Video Game Review: Dead Island GOTY Edition

Details: The original game was released in 2011. This edition was released in 2012. Purchased for around six dollars from Steam for the PC. Played for about two hours. The official site is https://deadisland.deepsilver.com/us/dide_us.html

Score: 2/10

If only the actual game was as good as its debut trailer. Dead Island has the unique distinction of being one of the few games I’ve quit because it gives me motion sickness. I’ve played a lot of first person shooters, but the jankyness and unusual design of the movement made this game unplayable. Save your money. Don’t buy this game.

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Video Game Review: Season Pass and The Dreadful Crimes DLC for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

Details: Released in 2015. I purchased the season pass from http://www.humblebundle.com for about twelve dollars. The Dreadful Crimes DLC does not come with the season pass and I purchased it separately from Ubisoft’s online store for about two dollars. Spent about thirty hours playing through the main game and all of the DLC excluding The Dreadful Crimes and Jack the Ripper DLC. The Dreadful Crimes took me about three hours. Played on the PC. Spent about five to ten hours playing through Jack the Ripper DLC. More information can be found here: https://store.ubi.com/us/assassins-creed-syndicate-season-pass/56c4948288a7e300458b46f2.html

Score: 6.7/10 for the Season Pass, 7/10 for The Dreadful Crimes

The season pass for Assassin’s Creed is fun, but mostly not worth it unless you really loved Syndicate. For one thing, Dreadful Crimes does not come with it and that is a really fun piece of DLC. Secondly, with the exclusion of the Jack the Ripper DLC, the other missions and equipment don’t really add too much to the game.

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Video Game Review: Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

 

Details: This is a review for the main game, not the DLC. Released in 2015. Played on the PC. Purchased the main game from http://www.newegg.com for about ten dollars. Purchased the season pass from http://www.humblebundle.com for about twelve dollars. Spent about thirty hours playing through the main game and some of the DLC. Official site is https://www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/assassins-creed-syndicate/

Score: 7.9/10

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a really fun game that builds upon all the prior Assassin’s Creed games and moves forward with the franchise.

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Video Game Review: Mass Effect: Andromeda

 

Details: Released in 2017. Spent around sixty-three hours playing through the game on the PC. Purchased through Origin for around ten dollars. Official site is https://www.masseffect.com/

Score: 7.5/10

A year ago, Mass Effect Andromeda was released to a substantially negative reception. The Mass Effect franchise had a lot of a fans and the discussion on Andromeda was that the game was full of bugs and lacked meaningful decisions for players to make. It’s been about a year and I finally got around to playing Andromeda. In my opinion, Mass Effect: Andromeda is a satisfying, good game with some bugs, but nothing that took away too much from my experience. It’s not a masterpiece, but it’s good.

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Video Game Review: Broken Age

Details: Initially released in 2014. Beat it in about nine hours on the PC. Purchased for about $5.00 through Steam. Official site is http://www.brokenagegame.com/

Broken Age is a crowd funded game from Double Fine Productions, the same company that made games like Psychonauts and Grim Fandango. I loved Grim Fandango, but it’s been years since I’ve played it much less a point and click adventure game. After playing through Broken Age, I can safely say that I did not love Broken Age and I don’t think I enjoy point and click adventure games anymore.

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Video Game Review: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Expansion Pass

Details: Released in 2017 by Nintendo for the Switch and the Wii U. There are two content packs that cannot be purchased separately. You have to buy both together in an expansion pass that costs about twenty dollars. Additionally, I don’t think there’s a physical copy and you can only download it from the internet. Official site is https://www.zelda.com/breath-of-the-wild/expansion-pass/

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has released two content packs since it’s release in 2017. These packs add more content to the game, but I don’t think they are essential or worth it for anyone except those who desperately love the game.

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Video Game Console Review: Nintendo Switch

Details: Released in 2017. Listed price is $299.99. You can find the official specifications on the official web page at https://www.nintendo.com/switch/

I just finished playing through Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild, and I’ve tried a number of other games on the Switch. I think I’ve played enough of the system to have an opinion on it so here it is: the Nintendo Switch is a video game console that appeals to people who want to play child-friendly games. If you want a more mature, complex experience with more features and the utmost graphical power, purchasing the Switch is a bad decision.

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Video Game Review: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

 

Details: Released by Nintendo in 2017 for the Switch and Wii U. Played the base game without any of the downloadable content. Played for around fifty hours on the Switch.

I’ve seen a lot of review for Breath of the Wild and the majority give it a perfect score. I think this game definitely does not deserve a perfect score. However, I do think it’s really, really fun. Breath of the Wild is an open world game that adopts many of the mechanics already well established in other popular open world games while making a few new additions of its own. Many of those additions are great. Some of them are not.

There won’t be any discussion of the story except whether it’s good or bad, but there will be discussion of game mechanics. I guess that’s sort of a spoiler in a game like Zelda.

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Video Game Review: Super Mario Odyssey

Details: Released in 2017 by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. Spent over forty hours playing through the game. Played mostly using the Joy-Con Grip. Got all the moons except for three, because fuck jump rope/volleyball/bouncy races. I got a day job and I’m not a kid with summer vacation anymore. Ain’t no one got time for that repetitive shit.

The last Mario game I played before playing Super Mario Odyssey was Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64. That was over two decades ago. I really enjoyed that game and I came into Odyssey with high expectations. Super Mario Odyssey is a fun game. Unfortunately, it is an imperfect and often times a dated game that made clear to me that since Super Mario 64, I’ve gotten older and my tastes in video games have changed.

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Video Game Review: Final Fantasy VI

Details: Originally release in 1994 by Squaresoft (now Square Enix). Released for Windows PC in 2015. I purchased the game through Steam for about eight dollars. Played for around sixty-five hours.

Final Fantasy VI is one of the most beloved games in the Final Fantasy series. Some of my earliest memories were watching friends/family play this game. Decades later, I now have a chance to walk down nostalgia lane and play the updated version of the game for myself.

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