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: 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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Video Game Review: Doki Doki Literature Club!

Details: Released in 2017. I got through Steam for the price of free. I beat it in about three hours.

The very first thing you see when you open up this game is a warning: “This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed.” This warning was kind of an understatement.

I learned of Doki Doki Literature Club by seeing it mentioned repeatedly on gaming news sites. I even saw it get a nomination for best PC game of the year somewhere. While I think that PC game of the year is a bit much, I do give the game credit for what it tries to achieve. However, regardless of this game’s somewhat unique story, this is still a visual novel. If you hate the idea of reading through mountains of text while staring at static images, this game is not for you. If you can tolerate the idea, then what you’ll find is a visual novel with a shockingly unpredictable plot.

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Video Game Review: Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell

Details: Originally released in 2015. This is a stand alone game independent from Saints Row IV. I purchased the game for PC through Steam for $3.74. I spent about four hours playing the game.

Gat Out of Hell is standalone downloadable content for Saints Row IV, similar to how Freedom Cry was standalone DLC for Assassin’s Creed IV. That means you don’t need Saints Row IV to play this game, but it continues the story and looks the same technically.

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Video Game Review: Saints Row IV: Game of the Century Edition

Details: Originally released in 2013. I purchased the Game of the Century Edition (has all DLC) for PC through Steam for around $5.00. I spent about twenty-two hours playing the game, beating it and going through the two story dlc’s.

Saints Row IV does not feel like a sequel to Saints Row III. It uses the same engine and reuses a lot of the same assets, making the game visually redundant. Saints Row IV instead feels like downloadable content for Saints Row III or, at best, an expansion for the prior game.

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Video Game Review: Batman: The Telltale Series

Details: Released in 2016. Spent nine hours playing through all five episodes for an average of a little under two hours per episode. Purchased for $6.25 through Steam.

Batman: The Telltale Series is an adventure game from Telltale studios that retells some classic Batman tales as well as a whole new story. This game makes significant changes to the Batman mythos and also keeps some things the same. As a big fan of all things Batman, I enjoyed this game and the story it told.

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Video Game Review: Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition

Details: Originally released in 2012. I purchased the Game of the Year Edition (doesn’t include all DLC) on Steam for PC for $8.80. I then purchased all five Headhunter DLC’s (all extra story content are in the Game of the Year Edition and the Headhunter DLC’s) for around $4.50 and the Ultimate Vault Hunter Pack 2 for another $2.50. In total, that’s about $16.00. I spent about seventy-five hours playing through the game.

I’ve got a lot of mixed feelings on Borderlands 2. Sometimes, the game is really fun. More times than necessary though, this game is freaking boring. So much so that I’m not sure I’m going to ever play a Borderlands game again. I haven’t played Borderlands 1 or the Pre-Sequel and I know there’s no Borderlands 3, but that’s probably in the pipeline.

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Video Game Review: Tales from the Borderlands

Details: Released in 2014 for the PC. Purchased the game for $6.24 through Steam. Took about twelve hours to beat.

Tales from the Borderlands is a game from Telltale Studios that takes place on the world of the Borderlands franchise. I’ve played other Telltale games before, but this one was by far the best one I’ve yet to play.

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