Archives for August 2015

Weekend Gaming – Not Alien:Isolation

I don’t care anymore.

This is what I just repeated aloud to myself ad naseum after ragequitting a session of Alien:Isolation. I’ve made considerable headway into the campaign, albeit done with babysteps, sometimes even days inbetween loading the game at all because of IRL matters. And up until very recently this staggered approach to playing didn’t seem to cause my interest to wain. If anything my anxiety and excitement would brew to a simmer, making the next gaming session all the more engaging.
The main campaign in Alien:Isolation is criticized in several reviews for being too long. I chose to look past these subjective remarks and just rolled with the punches. I came to recognize firsthand that the game has a fantastic pace, that it shuffles up scenarios and forced restrictions to keep the gameplay fresh. It succeeds in this.

But, something happened in my brain this past week. My desire to endure the suspense of this cursed game began to wear thin, and it reached the snapping point just now.

Though, I am not blaming the game… I don’t think. Due to it’s psychological nature, perhaps this game is best approached when the player can dive in and dedicate extensive play sessions. Time perhaps numbed my anxiety and excitement and replaced it with apathy and an overall bad attitude. So when the campaign reaches a point where I have multiple Xenos prowling around, it’s easy for me to throw up my hands in exasperation and ragequit and then write a Weekend Gaming post about it.

Alien: Isolation has been a wild ride, one that I will probably resume later on. Even though I have zero (0) desire to complete the game at this point I am still glad I made the purchase. The missions through the San Cristobal Medical Facility was worth the price of admission as it is.

What are you playing this weekend? (Because I have no idea what I am.)

August Releases

It’s with wistful sadness that we have said goodbye to two mainstays of the Monthly Releases, the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. We had a great run, you guys, but it’s time for you to ride off into the sunset and make way for the current generation. But don’t worry, you’ve got a great back catalog and will probably still get Madden and NBA 2k for the next few years. Speaking of Madden, on to this month’s releases:

Xbox One

Week of August 4th
Rare Replay – Who needs next-gen-60-fps-smooth-as-butter-Halo 5 when there’s Perfect Dark to be played?

Week of August 11th
Toy Soldiers: War Chest Hall of Fame Edition – Speaking of things that were cool twenty years ago…

Week of August 25th
Gears of War – Ultimate Edition – Releasing the same day as Madden? Epic Games has nards! Having Gears in 1080p is probably pretty cool and of course there’s that Gears of War Beta! (He, I know I bought ODST for the Halo 3 demo)

Madden NFL 16 Madden is the Energizer Bunny of video games. Do you think there’s a “deflate footballs” cheat code?

Week of August 4th
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight

Week of August 18th
LBX: Little Battlers eXperience

Week of August 4th
Adam’s Venture Chronicles
Fairy Fencer F

Week of August 11th

Week of August 18th
Volume – If there was a game on this list I’d be tempted with, it’d be Volume.
Shift Happens
Shadowrun: Hong Kong
Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings

Week of August 25th
Crookz: The Big Heist – So, if you’re a crook, and you’re pals with some other crooks, do you think you refer to each other as Crookz, with the zee? I gotta think you don’t.
Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients
Dead In Bermuda

PS4 Banner

Week of August 11th
Toy Soldiers: War Chest Hall of Fame Edition

Week of August 18th
Helldivers Super Earth Edition

Week of August 25th
Madden NFL 16
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3
Dishonored Definitive Edition
Until Dawn

Week of August 11th
Xblaze Lost: Memories

Week of August 18th
Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal

What are you picking up this month?

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