Video Games

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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+

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

Late Gamer Plays Batman The Telltale Series

A Review From Hidai Moya

As a life long Batman fan I was thoroughly impressed with Tell Tale’s interpretation of the character in this game. At first I thought it was just a cliched story I’ve seen before. I’m so glad I was so wrong. There are some astonishing creative choices that went into this story that give a fresh & vivid new take on The Dark Knight. Though I didn’t think it quite stuck the landing in the finale the story is so good it easily bests any of the stories in any of the Arkham games I’ve played & may possibly be the best story of any Batman video game. Yes, the gameplay itself may be more of an interactive movie than a “true” video game but nevertheless, Tell Tale excels at making the player have a sense of agency with decision making. Anyone who considers themselves a Batman fan must absolutely experience this title. Grade B+

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