Hidai Moya

Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – Legacy Of The First Blade

A Review From Hidai Moya

I was disappointed with this Downloadable Content.
AC fans know that Darius of Persia was the first person to wield the hidden blade & finally having a game that would feature him was something special to look forward to. When he finally appears we get an excellent but far too brief look at his past & then it quickly shifts focus to an uneven story about yet another group of masked baddies, with Kassandra doing all of the action. Ideally this would have solely focused on Darius & his backstory, but instead we get more family drama with him & Kassandra.
Some of the beats later in the story are touching, but meagerly developed. It is also disappointing we do not get any new regions, especially considering that Origins gave us two new maps for each of it’s DLC’s!
I still had some fun with it but this could have been so much more than it was.

Grade B-

Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

A Review From Hidai Moya

There is nothing necessarily wrong with this game, but after a completionist playthrough, I can see why it is seen as the “Nadir” of the franchise.
It has new gimmicks; a GTA like vehicle system, a Batman-esque grappling gun, & the ability to switch genders anytime are amusing, but they do not amount to much.
This is a very by the numbers AC game without any of franchise’s trademark sex appeal or great original music. The writing is unimaginative & generic & it shoe horns in icons of history like Darwin, Dickens, & Queen Victoria. Industrial London may have changed the world forever, but it does not change the fact that it was an ugly, dull, & bleak place with hardly an ounce of beauty. Traversing cotton mills, smoke stacks, & foundries is not exactly rich historical escapism. I was amused but never amazed.
The Anglophile in me was disappointed.

Grade C+

Phoenix Fan Fusion: Where The Geeks Gather

An Editorial From Hidai Moya

It was around the start of the new millennium when a new era of “Geekdom” emerged. Before then it was culturally confined to niche groups & isolated fandoms but in 2001 everything changed when two of the literary series were adapted into blockbuster films: The Lord of the Rings & Harry Potter. Suddenly Geekdom really became culturally mainstream and this trend continued strongly the start of when the new decade rolled in with the MCU & Game of Thrones becoming part of a global cultural zeitgeist. Go to any random workplace in America and inventively there will most likely be a Pop! figure or two sitting on a desk, in playgrounds across the country kids argue about their favorite MCU character, & late night TV implements many sketches of any of the recurring Geek things currently happening. It’s clear being “a nerd” has never been more “in”.
With Phoenix Fan Fusion right around the corner, it will be a time when we can turn our collective geek dial to “11” and just let loose into a temporary fantasy/sci fi mecca. One of the most fascinating things about attending a Comic Convention is the ingenuity & creativity of the attendees devotion of their fandoms. Seeing someones meticulous homemade cosplay never gets old, especially when it’s something really complex & layered. I once remember running into a girl who had had a cosplay that looked movie quality good as Enchantress from Suicide Squad. Unless she got the exact one from the Warner Bros set or it was given to her by the Costume Designer of that film, she had had an A+ job on her outfit. The floor of the convention is a defacto fashion show for everyone to show off their favorite character by strutting around like a Jedi or zombie. It’s never not fun. You never know what’ll happen or what you’ll see next.
One of the most memorable times attending a con was when two generations met for a common appreciation of video games. I was once sitting in a game room playing the classic N64 game “Goldeneye”, a defining multiplayer game of the pre online console era. Suddenly some random kid decides to take up the seat next to me. He had never played “Goldeneye” on N64 before. I found myself telling him about the good ol’ N64 days, something he never experienced until now because he hadn’t grown up with it.
On the flipside I had never played Super Smash Bros ever before, until I walked into the game room and it just happened to be there. Some guy next to me raved about how good it was and was shocked I had never played it before. I finally experience the craziness of that game for that first time at the Con.
That’s what these Festivals are about. A collective geek experience that we all get to share in.

Late Gamer Plays Battlefield V

A Review From Hidai Moya

At it’s core BFV does enough to uphold its franchise even if it is a step down from the stellar quality of its superb predecessor. The campaign, revisionism notwithstanding, was surprisingly emotionally moving, especially the story of the last German soldiers. The urban combat feels excellent. With a complete lack of “Run n Gun”, players must tightly round each building corner & tactfully hug the corridor walls to survive. The gunfire is unforgiving of any wayward onlooker. There is also an indelible appeal to its classic WWII era vehicles. German Panzers, Tiger Tanks, & British Spitfires all feel superb operating in battle & have excellent sound design. The visual customization however is exorbitant in it’s demands for in game credits that are more wisely used to upgrade vehicles & weapons. Pre-Firestorm, it’s a fair BF entry. Grade B

 

Late Gamer Plays Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4

A Review From Hidai Moya

The omission of a campaign is a mixed blessing in the latest Black Op’s installment. Though a story would’ve been appreciated & added a necessary context to it’s various modes, in its stead we’re given by far what is one of the most polished & addictive Battle Royale modes to date in “Blackout”. As the World’s premier FPS franchise it was only fair that CoD got it’s say in the Battle Royale subgenre & it hit it out of the park. It’s truly a ton of fun & the bulk of my hours went into that. The other modes however feel very basic, as if they were created for the sake of being featured as a fictional video game in a movie & they just went ahead & made it for real anyway. Their kitschy visual style & lighting fast firefights make it feel a bit jarring. “Blackout” mode is the reason why this game warrants a purchase. Grade B