Saturday, 16 February 2019

Fallout Tactics: Bugged

[Part of the Fallout Tactics story]

Frances replaces her fallen squaddies with females: the nurse Mandy, all rounder Ice, and her mechanic friend Jo who quickly gets to work repairing the hummer. Annoyingly, the Brotherhood Quartermaster is short on ammo to trade so the team is next sent out to collect batteries to power energy weapons.

Their destination is an abandoned bunker but they are pleasantly surprised to find a friendly but simple tribe living above it and barter a few things before descending into the labyrinth below. A labyrinth filled with radscorpions and radroaches! Yuck!

The boss roach is car sized. Eek!

The deeper areas are only accessible by turning on the power, which in also activates the defense turrets that the team must dodge past. They finally find the battery supply in the deepest area which is home to a giant roach. Jo is crippled by the beast before it is slain.

As they exit, they power down the turrets but find it is too late for the tribe topside as the turrets there also went live and melted over half the inhabitants. Back at the base, the injured Jo is replaced with female close quarter specialist Torn.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Fallout Tactics: Hummer Time

[Part of the Fallout Tactics story]

The last raider outpost is destroyed easily, as the team managed to use a herd of wild brahmin to "disarm" their mine field. General Barnaky then orders the squad south to the next Brotherhood bunker, with an ultimate goal of finding the mythical Vault 0 that is supposed to contain secrets of the past, and gateways to the future.

The migration hits a speedbump at the town of Macomb, where hostile locals put up barricades in an effort to pilfer a Brotherhood convoy. Frances' team is tasked with clearing the way - shooting down packs of dogs while carefully taking down the many roof top snipers lying in wait.

Night time also lowers chances to hit at range.

Despite their best efforts Robin takes a bullet to the face early while traversing a rooftop, Stitch is taken out by a grenade, and Dianne bleeds out from rocket shrapnel at the last hurdle. For their efforts, the survivors aquire a humvee which certainly beats walking. It also can store a lot of loot and is made use of right away to flee from the giant, acid spitting radroaches of the wasteland!

Fallout Tactics: New Recruits

[Part of the Fallout Tactics story]

"Cut them loose," ordered Frances as she reloaded her pistol. Behind her Dianne, now better known as her callsign - Farsight, took up an overwatch position covering one of the exits to the large hut with her hunting rifle as Stitch made his way through the tribal hostages, cutting their bonds free with a scalpel.

Vault boy wasn't one of the prisoners.

Frances couldn't help but be reminded that it was her in that position not long ago, having been taken by rogues and then sold to these raiders to suffer unspeakable indignities. She and Dianne were lucky, surviving until the Brotherhood of Steel rescued them and recruited them into their ranks. Their other friend Brenda was less fortunate, and ended up as dinner a week before the rescue.

These tribals wouldn't suffer that fate though, now they were free... Free to serve the brotherhood. With this success Frances was allowed to expand to a full squad, gaining recruits Trevor the fat, goatee Brian and Robin who does his best to emulate his favorite comic book sidekick.

Fallout Tactics

Because you can't have enough stories about a post nuclear wasteland...

Chapter 01 - New Recruits
Chapter 02 - Hummer Time
Chapter 03 - Bugged 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Absurd Game Ideas - Superhero Tank

[Part of the Absurd Game Ideas folder]

Many game bloggers, including myself, usually talk about our ideal games or how to improve the games we currently play. Well I thought it would be fun to flip the script and share our most absurd and silly game or game mod ideas! You are invited to blog your own crazy ideas too! :)

Today's one is inspired by Batman: Arkham Knight's Batmobile dependence. I give you...

Superhero Tank

In this thrilling MOBA, play as your favorite superheroes and super villains as they drive their tanks to victory! Not only can you customize and design your tanks, outfitting them with better gear as your rank up, but they gain some abilities of the hero or villain piloting them!

For example, Spiderman's tank shoots web, Flash's tank moves faster, Aquaman's tank can move under water, Wonderwoman's Tank can lasso other tanks and Bane's tank can get a temporary buff from drugs! Take superhero fighting to the next level of awesomeness because a hero without a tank, is not a hero at all!

