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Late Gamer Plays The Ghost Of Tsushima

A Review From Hidai Moya

Finally fulfilling the desire of many to have an open world Samurai game, this finally brings that idea to life even if it isn’t the watershed gaming moment some proclaim it to be. Unlike the ambitious, complex & highly detailed historical worlds of Rockstar or Ubisoft this game takes a far more austere approach.
It doesn’t offer gamers the type of interactivity with its world in the same way as the aforementioned titles do opting for a more toned down and reserved approach to its land. I wish that suckerpunch put in more effort into the filler content. Half the side quests are literally the cliched “rescue the farmers from the bandits” quests & getting rewarded with sword runes & colored headbands felt hollow.

Nonetheless the terrain of Tsushima is indelibly beautiful, the main quest itself is genuinely good (as was the memorable ending I got), & I also respect the combat animations for being astute in their brutality. However Tsushima island can often feel austere & lacks any significant innovations to the open world formula.
In any case its the only game in town that offers gamers a historical samurai fix to sate them. This is a good game but I wouldn’t call it a “great” game.
Grade B+

The Late Gamer Plays Halo

A Review From Hidai Moya

Unlike the rest of the world I did not grow up with Halo. I missed out on it back in the early 2000’s & in July 2020 just experienced it for the very first time.

I have no preconceived bias or nostalgia to cloud my judgement when I played this. I was expecting something of a serious FPS in space but honestly, I was turned off by the 1st half of the game. Nothing was ever explained in regards to the conflict or characters & I didn’t understand & didn’t care what was going on. I found the grunts very campy. They almost made me quit, but I’m glad I stuck with it because the 2nd half is considerably better once “The Flood” was introduced & you fight your way through the library (the best level).

It’s at that moment when things really started to pick up for the action & story. One thing that was very clear was that the music in this game shames so many games in comparison. Not the best FPS I’ve played but I liked it enough to continue on to Part II.
Grade B

The Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed

A Review From Hidai Moya

As someone whose played the last 8 AC games but never the 1st one I finally came full circle to experience it. Half expecting it to be some “rudimentary” title as some led me to believe I was somewhat stunned by what I found. Not only does it have outstanding writing & dialogue but I can confidently say it has what are some of the most memorable assassination sequences of the entire series.

Altaïr is an instantly memorable character as a brash & arrogant Assassin. Even if AC1 lacks the complexity of latter titles I felt it more than held its own as the core experience of parkouring across a wonderful historical city to escape the guards worked very well here.

The story was quite intriguing & the city of Damascus floored me with its beauty & became one of my favorite AC cities.

Amazing how Ubisoft took the real world history of Christian Templars and Islamic Assassin’s during the Crusades & made that into a blockbuster series. This is an innovative & groundbreaking game.
Grade B

The Late Gamer Plays The Last Of Us II

A Review From Hidai Moya

Ellie’s grown up now & in ‘The Last Of Us Part II’ has a murderous zeal more conniving than The Terminator & more bloodthirsty than the infected out to get her.
The first game became a hit because of how heartwarming the father daughter relationship was between its two leads & although its ok for a series to challenge players with new ideas if done well, I don’t think that any moment in Part II ever matched the emotional catharsis that was strongly present in the 1st game.

There were too many moments when the story’s momentum came to a halt, not enough moments of critical character exposition, & the way the story is structurally told I believe undermines the payoff that the writers intended.
I can appreciate its combat animations & gorgeous atmosphere of post apocalyptic Seattle but its story didn’t move me in an emotional or meaningful way that I had hoped it would.
Grade B

Late Gamer Plays Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

A Review By Hidai Moya

What starts off as a gang banger story about boys in the hood in South Central LA evolves into a grander crime drama about mobsters & corrupt policemen across the landscape of the Western U.S.
CJ is a great protagonist who is acted extraordinarily well. When he is doing things for his gang or family, the story hits home but when he is running errands for others it made me lose interest.

The missions book ending the game that are set in LA & LV were the most enjoyable but I didn’t have fun being asked to do lots of things that have nothing to do with the main story. Although it lacks the sexy atmosphere & screwy irreverence that made Vice City so special this makes up for that with improved mechanics & a more impressive open world.
I’ll echo everyone’s sentiments that it desperately needs a remaster for it to shine brighter.
Grade B

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