Late Gamer Plays

The Late Gamer Plays Red Dead Redemption – Undead Nightmare

A Review By Hidai Moya

Zombie games are a cliche & it takes a lot of creativity to make one stand out but this one had it easy.
All it does is simply place the zombie game in the old west to make it seem novel but other than that I found it to be an average experience.
The zombies aren’t that exciting, they’re just your average zombies & as always the towns people need your help to liberate their town from the undead & to provide supplies.

It’s decent enough to make you want to play it but the fact of the matter is this game is still broken. NPC’s don’t generate their full bodies & when I went into Mexico it caused the game to crash. I tried a couple of times to work around the bug but no progress could be made causing the game to be permanently stuck in the same place.
This has been a known issue for the last ten years & it still remains unfixed.
Grade C

The Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed III – Liberation

A Review By Hidai Moya

The important thing to remember about this game is understanding it was meant to be a bite sized AC game originally designed for the PS Vita. For the most part it does succeed in being that with some varied level design & locales.
It’s Colonial New Orleans base isn’t really that special however the inclusion of the Louisiana Bayou & Maya territory in Mexico is more exciting to explore.

There really isn’t a satisfactory explanation for the story as the writing could’ve been much better but the character of Aveline is important as being the first female protagonist in the series & I really loved her voice acting. She can disguise herself as a Lady, slave, or Assassin depending on what the situation calls for & her enemies react uniquely to each of her personas.
This is an average AC entry.
Grade B-

Later Gamer Plays Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds

A Review From Hidai Moya

In my opinion an excellent DLC needs to do three things to succeed:
1) Provide fresh maps to explore.
2) Make the combat more varied by giving players additional abilities.
3) Most importantly to have a meaningful well written quest to warrant investing into the game add on.
“The Frozen Wilds” does exactly that.

Not only are the side quests better written & more emotionally meaningful than the ones found in the main game, but the new Banuk territory, a post apocalyptic version of Yellowstone National Park, is breathtaking. The snowfall, the frozen lakes, the frost covered trees, it’s all so exquisitely beautiful, as if I had stepped through the wardrobe into Narnia.

Furthermore the addition of new mechanical beasts exclusive to the territory add a more difficult & dangerous challenge to combat. This was a spellbinding DLC.
Grade A-

Late Gamer Plays FarCry

A Review From Hidai Moya

The console port of the very first FarCry game should be required playing for fans of the franchise.
Like any debut of a series one shouldn’t expect it to hit every stride perfected by later installments, but it absolutely showcases all the idiosyncrasies we love FarCry for: chaotic gunplay, free roaming, self aware humor, lush exotic locales, maniacal villain, & over the top 80’s inspired action.

As a mad scientist unleashes humanoid beasts on a tropical island, the CIA hires you to destroy his labs & take out all of the mercenaries defending it. There is even some inspiration from ‘Predator’ as you need heat vision to locate invisible enemies in the jungle.
With a terrific opening sequence & level variety, I was very impressed until the finale which felt unrewarding but everything leading up to it was still fun.
Grade B

Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed III – The Tyranny Of King Washington

A Review By Hidai Moya

This terrific ACIII DLC takes place in an alternate reality where The President has become King of America. He’s a vociferous man edifying a giant structure to please his vanity, holds the heads of government under his grasp, & puts his enemies in cages.
I was really impressed with how well the story immediately grabs you with its potent sense of urgency, great writing that hearkens to Connor’s past, with fantastic & well thought out level design.
In order to free America you get superpowers in the form of animal spirits:
The Wolf – invisibility
The Eagle – flight
The Bear – a fury blow (God of War players will already be familiar with these type of special attacks).

These powers allow for better traversal of the map & make the combat more varied & badass. You can transform into an eagle then assassinate someone or unleash a pack of wolves on your enemies. It’s really cool.
This DLC does everything right by expanding on the original game in a clever & unique way giving players a must play adventure. Really fun. Grade A-

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