Hidai Moya

Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

A Review From Hidai Moya

The Peloponnesian War between Athens & Sparta in the late 5th century BC provides the background for the largest, most complex, detailed, & ambitious AC game in franchise history. A marriage between the open sea exploration of ACIV & RPG elements of Origins, it may very well have the best story since ACII (and the funniest). It certainly bewitched me on multiple occasions with it’s captivating leads & evocative drama. The very idea of befriending giants of Western Civilization such as Sokrates, Herodotus, Hippocrates, & Perikles alone is worth the price of admission. Combine that with some seriously badass Spartan action, incredible boss fights, the deepest quest system of any AC game, & this becomes a benchmark for all future titles. It’s the Ancient Greece RPG gamers have always wanted & finally got! Grade A

Late Gamer Plays God Of War

A Review From Hidai Moya

This is a good game, but it’s not without its frustrations. For a start it’s RPG upgrade system doesn’t belong here, it’s too overbearing for a linear game. I was also a bit annoyed by it’s not really open world deisgn that makes you revisit the same places over again, present convoluted barriers to prevent you from travelling, & a “when are we going to get to the fireworks factory” approach to Odin. It’s unquestionable success is in it’s orgasmically savage combat. Taking down giant ogres & trolls with a magical axe is so damn satisfying it’s a fresh new life blood gaming really needed. And even as someone who hasn’t played the previous GoW games the emotional evolution of Kratos with his son was very very palpable. Not exactly the GOTY game I thought it would be but for the combat alone I’m glad I played it. Grade B+

Late Gamer Plays Marvel Spider-Man

A Review From Hidai Moya

Borrowing heavily from the Ubisoft open world formula, a page from the Rocksteady Arkham games, & a solid dose of its own gaming heritage, Insomniac’s concoction has created not only the definitive Spider-Man game but one of the greatest superhero titles ever.
This thoroughly, consistently, delivered non stop thrills over & over & over again it put me in a state of euphoria unlike any other open world title I’ve played. Spidey’s hypnotic acrobatic web swinging & combat mechanics is pure bliss (he is also so goddamn hilarious not a minute went by where I wasn’t laughing). More impressive still is the fact that this is probably the best incarnation of Peter Paker we’ve seen, including his film incarnations. Dazzling visuals combined with beautiful character moments make this an unforgettable experience. Amazing.

Grade A+

Late Gamer Plays Forza Horizon 4

A Review From Hidai Moya

With ‘Forza Horizon 4’, Microsoft/Xbox continues to prove that it owns the flagship car/racing series of the 8th generation. Not only does it breathe new life into this decades old genre but it also takes a racing game to unprecedented heights it’s literally never been to before.
The developers had the ingenious idea of introducing a dynamic open world whose environment would change with every annual season. Allowing players to have a fully shared open world with other drivers is also a gleefully whimsical feature that ensures a unique experience every time you play.
On a technical level this game also looks impeccable in native 4K & on the XBox One X.
As of launch, it has also become the highest rated AAA racing game of the last 14 years.

Grade A

Late Gamer Plays Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds

A Review From Hidai Moya

This game offers a stark contrast to the overwhelming amount of multiplayer “First Person Shooter” titles out on the market.
A non arcade, tactic based, realistic, battle royale simulator that is incredibly unforgiving & requires a hard learning curve to master. It is by it’s very nature not for everyone. Traditional FPS skills will not easily transfer over since its mechanics are designed to favor more precise gun-play combat than the “pray & spray” habits usually employed.
The best compliment I can give to it is that it, more than any FPS game I’ve played, fulfills that old war adage of long boring silence punctuated by moments of sheer terror. I’ve felt genuine fear creeping through buildings & looking both ways before I go somewhere not knowing if someone is about to kill me. It’s unpredictable nature is what makes it fun to come back to.

Grade B

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