Gaming Posts

Done With Bravely Default

bravely-defaultI haven’t written in a while due to time constraints with having my second child and work being busy, but finally have some time to sit down and talk about a game I’ve been playing off and on for months called Bravely Default. BD is a throwback to the PS1 style Final Fantasy classics that fans of the genre have been yearning for, well, since Final Fantasy broke out of the mold and experienced with different gameplay mechanics. Some fans latched onto the changes of FF, while others wished for a more rooted experience. That’s where Bravely Default steps up.

Review: Torchlight 2

torchlight 2 logo
Torchlight 2 is one of those games that I enjoyed my time with but glad to finally be done. Steam says I’ve played 27 hours, which is a lot of time for a game I couldn’t tell you one plot point from. I played Torchlight 2 over the course of a year, hopping in and out when I found time. It’s easily a mindless click-a-thon where I was more interested in looting than following any sort of lore. Not to say there isn’t a story there worth diving into, I just didn’t care about it and was actually shocked that I was fighting the final boss when I did.

My time with Torchlight 2 had me clicking a lot. The first in the series was all set on levels stacked on top eachother, and I believe there were 50 floors, could be more. This one is setup more traditionally with various towns to embark. They weren’t interesting though, just a small area with shops and some people to chat. You might spend a few minutes in them collecting quests but then be on your way exploring. Level design was varied enough but felt less so the more you played.

Quick Review: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Brothers-A-Tale-of-Two-Sons

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a beautiful game, and the designers take advantage of the landscape by putting benches for you to sit and gaze. Brothers is an adventure style game where you control two brothers with both joysticks navigating through an interesting world for a cure for your dad. It was a short stay with not much development in the world or characters, but was a solid entry that is worth exploring.

The game opens up with two brothers tasked with finding a cure for their sick dad. You traverse an unusual and charismatic world filled with interesting scenarios that involves no combat, guns, or fighting. Characters interact with simple gestures and speak with moans and grunts, which obviously would prefer dialogue but it works in this instance. You traverse the world by running, climbing, swimming, and some instances riding on a bird-things back. There never is a dull moment during the four hours Brothers lasts.

The game attempts to be emotional by introducing you to various characters that the brothers interact with and putting them through awkward situations. I thought the giants I came across had more character than the humans. I don’t want to get into specifics, but I could see where the game was leading me at the end and might have made more of an impact if it wasn’t so in my face. You also interact with the world in unique ways, including moving dead giant bodies around that are in your way.

I never quite got used to the controls as each brother is mapped to a different stick and shoulder button. yes it is all one button controls, but it is interesting and sometimes tricky scheme to get used to. I bought this game on sale but still think it is worth full price for those interested. It’s a nice break from the norm, and although it is short, the world is an captivating place to explore with rich detailed environments that make it worth your stay.

I give it four rock giants out of five.

Skywind Looks Amazing

I just recently wrote about my favorite video games of all time, and wrote about my dumb decision to skip out of Morrorwind. As I thought I would never return to this game, this trailer might be changing my mind. Some fans of the series are getting together to use the engine from Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and use it for Morrorwind. It’s amazing the dedication these fans are showing making this game, and the trailer really shows the level of detail they are putting into this. They have an official website where they answer questions here

They are also working on doing this to Oblivion as well, but won’t start on that until Skywind is completed. It’s exciting to see this and might be my ticket to pull me back to that world.

My Top 10 Video Games of All Time

My Top 10 Video Games of All Time

I’ve always wanted to sit down and figure out my top ten video games of all time. They have always been a big part of my life, and I never knew how my list would turn out. When I was putting it together, I originally had 16 games on here and had to omit some really good ones. Those are at the bottom of my list if you care to know.