Gaming: Dishonored

December 28, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Posted in Gaming | 1 Comment
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So I played Dishonored and while it’s been well received I didn’t really enjoy it. It’s a stealth game set in a steampunk world suffering from a plague and an assassinated empress. You’ve been wrongly accused and spend the game seeking out the conspirators and putting the rightful heir onto the throne.

The game promotes stealth (which is a game style I’m not a fan of) but also offers many different violence options and upgrades for those too. However using them could impact the chaos level which leads to a “bad” ending. Throughout each mission there’s no indication of how close you are to tipping over to a higher chaos level so for me I opted to be more cautious which led to way too many restarts in an attempt to limit confrontations and ultimately reduced the flow and fun of the game.

A twitter friend advised after the fact that they’d used a mix of violence and stealth and still got the “good” ending which further reinforces the need to have something show this chaos level inside each mission.

Secondly there was a key mechanic allowing you to travel great distances and at least for me it never seemed to “lock on” to the correct spot. Of course this could be a poor player but as I’m the player I’d like to say it’s a limitation of the device. Even making it glow a different colour when it was “safe” might have been useful.

OK so there are issues but generally the story is interesting and I was happy to proceed and find out what was happening. Although it suffers from the same problem as many games where characters start talking but are drowned out by other ambient noises or generally can’t be heard. Presumably an audio option could fix it here and on other games I’d just like the defaults to work better.

Would I recommend it? If you’re a fan of stealth and steam punk sure. If you’re keen to try a more aggressive approach then maybe google what the chaos levels are or just do whatever you want and watch the endings on youtube.

Lastly, if you don’t like rats then this may not be for you.

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Gaming: XCOM Enemy Unknown

December 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Posted in Gaming | 1 Comment
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Played XCOM Enemy Unknown. It was a fun turn based strategy game although I did it wrong by re-loading my games frequently when my characters died off. When you name them it’s easy to get attached! Some of the elements could have been clearer particularly using Satellites for money but all worked out in the end and I saved the world. I guess.

Max Payne 3

December 27, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Posted in Gaming | 1 Comment
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Played Max Payne 3 a few months ago after finding it for £5 on Amazon. That was a good deal. Still a good deal at £10 but any more than that and I’d not enjoy it.

Caveat: I’ve not played any others in the series and the closest I got was watching the movie.

After a few people suggested changing difficulty to easy and I won’t lie that did make it easy. For a player like me the flow was constantly being stymied by dying. I appreciate that a human should after being shot a few times, but I don’t always play games for realism. I’ll leave it up to you whether I’m a bad player or not for not being able to stick with the grind on normal.

My other criticism is that the cut scenes were a bit too long and kept me out of the game.

Overall I felt obliged to play the game (and because I didn’t have any others) but didn’t really enjoy it. Possibly just my play style another one for you to ponder.

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