Game: Pillars of Eternity

Pillars of EternityFinished Pillars of Eternity. All played on Kubuntu Linux.

Pillars of Eternity is are a very nice remembrance of one of the golden ages of RPG: it’s a Baldur’s Gate arrived in the modern days.

You play a “Watcher”: someone who is capable to look into one soul and see memories of this particular person. This knack let you know if someone is telling the truth or lies to you. On a new world called Eora, you strife the landscape of Drywood. Here chances are, that babies are “Halloborn”, without a soul. The locals are desperate and taken quite fanatic actions, e.g. killing advocates of the so-called animancer. You are to investigate this phenomenon and as it turns out will confront the history of this place, the gods, and a lot of opponents in the path.

The whole story is narrated textual...

Game: Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2Finished Borderlands 2 – Well sorta.

Borderlands 2 basically Borderlands (which I reviewed here) plus with more weapons, bigger landscape, more characters, more vehicles, bigger …, more …, bigger … and it’s awesome great!

Interestingly there’s no real new game change. It’s all the same. But it still remains a fantastic deal of fun. Yet, I needed 160+ hours to finish the main quest and all (at the time of writing available) DLCs. BTW: the Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep is by far the most brilliant DLC ever made for a computer game. The integration into the game, the humor, the sidekicks to other beloved franchises (like Dark Souls) are just … fantastic.

Though, even after 160+ hours, I have not completed all quests...

Games: The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 - The Wild HuntFinished The Witcher 3 including both DLCs yesterday, 3rd Nov. 2018.  

Oh my god! This game is perfect!

It’s not that the landscape graphic is simply breathtaking. I deliberately walked around and refused to ride on Roach. Just to get the immersion in this detailed feature-rich world.

It’s not that the developers packed detail after detail into this game. E.g. Geralt is growing a beard if you are not going to the barber every now and then. Even after 200 hours of gameplay I still see new details. This is amazing!

It’s not that the gameplay is rightfully balanced. I finished the game at the hardest level but one. Rolling, dodging light and heavy attacks, etc. all are fluent. It’s a feast for the eyes to see the Witcher fight.

It’s not that there ain’t stupid “go there, bring me this” side q...

Games: The Book of Unwritten Tales

The Book of Unwritten TalesFinished “The Book of Unwritten Tales” on 15th March 2018 – again, a second time.

This is a real the nice adventure to play on the market. You switch between the characters of Wilbur (a naive gnome), Ivo (a sexy elven maid) and Nate (a scoundrel and moreover a philanderer). With these three you try to save the world from the wrath of the witch Mortroga. That’s pretty much all to the story to say.

Yet, the developers packed the way to save the world with a lot of gags and laughs which are not exaggerated or intrusive. Every now and then references to modern pop culture are made with a wink.

The riddles are rather easy to solve and the whole game is fluently solved. The ending, however, is rather sudden.

All in all a lovely adventure in a beautiful fairytale world and absolutely worthwhile ...

Game: Life Is Strange – a second thought

During the weekend the game “Life Is Strange” still keeps bothering me. I cannot understand how such a game received such high ratings: Metascore of 83, average user rating of 8.6, “overwhelmingly positive” on Steam based on nearly 100k reviews and won some Game Awards.

I feel the urge to write down my thoughts to get rid of them.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

To the game’s defense, there are three items the game does best in a really excellent manner:

1. If your target group are white (female) US teenagers, then Max is the most identifiable person. There are all ingredients in there combined. Max personal situations, her personal thoughts, and ambitions, her situation in “school” (actually an Academy), etc...

Game: Life Is Strange

Life Is StrangeFinished Life is Strange yesterday. Peeww… This is a hard one and I had my fair share of troubles. Yet not in the manner most of the reviewers had. This is my personal experience and opinion, quite contrary to most reviews. But: YMMV – your mileage may vary.

Warning: this text contains spoilers.

You play Max Caufield, a would-be art photographer, attending the Blackwell Academy in Arcadia Bay at the age of 18. You return to this location at the US west coast (I recall, it’s Oregon) after spending 4 years abroad. You experience strange daydreams involving a tornado hitting Blackwell and eventually are the witness to the murder of your once best friend Chloe by a classmate of yours. It is this when you discover that you have the ability to rewind time and change the course of actions...

Game: Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First SinFinished Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. Well “finished” closely. I missed the Fume Knight and Sir Alonne, but from the rest, I got each and everyone.

So, how is Dark Souls 2? Well, it’s not a bad game. … which is quite a catastrophe compared to the legendary Dark Souls 1.

Dark Souls 2 takes all the recipes which the new designers have been fond of in Dark Souls 1 and added and tweaked some details here and there. Notably, on character death, your maximum HP lowers down to at least 50% (but there are ways to get around this). And the number of enemy re-spawn has been limited to 12 or 15 (it seems to depend on the area). Due to some more heal options (Life Gems) it seemed to be a bit easier. I got the impression that the normal game is far easier than Dark Souls 1 has been...

Game: Outlast & Outlast: Whistleblower

OutlastFinished Outlast and its DLC Whistleblower. Phuuu! Played fully on Linux.

Outlast is a nice first-person survival horror game. You are an investigator researching the rumors about the Mount Massive Asylum. You arrive with your car, park the car just at the gate and from this point on you are on your feet, walking around the manor. No one is seen, doors shut tight. Then you find an opened window and you crawl into the building… starting the horror.

Pretty soon you find remnants of brutal massacres. Entrails, heads, limbs, and blood – gallons of blood – everywhere. This is the “good” old school of American horror: gore, gore, GORE! There is no time for a subtle inkling of some ‘thing’ which causes you goosebumps. Mhm, nope. It’s pretty expressive, direct. Brutal...

Game: Dark Souls: Prepare to Die

Dark Souls: Prepare to DieI did it! Praise the sun! I. FINISHED. DARK SOULS: PREPARE TO DIE! … OMG, what a game! A masterpiece. Puhhh…

Ok, I admit that the very first impression of the game is rather poor. The graphics are washy, the intro story is confusing: you are an undead, waking up in a prison cell, somewhere where the undead are used to be locked away. But there seems to be at least some nice guy which drops down the prison cell key. Ok, never mind that the key is somewhere _inside_ a dead corpse lifted by the “nice guy” and tossed down right next to you. Hey, you are free! Unarmed but: let’s run! And so the adventure begins...

Game: Skyrim

SkyrimFinished Skyrim. After 233 hours gametime.

Hard to say something about Skyrim which has not yet been told. It is an immense open world RPG, it is huge, it has tons of quests.

… which I have to say is overwhelming. I got as many sidequests as I could. So I did the whole Wererwolf-path, cured myself form Lycanthropy, switched over to the full Vampire-Line, became master vampire and cured myself again from vampirism, *before* I started the main quest or had decided for the Empire or the Stormcloaks. Yeah! There is a ton. To get lost. At a later stage I just followed question markers and finished it without any remembrance about what the original quest has been. Here I think less could be more. It is simply too much...