Geek Citadel http://www.geekcitadel.com Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:15:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Playing Games – Interstellaria http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/07/27/playing-games-interstellaria/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/07/27/playing-games-interstellaria/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:07:44 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=7317 I take a trip to the final frontier in Interstellaria and try to show off the game mechanics in the worst way possible. Go ahead and view the video for thirty minutes of commentary and gameplay!

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I take a trip to the final frontier in Interstellaria and try to show off the game mechanics in the worst way possible. Go ahead and view the video for thirty minutes of commentary and gameplay!

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Playing Games – Game of Thrones – A Nest of Vipers http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/07/23/playing-games-game-of-thrones-a-nest-of-vipers/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/07/23/playing-games-game-of-thrones-a-nest-of-vipers/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:08:08 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=7306 When you play the Game of Thrones, it kind of plays you instead by not allowing you to really impact the story.If you don’t like spoilers of this season, it’d be best to not watch this video. Otherwise… enjoy!

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When you play the Game of Thrones, it kind of plays you instead by not allowing you to really impact the story.If you don’t like spoilers of this season, it’d be best to not watch this video. Otherwise… enjoy!

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Playing Games – Godzilla http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/07/21/playing-games-godzilla/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/07/21/playing-games-godzilla/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 04:47:50 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=7303 The King of Wakanda joins the staff to play his favorite monster Godzilla!  Check out 14 minutes of lumbering monster action!

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The King of Wakanda joins the staff to play his favorite monster Godzilla!  Check out 14 minutes of lumbering monster action!

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Bullet Points – J-Stars Victory Vs+ Review http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/07/15/bullet-points-j-stars-victory-vs-review/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/07/15/bullet-points-j-stars-victory-vs-review/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:21:57 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=7293 What’s this game about? The god of sorts of Weekly Jump magazine decides that the major manga and anime characters from the past and present should compete in a tournament. He lures characters like Monkey D. Luffy, Son Goku, and Naruto Uzumaki to face off in battle to prove their mettle. Is it similar to […]

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What’s this game about?

The god of sorts of Weekly Jump magazine decides that the major manga and anime characters from the past and present should compete in a tournament. He lures characters like Monkey D. Luffy, Son Goku, and Naruto Uzumaki to face off in battle to prove their mettle.

Is it similar to other games?

J-Stars Victory Vs+ is a fighting game that’s more similar to the Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series than say something like Street Fighter or Blazblue. A friend of mine says it reminds him of Power Stone and I agree with that comparison as well.

What did you like about it?

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Lots of characters – Ever read Shonen Jump over the past forty or something years? Well you’ll be excited to see that many of those characters have made it into the game as fighters, support characters, and all-around NPC’s. It really tries to hit you hard with a swift kick to the fan-service junk.

Visuals are on point – It properly displays the artistic talent of various manga artists over the years in a fully 3D rendered space. From Kenshin, to wacky characters like BoBoBo-Bo-bo-bo-bo, the various art styles come alive in J-Stars Victory Plus +.

Ultimate Attacks – The staple of each character is defined by their signature attacks. Goku powers up and hits people with the Kamehameha, Saint Seiya shoots his famed golden bow, and Gintoki Sakata uses his power of parody to copy them both. It’s in the insanely long-winded but detailed specials that bring out the unique character of each of the fighters. I just wish there were more than one for each of the various characters.

What is your favorite thing from the game?

I love Shinpachi’s commentary whenever Gintoki from Gintama is fighting. That show is mostly a satire on all fighting anime so it’s great they could include some of its humor into the game.

Did you dislike anything in particular?

All arcs are the same – You have the choice of playing four different arcs in the game. These characters are Luffy (One Piece), Naurto (Naruto), Toriko (Toriko), and Ichigo (Bleach). Even though all these characters come from different anime, they all end up doing the exact same things in each of the arcs. So… if you don’t play with the characters you want at the start of the game. There isn’t a chance that you’ll want to play the same story again with the others.

