Bloodborne Binge

Bloodborne Binge

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Commentary, featured, PS4 | 0 comments

I’ve been posting a lot of Bloodborne videos on my YouTube channel lately. I’ve been binging on it for the past few weeks, partly out of boredom, partly out of curiosity for the DLC weapons. To explain the boredom, there’s always a dry spell of new games after the holiday season. Game publishers want that Christmas cash, you see, so the hot titles are released around that time, leading to January becoming a very dull month for gaming.

Which is where Bloodborne comes in. I’ve been trying out the new weapons and out of all of them, the Whirligig Saw easily became my favorite. It’s an excellent weapon overall: great reach, wide swings, it’s got a transform mode that kicks ass. That L2 attack makes mincemeat out of opponents, especially large, slow-moving bosses. It’s so effective it’s borderline broken. Take note, only borderline. This is Bloodborne, after all. You’re still going to die if you’re not careful.

I also went out and did chalice dungeons to get the right blood gems. Didn’t do that the first time I finished the game. Looking back at my oldest character, I realized that she didn’t have gems at all, for some reason. I must’ve taken them out. No wonder her damage was pathetic. I was considering fixing her but then I saw that it would take a lot of work and I had a nagging feeling that I wouldn’t be content even if I put in the effort. I ended up deleting her then starting over with a new character. We’ll see how that goes.

Anyway, here’s a clip of Amygdala VS Simon’s Bowblade.

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Holiday Purchase 2: Mad Max

Holiday Purchase 2: Mad Max

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Commentary, featured, PS4 | 0 comments

Here’s what I think about Mad Max in bits and pieces. It gets the cars and the setting right. The story is forgettable, the characters less so. The on-foot experience makes you wish you never stepped out of your vehicle. There’s a tremendous amount of unnecessary busywork.

The Mad Max experience is split into two modes of gameplay: driving and not driving. One of them is better than the other. When you’re behind the wheel the game truly shines because driving is fun. Racing, car combat and even simple free roam are worthwhile experiences. Burning rubber through the desert, firing explosives and ramming against cars, jumping off ramps and canyons; they’re all enjoyable.

Going on-foot is like going to school. You don’t want to but you have to. Combat is mostly button-mashing against the same types of enemies. The bosses are the worst examples since they’re simple head swaps of each other. They might look different, but you deal with them in the same repetitive manner. I suspect that all of the good ideas went into the driving.

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Holiday Sale Purchase 1: Batman: Arkham Knight

Holiday Sale Purchase 1: Batman: Arkham Knight

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Commentary, featured, PS4 | 0 comments

PSN’s holiday sale offered Batman: Arkham Knight. I originally wanted to wait until the game of the year edition to get all the DLC but at half-price the deal was too good to pass up.

The first thing I noticed about Arkham Knight is the graphics. The game looks gorgeous. Everything from the character models to Gotham City itself is rendered beautifully. The grit that you’d expect from a Batman title is there, but the lighting and textures do an impressive job of bringing things to life. Gotham is a neon-lit, troubled city that exists not simply as the player’s playground, but as a character itself.

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