Our lips are moving but we aren’t saying anything at the following link.
How bad does something have to be before you can’t put up with it anymore? Loaded question, I know, so let’s constrain it to what we know best – video games. It’s sort of the video game version of the chicken/egg question. If a game plays phenomenally with a fantastic story but looks like crap, is it still a good game? If a game looks amazing but the story is weak, is it still a good game? I think all of these are subjective to the player. In the end it’s up to them on if they got their money’s worth and if their time was spent well with a game.
None of us have played Mass Effect Andromeda, but at least from the people we spoke with on this episode who have, they’re easily enjoying what they are playing regardless of what they might be seeing. The animations have their drawbacks at times but it isn’t enough to take them away from the enjoyment the game is giving them. It’s a win for them and seems to come highly recommended. It’s what works for them.
So what about you? Where does a game succeed or fail for you? Does it need to hit certain points on all levels to be something you’ll enjoy or can a game knock it out of the park in one single area for you to look past the other faults? We have reviews and videos for other people to tell us what they think. We even have our show for that. But really, after all is said and done, it’s up to you, the player, to make those choices for what works best for you.
We call do-overs from time to time at the following link.
I know I’m usually talking about the upcoming or just released games when I write these things but I want to go back to a game that had an interesting release last year. And it lasted all of last year. I was skeptical of how they’d pull it off at first but HITMAN has surprised me. And…it’s actually made me regret not going about it the way Matt did and the way it was intended – episodically.
Normally in the way of usual games released in episodes I’d wait for the full season to release and I did that with HITMAN. It’s because playing it in episodes so close together I have better memory of what just transpired in the previous installment. But that doesn’t work with HITMAN. One episode doesn’t really carry over to the other. Each level was released one at a time and when you finished it up you had the chance to go back and try new ways to complete the level. This idea is lost a little bit when ALL the episodes are available to you at the outset. Finish it one way and you have the freedom to move to the next target. There’s very little to sway you to go back in and try again a different way.
Then there’s the constant updates to the game and the elusive targets they unleash pretty regularly. Hats off to the devs for continuing the support – free support at that. Reminds me a bit of Burnout Paradise. You may not be a fan of the HITMAN games, and that’s one thing, but if you are and had doubts, this is an easy game to recommend you jump right in on. It deserves it and the devs with their continued support deserve your support as well. Tell other companies out there how much you enjoy what they’re doing and hopefully this will extend to others. Vote with your wallet, right? For everyone who’s ever preached that, here’s a game and a team well worth your vote.
We still haven’t played a Switch at the following link.
I once again find myself in that wonderful situation where there’s just a lot to be played and more on the way. I’m 3 missions shy of finishing up Sniper Elite 4, I’m just starting to sink my teeth into Horizon Zero Dawn. My special edition Zelda order finally showed up Saturday. Last Guardian is STILL on the shelf for me waiting to really be played, and then Destiny is doing it’s final big update for the game at the end of the month.
My cup runneth over.
While I’m only listing a few games here, both Horizon, Zelda, and Destiny to some extent are MASSIVE games that will require a lot of my time to finish them. I put Destiny in there out of my own self admitted addiction I have whenever they give me a record book or new stuff to do. Give me the challenge and a list to tick it all off with and you’ve got me by the short hairs.
Zelda is actually really intimidating waiting this long to get around to playing it. Reading the massive amount of praise it’s getting and knowing how massive a game it actually is – you’re a little nervous to make the leap into it. Well, I am, anyway. My only experience of Zelda was Wind Waker and it was marvelous for me. I loved it and I haven’t been excited for another Zelda since then until Breath Of The Wild came about (maybe a little excitement for Link Between Worlds – which I also haven’t played).
Go back and listen to the past few shows leading up to the Nintendo Switch release. Hell, go back and just read some of these posts for shows – it’s enough to make a good bet I wouldn’t be getting a Nintendo Switch.