All the quests in this game consist of finding random items in the world, or beating up random anime characters. In fact, that’s all this game really seems to be about. Sail across the sea and speak to a character from an anime, go and beat-up some dudes. Expect to fight with the same characters over and over again without a skill or talent system to alleviate the boredom. There is some sort of experience bar for three different combat schemes, but they don’t really change anything… at least not that I’ve seen. If someone knows what these experience points do for my character, let me know.

Goku J-STars

Lackluster Combat –Fighting people over and over again with little to no change. Fights feel like a less flexible version of the Ultimate Ninja Storm system. It’s relatively stiff in comparison with long pauses from ultimate moves, and two second invulnerability timers for a knocked down fighter. Let’s just say the appeal of spamming attacks over and over again and using the same ultimate attack gets old fairly quickly.

Ugly Backgrounds – The character models in game are nicely detailed, but the environments look like a place where you’d raise a Scruffy looking nerf-herder. Despite depicting varying locales from different anime, each of these areas lack life, visual flair, and feature badly textured objects.

Static Characters – Dialogue in the game is at least 80% text based. You’ll see stills of popular characters stand in place with little to no animation, and occasionally hear a clip of a repeated saying here and there. It’s extremely lazy for something based off of various animated shows. They could have a least animated the mouth of the characters.

What’s the final say?

This game has nothing going for it outside of cramming incredibly popular characters into a game. The fighting system is sticky and stiff, the story is fan-service nonsense that’s not even appealing in the Anime sense, and the quest system is incredibly dull. Overall, this is a rather boring game that’s only fun for the first hour or so. I’d recommend only buying this one if you absolutely have to see Luffy, Toriko, and Goku fight. Or you know, you could just watch that animated special with all of them and get your fan-service fill from the special.

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Bullet Points – Batman Arkham Knight Review (PC) http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/06/30/bullet-points-batman-arkham-knight-review-pc/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/06/30/bullet-points-batman-arkham-knight-review-pc/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:00:44 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=7279 What’s this game about?   The Joker died and a power vacuum has appeared in his absence. The villains have decided to give it one last go and take down the Dark Knight. The Scarecrow concocts a plan to take over the city by threatening to release a toxin on the citizens. For some reason […]

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What’s this game about?

 Scenic Batman

The Joker died and a power vacuum has appeared in his absence. The villains have decided to give it one last go and take down the Dark Knight. The Scarecrow concocts a plan to take over the city by threatening to release a toxin on the citizens. For some reason just this one time… everyone seems to believe that the Scarecrow means business and they all evacuate the city.

Batman’s various Rogues and henchman take up a position of power throughout empty streets of Gotham under the leadership of Scarecrow. Meanwhile the “Arkham Knight” decides this is the key time to prove himself a match for The Dark Knight and does so by attacking the people closest to him. As usual, it’s up to Batman to inflict justice using his gadgets and fists to bring peace back to Gotham or die trying.

Is it similar to other games?

It’s like a bigger scale version of Arkham City with way more content, gadgets, and the Batmobile. So if you’ve played the series at all, you’ll feel right at home here.

What did you like about it?

Batman and Nightwing

The Batmobile in the Open World – I didn’t think I’d like the Batmobile as much as I do, but hopping into that beast of a car and tearing through the streets of Gotham is tingly in my nether-regions. Flying after criminals in a high speed chase and tearing their car apart with missiles is ridiculously satisfying. I also like that you can eject at any time and tackle unsuspecting baddies in the streets.

Improved Combat system – Combat is faster and more tactical than ever. Arkham Origins simply mimicked Arkham City and added a skill tree that made Batman unstoppable. In Arkham Knight, Batman has extra skills he’ll have to employ to stave off his foes. Enemies will charge Batman forcing him to stop mashing on the attack buttons to flick a Batarang in their faces. Other enemies like the medic will revive enemies or create an electric charge on his friends so that Batman can’t touch them.

