Hidai Moya

Later Gamer Plays Shadow Of The Tomb Raider

A Review From Hidai Moya

I was really excited for this given the fact that I am Mayan myself with an affinity for Meso-American culture, & I also loved the first game in the reboot. This third title however is only slightly better than its predecessor, if only because it’s setting is a visual improvement & there is an attempt at telling a more original story even if all of its elements don’t always work well.
It’s evidently clear most of the effort went towards creating its beautiful rain forest setting rather than the writing. Its depiction of the jungle is visually striking but it’s semi open world design can be frustrating to navigate.
The story is just okay. Even with excellent voice acting & character models, it can’t pull off a satisfying climax because it weaves too many plot lines together & doesn’t know what to do with them all. Buy it on sale.

Grade B

Late Gamer Plays Red Dead Redemption 2

A Review From Hidai Moya

This is only 1 of 3 games I’ve ever played whose characters were so palpably human that it’s on par with the best performances in Oscar caliber films.
Dutch is one of the greatest villains in gaming history & Sadie Adler stole every scene she was in. The open world however is undermined by Rockstar’s needlessly excessive desire to have everything be pseudo realistic.
In 2018 there is no reason to slow a game down just to pick up a can of beans. The shooting/cover system certainly could’ve also needed some innovation since they are still the exact same mechanics from 8 years ago. The reason this game is special, first and foremost, is because of its captivating characters & memorable story, the rest I could overlook. Chapter 6 of this game is one of the most intense & memorable gaming experiences you will ever have.

Grade A-

Late Gamer Plays Red Dead Redemption

A Review From Hidai Moya

Just played this for the first time & can now appreciate why it’s held in such high regard by so many.
The main story didn’t really grab me like I had hoped because I didn’t like the way that Martson is the government’s errand boy which totally undermined how badass & cool he was in my eyes (but he is an outstanding character there is no denying).
What I really respected however, was the love that went into creating the game engine. Before Ubisoft became acclaimed for their historical open worlds, Rockstar did it first here with their remarkable engine that clearly influenced the ‘Assassin Creed’ franchise.
I was also surprised at how sharp & insightful the dialog was. It’s the kind of honest & raw expressions of humanity that I wish more games had. When the finale finally hit I thought it was the perfect way to wrap up the game.

Grade A-

Late Gamer Plays FARCRY 5

 

A Review From Hidai Moya

FARCRY 5 never aimed to be a “Game Of The Year” contender, however it more than deserves an honorable mention.
Ubisoft has a natural propensity to make really fun games from ideas that seemed really obvious and yet nobody does them. They proved that with the last two ‘Assassin Creed’ games and they did it again here by placing players in rural United States & make the traditionally castigated rural “American Redneck” the heroes of the story. Not only did this game improve on the FARCRY formula with considerable innovations, it also has the best gaming soundtrack of the year with its mesmerizing original cult songs…and for the record I genuinely loved its subversive ending.

Late Gamer Plays “Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon” by Hidai Moya

Late Gamer Plays “Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon” by Hidai Moya

Whereas “FARCRY3” was a nod to the bombastic style of 80’s action films it’s spin off, “Blood Dragon”, is a full blown balls to the wall 80’s throwback. It’s full of delightfully cheesy retro kitsch. Right away the amusing 16-bit cut scenes will win you over. Once you begin taking out cyborgs & fighting off Blood Dragons the psychedelic neon color scheme accentuated by its spectacular synth soundtrack will transport you to the ultimate retro future of the 80’s. The writing is impressive too as the main character, Rex Power Colt, voiced by 80’s action star Michael Biehn, is such a one liner gold mine that I was literally laughing every 5 minutes. The AI on “Hard’ didn’t present much of a challenge but out of all the 80’s nostalgic things to come out lately this is the best. It’s awesome to the max. Grade A-

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