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PC Game Review: Batman – The Telltale Series - Season 1

As a lifelong fan of all things Batman and an admirer of some of Telltale Games‘ previous series, I was more than a little excited to experience its take on the Batman universe. When Telltale’s Batman launched a few months ago I was initially enamored with its vision of Bruce Wayne and Batman and felt the series started strong.


Unfortunately as the episodes progressed some of the casting and design choices as well as some story points fell very flat and the series lagged. The fifth and final episode is now here and I can say that Batman – the Telltale Series has more lows than highs, despite ending with a fairly strong episode.

The premise of Batman – The Telltale Series is to show both sides of the character, giving equal focus to Bruce Wayne and Batman in. As the series progressed choices and actions were carried out as either Bruce or Batman; in fact in a few instances you could choose who would solve the next challenge. I like this twist. If a gentle personal touch were needed, Bruc…

Too many Games!

It is a bad problem to have, but right now I am in a bit of a pickle trying to actually find time to play any game let alone actually roll through one with some intensity.  Here are the ones I am in the progress of playing right now, some are old, same are new, all are great.


Destiny 2 - I have a review in progress for this one and I can easily say this game is absolutely amazing and a drastic improvement over the original in every way possible.  The loot, the tons of stuff to do and the sheer enjoyable nature of the game make this a game of the year for me.  I dropped dozens of hours into the original, but always grudgingly because I felt a need to, not because I really enjoyed the grind.  In the sequel I am just plain having fun.

Divinity Original Sin 2 - A stellar followup to one of the best RPG's of the last decade.  This game is huge, complex and needs way more time then I am devoting to it.  In a neat twist there are pre-canned 'Origin' characters that have a very deep…

Dad Plays Games at Lunch: Tyranny

I love me some RPG's and I especially love isometric RPG's.  We are in a renaissance right now with Pillars of Eternity, Divinity Original Sin 1 & 2, Wasteland 2 and of course Tyranny.

Tyranny is from Obsidian Studios and is a fairly unique experience where you play the bad guys.  It is a great experience if one that ends fairly oddly.  I really enjoyed it though and did a review as well as this Let's Play.  Enjoy checking it out to see how fun it is to be the bad guys!

PlayStation 4 Review: Yakuza 0

The Yakuza franchise is one that has fascinated me for some time, but I never dove into it until the promising Yakuza 0was released.  This game promised to be a great introduction to the Yakuza universe – newcomer-friendly and filled to the brim with side activities as well as a detailed series of storylines. Having invested many, many hours into the serious but also often wacky universe of Yakuza 0 I can say that the game delivers all of that and more.
Yakuza 0 is a prequel to the main series of titles. It features separate storylines looking at how Goro Majima and Kazuma Kiryu rise to infamy as they navigate the perils of Tokyo on the wrong side of the Yakuza they once called family. The game alternates between the characters every couple of chapters and allows you to play as each character as you explore their very different lives and experiences.
Kiryu is an up-and-coming Yakuza who is framed for murder and forced to make hard decisions as he walks away from the only family he knew.…

Dad Plays Games at Lunch - Thumper

Thumper is an amazingly fun Rhythm Violence shooter from Drool studios.  I had a chance to meet some of the team at PAX East as well as try the game in VR and it is a hell of an experience.  One of the best VR games on PSVR for sure.  I take the 2D version of the game for a spin in this episode and as you can see it is terrific even without the virtual reality component.

Dad Plays Games at Lunch - Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

This episode of my Let's Play channel focused on one of my favorite games of all time - Enslaved: Odyssey to the West - This is by the amazingly talented studio Ninja Theory and features voice and mo-cap work by Andy Serkis.  If you have never tried it the game can be found cheaply on Steam.

Adding another of my Dad Plays Games at Lunch videos - this time it is the great Doom!  This was a truly unexpected surprise as this game is epic, violent and fun as hell.  I have played through the game twice and could do it again.  Check out my Let's Play to see it in action:

PC Game Review: ‘Thumper’ from Drool

Thumper from Drool is a hard game to describe. The developer calls it a rhythm violence game, but I look at it as a psychotic merging of Rex and Audiosurf with the stylings of Tron. The game is out now for PSVR and plain old 2D on a regular screen and it is a hell of a ride in any format. Drool has announced that HTC Vive and Oculus Rift support will be coming later this year as well.
I had experienced Thumper before at PAX East where I was lucky enough to try an extended playthrough on the PSVR hardware. This time I played through the frenetic levels in 2D to see if the game is as much fun without the VR experience and I can easily say it is still very enjoyable because of how frantic and aurally strong it is.

In Thumper I controlled a sleek ship resembling a metallic bug as it zoomed and twisted through insane kaleidoscopic backgrounds trying to reach the end of each themed level where a boss awaits.  The term “a rhythm violence game” means there is music, but not music you could iden…
In this episode I take a look at a game called Homefront: The Revolution which imagines if North Korea had invaded and conquered the United States. While there are some neat concepts in the game the execution was sloppy and the framerate struggles often.  They have patched the game majorly since launch but I am wary about diving back in.  Have a look and decide what you think of the game as I play through a slice of the title.

Belated PAX East 2017 Coverage Roundup - Part 3

More PAX East coverage - there are always tons of things to see and do at a PAX show and the highlight of this days coverage was an ultraviolent game called Ruiner.  It is out later this month and I can't wait to try it again!
Enjoy the continuing coverage I put out while attending the show for Blogcritics.org
PAX East Boardgame Review Final War
One of the best things about PAX is the fact that tabletop experiences are as prominent as the videogames; this year at PAX East I had a chance to try out a Tactical Card Game called Final War.  This is from a passionate group in Australia called Games Lab and it is a complex experience that blends Magic the Gathering with Dungeons and Dragons to deliver a tabletop experience that was incredibly deep but also very fun to play.
Final War is a dense game, with a large game board reserved for each player’s forces; the game can be enjoyed by 2-3 people in the current iteration; an expansion later in the year will enable a fourth player. In the ga…