My favorite parts come in the form of the dual combat system. Batman and a friend will team up to bash the faces of henchmen in, while performing various team-up abilities. I’m just sad that this isn’t a full-fledged cooperative option and only happens in a few missions.

Vertical Elevation – I always talk about elevation in open-world games because it’s a big deal to me. If I can get up high and get that rumbling feeling in my stomach from the height in a game… you’ve done a great job. Batman Arkham Knight creates a sense of height that rivals that of games like Grand Theft Auto, but more aptly associates with a title like Dying Light. Batman’s new cape allows him to stay in the sky indefinitely, and the speedier lift-off of the grappling hook helps him stay that way.

As much as I love the Batmobile, the improved flight controls make it difficult not to embrace the sky.

Tons of Content – There is much more to do in Arkham Knight than any Batman game before it. Ignore the fact that there are 200+ riddler trophies. You can solve murders, chase after Two-Face and his goons, stop the Penquin, train Azrael, perform artificial-reality missions, and so much more. Arkham Knight is packed with varied and fun content for those that easily plow through side-content.

A beautiful Gotham – Gotham isn’t supposed to look this pretty, but man if this isn’t an absolutely gorgeous game. From the bright neon lit city with an open architecture designed for in-depth exploring of its nooks and crannies, to the hail of rain that relentlessly pounds against Batman’s rippling cape. This world of Gotham is bigger, brighter, and better than ever. Over a hundred enemy combatants litter the streets at any time, smoke wisps through the air from burning buildings, and character are more painstakingly detailed than ever. Batman Arkham City does not disappoint in the visuals department.

Oustanding Sound Design – Kevin Conroy or as he’s better known – The one true voice of Batman – delivers his lines with aggressive fervor. The game is filled to the brim with great voice talent. Such as Steve Blum, Johnathan Banks, Nolan North and many more. However, it’s John Noble’s vision of Scarecrow that takes the prize. His hauntingly calm voice sends a bone chilling message that the Scarecrow is no longer playing around. On top of that, the outstanding soundtrack remains intact with some new and familiar songs from the series.

What is your favorite part of the game?

I love the way that the Batmobile actually drives to Batman as opposed to suddenly appearing. It’s a nice touch that many games fail to nail down properly in the open-world genre.

Did you dislike anything in particular?

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Batmobile puzzle segments – If I never have to see another one of those Riddler challenges that somehow utilize the Batmobile… I would be soooooo happy! There are so many missions where we have to remotely control the Batmobile, drive it to a position, switch to Batman and activate a switch, and then repeat the process a few more times. It’s the most tedious and overstated part of the game and personally not a great use of the Batmobile.

There were so many times where Batman is like “I need to get the Batmobile across this raised bridge,” and I’m just screaming “USE THE DAMN BATWING!”

The Batman Stare – They still haven’t fixed that vapid stare that Batman has. He looks like an action figure that came to life but doesn’t understand how emotions work.

The Arkham Knight – If you know anything about Batman mythos, you’ll know who’s behind the Arkham Knight’s cowl within the first couple of hours. The writing gives the ghost away quickly and often, it’s like they think we are stupid or something. Sadly, I’m more disappointed by Rocksteady’s claims that this was a brand new character. We believed them! The joke is all on us!

Locked at 30 fps on PC – This game is locked at thirty frames per second on PC, but when you run the benchmark the game runs at 60 fps. You actually have to go into the .ini files to run the actual game at 60 fps, and even then the frame-rate will put its hands up on its hips and dip, rise, and dip.

Framerate issues galore – I have a pretty powerful PC and Video card and this game stutters continuously. I tried turning off the more taxing things like smoke and paper, trimmed the shadows to normal, and this game still chugs like I’m playing it on a typewriter. I’m talking about chugging more than a frat house party during standard gameplay and cut scenes.  This is a downright awful port to the PC on launch day.

