I’ve had a lot of stuff going on here in el mundo de PolyNerdic which has been keeping me from doing a lot of the things I love. Aside from one long stream a week I’ve not had a lot of time to fit in my plethora of other projects, including something like a dozen different things I have in mind to write or have started writing and never finished. Things ranging from my dream casting of the DCEU to my reviews of Suicide Squad, a near foot tall stack of comics I’ve read and video games I’ve finished.
One of the those games, Life is Strange, is finally up on the Youtube channel for your viewing pleasure. I still intend on writing a review as I have a lot of thoughts about what did and didn’t work but overall I will admit I had a blast playing this bizarre game about a teenage girl who discovers she can manipulate time and sets out to use this gift to better the lives of herself and those closest to her, often with unexpected effects. You can view the complete play-through below.
Aside from finishing Life is Strange last month and taking weeks to upload it all I also successfully finished a run of my all time favorite game from last console generation, Red Dead Redemption. I have always had high praise for the game and was relieved to see that after six or so years that my high regard for the game was not born out of rose-tinted nostalgia glasses. Even thought there are a handful of missions that drove me as nuts in 2016 as they did in 2010 (wrangling wild horses, racing) I still feel that Rockstar outdid themselves with RDR setting a bar that even they couldn’t top with GTA5 although many of the improvements to the shooting and gameplay that RDR made were present in the latter game.
I am still working on uploading the hours and hours of RDR footage to Youtube but here is the playlist as it stands now.
This past weekend I started a long awaited (by me anyway) 1st ever run of The Last of Us (or Escort Mission: The Video Game as I’ve come to view it). Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’re probably aware of the high praise The Last of Us has received since its release in 2013. I didn’t have a PS3 at the time and as such missed out on the game back then but recently picked up the remastered version for the PS4 and have been anxiously awaiting my time with the game.
At this point I’m about 5-6 hours in and I hate to say it but….well I don’t love it. I don’t hate it either but I’m not as blown away by it as I thought I’d be. When I mentioned towards the end of my RDR stream that I was moving on to LoU next lots of people seemed excited and told me I was going to love it and all the critical and user reviews I’ve read over the years seemed to confirm that. I like the story a lot, I’ve always dug the post-apocalyptic genre, but I feel that so the far the game hasn’t delivered on its potential. The opening hour of the game was so intense and gut-wrenching but the hours since have largely fallen flat. While the story is promising and has an intriguing premise it has also suffered from a bit of predictability (namely the reason why Elle is so important). I am also absolutely hating every single moment of combat in the game. Maybe its because I just came off of playing my all-time favorite 3rd person shooter but the gunplay and combat do not feel good in LoU. There have been a number of sequences that I’ve had to play again and again and again as the combination of poor shooting controls and enemy movement has led to many frustrating deaths at the hands of the various infected enemies in the game.
I’m going to keep playing because I want to see how the story plays out and am hoping somewhere along the way the game finds the emotional core that it displayed in the beginning but at this point I can best describe my feelings as befuddled but cautiously optimistic.
Lastly I continued what has become a new tradition of playing first person shooters for an hour or so on Friday morning back on the 26th. You can view my look at No Man’s Sky below followed by the previous week’s hour with Overwatch.