Here it is, my latest gaming review/essay on Doom Eternal’s design! Take a look, I’m happy how it turned out.
DOOM Eternal is the most intense first-person shooter I have ever played and would’ve been a masterpiece, if not for a few strange, bizarre, and downright bad design decisions which take away from the experience. Which is a shame, because the underlying design philosophy of DOOM Eternal is excellent.
There’s also a story! I don’t think anyone much cares for it, so I spoil it a bit — but this is Doom, you really shouldn’t care about the story.
Update on the Denuvo Anti-Cheat Software I speak about at video’s end: Over the last few days (as of 25.05.2020) DOOM Eternal’s executive producer Marty Stratton announced that the software will indeed be removed come the next patch of the game: “Despite our best intentions, feedback from players has made it clear that we must reevaluate our approach to anti-cheat integration,” Stratton said. Good riddance, I say.
Hades continues to develop in a great direction with the last update of 2019, Welcome to Hell. With only five days away from the next big patch, I thought I’d take a look at the State of the Game of my favourite Early Access title as it is right before the Demeter update!
The verdict? Solid additions all around! Though, between you and me, I spoke about a few elements added outside of the “Welcome to Hell” update. That said, Hades continues to be my favourite roguelite, and everything it does, it does extremely well.
Jedi: Fallen Order has a lot going for it – an excellent story, an addictive combat system and plenty of Metroidvania elements in the planets we players explore as we take on the role of Cal Kestis. Unfortunately, Fallen Order is also plagued by bugs and the number of gameplay systems directly copied from other games make for a certain lack of ambition in terms of the innovation developer Respawn Entertainment implements.
In this video, I did my best to take a critical look at the story, dialogue, gameplay systems and the overall presentation of the game. I’m happy with how it turned out – if you are too, leave me a comment and please, please, please…share the video with your friends!
I don’t necessarily have the best opinion of content I’ve worked on in the past but I had a friend over this last Friday and I happened to show her the trailer of the recently announced Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 (it looks great, you can see it here) and she’d never heard of the first one. Rather than explain the first one to her, I remembered I’d done a video on it and played it for her.
Imagine my shock when I realised it was quite an in-depth look at Senua’s journey. Well-crafted arguments, solid examples, quality audio. Yes, I was annoyed by having left an instance of repetition in my narration but I’ll forgive my past self this one.
If you’re interested in Hell, Hades and the Underworld, this one will be a great watch. I used the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to contrast desire and lack of faith with the journey of self-discovery and reconcilliation that Senua goes through.
It’s one of my better video essays and I’d appreciate your support, likes, shares.
Afterparty, the latest game by Oxenfree developers Night School Studio, swaps suspense for crude, crude humour, while holding onto the good old-fashioned interpersonal drama that might be familiar to you from their previous title!
Does it work? You’d be surprised. Several factors help Afterparty along, foremost among which is the fact that Milo and Lila are a pair of really likable protagonists. The sharp dialogue and its delivery by a stellar cast don’t hurt none, either. Overall, this is an excellent game and I am happy to recommend it…but don’t take my written word for it, watch the video! Go on, you know you wanna.
Gears 5 continues to entertain with the most unlikely of all things – the skiff! Okay, the story and the gunplay are fun too…but the glitches aren’t. The small ones I can stomach, even ignore – but when the game robbed me of a well-deserved victory against the Act 2 boss by crashing the game over the subsequent cutscene…Let’s just say I wasn’t happy.
Control does telekinesis in just the right way, making you feel powerful in so many different ways! That’s why I decided to tell you about the 5 ways in which Control has excelled in making TK an enormous amount of fun and exactly what Remedy Entertainment promised when it unveiled this game during E3 2018!
It’s been a good while since I’ve written anything about video games, hasn’t it? Here they are, then, my thoughts on the first episode of the 12-15 hour-long first paid DLC for Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey! Some Spoilers for Hunted from this point onwards.
Makedonia, one of the fourty or so regions in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, played a nominal part in the game’s main story campaign, a rather large zone for the thirty to fourty-five minutes spent in a single conquest battle and several dramatic cutscenes. Strange, I thought – but I needn’t have worried. Legacy of the First Blade uses one of Odyssey’s largest territories to excellent effect, infesting Makedonia with a whole lot of different quests, a fresh new cult to dispose of, and plenty of side-activities.
character focus in this DLC is Darius, the eponymous First Blade, called so
because he’s the very first person in history to use the assassins’ Hidden
Blade. You know the one if you’ve so much as seen an Assassin’s Creed trailer
from the last twelve years – springs up, very sharp, used to stab people.
Darius is an old Persian, uh, assassin, responsible for the murder of king
Xerxes; well past his prime, he and his son Natakes are struggling to survive
and evade the Order of the Ancients, the Persians’ own version of the Cult of
Cosmos, now safely dismantled by Kassandra – at least in my first playthrough.
Darius’ skills are the equal of or even surpass those of Kassandra; while the
two first cross blades when they meet and Kassandra certainly seems to be
winning by the time Natakes puts an end to the fight, Darius is no joke; he
also displays the Batman-like ability to disappear in the middle of
conversation, leaving his ill-humoured lackey Kassandra with all the
Darius is a
cypher – though he reveals bits and pieces of his history throughout this first
episode, there’s always a hint of something left unspoken, an element of hidden
knowledge. The revelations keep coming as the conflict between Darius, Kassie
and Natakes on one side, and the Order of the Ancients on the other,
intensifies. It works because it’s tried and tested, and also because the
leader of this branch of the Ancients, the Hunter, has a legitimately daunting
presence, which is more than I can say about every single member of the Cult of
Kosmos. The mental games he plays with Kassandra lead to one of the more
memorable scenes in the hundred hours I’ve spent playing this game – Kassandra,
staring at a tree from which victims of her blade are hanging. They’re one and
all no-name soldiers, Athenians and Spartans alike; it’s a moment of forced
reflection, which questions her humanity. The obvious coarseness of this scene
only serves to make the conversation options, “I am a monster/I’m not a
monster” deliver an even stronger gut-punch.
ways, Hunted was a condensation of what worked well in the main
storyline of Odyssey – family drama, the search-and-destroy so familiar
from the time spent hunting the Cult of Kosmos, the requisite ship combat
quest, a pair of boring treasure hunts, and a lot of animal life slaughter.
Bears, wolves, eels, nothing on four legs is safe, whether due to Kassie’s
desire to have a romantic dinner with Natakes or because the Hunter is an
animal lover, it doesn’t matter.
I thought it was good – good enough, fresh enough to continue playing well past the point I’d usually leave an open-world game like this one. And I’ve played on since – next up, I’ll talk about Episode 02 – Shadow Heritage.
Thanks for reading! How about you, Reader? What have you been playinglately?