Video Games

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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+

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+

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