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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-

Late Gamer Plays: Call Of Duty – Modern Warfare

A Review From Hidai Moya

Believe the hype. MW is a return to CoDs glory days with what is literally the best campaign of the last ten years & a really fun MP.
Whereas the first MW was inspired by the Iraq War this imitates the power vacuum struggles of the post war period. Combining the Kurdish Freedom struggle, terrorist attacks in Europe, the Russian intervention in Afghanistan & Syria, the raid on the Bin Laden compound, the attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi, & the Syrian Civil War, this puts all of these recent events together to create a hauntingly brutal & viscerally life like campaign.
In MP the night mode has become an instant favorite of mine adding the difficulty of tunnel vision & overall it just makes for a more badass gun fight experience.
Best CoD since MW2.
Grade A-

Late Gamer Plays Shadow Of Modor

A Review By Hidai Moya

I didn’t mind that this blatantly imitates ‘Assassin’s Creed’ & “Arkham”, after all if the mechanics work why change them?
However what’s not imitated is their creativity in making a satisfying open world & encountering meaningful quests.
For a game based on the imagination of Tolkien it has a lot to live up to & honestly its few redeeming quality were its Orcs & Uruks who have terrific dialogue & are vividly ugly & the voice acting of “Talion” & “Celebrimbor”.

Mordor itself fails at feeling like an organic open world. Instead it feels like an open air jungle gym. The side quests are easy & you become very overpowered very quickly robbing you the feeling of a real challenge.
The story is meager & though the fight animations are good, especially when decapitating.
However, it doesn’t add too much of a satisfying experience.
Grade B-

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