New patch woes – A patch that’s supposed to fix a few problems, creates a really bad one of its own. It messes up the streaming of the textures in the game causing quite a few ugly low-resolution objects to show up in the city. It’s one of those “It’s going to get worse before it gets better” deals.

What’s the final say?

I’ve already made a video ranting about the shoddy PC port so I won’t really get into all that. I will say that the shoddy work was definitely a pain in the ass to push through to get this review out. With that said, I can see behind the flaws and decipher a game that was designed with love by Rocksteady. If it didn’t have the obviously terrible frame-rate issues and occasional crashes, I would easily say go out and buy this game right now.

However at the time of release, I’d say wait for a sale after a couple of patches have hit. The moral of the story here is… don’t pre-order any games or buy games until after launch week.

 

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Opinionated Gamer – Batman: Arkham Knight http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/06/25/opinionated-gamer-batman-arkham-knight/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/06/25/opinionated-gamer-batman-arkham-knight/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:48:05 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=7275 I’m super sad about this debacle, Batman: Arkham Knight just proves that we should stop pre-ordering games. We’ve got to stop letting developers and publishers screw us, just listen to me rant like a madman in this video.

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I’m super sad about this debacle, Batman: Arkham Knight just proves that we should stop pre-ordering games. We’ve got to stop letting developers and publishers screw us, just listen to me rant like a madman in this video.

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Bullet Points – Streets of Fury EX Review http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/06/24/bullet-points-streets-of-fury-ex-review/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/06/24/bullet-points-streets-of-fury-ex-review/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:56:41 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=7270 France is in turmoil and it’s time to call a couple of bad dudes to handle the situation. Choose from a list of regular looking people wearing rugged clothing and fight your way to the Big Boss. That’s really the story, I mean it is a beat-em up title after all! High Points Beat them […]

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France is in turmoil and it’s time to call a couple of bad dudes to handle the situation. Choose from a list of regular looking people wearing rugged clothing and fight your way to the Big Boss. That’s really the story, I mean it is a beat-em up title after all!

High Points

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Beat them down – Streets of Fury EX excels at the classic go straight formula. You can select from a wide variety of characters and proceed down the street beating the living crap out of anyone in your way. There is a direction based combo system in place that allows you to air juggle opponents, guard crush, or pull off powerful special abilities.

Mortal Kombat with a hint of Narc – Visually it hits the nostalgia factor with the live action combat of a Mortal Kombat title. The backgrounds remind me a bit of the old Narc arcade title. The game has that pasted together look that most live-action based Arcade games usually have. It works well for a game that is clearly intended for the coin-op generation.

Cooperative play – Playing with a friend is the absolute way to play Streets of Fury EX. The combat is less cheap with two people watching each other’s backs and stringing together combo after combo. I was only able to play this with two players, but I can only imagine the insanity of playing with four others!

Nitpicks

No Online Play – Local only cooperative play in a world of the internet. Hope you have four controllers and a few friends that want to come over and play a ragtag arcade game.

Lack of enemy variety – By the time you’ve reached the third act of the story, you’ve fought everyone in the game. They will then distinguish themselves by walking around with disco lighting all over their bodies or adding a different animation to their attacks. It starts to become repetitive for what is mostly a game you can plow through in about forty-five minutes.

Low Points

Streets of Fur EX

Queued up moves – There isn’t a lot of room for reaction to certain moves in the game. Unlike beat-em ups in the Arcades of the 90’s, there is a lack of fluidity when attempting to fight multiple enemies. Let’s use Streets of Rage 2 as example. I can easily fight a character in front of me, spin around and attack the next one and move in-between the foreground and background to avoid attacks.

Streets of Fury EX queues up moves and leaves you vulnerable to attacks. Unlike most games that allow you to spin around and immediately attack, the only type of defense in these instances is to block and wait for a counter-attack. It leads to a lot of unfair ass beatings while playing solo, which means this game was truly intended for cooperative audiences.

