After playing Mad Max for over 18 hours during the launch week of the title, I’m still bewildered by how many negative reviews I have seen. The night before the game released I had the displeasure of reading Polygon’s review which consisted of more of the same typical gripes about the game feeling “bland” and “boring” and all the areas “feeling the same”. The irony of a game review dialing in cliché statements about how another game just didn’t “offer anything new” is humorous, at least until you see their final score of 5/10. To me, it’s almost an insult to the intelligence of the readers to expect acceptance of what amounts to a score of 50% for a game that on the outset of the review is described as having, “a sprawling 30-hour campaign with a giant map littered with hundreds of sidequests and bonus objectives.” This is just one more review written against the backdrop of expectations and willful displeasure rather than measuring the quality of the game as it is. In this review I have a few gripes, but overall I have thought this game is a home run, as well as my twitch viewers who have watched me play the game 4 days in a row. Continue reading
It was recently announced that Rise of The Tomb Raider will be exclusive to the XBOX One for an entire year. After E3 this year I made the point that console tribalism isn’t good for the industry and that both the XBOX One and PS4 were becoming more distinct platforms with different identities and target audiences. So when a third party title like Tomb Raider continues the timed exclusive nonsense that has made elements of Destiny’s loot infuriating, I’m ready to start calling foul every time this happens. Entrenching loyalty is totally fine if it’s done through perks or free games like Microsoft’s “Games with Gold” program, but keeping a game hostage to your platform for a year? This just isn’t helpful. Continue reading
The debate about graphics in video games is an on-going and sometimes confusing discussion. With Microsoft claiming that more processing power is being given to developers and Sony boasting of the strongest and most sold console it can be difficult to parse what really matters. Recently I wrote that graphics aren’t that important if a game focuses on the right things. So I’m somewhat concerned with a recent announcement that Rise of the Tomb Raider will, “Push the Xbox One to its limit”. Continue reading
Today is the last day to take advantage of the huge sale XBOX is having. Many of its big name titles are marked down significantly, with titles like Alien:Isolation selling at 60% off for Gold Members and Sniper Elite III for 80% off for Gold Members. Continue reading
This weeks episode of the AMC’s The Walking Dead entitled “Them” was a gritty episode full of good character development and soul searching. The character Maggie, played by Lauren Cohan, looked especially menacing and cold, with her hair tied back and furled brow, I couldn’t help but notice how much she looked like the Lara Croft from the recent and fantastic Tomb Raider reboot.
I think she would make an epic Lara Croft, and the new games are ripe with rich story and character arcs. This needs to happen.
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