.
May 09, 2015

Broken Age - I absolutely adored this game, but you really should experience it as one cohesive unit. The hand-drawn high res 2D art is absolutely gorgeous. Phenomenal voice work and music. The game word and story is unique and interesting. The dialogue is clever and well-written. It has way more meat and puzzles than Telltale's choose your own adventure games they tend to make now. I can see why many people were bitchy after Act 1 was released because Act 1 is really, really easy and straightforward. Act 2 took me twice as long just because the puzzles were significantly harder. My one complaint is the occasional BS puzzle where the solution is either vague or weird near the end (adventure games seem to have this a lot). The only time I REALLY needed a walkthrough was when I was to

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Vidya Games
April 19, 2015

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - I started this last week and finished it the other night. I loved it. Pretty long, good dungeon design, interesting "merging into walls" mechanic, lots of nostalgia for A Link to the Past, legitimately cool 3D effects. About the only thing I didn't like was the odd design decision to buy/rent equipment rather than finding it in dungeons. Since you lose rented equipment if you die, I guess it was supposed to be incentive for staying alive? I finished the game deathless so it was a moot point for me. Easily the best Zelda since Twilight Princess (Spirit Tracks and Skyward Sword were surprisingly disappointing).

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I give my opinions on games
April 07, 2015

Bloodborne - Finished it Saturday. Phenomenal game. I've been a Souls fan since Demon's Souls so I was really excited for Bloodborne. The focus on faster-paced melee combat gives the formula a twist that makes Bloodborne a more fresh, unique experience than Dark Souls II. The combat is challenging yet extremely satisfying and the game environments are incredibly fun to explore. I also greatly loved the oppressive, horror atmosphere. It has a few minor flaws: the RPG elements have been dumbed, you pretty much have to be a melee build, inconsistent framerate in several areas, and long load times. Dark Souls is better, but there isn't another PS4 game as good as Bloodborne.

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