Terrible character choices – There are a lot of brawlers to play as, but a large amount of them are dreadful. Despite the awful choices in clothing some of them wear, there are just too many that leave themselves open to attacks. Not a lot of attention was paid to making these fighters functional combatants. At least sixty percent of these fighters are straight up doo-doo on a cheese sandwich and that’s the opposite of delicious.

Conclusion

Streets of Fury EX is an Arcade game from the 90’s in the year 2015. It’s only going to appeal to people with that hint of nostalgia in their hearts. It’s not anywhere near a masterpiece but it does provide us with a fair amount of coop beat-em up action. I’ll be honest… you probably won’t want to shell full price out for this. It’s a bit rough around the edges in terms of beat-em ups, and fails to live up to the genre with a barebones combat scheme.

 

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Bullet Points – The Masterplan Review http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/06/19/bullet-points-the-masterplan-review/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/06/19/bullet-points-the-masterplan-review/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:10:44 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=7264 A man betrayed by the state and left for dead goes on a series of heists to get his revenge from the government that wronged him. That’s the ludicrous story to The Masterplan and it works wonders for this revenge fueled heist title. This game is absolutely not about the story, it’s really only there […]

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A man betrayed by the state and left for dead goes on a series of heists to get his revenge from the government that wronged him. That’s the ludicrous story to The Masterplan and it works wonders for this revenge fueled heist title. This game is absolutely not about the story, it’s really only there to fuel the gameplay and that works out just fine.

High Points

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Strategy at a glance – While you don‘t get to plan out your heists beforehand, you do start to understand that simply pushing your way through an area won’t work. There is a keen bit of strategy to holding up a guard, forcing him to drop his items, shut off an alarm, or allowing a partner to beat him senseless.

You’ll have to sneak around security cameras, and find alternate routes to get to the loot. One person on alert could lead to a phone call to the police and they shoot first and ask questions later. The game is truly about trial and error, and adjusting to the situation at hand. Missions can be completed by simply finding cash and driving back to the hideout.

Completing the perfect heist requires a large amount of patience and manipulation of the control scheme. Taking down a bank isn’t as simple as walking in the front door, this isn’t Payday, you’ll have to put the guards down or prepare for a timely exit with what you have. It’s definitely a fun system and requires keen thinking and a lot of patience.

Simple but slick graphics – The Masterplan isn’t exactly as vibrant or insane as Hotline Miami, but the simple over-the-top view works wonders for strategizing. Each area looks like a living blueprint that takes a few cues from Monaco while establishing its own identity. It’s simplicity in elegance at its finest.

Nitpicking

Strange technical issues – You can buy two of the same goons on accident but one of them will disappear and that money will just vanish with them. I couldn’t select one of my henchman because they were too close to a wall. The A.I. has seen me behind blocked doorways before, and that’s a no-no when that’s all it takes to end a level.

Low Points

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Those controls – The controls aren’t precise enough for my liking and will annoy many players.  I spent way too much time fumbling around with moving my characters or getting them into the proper positions. Positioning plays too much of a role in the game, it’s like it wants to be an FPS without any of the precision. I’ve had characters shoot straight through the bodies of his enemies because he wasn’t standing in the right spot. It’s a lot of extra micro-management that doesn’t seem like it’s by design.

Conclusion

The Masterplan is a game with an emphasis on strategy, sneaking, and understanding the game mechanics. It’s a simple looking game with a difficult learning curve but worth the payoff if you have the patience. I recommend that strategy lovers purchase this game, there is a fair amount of planning that’s well worth the payout. For the more casual folks it’s a great purchase if it goes on sale for $9.99 just to test the waters.

