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What’cha Playin’? 9/23/16 – BioShock 2 — September 23, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/23/16 – BioShock 2

I got to start BioShock 2 yesterday, and so far, I’m not sure why I had so many reservations against it. Mechanically, it’s certainly a better game. The gun play feels just a tiny bit smoother, the ability to dual wield plasmids and your weaponry is great. Even though I only have a few weapons, they’re really cool models and ideas, like the drill arm and the rivet gun; Big Daddy staples, you know, since you play as a Big Daddy in this one.

Bioshock 2 (after a brief prologue) takes place roughly 8 years after the events of the fist BioShock, so the city is even more run down, as the sea struggles to reclaim it. More sea life like barnacles and starfish are reclaiming the city, much like an abandoned building would collect ivy and moss on land. The beautiful views of Rapture are only made more interesting thanks to this, and there seem to be a few portions where you get to traipse around the sea floor. This time around, you play as an early model Big Daddy, Subject Delta, and you’re on the hunt for a specific little girl, Eleanor. Apparently (I use apparently because I haven’t finished the game and can only guess at plot points) Subject Delta was part of some test to make the Big Daddies and Little Sisters linked on a more psychological and physical level, so the longer Delta goes away from Eleanor, the more his body struggles and begins to shut down. Unfortunately for Delta, Eleanor is Sofia Lamb’s daughter, the master psychologist of Rapture, who apparently has the splicers on her side this time, attempting to bring the city back to its former glory. Lastly, Tenenbaum returns to Rapture as well, as little girls are being stolen away from the surface and made into Little Sisters. Since this was Tenenbaum’s work, she feels responsible, and with the help of Subject Delta, maybe she can put a stop to these horrors once again.

All in all, I’m happy with it so far. Even though I have to work this weekend, I’m hoping that I’ll have plenty of time to advance, as I haven’t seen any material I haven’t gotten to before just yet.

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What’cha Playin’? 9/22/16 — September 22, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/22/16

One BioShock down, two to go. I got the best ending and most of the trophies, but sadly, I must have missed an audio log or two during my run. At any rate, BioShock still holds up, and the collection makes it look better than ever. I did have 2 crashes during my play; hopefully BioShock 2 doesn’t have the same issue in the collection. I’ve never beaten BioShock 2, so I’m looking forward to giving it another fair chance.

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What’cha Playin’? – 9/21/16 — September 21, 2016

What’cha Playin’? – 9/21/16

Not too much to say as I’ve been pretty busy with school work, but, I made it through Fort Frolic in BioShock, and I started playing Half-Life again. Great game, and it’s on the List, so at some point, I want to get a review down for the List.

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What’cha Playin’? 9/20/16 — September 20, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/20/16

After finishing Folklore, I’ve moved on to the BioShock Collection. Going chronologically from release date, I want to work my way through the collection. BioShock is on the List of Best Games Ever, but I’ve never finished 2 and I haven’t even played Infinite, so I’m looking forward to what else the series has to offer, especially Infinite, as I’ve heard great things about it.

BioShock looks the best it ever has, though, and the addition of director commentary gives me one more thing to hunt for. I’ve only had 1 crash so far, so if you’re playing the collection, save often. I just made it to Fort Frolic, one of my favorite areas, so I’m looking forward to working through that; I haven’t played BioShock in a number of years.

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Folklore – PS3 Review — September 19, 2016

Folklore – PS3 Review

My Folklore review is now live. You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

Pros

  • Fun ideas and gameplay concepts.
  • Beautiful art and character design.
  • A fitting soundtrack.
  • Great story that really ramps up at the end.

Cons

  • Little replayability; a once and done kind of game.
  • Linear and unimaginative level design.

Final Score: 9.5/10

Folklore is a fantastic game that I would easily put on a list of “forgotten gems”. I wish there were more to do once you’re done, outside of the several DLC add on packs, but, what can you do? This is sadly a franchise we’ll probably never see again, but I’m really glad I got to see it at all.

What’cha Playin’? 9/16/16 — September 16, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/16/16

Haven’t really had much time as I’ve been very busy with schoolwork and work-work. That said, I did advance to the next chapter in Folklore. I can’t wait to beat it! Hopefully this weekend will present me with an opportunity to do so!

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What’cha Playin’? 9/15/16 — September 15, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/15/16

Slow day, as I’ve been busy with school work and work-work. I squeezed in a few rounds of Rocket League and a teensy bit of Folklore.

My copy of the Bioshock Collection came in the mail yesterday, and to my surprise, it’s the only PS4 game I’ve ever seen to have two disks; one for Bioshock and Bioshock 2, and the other one for Infinite. I played the opening little bit of Bioshock, and I desperately want to play more, but I know that if I do, I’ll never finish Folklore, and I really do want to. One thing at a time.

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What’cha Playin’? 9/14/16 — September 14, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/14/16

Not much news today, I’ve been busy. Played a little bit of Rocket League, but that’s all I had time for. Looking forward to playing the Bioshock Collection once I have some time.

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What’cha Playin’? 9/13/16 Folklore — September 13, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/13/16 Folklore

After powering through the first three Silent Hills, 1 on PS3 as a PS Classic, and 2 and 3 on PC, I’m taking a short break to play Folklore, an old (well, 2007) PlayStation 3 game. It’s a really neat action RPG that’s part Pokemon, part Alice in Wonderland, and part murder mystery. There is a mysterious murder in the small island town of Doolin that two characters are called to, and you can choose to play as either. You can play as Ellen, the girl with the missing past that supposedly lies in Doolin, or Keats, the skeptical writer of a paranormal magazine. The game is broken into chapters, and you can either play through all of the chapters as one character or alternating between characters like I am. You go into different worlds and fight different fairy tale-esque creatures, called Folks, eventually capturing their “Ids” and using them to fight for you. For example you may capture a folk with a combo attack and another with a ranged attack so you can mix up which to use when, as you can map Folks to the four face buttons. Some Folks are weak to others, and exploiting some weaknesses may be the only way to capture or damage some Folks. The world is beautiful and the game is really cool, so you can expect a bigger review of it once I do finish it. The only thing that stinks is that this game was released before Trophy support was mainstream on Sony consoles. That’s just me though, I like getting trophies.

The Bioshock Collection comes out today. Unfortunately, Amazon didn’t want me to have it on release day, so I’ll be getting it tomorrow. That said, I’m looking forward to playing through 1 again and trying 2 once I get through that.

Finally, if you haven’t tried the new mode in Rocket League, you absolutely have to. In Rumble mode, they give you all sorts of powerups and abilities and it makes for some crazy play, with grappling hooks and punching gloves and tornadoes… It’s hectic but insanely fun. Try it for yourself! As always, Rocket League updates are free!

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Silent Hill 3 Review (PS2) — September 12, 2016

Silent Hill 3 Review (PS2)

My Silent Hill 3 review is now live. You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

The Bottom Line

Pros

  • Fantastic, tense, and terrifying atmosphere.
  • Great and believable characters.
  • Wonderfully told story.
  • Great puzzles.
  • Unlockable costumes.

Cons

  • A sometimes unfair and frustrating challenge.
  • The removal of a robust ending system.
  • Trains.

Final Score: 9.5/10

It really is so close to being a best game ever. If it weren’t for those minor frustrations, I really think it would be on that list. And for the record, the List is fluid. Maybe in a future playthrough, SH3 will land on that list.