Tales from Borderlands Episode 3 just keeps the series going and, to be honest, I am not being let down by Telltale at all. After a slow start, each episode just engages me more and the need or want to play more gets greater and greater. I think it’s more to do with the genre, but the story just holds you there.
Tales from Borderlands Episode 3 really did keep up the pace where the action was concerned and even had me failing multiple times where the controls and combat are concerned. I think its to do with how slow the controls can be it lulls you into a false sense of security because you know that for the most part you just have to pick a decision on dialogue. Then all of a sudden you have to be quicker in order to fire a weapon or defend yourself.
The story developing and know your building on relationships with each of the main characters, but what amazes me is the way in which the comedy remains in quite bleak circumstances. This episode they continue to have their backs against the wall with more of Fiona’s past being the biggest of obstacle in this episode, that being said these new villains or forces against you are now becoming everyone’s problem. The only downside to this episode for me is that the decisions you make don’t seem to have as much of impact as they did in episode 2 in my opinion.
The relationships that seemed to be budding is the Gortys and Loader Bot. You are also left wondering whether there is something button Rhys and Sasha, as the connection between Rhys and Fiona seems to have simmered down a little.
Overall I would give this episode of Tales from the Borderlands an 8/10 because although the decisions don’t seem to have as big of an impact of the story in this episode as episode 2, the comedy and action scenes were second to none I really enjoyed this episode and I am really looking forward to the next episode.
Tales from the Borderlands Episode 2 continues on from Episode 1 as you’d expect, but I have to say it seemed to fix some of the issues that I had with the series right out of the gate. One of the biggest problems I had with Episode 1 was the fact that the main character I just didn’t connect with. The story at that point was showing the main characters Rhys and Vaughn to actually be on the evil side of the game which I have no problem with but with a game like this you want to have empathy for the characters that you are playing and this was fixed in Episode 2 for me.
The main reason for this for me was the way in which they actually used the villains of the story for want of a better word. The impact that Hugo Vasquez was huge because it gave you a villain and made Rhys more of a likeable character because you can now see the proper battle lines drawn. On the other side, now you see Fiona’s past catching up with her and that adds another dynamic to the story because now both sides of the universe are actually having the same issues. Rhys, for example, is from Hyperion the evil within the world as they have kept people in Pandora down and destroyed it from what I can understand. Fiona is a from Pandora and a Con Artist, but she is just trying to survive. You see Rhys in another way during this episode he might be part of the higher power, but realistically he is doing the same just trying to survive just in a different set of circumstances.
The action in this episode kept up the pace of the first episode but somehow managed to add the depth to character more than what the first episode did. The character development was huge for me and I felt that the decisions that I made in this episode had a greater impact to the story and my characters lives. Overall I would give this episode a strong 8/10. It’s made huge strides to make me become more engulfed in the series.
Tales from the Borderlands is a game from Telltale that is based on the games by 2k called Borderlands obviously but, to be honest, I don’t know much about the series but as many of you know if you follow the blog I am a huge fan of the Telltale series really enjoying The Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us.
Hyped by the fact that this is another Telltale game I had to pick it up even with my lack of knowledge of the universe and do a lets play. The biggest problem I seem to have with the series I don’t feel quite as close to the characters as I have with other series. Whether this will change as times goes on I really can’t tell you however because it’s not so much a survival or investigation story it doesn’t seem to instantly pull you in like the others did. I think that it has more to do with the emotional connection and empathy with the characters more than anything and in this episode the main characters do seem to be on the side of evil.
That said though I did feel the story was quite well told as you come to expect from Telltale and that unlike other Telltale games you were thrown straight into the action to more extent. The combat seems to be higher on the agenda in this game which is true to the original game and I think that is what Telltale does so well adjusting even the most action pack game or story into a story driven game.
Overall I really enjoyed the episode and I will be carrying on with series but I do have to say that it wasn’t the strongest opening episode that they have put together. I would give this episode a 6/10 just because it has intrigued me to want to follow on the story, but it has completely hooked me in.
Rocket League has left me stomped I am really not sure what to say about this game as on paper this game really shouldn’t be my thing. Anyone that knows me knows I have no special awareness and probably one of the worst reaction speeds ever but I really do enjoy this game.
The major factor to the success of Rocket League between myself and friends that are playing it is that it was free for PS Plus members this month and in meant that although not huge sports fans, and definitely not football fans we picked up this game just to give it ago as it was getting a lot of hype in the gaming world as the streamers we watch and other community were saying how much fun it was and we just had to try it from that point there was no looking back. I have to admit I was the first to pick it up and was wondering if it was really the type of game for the guys and when they started playing it, it has become our go to game in the evenings for a bit of Co-Op.
The graphics themselves aren’t spectacular but then they aren’t terrible either and the premises is simple you get to do what the Top Gear team did in real life but virtually and that is to run around playing football in cars. I wouldn’t like to say we are great at the game well I wouldn’t even say we were good, but fun has been had by all even when everything is going wrong and we are bumping into each other, tempers on a high and we are still having fun. This game does have the potential to ruin friendships but when games only last 5 minutes who really cares if we are 8-0 down hey? Well if I’m honest we probably would worry a little more if we were playing ranked but we haven’t actually ventured that far.
Multiplayer is the driving factor for this game but don’t be worried if you haven’t got anyone to play with there is a season and offline mode where you can change the skill level of the AI. Although I haven’t spent a lot of time in this game mode, I have no doubt it’s no different to the Multiplayer online.
