Video Game Review: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

 

Details: Initially released in 2016. This is a review of the base game only. Spent about thirty-two hours playing through it. I paid about twelve dollars for all of it. Official site is https://deusex.square-enix-games.com/

Score: 7.4/10

When I watched the trailer for CD Projekt Red’s highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 game, I immediately thought of Deus Ex. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a role playing game and a first person shooter that tries its best to give players freedom in choosing how they progress through the story. For the most part, the game succeeds in that regard. I only wish that the game was bigger or that it did more, though that may be unrealistic given the budget constraints and deadlines associated with video game development.

No spoilers for this game, but there are spoilers for Human Revolution, the prior game in the franchise.

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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: All Fallout 4 DLC (PC)

A while back I bought the season pass for Fallout 4. I enjoyed, but was largely disappointed by Fallout 4 because I was expecting more content and better graphics. In my opinion, the DLC (downloadable content) continues to follow this trend. To be more succinct, Fallout 4 and its DLC are good, not great.

To make things easier I’ll just do a quick review and score for each DLC in the chronological order they were released starting from the oldest one.

Automatron

The first DLC  for Fallout 4 was lackluster. It had some bare story moments and opted for crafting robots, which is fun for about ten minutes. When it comes to role playing games, I desire good story with a sense of discovery and adventure. This game barely offered any story in that regard. Unfortunately, many of the subsequent DLC has even less plot than this one.

Score: 3/10

Wasteland Workshop

More crafting tools and objects. You can catch monsters and have them fight each other. Also some more stuff for your settlements. No story unfortunately.

Score: 1.5/10

Far Harbor

Far Harbor is what I consider the first true story DLC for Fallout 4. A new case brought to Nick Valentine takes the player to an island known as Far Harbor. Here the player will meet new factions and solve mysteries. It was a really fun DLC with hours of content. I also enjoyed the tone of the narratives here and the art style of the island.

Score: 6.7/10

Contraptions Workshop

More tools and objects to build in your settlements. No story.

Score: 1.3/10

Vault-Tec Workshop

The idea of this DLC was a player controlled Vault similar to the Fallout Shelter app on IOS and Android. Some lousy quests and more crafting tools and objects for your settlements.

Score: 2/10

Nuka-World

The final DLC for Fallout 4 and, with Far Harbor, one of the only two DLC’s that I feel are worth their price. The player gets to investigate Nuka-World, a ruined theme park occupied by raiders. A big selling point for this DLC was that players could now play as raiders. After playing through this DLC, I can say that that draw was crap. Raiders play like any other faction. There are a number of notable missions that play out hilariously or morbidly. It was fun, but felt a little shorter than Far Harbor. My biggest complaint is the lack of playable quests. Felt like most of their budget went towards the art department rather than quest/story development. I also dislike how siding with factions is the only narrative trick in Bethesda’s bag. It’s getting boring.

Score: 6.9/10

In Conclusion

Fallout 4 and it’s DLC have been fun, if not disappointing. I expected so much more. instead I got a game that I felt like I’ve played before. A good sequel expands upon what was established before and adds something new. There was nothing new here when compared with past Fallout games. After playing this game, I really think this might be my last Fallout game, maybe even my last Bethesda game. At the very least, I will wait till future Bethesda games drop to a dirt cheap price before I purchase them.

Overal score of Fallout 4 and all its DLC: 7/10