Video – Prey Demo: Opening Hour

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Prey isn’t out yet but the demo is.

Having no familiarity with the original, this version doesn’t do much for me. Maybe I am not as into Bethesda games as others and this is just another case of that.

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Dude’s Chronicles 4-27-2017: Some Things Can Never Be Unseen

For this week, the chronicle will be a little bit different. I didn’t watch any tv shows or movies of substance. Most of my time was spent on YouTube and podcasts so I’ll hit some of the highlights, so to speak.

Entertainment

  • Giant Beastcast – This is the podcast from the East coast crew from Giant Bomb. I really missed Vinny Caravella when he went back East and I’ve been gleeful to have him doing a podcast again. This week they hit their 100th episode. Cheers boys!
  • Giant Bombcast – The original Giant Bombcast done by the West coast crew. The last few weeks, if not months, have been different since Dan Ryckert moved to the East coast early in the year and then Drew Scanlon left for other pursuits. Normally there are not a lot of guests on the show but to help fill in there have been many more. This has proven to be a nice change of pace and some different view points on topics.
  • Team GFB Radio – If you follow Giant Bomb then you know who Dave Lang is. He is head of Iron Galaxy Studios and along with his friend/employee Darryl Wisner they do a podcast. I would say Dave goes off topic regularly but as far off as he gets at times he usually has a point or at least a funny story.
  • DZR Engage – I’ve written about the DZR community before, from its roots a community for The Division to the public events they have held. This week’s episode was the inspiration for the graphic at the top of this post. They were describing the trailer for Ghost Recon’s Wildland DLC named Narco Road and all I could think of was Mad Max: Fury road. Their description seemed so odd and strange I couldn’t help but use my lack luster editing skills to make the picture.
  • Counter Attack Games – I started listening to this because I used to podcast with one of these guys. Brad from Cheap Boss Attack and I used to work at the same site a while back. It’s good to hear him again and I look forward to more. Check out the podcast at Counter Attack Games.

Games

  • Mass Effect: Andromeda – I’m holding true to my ban from last week.
  • Overwatch – Uprising is still going and as much as I enjoy it I sort of dialed back on it because people just want to go kill everything rather than hit the objectives. This makes the game more frustrating than fun at times because you end up failing when there is no real reason you should.
  • The Division – I lasted about two games of Last Stand and turned it off. Not that I hated the game or did poorly I just didn’t feel a desire to continue.

News

  • Twitch Affiliates – A lower tier Partner program that until some people get enrolled and some time into it there isn’t much to say. Looks like Twitch is trying to keep more revenue in house rather than having streamers use GameWisp or the like.
  • Nier: Automata DLC – Set to release on May 2. I haven’t gotten to play this game yet  other than the demo. That should give some lead time so that I can see if I want the DLC or not.
  • Overwatch maps – Apparently up to six maps are in development and three of them may release this calendar year. It is always nice to see Blizzard continuing to put content into this game and showing a long term commitment to keeping it fresh.
  • Delay to Resident Evil 7 DLC – Good to hear that free DLC is getting delayed to make sure the quality is up to snuff. As always, I’d rather see a game delayed than to have it come out broken and the fact that it is free gives little reason to complain.
  • Red Dead Redemption mod for GTA 5 canceled – This was all but inevitable.

Closing Arguments

Proving that communities are weird, wonderful things somebody in the Giant Bomb community made this site.  There are no explanations to some things.

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Better Call Saul, Season 2 – Review

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This show makes me want to be a lawyer for all the wrong reasons.

Following the events of the first season, Jimmy McGill is seemingly becoming a success. Having obtained a dream job at a prestigious law firm, things should be going well but Jimmy’s own sense of discontent may be his worst enemy. Constantly bending if not outright breaking the rules puts him in the dog house of his friends, peers, and bosses. Through it all he has to be true to himself and what he believes, even if it will cost him everything he has built.

The series continues it’s quirky roots. Bob Odenkirk’s delivery of the main character makes him lovable yet insufferable at the same time. Jimmy is constantly conflicted with wanting to do the right thing but going about it in the wrong way. Many times this is ultimately his undoing. Learning to recover or hide his tracks has become a highly tuned skill for him. Those around Jimmy are also conflicted with how much they can trust him. Regardless of what has transpired they almost always come back to him.