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Opinionated Gamer – Fallout 4 Trailer http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/06/03/fallout-4-opinionated-gamer/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/06/03/fallout-4-opinionated-gamer/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 03:29:41 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=7250 Instead of doing a regular frame-by-frame analysis of Fallout 4, I felt it would be better to express how the trailer made me feel. This is my personal opinion about the direction of Fallout 4 as a fan of the series. Since I’m not the type of person that normally gushes all over things, be prepared for a […]

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Instead of doing a regular frame-by-frame analysis of Fallout 4, I felt it would be better to express how the trailer made me feel. This is my personal opinion about the direction of Fallout 4 as a fan of the series. Since I’m not the type of person that normally gushes all over things, be prepared for a bit of shade thrown in the direction of the trailer. Enjoy the video!

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Bullet Points – The Witcher 3 Review http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/05/29/bullet-points-the-witcher-3-review/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2015/05/29/bullet-points-the-witcher-3-review/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 13:51:46 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=7238 Geralt returns for his third adventure in the series. This time he’s looking for his ward Ciriana who is being chased by “The Wild Hunt,” a group of vicious monsters who take no prisoners. He’s set off on a quest with his Witcher companion to find Yennifer – the one person who may know where […]

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Geralt returns for his third adventure in the series. This time he’s looking for his ward Ciriana who is being chased by “The Wild Hunt,” a group of vicious monsters who take no prisoners. He’s set off on a quest with his Witcher companion to find Yennifer – the one person who may know where Ciri may have gone. Geralt soon discovers that Cirilla isn’t one to be easily tracked, and to find her… he’ll have to get his hands in a world full of unsavory individuals.

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Out of this world visuals – There are people screaming about downgrades and what not, but I can’t help but consistently stop and look out at the glorious sunset. I don’t think I have ever seen a better weather system in a game. The wind howls and whips through the grass, bushes, and trees at ridiculous speeds. The rain can sprinkle, drizzle, or drench Geralt and his surroundings leaving wide puddles along the road.

The time of day changes the shadows and the lighting, and the simple addition of a flickering candle can add new details to a characters facial structure. It’s splendid and I think CDProjekt did a fantastic job selling this beautiful but cold hearted world.

Epic Storyline – Geralt has his own agenda in finding Ciri, but the world doesn’t revolve around what our Witcher is doing. War is ripping up the landscape and the civilians are suffering the worst for it. Bandits are tearing apart the countryside and monsters are feasting on anyone they see. It’s a bleak world that doesn’t hold back in the least, if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones or any harsh media… this game will pull you right in.

Great Voice Talent – The voice cast is fantastic in The Witcher. They sell these tortured and crude characters as if they actually lived in this world. I’m not going to lie when Robert Baratheon… I mean the Baron told me his twisted little sob story… I felt for him. Even the random side characters have compelling and interesting tales to weave.

Detective Geralt – By now, you should know that I love all things detective in games. Inspector Geralt has a hint of Sherlock Holmes and Wolverine in his blood. He can track scents, analyze crime scenes, and gather clues that will lead him to his prey. Bravo to this feature, I absolutely adore it and hope a Batman game takes notes and expands on it one of these days.

Flexible Combat – Facing off against a combatant at the start of the game is slightly inflexible, as if Geralt doesn’t quite understand the fundamentals of basic sword combat. After gaining a few ability points and equipping better gear, you start to understand that fighting isn’t about mashing buttons to victory. You’ll have to learn to dodge with precision, cast signs appropriately, and single out enemies for a clean kill. These tense combat scenarios make for a difficult and satisfying fighting system.

Content, Content, Content – So much to do and so little time. The Witcher 3 gives us hundreds of quests and random locations to discover. If you like to run off and explore the vastness of an area, this is a game that placates that desire in full. It has a crafting system, a card game, a meaty talent tree, and various useful in-game collectibles. Not to mention it supposedly has 30+ endings to stumble around and discover. Yeah… good luck with that!

Nitpicks

Beautiful The WItcher 3

Not for everybody – As I stated earlier, this is an incredibly bleak world in the vein of Game of Thrones. Every person in the world from the kings to the lowest peasant are figuratively assholes. This game also doesn’t cater well to women even if it has a playable female on certain levels. Let’s just say that men don’t have much respect for much of anything in this medieval world.

