Category: Adventure

The Void – Guest review

The Void, also known as Tension or Turgor, is an adventure…horror…survival…thing made by Ice-Pick Lodge, the same people who made Pathologic, which you’ve probably never played either. Unfortunately, though it improves on almost all of Pathologic’s faults, I do not have nearly as high of an opinion of it. (Also, naked women herein.)

To start with: the presentation of this game is gorgeous.

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Dishonored

I love love loved this game and I have so many thoughts about it. SO MANY. And now you have to listen to me ramble.

I picked it up because of the trailer at last year’s E3. Those like me who follow these types of things will probably be aware that E3 2015 featured an unheard-of amount of female protagonists in the trailers, and Dishonored 2 was one of them. I’d heard great things about this first game and the new trailer looked badass, so it went onto my list. Also you should watch the trailer because I am now SO EXCITED for this game. (more…)

Dreamfall: The Longest Journey

This was yet another game that was very good until it became apparent it was a giant sequel hook, though at least this one had an actual ending. I’m more sure than I ever was that the final game answers no questions and that’s why fans are demanding the midquel that shouldn’t be necessary otherwise. Right up until it lacked any closure, though, it was once again very good.

That said, Creepy Marketing Guy’s grubby paws are all over this. The Brock Bird’s whole character is now how stupid feminists are, and also rape jokes, because why not, and the White Dragon isn’t an actual dragon, but a hot chick in a skimpy dress who talks about all the strange feelings her body has. Yeah.

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Life Is Strange

This is YA, and it hits literally every YA trope beat for beat, and it’s to the game’s disservice that I didn’t know this going in, because I am 26 and not 16 and as such the constant wave of high school drama and adults just don’t understaaaaand and catty protagonist monologue made me want to throw my computer off the roof and go back to playing games with some modicum of maturity. I think if I’d been aware of just how juvenile this was going in I could at least have judged it relative to other YA, but as I have no desire to relive high school being suddenly thrown into it and forced to roleplay a teenager was highly unpleasant and I ended up resenting how immature and dramatic everyone was. (That said, the rabid fandom this game has among teenagers should probably have tipped me off.)

There’s also the fact that this is the dumbed-down, drained-of-all-social-commentary YA version of Twin Peaks, and commits the cardinal sin of reminding me of the superior work over and over. You should really just go watch the first 1.5 seasons of Twin Peaks instead of playing this; it’s an infinitely more rewarding experience.

Finally, “Life Is Strange,” is a terrible title.

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Moon Hunters

This was an ambitious game with some wonderful aspects that I came away feeling was very empty. It does have some things, though — a diverse cast, lots of choice, pretty art — so if you can get it for a big discount it could be worth checking out for the novelty. I definitely wouldn’t drop $15 on it, though, that’s highway robbery. There’s just not enough content, the story didn’t make much sense, and ultimately it was a disappointment.

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