Jan 112021
 
Hitting the Spots

Before Christmas, at the mercy of chance, I replayed Fallout 4, a game that had not entranced me the first time around. This time, thanks to mods (most especially the Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch) I had a better time and appreciated the design a bit more. As I played (and tweeted), it occurred to me that each of the game’s locations, must have required a ton of work, yet probably never elicited any specific responses. So, for at least a few of these spots, I thought I’d put together a list of some locations in Fallout 4 that stood out [Read more…]

The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine

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Aug 152016
 

Status: Complete Most Intriguing Idea: Contrasting Geralt’s ideals directly with chivalry Best Design Decision: Colors! Colors everywhere! Worst Design Decision: Grandmaster gear Summary: If you notice nothing else about Blood and Wine, the final expansion for The Witcher 3, you will likely notice the colors. I had replayed the bulk of the main game before heading there and that experience really emphasized how washed-out the base game looks. Everything in the North seems ever so slightly gray, but nothing like that is happening in Toussaint. Beauclair is also the game’s best town, capturing to the fullest that Old World feeling [Read more…]

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

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Jul 182016
 

Status: Completed, true ending Most Intriguing Idea: All the world’s a stage Best Design Decision: Sessions Worst Design Decision: Sessions Summary: The first read on the concept for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE sounds simultaneously intriguing and absurd. The notoriously difficult Shin Megami Tensei approach to turn-based RPGs will combine with Fire Emblem, a classically tough strategy game with permadeath that has also recently become the newest iteration of making dolls kiss, as a turn-based RPG about #teens becoming pop idols in the Tokyo showbiz scene. One suspects that the whole thing was created on a napkin during the consumption of [Read more…]

Jun 302016
 

Status: Platinum trophy Most Intriguing Idea: You are what you eat Best Design Decision: Maury’s touring restaurant Worst Design Decision: New game+ mode Summary: I loved many things about the original Odin Sphere, and also disliked a few things about it. The remake, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, largely preserves the things I liked and gets rid of the things I didn’t (primarily framerate crashes and absurdly long loads), and on that basis I can certainly recommend it. This is one of the greatest 2D JRPGs ever made, its story is strong, and its art and music are incredible. Everything about it [Read more…]