Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi Review

Just got out from watching the new Star Wars!

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Microtransactions – A.K.A. Pay-to-win

Everyone and their distant cousin’s aunt knows about the recent drama with EA—you can look it up. I want to address the topic of micro transactions and loot crates apart from them, as it has been an issue since before them and is still an issue for many others.

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CoD WWII Campaign

That train wreck scene though… :O #mostintensesceneaward

THE BREAKDOWN

Storyline: 8/10 I have my bones to pick, but overall was great. Especially with it being about Turner/Pierson. Loved that woven throughout. Leaders impact positively and negatively in more ways than people know. #gotrespect Though, that spying mission felt tramendously out of place. Almost like a favor to someone on the team to be thrown in the campaign. It’s setting/storyline interrupted the flow for me personally. Eh.

Setting/Locations: 7/10 Great setting, though the maps, I felt, didn’t quite reflect it as well as they could have WWII has always been engrossing and CoD did well in touching if only a dab of its story.

Mechanincs/Weapons: 8.5/10 The game handled great for the most part. There were only two missions that made me cringe to the mechanics involved: the tank (ultra high sensitivity at full health, ulta-mega annoyingly unresponsive at low) and the plane (waaaaay too delayed controls–did I mention delayed?) scenes.

Graphics/Cut-scenes: 9/10 I mean like, the cut scenes were so stinking gorgeous I can’t even remember what the gameplay looks like. #truestory

Ending: 7/10 Abrupt. Like… my goodness. I know you gotta end it, but it took a quick turn in plot/direction and then was at the bottom of its plot-hill in no time (aka: ended). It felt like taking the bridge didn’t have as much significance due to feeling like it was a “oh stink, lets finish this before the game comes out” moment. I loved the epilogue, though felt like they could have made its tone of seriousness a lot more along the lines of the Zombie DLC. I was hoping they would cross. The camps are gruesome. I realize it’s not for all and would significantly affect the rating, but felt the brutality wasn’t done justice. Though those ending words… #solid

Pros/Cons: I loved the missions being only 30-45 minutes. Let’s the wife not have to wait all night to hang out, you know? Huge pro. It can also be a con in that it broke of the campaign pretty consistantly. While not a huge fan on all the guns, there are two that I have come to love. Like, truly truly truly seriously love. #cliffhangercomments Main con would be the tank/plane mechanics. Really wish they were improved upon, as those moments were me just “grinding” hoping I wouldn’t have to replay that part :S

Overall: 8.25/10 Solid campaign, phenomenal cut-scenes, and nicely broken up.
Needs to be co-op. #likethepcspecsclaimed

Call of Duty: WW2 PC Beta – Closing Thoughts

Yes, I am a gamer; yes, I stink at gaming; yes, I am untouchable when it comes to death streaks. And yes, I stink at FPS games period (DISCLAIMER: not all FPS games included, exceptions may and do apply).

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The National: Sleep Well Beast

I want to start by saying the album High Violet by The National is probably one of my favorite go-to’s for chillaxing and remedying artistry–along with it being Wilder Mind by Mumford & Sons and The Runaway Found by The Veils. The three seem to form an inseparable boomerang of musical inspiration. The tones, tunes, rhythms, progressions, vibes, voices…

Anyway, you can get the picture. When I found out Aaron and Bryce Dessner (of The National) were heading up the tribute to the Grateful Dead–the Day of the Dead CD collection–I instantly fell in love with the memorandum. That, and Peggy-o is just flat out an amazing song. Usually I go artist-crazy and buy every album I can of theirs once I’m hooked (as the case with Josh Garrels, Dredg, Future of Forestry, U2, and several others), I decided to wait it out. Simply knowing the contribution was led by The National gave me hope that, perhaps, they had an album stirring in the shadows.

I was right and I love it.

While tracks like “Walk It Back”, “Turtleneck” and “Sleep Well Beast” aren’t particularly my favorite, they’ve steadily grown on me (especially “Walk It Back”, though the language makes it hard to listen on repeat around the wife xD ).

It is different from High Violet and more so a melancholy backdrop of tracks. As far as the album’s topic and content, someone else has bested me in putting it and I recommend reading their review. Overall, I am glad to be a fan of The National and certainly they still remain a go-to group for something familiar, soothing, and on repeat.

If anything, give a listen to the tracks “Day I Die”, “Born To Beg”, and “Guilty Party”. At least those xD

 

 

E3 2017

There is a lot to be said about some pretty awesomely phenomenal upcoming games. Two in particular have me excited beyond the reaches of cloud nine and Columbus. I mean, who wouldn’t be jaw dropping at the new Metro Exodus and Anthem.

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