Monday, 11 February 2019

Batman: Arkham Knight

I hope you like driving games.

With Gotham evacuated thanks to a terrorist threat from Scarecrow, the streets are now filled mostly with goons of the regular rogues gallery and an invading army of soldiers who are mostly there to hunt Batman. Fortunately, Bats has a new toy in this game - the Batmobile - a powerhouse which will either make of break the game for you.

Why? Because as cool as the car is, it's like 70% of the games' focus suddenly shifted to it. There are multitudes of races, chases, combats, and puzzles (yes, damn you Nigma) that can only be solved with it. If you like driving games, then this should be good news for you. If you hate driving games like I do, then it becomes a tedious chore.

Punching the Riddler is one of my fave moments.

It's a pity because the rest of it (other than the ending which I disliked) is great, especially the bits where you can play as other characters... if only you didn't need the damned car most of the time. I give it 2.5 "non-lethal" exploding bat-rockets out of 5.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

LEGO Lord of the Rings

Where one CAN simply walk into Mordor.

Following the events of the movie trilogy, this LEGO retelling is much more humorous despite using the same voiced lines. How much more humorous? Well, Strider managing to lock the Nazgul in the toilet in the Bree Tavern is a good example.

Who do you get to play during this? Well, everyone. In story mode you can switch between active party members at will, and will need to as different people have different skills. Sam can make plants grow, Gimli can smash rocks, Legolas can jump higher etc. It's also not too challenging, though some bugs towards the end might require a few mission restarts.

Had to replay the Black Gate battle a few times...

Speaking of bugs, I also needed to reduce the resolution to get it to run smoothly, but YMMV. This is definitely designed for collectors though, because after finishing all the story content I only had 33% completion. The rest is found in the open world "free play" which is both massive and for me, empty. Still, this was a fun and mostly relaxed way to relive the movies so I give it 3 rings out of 5.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

A Story about my Uncle

If you want to be happy, don't read the signs.

In this first person platformer, you play as a curious boy who finds himself in a strange land full of floating rocks. While you are given solid controls, nifty gear, and many many checkpoints to help traverse this place expect to die a fair bit (hence the many checkpoints).

Really fun while also really challenging!

While most of this is just about traversal, there is an ok story happening too complete with voiced characters. Strangely, the main characters voice acting is the weakest. Also, be warned this is a short game - I finished it in just under 3 hours, but missed many of the hidden collectibles. Still, if you like platformers - especially first person platformers, I would recommend this one. I give it 2.5 eyeballs out of 5.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Train to Busan

It's a zombie express!

When a little girl convinces her selfish father to take her to visit her estranged mother via express train, she didn't realize just how traumatic the trip would be. Traumatic and bloody! That's what happens when you put zombies on a train.

Well, this day is going to hell.

This Korean action horror is quite entertaining and does have an interesting version of the infected undead. The main cast do a good job in their albeit stereotypical roles and the camera, stunt work and action bits are quite good. Effects wise is quite passable too.

That leaves the plot, which is predictable and has some holes the size of which people can crawl through - but don't most zombie movies have that? All up I really enjoyed this one and would definitely watch it again. I rate it 4 lemmings out of 5.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Another Sight: Hodge's Journey

 There is a key to meow. :3

In this platformer, you play as an orange cat who is totally tripping in the catnip traversing some strange realms via teleporters for no clear reason. There are some moderate puzzles in this short game, which is currently free on Steam.

Kitty's tripping balls.

I cleared it in 27 minutes. Much like What Never Was, this is just a prelude to something more - but this time there actually IS something more, which is the main game: Another Sight. Not sure that it managed to sell me on getting the main game, but if you like platformers and cats, then this one is worth a download.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

What Never Was

A prelude to something that should be.

In this first person, one room story puzzle, a young woman is tidying up her grandfather's attic and comes across a secret. While there is reading through journal pages there is also surprisingly good voice acting in this little game.

The entirety of the game lies in this attic.

The only real let down is the length, as I cleared it in 18 minutes and was looking forward for more but - see the title. On the flip side, its currently available for free on Steam - so if you liked things like Myst and just want to see how sharp (or rusty) your skills are, it's worth a try.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Dragons: Defenders of Berk / Race to the Edge

More Hiccup and Toothless!