I mean they straight up call Geralt all sorts of mean things, I swear behind that ponytail I could see a man tear roll down his cheek. The Witcher 3 can be exceptionally gross with content like demon fetuses and bandits having open conversations about sexual assaults on young women.

Ballerina Geralt – Geralt? Why are you spinning around like an Ice Skater trying to when the Gold Medal at the Olympics? This acrobatic combat doesn’t work for a game about precise combat.

This stupid ass horse – Where the hell did he get this horse from? He runs into trees when called, and stops more irrationally than a drunk driver on St. Patrick ’s Day. When he’s called he runs into fences and opts to run around in front of you during combat situations. Someone take this animal to the hospital, he clearly has some kind of brain thing going on up in his noggin.

Shaky Legs – I know Geralt is old and all, but he really can’t jump more than 5 ft. without nearly breaking his legs? Really? This dude can fight dragons toe to toe, but a 10 foot jump takes half of his health? I’m just glad there isn’t a monster made out of stairs in the game, he’d definitely be the final boss battle. I’ve also never seen a man with abs like Geralt who is incapable of scaling a simple ledge, this dude must have twigs for legs.

Level restricted items – I can’t even explore like I wish to in this game because I’m restricted to items I can’t use until level 15+. I get that I can’t have all the abilities in the game, but if I defeat a level 18 monster by the skin of my teeth and loot a sword… I better be able to use the sword.

Slow experience gain – On the subject of level restricted items, this wouldn’t be a problem if leveling didn’t take 6 hours or more of questing per level. Give me one or the other but don’t hinder my gameplay with both item and leveling restrictions in an Open-World Action RPG.

Item weight – I can’t carry too many of these swords but I already have 15 in my non-existent bag. This is just a general RPG problem for me, if you’re not going to have a dude carry a bag but have a horse that appears mystically when you whistle… you’ve pretty much defeated any chance of realism.

Soul Glow – Hairworks is ultimately disappointing, the only a piece of hair in the front and tuft in the back blow lightly in the wind. Even when it blows it’s not like it was in Tomb Raider with the individual strands, it’s basically a bunch of hair pushed together slightly above the shoulder.

Weather updates – Why does Geralt feel the need to update me on a change in weather after it has already started? He could be drenched by a storm and he’ll say, “Looks like Rain.” Yes, Geralt, that’s what they call water that falls from the sky that’s obviously hitting you in the face.

Boring Soundtrack – The combat music is always the same, and the rest of the music is the typical orchestrated fluff that comes with a medieval title. It’s not bad but you probably won’t notice much of the music after the first ten hours.

Repetitious Civilian dialogue – Hey townies… why are you still saying the exact same stuff that you said when I started this game 40 hours ago? I really wish I didn’t have to keep hearing this lady talk about her husband’s peelings every damn time I enter this town.

Disliked

Combat The Witcher 3

So many bugs need squashing – As with most open world games, you’re bound to run into a few issues. The Witcher 3 adds itself to this collection with some downright infuriating bug issues. I’ve crashed simply putting on new clothing, watched a ride a horse underground, saw some floating horse tails, and got stuck under stairs. So far the auto-save has kept me from going into a rage, but it’s still something you’ll have to watch out for.

Conclusion

Despite a ton of nitpicking, I’ve been playing The Witcher 3 for over 60 hours at the time of this review. The amount of detail that went into creating this world astounds me the more I explore it. I’ve spent a majority of my time hunting for treasure, snuffing out bandits and monsters, and helping out the various townsfolk. I had to make the tough choice of letting some kids suffer a horrendous death, or free some gross looking beast from his curse.

They were all orphans… was it really worth it to save them at the expense of releasing an unknown power? Unlike this tough choice inside the game, buying The Witcher 3 is an easy choice to make. If you’re looking for a tough action RPG with an intricate storyline and a detailed world, Geralt’s final trip is an absolute must play for fans and newcomers alike.

 

 

 

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