This Week’s Game: Anima: Gate of Memories

Anima: Gate of Memories is a game that is somewhat fun, somewhat interesting, somewhat pretty; and one that I can’t really recommend, sadly. It’s not, by any means, a bad game; but there are many factors holding it back from being a truly excellent game.

So, let’s talk about TRPGs for a moment. Yes, that’s Tabletop Role Playing Games, the old school pencil and paper games, i.e. the only true RPGs. Come at me, video games!

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-Every sourcebook ever 😛

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This Week’s Game: The Surge

Here is my review of The Surge: it is science fiction Dark Souls. Ok, review done, moving on. See you next week.

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Yep, nothing more to see here.

Huh? You want more than that? Well, that’s fair. For all that The Surge is almost literally a reskin of the Dark Souls games, there are some things that it does differently, as you would expect when the settings are so disparate. I believe that The Surge is actually more accessible to beginners than Dark Souls, but it also lacks pieces of what makes Dark Souls so compelling.

But let’s not dwell on the Dark Souls parallels just yet. We’ll get back to that, sure, but I’m going to go ahead and describe the game as though I’d never played Dark Souls, and you hadn’t either, and we’ll go from there. Continue reading

This Week’s Game: Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

Well, here we are. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. I’m not sure how to say this, so let me just be blunt: I didn’t care for it.

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Pictured: a crazy man talking to a chicken. He said it, not me! 😯

…Alright, I didn’t get stabbed in the back of the head right after writing the sentence, that’s good. Since I appear to still be alive (for the moment) why don’t I tell you about my experiences with the game, and you can tell me why I’m wrong. 😉

By the by, I’m not going to do a separate SPOILER section for this review. Unlike with the previous two games I reviewed, I haven’t actually looked up the story of this game, and so I can’t talk about the ending; and in fact, I barely got into the story when I actually played it (more about that in a bit). So I can only talk about the plot in the broadest of terms anyway. Furthermore, this game is rather late in the series, in both era and development, and so most of the elements that… you know what? Let me start at the beginning. Continue reading

This Week’s Game: Rise of the Tomb Raider

So, remember how I mentioned a big snowstorm was coming to my area? Guess whose daughter had her school cancelled today? That’s right, this guy. So, this is getting done way later than I anticipated.

But ya know? A snowstorm is not entirely inappropriate for the game this week. The majority of Rise of the Tomb Raider is set on a frozen mountain in the Siberian wilderness, after all. There is snow, there is ice and there is Lara, running around shivering while people try to kill her. Good times.

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I can’t see how this could possibly be dangerous.

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This Week’s Game: Dishonored

So yeah. Dishonored. Good game. I like it. But it could have been better.

If, for some reason, you’ve never heard of this game before, a quick synopsis: Dishonored is set in the fictional, London-esque city of Dunwall, capital of the Empire of the Isles, which is currently in the grip of a terrible plague. The player character, Corvo, was the bodyguard of Empress Jessamine until he was framed for her murder and the kidnapping of her daughter, Emily. He eventually escapes prison with the aid of the “Loyalists” and is tasked with killing the traitor who took over after the empress was killed, the Lord Regent, and his allies.

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Early spoiler: He’s a jerk.

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This Week’s Game: Introduction

I like games. All sorts of games, really: board games, card games, logic puzzles, number puzzles… and of course, video games.

I’ve been a gamer since before being a gamer was a thing. The first game I ever remember playing in my own home was Space Quest III, that classic Sierra adventure game. Ah, the memories… of dying every twenty steps or so. But they made death fun, let me tell you. 😉

Well, that was a long time ago. Nowadays, I have several gaming systems, including every single Sony Playstation (PSOne through 4), a (slightly outdated) desktop PC, and even a Nintendo Switch (thanks to my slightly-extremely doting wife). Naturally, my gaming library is absolutely huge, containing everything from the aforementioned Sierra adventure games, to old FPS like Duke Nukem 3D and Blood, to big RPGs like the Witcher (1 & 2, I haven’t picked up 3 yet) to indie platformers like Axiom Verge (go play this game!), to strategy and tactical games like… like… actually, when was the last time I played a strategy game? Disgaea 5? Huh… And I have weird, hard to classify stuff as well. I have enough games that, if I treated it like a job and played them eight hours a day, I might still never get through them all before it was time for me to retire.

That, and my brain would probably explode. It honestly sounds less appealing as an actual job than I might have thought when I was younger. Guess I’ll stick with househusband for the time being. 😛

So anyway. I’m nothing like a game journalist, nor am I really an expert at actually playing games. I’m not bad, mind, but I’m nothing special. But I have this giant library of games, and a blog to write about them, so… why not, right? 😉

Well, that immediately presents me with the problem: what am I going to write about? I could say a word or two about the systems, and compare them to other similar games, or I could talk about the music, or the graphics — but if I was going to point to my actual area of expertise, as it were, it would be the story. And if I start talking about the story of the games, well, that’s spoiler territory. Personally, I don’t get too worked up about spoilers; I’m the kind of guy who reads the last chapter of the book first, after all. But I don’t want to alienate anyone who wants to play the games themselves…

I guess I’ll do both, then. From now on, I’ll try to focus on one game a week (starting with my PS4 library, for convenience sake), play it as much as possible considering my other responsibilities, and then write an article every Monday about my experience with the game: the first part will be a spoiler-free review of the how the game looks, sounds, and plays; and the second part will be my analysis and feelings about the story of the game.

Naturally, if the game doesn’t have a story, or the story doesn’t feature much, I’ll acknowledge that too. In the end, I’m mostly doing this to put my own thoughts in order about the game, so it’s just fine if you’re not too interested in this section. I promise, I will still be releasing one chapter of the Anubai Hero each week, regardless of anything else. Still, I hope people find these articles interesting and informative.

So, first on my list: Dishonored. Specifically, the PS4 definitive edition. I don’t expect to get through it in a week, but frankly I’ve already got a pretty good grasp of the story from other sources, so I expect I’ll be able to talk about it to some extent anyway. I picked the game up… well, mostly because I want to play Dishonored 2 in the future, and I have a minor personality tic about finishing games in order. It’s honestly a habit I’m trying to break… Anyway, I’m very interested in the game’s mechanics, so I’m still slightly pumped about playing it. So, starting today through next Sunday, I’ll spend as much time with the game as I can, and make my report next Monday. See you then! 😀