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Arkham Knight reclaims most disappointing game of the year.
I'm now something like 32 hours into Fallout 4. I'm at a branching part of the story. I'm at level 30 now. Last week I was getting really frustrated with the game's faults. I'm enjoying the game a lot more this week. My frustration was partially my own fault in that I was too eager to explore at a low level and I didn't invest any Perks into the HIGHLY useful damage bonuses like Rifleman or Gunslinger perks. The thing about Fallout 4 is the character building is streamlined so skill points are completely gone. Now there are perks that add increments of 20% damage to handguns, non-automatic rifles, etc up to double damage. I completely missed these until level 12, which is probably why I found the story quests incredibly tedious when it took forever to kill 1 enemy. Since then, the game has
Maybe the most disappointing game of the year.
So I finally started Fallout 4 after finishing the very excellent Rise of the Tomb Raider on Friday. In the back of my mind, I had a feeling I wasn't going to love Fallout 4 as much as I did New Vegas - a game I ended up playing and replaying for 3 months. Fallout 3 I absolutely adored for about 40 hours before getting extremely bored and quickly finishing it. I had similar experiences with Skyrim. New Vegas had significantly better quests and areas. I'm now roughly 17 hours in and I have to say my patience is already wearing thin. My first two sittings, I played for over 4 hours each time and barely noticed the time fly by. Now I am noticing.
Ori, Pokemons & Zombies
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.
This is a post about TV shows.
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+
Batman & XBONE
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
Witcher 3, Splatoon, Fire Emblem, Banjo
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.
Also: shovel justice.
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