Video Game Review: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Details: Originally released in 2006. The HD release was in 2016 for the Wii U. Beat the game in about 33 hours. Official site is https://www.zelda.com/twilight-princess-hd/

Score: 7.4/10

The biggest flaw with this game is mostly due to Breath of the Wild being the superior game and I having played that game first. This is still a fun game, but after playing Breath of the Wild, this is definitely a game that you can skip without fear of missing out on anything.

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Video Game Review: Persona 5

Details: Originally released in 2016 for the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4. I played it on the Playstation 3. I beat the game in about ninety-five hours. The game received an M rating, so it’s for those 17 years old or older. More information can be found at the official site at https://atlus.com/persona5/

Score: 8.8/10

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 was easily my favorite Playstation 2 game by a wide margin. It combined the gameplay mechanics of a Final Fantasy game, a dating sim/visual novel, and a Pokemon game into an epic, maturely told adventure. Like how the Shin Megami Tensei preamble was dropped from the game title, Persona 5 refines the formula, cutting out things that didn’t work and adding a ton of refinements to this franchise’s formula.

It is no exaggeration to say that at the time of this review’s writing, Persona 5 is very likely the greatest turn based role playing game of all time, the greatest Japanese role playing game of all time, and perhaps even just the greatest role playing game of all time… or at least one of the greatest. With that said, this game definitely belongs to its genre. If you like Japanese role playing games and anime, I simply cannot recommend this game enough.

The only story spoilers ahead will be a brief synopsis of the first fifteen minutes of the game. The average time to beat the game as per howlongtobeat.com is around 100 hours, so that’s not much.

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Video Game Review: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Details: Released in 2010. Only available for the PC. Is free to play if you download it from battle.net, Blizzards online platform. Beat the campaign in about sixteen hours. Official site is https://starcraft2.com

Score: 7.5/10

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty is evidence that Blizzard knows or knew how to make a good single player campaign. The Wings of Liberty campaign does exactly what you’d want from a single player campaign in a real time strategy game. It tells a compelling story full of cinematic cut scenes and varied mission structures. It also does a great job familiarizing players to the gameplay in order to get them ready for the complex multiplayer.

This review is just for the single player. Starcraft’s multiplayer is complex and has a high skill level considering that many of the players have been playing a form of this game for over a decade. I could spend a couple hundred hours trying to master the multiplayer, but I’m an adult with real life crap to deal with and ain’t nobody got time for that.

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Video Game Review: Hitman

Details: Only the campaign can be played offline, no challenges, unlocks, etc. As such, a substantial amount of this kind requires a constant internet connection. Initially released in 2016. Hitman is an episodic game with six episodes and some downloadable content. I bought all the episodes and downloadable content on Steam for about twelve dollars in a bundle. There was a sale in addition to getting episodes one and two for free during giveaways. Spent about twenty-two hours playing through it on the PC. Official site is https://hitman.com/

Score: 6.5/10

I would’ve given this game a 7/10, but the mandatory internet connection for a single player experience was just stupid. Otherwise, Hitman is a fun game that focuses on stealth and infiltration. The primary enjoyment a person will get from this game depends on whether they enjoy playing challenge maps over and over again. If you prefer story driven single player experiences, this is not the game for you.

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Video Game Review: Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall and The Brigmore Witches

Details: This is a review of The Knife of Dunwall and The Brigmore Witches downloadable content. These DLC were originally released in 2013. The Definitive Edition was released in 2015. I purchased Dishonored: Definitive Edition a long time ago for about $8.50 through bundlestars.com, who is now known as fanatical.com I think. The Definitive Edition comes with all the downloadable content. Beat The Knife of Dunwall in about five hours. Beat The Brigmore Witches in about three hours. Played on the PC through Steam.

Score for both The Knife of Dunwall and The Brigmore Witches: 5.9/10

These two DLC’s are the only story based DLC for Dishonored. They were okay.

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Video Game Review: Dishonored

Details: This is a review of the main game only, not of any of the downloadable content. Originally released in 2012. The Definitive Edition was released in 2015. I purchased Dishonored: Definitive Edition a long time ago for about $8.50 through bundlestars.com, who is now known as fanatical.com I think. The Definitive Edition comes with all the downloadable content. Beat the game in about eleven hours. Played on the PC through Steam.

Score: 7/10

Dishonored is a first person perspective stealth game. Think Assassin’s Creed from the first person perspective. While mostly fun, the game is a little bare and lacks the gameplay and narrative depth necessary to make this game more than satisfactory. It is still very fun despite its age.

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Video Game Review: Metro 2033 Redux

Details: Purchased along with Metro Last Light Redux in the Metro Redux bundle for $5.39 from http://www.fanatical.com. Beat it in about seven hours. Played on the PC through Steam.

Score: 6.8/10

Metro 2033 Redux is an upgraded re-release of the original Metro 2033. The visuals are all upgraded and look pretty damn good. The game itself is a first person shooter horror game that takes place in a post apocalyptic Moscow.

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