Archive for November, 2015

maxresdefaultMad Max: The Gamefollows Max(Who is presumably mad) as he journeys across the wasteland building up his car and gaining support from friends, and fighting enemies all in the quest to find the plains of silence.

Let me begin by saying that I love the Mad Max movies, and I really wanted to love this game! However, the game turned me off right away because it’s just like a post apocalyptic version of Shadow of Mordor(Another game I didn’t like, for the same reasons)! However, this is just my personal taste..there’s plenty to love, which I will talk about first, followed by why the game just didn’t make my grade.

The combat is awesome! It’s very fluid and has a similar feel to the combat from Arkham games as well as Shadow of Mordor. Even though you are punching and kicking, the combat moves still look different, so it seems almost like watching an actual fight since it’s not just the same punch and kick move over and over again.

It has a HUGE open world! You can go anywhere and explore from day one! Follow the missions/story or just cruise around the wasteland and striking fear into the hearts of raiders everywhere.

Customization to your car! Add on stickers, paints, hood ornaments…..whatever! You can also purchase upgrades to your car to make it handle better or just withstand more of what the wastelands throw at you!

Customize yourself! As the game plays on, and you rank up you unlock various face skins that give you different looks…sometimes hair, sometimes beards…sometime just a lot of grime. You can also upgrade to new clothes, like the classic Mad Max leather jacket. You actually don’t feel complete without it!

No need to go it alone! You can have your handy dandy Blackfinger(Mechanic) Chumbucket riding along with you to make on the scene repairs to your car. You also later on get a dog.

So, the game sounds perfect right? What could I complain about…Here goes! There’s just too much combat for my taste! Nearly every encounter ends in combat. There’s also not much in the way of plot. Sure, there’s some vague plot, but it isn’t expanded on as you progress really. There’s no twists and not much in the way of surprises.

The wasteland gets BORING! As I mentioned before, it’s HUGE! It’s also a wasteland, which means there’s not much to see! just open dirty mountainous regions littered with shipwrecks. The area you start out is going to look similar to end game areas. It’s difficult to tell where you are without the map, by using landmarks, cause there’s very few landmarks!

Basically, I played through it, but I certainly didn’t enjoy it. Although, if you are a fan of Shadow of Mordor, you might like this. I didnt like SoM for the same reasons.

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I have spent every waking hour anticipating the release of Fallout 4, ever since they announced it only a few short months ago! So, when it finally got released, I popped it into my console eager to play. Did it live up to my expectations? Let me put it like this: It is one of the worst Fallout titles to date(The only exception being brotherhood of steel)……That doesn’t mean it’s horrible, it just sucks when you expect something as good as Fallout 3, or even New Vegas and end up getting stuck with this.

What’s wrong with it? Well, for starters it’s a Bethesda game! That means that it is very bug heavy! A patch has been released which fixed SOME bugs…but not all. For instance when you are installing the game, if you have the game loaded and watch the “S.P.E.C.I.A.L” video you will encounter a “The disc is not readable error”, and then have to start installing over again. Thankfully this is easily worked around by putting the disk in, and letting it install completely before loading the game up(You can’t play until it’s fully installed anyway). Another bug is for crafting furniture. The furniture will be red and float in the air, where you will be unable to place it. There is an easy fix for this too, it’s just not quick. The only way to fix it, is uninstall the game, and reinstall it and hopefully you will be fixed..If the issue persists, do it again until it’s fixed.

Bugs/Glitches aside, the games story seems mediocre at best. The only fun aspect of it, was seeing life before the great war briefly during the…I guess it’s a tutorial?

What really makes this game bad though, is it’s like it doesn’t know what it wants to be. It’s like bethesda was just WAY too ambitious with this project and tried sticking features in it that make it less fun, and more annoying. Still, there’s worse games out there, and to be fair the game is very pretty with an incredible character customization feature and fairly decent voice acting…and as usual, an awesome soundtrack.

Is it worth getting? If you are new to the series? Yes, it’s a great jumping on point, and you aren’t expecting anything from previous titles. If you are looking for more of what made past Fallout games great….I would suggest holding off and getting it while it’s on sale or discounted..or wait for a Complete Edition that will include the DLC.

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Jack-o-lantern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday was Halloween, the night where children don spooky costumes, and run around the neighborhood pounding on doors and shouting “Trick-or-Treat” in order to get themselves some sweet gobs of sugary chocolate. Basically it’s the best childrens holiday since Christmas!

Well, this year I decided to write about all the horrifying costumes the kids wore as they galloped to my door with their bags open wide, demanding treats or be faced with trickery most foul. unfortunately I live on a busy street (akin to a highway really) with no streetlights! so, we don’t really get a lot of trick-or-treaters. Mainly just neighbors and the occasional kid who just doesn’t care about safety.

Point is, this is a shorter list than I expected it would be! However, here is the list anyway! I had a visit from the following monstrosities! A princess, A pirate girl, A boy wearing a Dallas Cowboys t-shirt and a Cowboy hat(I’m not sure if he was supposed to be a Dallas Cowboy or just a normal cowboy honestly), A Unicorn…Wait..Sorry..a RAINBOW Unicorn, A lumberjack, a generic Assassins Creed Assassin and for some reason a Snowman. I think it might have been that Snowman from the Disney movie “Frozen”, but since I am the last person alive on the planet who hasn’t seen it, I can’t say with any certainty.

Seriously though you guys, what the heck?!? When I was a kid we dressed up in spooky costumes! If not spooky, at least a monster! It was all about the Ghosts, Ghouls, Goblins and Gargoyles! Now it seems to have been replaced with “Who can be the cutest???”

Oh god! I never wanted to be one of those people who ever said “When I was a kid…” and lookit what you did to me Halloween?! You forced my hand! Forced me to play the old man card! Yanno, when you start throwing that phrase around you are only a few years away from peeking out your blinds and yelling at neighborhood children to get off your lawn!