The story doesn’t take a backseat to the characters. It rides right beside them and keeps the show flowing. At times the shows bounces between the arcs of multiple characters but there never feels to be a time where they are away from any one for too long. The story lines constantly cross each other to keep all the characters involved and on screen. What helps further to keep things interesting is the unpredictability of the plot. There are times where you will think you know where it is going and what they will do only to have it veer off in a different but not totally oposite direction.

Season three has some great things set up from season two. There are several story arcs that I was disappointed not to see completed but where and how they left them still felt satisfying. Knowing that these lines will be picked up in season three has my curiosity peaked.

Without having seen the parent series, Breaking Bad, I only have a general sense of what happens to Jimmy McGill in the long run. Having watched Better Call Saul kind of makes me not want to watch Breaking Bad until this show concludes.

 

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A self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing on the western side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet.

Passing Thoughts – Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

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Lovers in love and the other run away.

I would describe the premise or the plot of this game if I had any grasp of it. You and other lovers are in space but somehow something like hate has made it into your world. Now your base is destroyed and you must fix your universe. I didn’t pay the greatest amount of attention when the game was going so I probably missed a lot.

What I did get was seeing an interesting and stylistic co-op game. Unfortunately I was playing solo and I think that hampered the experience. Although I will say the AI for the companion was one of the better ones I’ve played with. When I told it to go somewhere it went there, when I told it to shoot something it shot it.

 

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A self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing on the western side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet.

Dude’s Chronicles 4-20-2017: Happy What?

Wait, what day is this???

Entertainment

  • Legends of Tomorrow – Just about the finish season two. Still pondering what I think of it. I’ll let you know when I hit the end of the season what my thoughts are.

Games

  • Mass Effect: Andromeda – Tried playing this game again but I backed away again.  The game completely locked when cutting to a cutscene. The frame rate constantly went to garbage, especially during combat which is exactly the worst time for it to happen. Then the game would no longer make saves so I had to manually go and delete saves to make slots available. I really want to play my Insanity run but I am convinced I need the break more. The self-imposed two week ban is in affect.
  • Overwatch – Uprising was  fun all around. I enjoyed playing and hope to see more events like this.
  • The Division – When I just want to shoot stuff I play The Division.

News

  • Star Wars Battlefront II – Announced to release on November 17th this year and it looks to be a good bit meatier than the original. Specifically, there will be a campaign which was a sorely missing piece of the first game. I like the first game but quickly got bored with it because of the lack of story and limited game modes.
  • SNES mini? – Maybe that is why the NES mini was such a limited run but I would suspect that this would be just as limited.
  • Free StarCraft – Along with a patch, the original game is now available for free. There is to be a remaster released sometime in the future so this is probably just an attempt to drum up interest but I would think most anybody interested in the remaster likely knows about it.

Closing Arguments

Just had a birthday and my family did the thing they knew I would hate the most by throwing a surprise party. Not being a fan of parties to being with, being the center of one was the last thing I wanted to be. After my rage subsided I embraced the situation and enjoyed it. Now… I can plan my revenge.

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A self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing on the western side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet.

Overwatch: Uprising

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Nearly a year after Overwatch’s original release the game still has a loyal following and diverse player base. Blizzard hasn’t let the game just sit around though, it continues to give it’s players something to come back to.  Not content just to do patches and fixes, they have continued to drip new content into the game. There have been several characters added and special events have been held. The latest special event, named Uprising, is a yet another goodie.

The event is set in a time preceding that of the main game itself and tells the tale of Tracer’s first Overwatch mission. The game mode has a fixed cast of warriors to send with Tracer, those being Torbjorn, Reinhardt, and Mercy. The task at hand is to handle a robot uprising in King’s Row. To do this the team must infiltrate the area, secure several key areas, escort a payload, and then defeat enemies on your way to extraction.

After the intro movie, which players can vote to skip, Uprising plays out much like a Destiny strike in that there are stages and steps you must complete. You must go to an area, capture a point while defeating enemies and then move on. Then at one point you must escort a payload just like in the game’s regular game mode.  There are several different enemies that you must defeat. Of course there are robots that will attack you directly but there are also some that will attack your payload. Be careful of these later ones as they will destroy your payload causing your mission to immediately fail.

