Destiny House of Wolves – So far so good, but…

destiny house of wolvesUnfortunately I haven’t been able to play or stream since the day House of Wolves dropped, but I was able to take a good chunk out of it. With one character I was able to get all the way to where The Prison of Elders unlocked. Even though many of the new features haven’t taken their full effect in my experience yet, I thought I would walk through where I think the DLC has firmly delivered on many of its promises. Some of the improvements expose areas that still need thought out and improved upon, while most of the additions are clear advances that need to be replicated in future content and expansions. Continue reading

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I was wrong about Mortal Kombat’s DLC

mortal kombat x dlcRecently I wrote a post and did a video about the Mortal Kombat DLC praising them for doing “try before you buy”. I spent a good portion of the time advocating for more DLC practices that allow players to try out content before buying them and drew on demo experiences of indie titles I had on the Xbox 360 that convinced me to buy new games. Look, if you want to expand your game and playable characters with DLC, that’s fine, and some of the extra content is packaged that way. And while the demo of DLC is certainly something that should be applauded and asked for, what has been done with Mortal Kombat’s DLC should be called out for what it is: sequestered nostalgia, hurtles and pay walls, and predatory pandering. Let’s take each of these one at a time. Continue reading

How is Destiny like Candy Crush?

Destiny Candy CrushDestiny has been the topic of a fair amount of criticism, both on my blog and YouTube channel, as well as other game review outlets. I have tried to be fair and measured as I’ve called for more content and a better focused identity, and recently said the House of Wolves trailer was exciting but also sad because it proves Bungie has the ability to tell a much better story. Recently I read an article at GamesRadar that walks through why the average playtime of Destiny players is 77 hours. Bungie’s John Hopson explained the research Bungie gathered in testing pre-launch and what went into changing and modifying the game to ensure player behavior that kept coming back for more. Hopson is certainly qualified to talk about player behavior with a Ph.D in behavioral and brain sciences, but does a person’s willingness to play repetitious content for long hours equate lasting enjoyment of a game? Continue reading

Borderlands Claptastic DLC is a beautiful and disappointing disaster

Claptastic DLCAs a fan of Borderlands I was thrilled to see The Pre-Sequel get a piece of DLC that was an actual campaign expansion and not just another playable character or a “circle of slaughter” arena. I’ve already mentioned before that I was pretty disappointed in the way the season pass and four pieces of DLC for the The Pre-Sequel were marketed in a way that mimicked the previous expansions for Borderlands 1 and 2. The reason this marketing was disappointing is that it was passively misleading, looking like 4 campaign DLC expansions, but was instead two extra characters, a circle of slaughter, and only one campaign expansion. While the Claptastic expansion is good and adds 10 more levels to the level cap, Ultimate Vaulter Mode is plagued with enemy leveling problems and xp pacing issues. So the Claptastic DLC adds to the story and level cap, but is attached to a game that sullies the extra levels with poor pacing and sloppy development in the third playthrough. And then this final DLC finishes its own story with lazy over powered boss fights. Continue reading

The Handsome Collection: The Pre-Sequel Review

Borderlands The Pre-Sequel I have been having an absolute blast playing through The Pre-Sequel and streaming on my twitch while doing Borderlands trivia. If you haven’t followed me yet, be sure to join in the fun as I do trivia for giveaways and prizes for my followers at certain follower milestones. Having played all three Borderlands titles on the Xbox 360, I am definitely able to say it is my absolute favorite franchise. And I immediately knew I was in for an injection of fun and freshness once I saw just the title screen showing my character after booting up The Pre-Sequel on my Xbox One. Continue reading

Borderlands the Handsome Collection: Play “The Pre-Sequel” First

Borderlands the Handsome CollectionThe day has come Borderlands fans, the Handsome Collection has arrived on next-gen. Regardless if you’ve played either Borderlands 2 or The Pre-Sequel before, I have some advice about why you should play the games in a certain order. Both titles have their own merit and deserve your attention for different reasons. Having played both titles rather extensively I want to outline why I think the Pre-Sequel should be where you dive in first. Continue reading

Battlefield Hardline Blood Money Tips

Battlefield-HardlineIf you haven’t already read it or watched it, I already posted tips for the the game mode Hotwire as a blog post and a video. Those looking for hot pursuits and big action moments will enjoy Hotwire, and those looking for intense firefights full of attacking, defending, and running your butt off will enjoy Blood Money. Initially I didn’t enjoy this game mode all that much, but as I was playing it to record clips for a video I discovered some very effective strategies and tips. Continue reading