Taking place between the first and second "How to train your Dragon" movies, this series follows Hiccup and company as they discover new dragons, make new friends and battle new enemies. As expected, the CGI quality is not movie standard but drastically improves with each new season with the final one being pretty damn good and sets up for the second movie really well.

The extra characters have decent development too!

I also like that there is an underlying plot behind the problem of the day scenario and towards the end sees the Hiccup fighting in pretty much full scale war. While there are deaths it is a kids show so all of it is bloodless and off screen. Of course, the main attraction are the characters and any extra time with their funny antics and watching them grow is quite entertaining. Definitely one I'd recommend for fans of the show.

Monday, 4 February 2019

The Battle for Wesnoth

Free, turn based sprite warfare.

The land of Wesnoth is in turmoil and the best solution is war! Conducted on hex grid maps the general flow of a battle (but not all, there are variants) is to recruit units, conquer and hold villages (for gold production) and subsequently eliminate your opponent's leader.

It's a little annoying that said leader (both sides) usually has to stay within a keep so that they can actually recruit people but that's just one of the tiny nuances to get used to.

Expect some reading!

I like that various units perform better with in various terrain or time of day, so rushing your elves headlong into undead at night is a bad idea. Luring them into the woods during the morning is a better prospect but do you have time for that? Yes, most campaign missions have a turn limit to keep you pushing forward.

Some also have varying attacks - said elves shooting against sword wielders is a good idea. Shooting against mages? Not too bright, better to go hand to hand in that case. Simple mechanics that are easy to learn, but harder to master. Keeping units alive is also good, as you can recall surviving veterans in future campaign missions.

Lastly, there's a lot of content here. Campaigns upon campaigns, an editor, more player made stuff - all available for free. The graphics are the obvious let down though, and if you don't like sprites you won't like this. Also, if the enemy has a gazillion troops it takes awhile for him to complete his turn.

Not quite my cup of tea, but if you like strategy games and don't mind the less than stellar art Wesnoth might be worth a look.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Kung Fu Yoga

The title is worse than the movie.

In this action comedy, Chinese archaeologist Jack Chan (played by Jackie Chan) is called upon by an Indian professor to help find a lost treasure. Of course, there is a bad guy after the same treasure who has a lot of goons that Jack and company get to beat up.

This poster is as serious as the movie gets.

Since I went into this with really low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised at the budget this movie has. The team visits many places, and along with some wirework there is a lot of neat CGI (though obviously CGI - not life like enough to fool people). The story itself is a bit flat and predictable but Jackie Chan's antics certainly help lift it up.

Also, there's not much yoga but there is a lot of melee fighting, which for me is great. Not the best movie Jackie Chan has made, but if you are a Jackie Chan fan then you would probably still enjoy this. I give it 2.5 Indiana Jones references out of 5, and yes - I would watch it again!

Friday, 1 February 2019

February 2019 Status

Sigh. So many things still to do from last time. Reminds me of something an instructor told me years ago: The only thing in my way is myself. Apparently this still is the case. I also found an unexpected wall which will slow back log clearing down a little - my monthly download limit. Some of the games have huge file sizes which means I'll need to be clever in my download scheduling.

    End 2019 with less weight (no change from last month, total: no change)
    Make board game prototype (no progress)
    Complete web comic chapter 1 (no progress)
    Clean out wardrobe (no progress)
    Deal with overhanging trees (no progress)
    +Clean the roof

Backlog Update:

FROM GIFTS (or freebies)
Batman: Arkham Knight (done)
Dying Light
Shadow of War
Satellite Reign
Battle for Wesnoth (had enough)
Lego Lord of the Rings
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Baldur's Gate
Baldur's Gate 2
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
Fallout Tactics (done)
+Another Sight: Hodge's Journey
+What Never Was
+A Story About My Uncle
+Deponia: The Complete Journey

Board games:
Mice and Mystics Campaign (6/11)
Zombicide: Black Plague Campaign (8/11)
London Dread Campaign (0/4)
Adamastor (0/2 modes)
Escape from Colditz (1/2 modes)
House of Danger (done)
+Pandemic: Fall of Rome