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So I finally finished Alien: Isolation. Here’s what I thought.
In Alien: Isolation, you are Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, the main character from the Alien movies. You are trying to investigate the disappearance of your mothers ship, the Nostromo.
You find out that the Nostromos flight recorder has been recovered and was delivered to a station called Sevastopol. You are allowed to follow the lead and are docked at Sevastopol and very shortly after, things start to go south. The station is in the middle of being decommissioned, and suddenly people are starting to disappear. I know, big surprise right? The flight recorder wasn’t the only “evidence” delivered to Sevastopol. You begin your fight to survive, creeping through the shadows from computer terminals to air locks, hacking into systems, listening to audio recordings of other survivors, and completing whatever tasks are necessary for you to get off of the station alive.
I just reached the credit roll in Far Cry 4. I’m at about 75% completion. It’s hard for me to avoid the lazy review path here. So the TL;DR version: If you liked Far Cry 3, you will certainly enjoy Far Cry 4. Didn’t play Far Cry 3? (What’s wrong with you!?) Well, as an alternative analogy, it’s like a first person shooter Skyrim. If that doesn’t work for you then you will just have to read further.
Just like most gamers, I have an incredibly large backlog of games that I have either never played or never finished. I’m making a conscious effort to work my way through them and as I do so, I will share my opinions about them in a new series I’m starting called “The Backlog Saga”.
First up, Contrast.
I’ve now made it past the first 10 levels of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, so I thought I would share my early thoughts. The TL;DR version, it’s good and worthy of the full game price as a 3rd entry into the series. With a few exceptions, though, it is just more Borderlands. If, like me, you want more Borderlands, then you’re in luck.
We’ve all done it. Ponied up a wad of cash (some wads larger than others) to play an “early access” alpha or beta game. We did it collectively with Minecraft and while we did have fun with it we all wound up with the same question “where is the game here?”
For most games on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being you’d rather get a tooth pulled and 10 being you look forward to playing it all day, you will find that most have a fairly static rank. I’m kind of a mellow dude so most games land closer to the middle for me. Games like Guild Wars, Battlefield, Diablo – they tend to be closer to 10. Games like E.Y.E. Divine Cybermancy…thank goodness Steam released the update allowing you to hide games in your library.
Then there is APB: Reloaded.
Out of all the games I purchased during the Steam Summer Sale, this one has impressed me the most. I can’t say that I’m really surprised by that . Post-apocalyptic settings seem to attract my attention. Unfortunately, I never actually finished the first installment, Metro 2033. I believe I started it on one of the harder difficulties and probably shouldn’t have. Several of you own 2033 and I think at least Superjudge and Dusk have finished it, so you probably have a good idea what you are getting into.
You play as a Russian surviving in the metro tunnel system in Moscow after a global nuclear war. The tunnels are “safe” from radiation but are crawling with mutants and are in constant war between several factions including Nazi’s and Communists. You are Artyom who becomes an elite Ranger in Metro 2033. It is a survival/horror FPS.
So, at long last, I’ve had some =ST= company in DayZ. Over the past few months I’ve gotten to play with =ST=MrRecon and =ST=R0adki114 individually. Mostly just gearing up and not running into much resistance. I made a habit of venturing on alone after my partner logged off and getting myself killed. But, on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, the three of us had the time to squad up in our quest for beans.
After getting geared up and deciding we wanted to see some action, we logged into a populated server at the North East Airfield and promptly got exterminated by a group of hackers.