Uprising is not a PVP event like most of the game’s matches. This is a PVE only mode and it makes the most of it. With the previously mentioned enemies, combat can get hectic even on Normal which is its easiest setting. Most of the enemies aren’t hard to kill, with the exception of one that has a shield that requires some extra time and attention, but most of the time you are exposed causing you to fight enemies in all directions. Near the end of the match there are some harder enemies but careful strategy will get you through, be aggressive but not too. My experience has shown that those playing as Reinhardt tend to get a little too deep into combat and get into some dangerous situations. Sometimes it would be better if the Reinhardt’s held back and protected rather than attacked. Also, players seem to concentrate too much on killing enemies and neglect the need to stay close enough to capture the objectives. Many times I was the only person in the zone to capture objectives. During most of my matches I played as Mercy, which I do so for my main gameplay as well, finding that there is somewhat of a chaotic art of healing and buffing across the other players at key times as they get in and out of range. Resurrecting teammates can be the difference between success and failure at times with the chances of multiple teammates being down at any time.

There are things about this event that show me how subtly brilliant Blizzard can be. First of is the trickling of story content into the game. Not only does the intro set up a key point to one of the most beloved characters, you get more if you listen to the dialogue between the characters through out. Its these little nuances that make the game seem even more brilliant. As far as game design, there is also another mode that opens up the hero catalog to all heroes. Doing so shows how well Blizzard can balance a games because allowing a mix of any of the heroes was the only times I failed missions. When I played in the main mode with the set characters I never failed to my recollection. To me this shows that Blizzard takes great attention to note and account for role balance in this game.

Uprising has been fun. I played enough to get all nine loot boxes. What I got from those loot boxes wasn’t great but I’m okay with that. Not being one to seek after certain skins or such, it didn’t really matter what I was getting. It was more important for me to feel connected to the game after not playing for weeks and have fun. Accomplishing both was fantastic and makes me look forward to playing more in the future whether there are special events or not.

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Dude’s Chronicles 4-13-2017: Hunter S. Thompson In The House?

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When you think things are finally calming down you get proven wrong again, and again, and again….and again…. then again.

Entertainment

  • Archer: Season 7 – Still hilarious. Really appreciating the levity.
  • Tears of the Sun – Still a great Bruce Willis movie. There are detractors that would argue otherwise but I enjoy this movie and think it goes in a direction that is rare within the actor’s catalog. More drama and emotion and less stuff blowing up, although it still had enough stuff exploding.
  • The Manchurian Candidate – I’ve only seen the entirety of the Denzel Washington version. I’ve seen bits and pieces of the original but not enough to compare the two. I like the newer version but think it has a few flaws in continuity and flow. Good enough to recommend watching given it being on Netflix, if you have it.
  • Tropic Thunder – I really hated this movie upon its release, I mean really hated it. It wasn’t until two friends convinced me to watch it with them that I realized the correct frame of mind to view this movie with. I watched it three times in a row and still laughed. Arguably Ben Stiller’s best movie, arguable with Dodgeball and Something About Mary.
  • Rage – I don’t know why but I like bad Nicolas Cage movies. The worse they are the better they are. I don’t understand.
  • Trailer Park Boys: Season 11 – Yep, more of the boys. I already want to watch it again.

Games

  • Mass Effect: Andromeda – I started an Insanity play-through and I don’t know why. After getting back to EOS, I started a side mission and quit half-way through it. It’s not that I don’t want to finish my play-through because I’ll do that but I think I need a break.
  • Overwatch – Uprising is pretty cool. It’s is a simple but great add on that you can play or not, depending on what you want to do. I love to see Blizzard revealing more and more of the game’s backstory and universe especially in an engaging way.

News

  • Overwatch: Uprising – see above.
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – 10 hours vs. $40? I dunno. We’ll see. As much as I loved Uncharted 4 I never went back to it after one play-through.
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battleground – over one million copies sold of an early access game.. at $30 a pop? What am I missing? I see that if you like survival game it may be interesting but I am not therefore it is not. Even with that I hope it does well and gets a real release and doesn’t become one of these games that is a perpetual alpha.

Closing Arguments

Happy Easter.

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Paul Novak

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A self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing on the western side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet.