Game design and Uplink [A partial review you can use [TM] ]

In the Steam Summer sale, I picked up an upgrade for Prison Architect that also got me the entire back catalog of Introversion. One of those games was Uplink. Uplink is a hacking game; it's somewhat similar to Hacknet, which is much newer and text based (and in my opinion, the better game), but there's…

This War of Mine: The Review You Can Use [TM]

This War of Mine is the hardest PC game I've ever played. I do not mean that it's difficult, although it is. I mean that some of the most heart-wrenching moments I've ever experienced in gaming occurred while I was playing it. This War of Mine is a fairly simple premise: you control a group…

Ranking the Star Wars games I’ve played

As an ode to the wonderful guide provided by PC Gamer, here is a ranked list of all of the Star Wars games I played. Dishonorable mention:¬†Force Commander. I played it for about five minutes because the camera controls are wretchedly terrible. It's an RTS -- the camera should be the least complicated part of…

Final thoughts on Dragon Age: Inquisition (so far)

As I write this post, I finished my first playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition. I'm actually kind of pleased that there's plenty of content I missed (because the game tricked me, but whatever). I've uninstalled it for now, but this is less a function of the game being bad (which it wasn't) but my SSD…

Early thoughts on Dragon Age Inquisition

I've started playing Dragon Age: Inquisition over the last couple of days. I'm not going to talk much about the plot, but I figure a brief discussion of the mechanics won't hurt. After the prologue, you find yourself in charge of something called the Inquisition (you don't say). In order to support this enterprise to…

Final thoughts on Assassin’s Creed Unity

I finished Unity yesterday. On my new PC, it ran beautifully -- there was a tiny bit of stuttering that a patch fixed. Good stuff. The game itself, however, was something of a mixed bag. It did combat very well; in a comment to a friend online, I remarked that the hardest Assassin's Creed games…

Final thoughts on Madden NFL 15… for now!

EA released a patch that fixed a lot of issues; that's all to the good. Here's a few words about Madden, after two full seasons (and two Super Bowl wins): -- Sack-a-palooza is still present, but it's toned down somewhat. My players (Jabaal Sheard and Barkevious Mingo) typically lead the league in sacks, but they…

Even more thoughts on Madden NFL 15

I just finished my first season, going 14-2 and capturing a Super Bowl championship. On All-Pro, no less, with some slider adjustments. I'm not sure if drafts are generally lower caliber, but I got a bunch of 70s and 60s; no 80s. Regarding gameplay, I'm on the fence. Running has never been tighter and more…

Further thoughts on Madden

As of this post, I've played about half a season. I'm undefeated (7-0), but I've only blown out one team; most of my victories are by no more than two scores. It's been an insane pass rush (I had 13 sacks in one game) combined with some good corners. My one blowout came against the…

Arkham Origins: The review you can use [tm]

Do you like Batman? I like Batman. Both Kevin and I have written about Batman pretty frequently. If you like Batman¬†and video games, there are the excellent Arkham Asylum and Arkham City to grab your attention. Arkham Origins isn't quite as good as those, but still very Batman-esque. The story: Black Mask hires eight assassins…