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Long Time no See! — March 17, 2017

Long Time no See!

Hey, how’s it going? It’s been a decent while since I’ve last posted here, and that’s just due to the nature of college. Last two weeks have been pretty heavy on schoolwork, especially due to mid terms, and it probably doesn’t help that the little free time I have had I’ve been spending on Animal Crossing: New Leaf: an absolute life-eater, for sure. That said, I’m working on a bunch of new, quality content for CyberphileTV (the YouTube channel), starting with my coverage of PAX East, which I uploaded a little earlier than usual today. I’m going to be working on a video review of Samurai Champloo as well as talking a bit about one of my favorite bands and the story behind their music: The Protomen. Make sure you subscribe to the YouTube channel for all that juicy content. Without further ado: Here’s Cyberphile at PAX East 2017!

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System Shock 2 – PC Review — December 20, 2016

System Shock 2 – PC Review

My System Shock 2 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

  • Great atmosphere, story, and sound design.
  • The variety of things you can do, like hacking, research, and modifying your weaponry.
  • Gun play and gameplay in general is satisfying.

Cons

  • Frustrating difficulty.
  • A somewhat convoluted HUD.
  • First time players are pretty much lost with stat building, and trying to build a balanced character (as opposed to a specialized character) will only lead to failure.

Final Score: 7/10

All that said, System Shock 2 is great at pulling you in with its interesting story and incredibly immersive atmosphere. The game is great too, but there are just so many problems and challenges that a first time player must face when giving it a go.

System Shock (Enhanced Edition) – PC Review — December 15, 2016

System Shock (Enhanced Edition) – PC Review

My System Shock 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

  • Great atmosphere and characters, especially SHODAN.
  • Fun, satisfying gameplay.
  • Plenty to explore, with a ton of varied objectives.

Cons

  • The clunky HUD.
  • Sometimes unfair difficulty.

Final Score: 9.5/10

I really really enjoyed System Shock and it’s atmosphere, characters, story, and gameplay. System Shock is chock-full of fun little features that just go the extra mile, for me. If you can get past the clunky HUD and sometimes frustrating difficulty, there’s an amazing game underneath it.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent (BGE) — December 5, 2016

Amnesia: The Dark Descent (BGE)

My Amnesia: The Dark Descent review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview of my review for Amnesia: The Dark Descent:

Amnesia: The Dark Descent revolutionized the first person survival horror genre, especially the kind that has no combat. Games like Outlast and Slender: The 8 Pages may never have been what they are today if not for Amnesia’s influence.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent puts you in the shoes of Daniel, a man trapped in a Gothic castle, known as Brennenburg, with a severe case of amnesia in late August, 1839. Daniel doesn’t remember what he’s doing there or why, but but he does know that he’s being hunted by something. A journal entry, written by his pre-amnesiac self, offers one main goal: Descend into the Inner Sanctum of the castle and kill the Count of Brennenburg, Alexander.

Clustertruck – Review — November 21, 2016

Clustertruck – Review

My Clustertruck 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

  • Fast-paced, arcade-style, pick-up-and-play gameplay that has you playing “just one more level”.
  • A presentation that mostly works for it.
  • Plenty of variation in level design, and the Ability/Utility system lends well to extra playability.

Cons

  • Simplistic to non-existent backgrounds.
  • Can be completed pretty quickly, especially if you’re skilled.
  • After you complete it, there are few reasons to play through again.
  • Inability to remap controls on PS4 (Get it on PC instead, if you can).

Final Score: 9/10

Clustertruck is great fun. Though I personally feel as though the $15 price tag is a little steep for the amount of time you get out of it, the amount of fun you’ll have during that time is well-worth it. If you’re looking for some fast-paced, arcade-style, pick-up-and-play action, pick it up, especially if it goes on sale for $10.

The Elder Scrolls: Arena – Review — November 15, 2016

The Elder Scrolls: Arena – Review

My the Elder Scrolls: Arena 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

  • A challenging pen-and-paper experience.
  • The story and dungeon crawling will have you craving more every time you set it down, with a great payoff at the end.
  • Neat ideas like realistic travel times, a randomly generated (and HUGE) open world, and holidays set new standards for RPGs.

Cons

  • Difficult and seemingly unfair sometimes.
  • You practically have to read the manual.
  • Lack of variety, especially as you near the end of the game.
  • Glitches and bugs.

Final Score: 6.5/10

Ultimately though, the Elder Scrolls: Arena is strangely addicting. The fun comes mainly from exploring every corner of a dungeon, and early on, the bartering and finding your way around town is fun. They did a really good job at making it feel like you were playing a pen-and-paper RPG, even if there was little to deviate outside of the main story. Finally, the ending has a great payoff, and you really feel like you’ve weathered a journey by the end of it. I think it’s flawed for sure, but don’t let the lower score fool you; if you’re in the mood for a DOS RPG and up for a challenge, consider giving Arena a shot.

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’? 9/9/16 – Silent Hill 3 — September 9, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/9/16 – Silent Hill 3

My second playthrough through the Silent Hill series is going swimmingly, so far. In Silent Hill, I got the Good+ ending this time, as opposed to the Bad ending on my first playthrough. In Silent Hill 2, I was aiming for a different ending, as on my first playthrough I got the In Water ending, which is a beautifully depressing ending to a beautifully depressing game, it’s my favorite ending thus far. At any rate, I got the Leave ending this time. Silent Hill 3 reworked its ending system, so I already know the ending I’ll be getting.

But man, Silent Hill 3 is probably the creepiest, tense, and most difficult title thus far. Enemies are pretty quick and powerful, and take quite a bit to kill, meaning that running past them is often your best bet, if you can. Not only that, but the enemies are far more numerous as well. Speaking of enemies, they have the strangest designs in the series. Those really big guys with the twitchy faces are terrifying. At any rate, I’m hoping to beat 3 this weekend and possibly move on to the Room, another pretty unsettling title in the series.

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Silent Hill 2 (BGE) — September 8, 2016

Silent Hill 2 (BGE)

My Silent Hill 2 review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Here’s a preview of my review for Silent Hill 2:

If Silent Hill was a home-run, Silent Hill 2 is a grand slam. Silent Hill 2 had big shoes to fill after the work of art the first Silent Hill was, and oh man, did it ever fit the bill. Silent Hill 2  is widely regarded as one of if not the best survival horror game, let alone one of the best games of all time.

What’cha Playin’? 9/7/16 – Silent Hill 2 — September 7, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 9/7/16 – Silent Hill 2

Over the weekend I had the urge to start playing the Silent Hill series again. A few years back, I played 1, 2, 3, 4: The Room, and Origins, then stopped during Homecoming. Well, with the spookiest time of year approaching, I felt as though it was time to revisit this fantastic series, and I’m very glad I am. I added the first Silent Hill to the list of Best Games Ever, and once I finish 2 again (although this time on PC), I’ll be doing a write up on it as well.

What are your experiences with the Silent Hill series? Let me know in the comments!