I would say that if you want a competitive while fun game to play that you can have a laugh with friends this is the game for you. It has an arcade feel to the game which is rare these days but I could see this game in an arcade machine if people would do an adaptation for it. I would give this a 10/10 just because I haven’t had a game where I haven’t laughed or enjoyed the match and if it can get non sports people interested when it’s based on a sport it must be doing something right.
Have you enjoyed Rocket League what’s your thoughts on the game let me know in the comments below.
Batman Arkham Knight the final installment of the Arkham Series by Rock Steady and to be honest I am very sad to seem them go because even in the wake of dreadful PC Ports they still do an amazing job with the game.
If any of you follow this blog you will actually know that this game actually pushed me towards a console due to the fact that my PC is starting to struggle slightly when it comes to running the latest games for long periods of time due to heat and stress issues. Seems strange coming from because I wouldn’t call myself a true gamer as for recent years I have picked some games as you’ve seen on this blog but for the most part I spend my gaming time playing MOBA’s and MMO’s (Not saying these aren’t games and you’re not worthy of the gamer tag if you play only these but I trying to say I have led quite a sheltered gaming life.)
Right off the bat I had a decision to make, to make the game easy or not and although I had played all of the Batman games in this series before I have to say due to the fact I was on a new platform I felt the need to go on easy. Purely because it was the only game and first game I had played on PlayStation 4 and I am used to using an Xbox controller and although there isn’t a lot of difference between the too there was enough for me and I wanted to set the game and console to be a positive experience.
Now onto the game finally with my previous experiences with the series I have to admit I was expecting huge things especially when it came to the graphics because they are always well put together and this was no different I was blown away by the detail of the game. The story for me also was really good, not knowing much about Batman other than what is in mainstream for example the Dark Knight Trilogy there are quite a few twists and turns and even a friend that knows more about the Universe said that he was on sure to the identity of the Arkham Knight.
The major thing for me was how well they put together the gameplay. It is true that you can just follow the storyline like any other game but the way in which the side missions were handled even I wanted to do them because they their own weight, it didn’t feel like its something cool but didn’t have much to do with your success. All that said though as it stands I haven’t 100% the game yet but do intend to go back and finish off the riddles and a few other bits I haven’t completely finished yet.
There was really only one complaint and that was the controls. The big one being the reverse button not being on a trigger and actually being square just felt a bit odd to me, but that said being as the L2 was battle mode I guess it allowed you to easily swap modes.
In case you all haven’t guessed it I give this game a 10/10 I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to gamers and non gamers a like.
Some of the trickier/best moments I managed to catch on video
The PlayStation purchase was another purchase that I am sat here thinking did a really need it? While like any console or game the answer to that question is No but was it a good purchase that would be the better question? To be honest yes just because of the mess that is the PC release of the new Batman game Arkham Knight. I have really enjoyed the Arkham series and although I have yet to complete Arkhman Orgins because of my PC this game alone has made the console worth it for me.
The major question that I find myself asking is that will this console stay out of the draw which was the fate of the Xbox 360 and the honest answer with that is the jury is still out. The way in which PS Plus and live subscriptions now work will hold help towards that happening because of the free games every month, along with the fact that I now have the games console that some friends have that aren’t just into one person shooters, and if I was honest was the death of the Xbox 360 for me because although I enjoyed Call of Duty I have never been that good at first person shooters and constantly getting killed just really started to get annoyed with it. The type of games that I look forward to now are similar to Batman and The Witcher which could be my next purchase for the PlayStation.
Some of the features that I enjoy about the PlayStation or will are the sharing features, although recently getting an upgrade on my internet streaming is still out of the question or it is but on low quality which isn’t really good enough. That said though you can upload 15 min clips to YouTube, Facebook or Daily Motion which is huge for me, as I want to expand my online presence. The only thing I would like is that you could edit the clips more an add audio from on the PlayStation that said however I do believe it would possible to upload the video privately and then add the audio separately.
The only nagging issue I do have from picking the PlayStation is that everywhere I look it seems the majority of stuff is cheaper on the Xbox One, that said even though I still have friends that are die-hard fans of the Xbox I feel that I will get my enjoyment out of the PlayStation.
While after 24 hours now of no Gaming PC and living on just a Chromebook and using the Chromecast as a second monitor, I have to say my day hasn’t been as productive as I had hoped.
This could be due to the fact that I didn’t get to sleep until about 4 this morning and was back up at about 8 because the worry of taking the Power Supply Unit out of my PC. Now you might think that isn’t good being a bit of a techie however I am not really a hardware guy, I tend to like to stick to the software and problem solving. Also electric seems to have the added danger what if this goes bang and gives you a huge shock. All this going through my mind meant a sleep lacking night, so when I got up I got a coffee and cracked on with taking the old power supply out my gaming machine. Now to be honest as soon as I got it I was stood there wondering what the hell am I worrying about?
The rest of the day was watching streams and just generally being in a state of zombie, with a little bit of research into getting a new PSU. For the most part it isn’t too complicated and I have found a few that I like and will probably go with and as I am replacing the PSU I think I will be going for an upgrade to 600W from 550W.
So for this little experiment I am going to be putting off buying the new PSU until the beginning of next week just because I want to see what a difference not having a gaming PC makes, although I have to admit I do miss not being able to jump on a game or two, this could be actually quite good.
The other thing I needed to do today was make a recovery image for my chromebook, and I was suprised to find out that Google have actually changed the command for it. They are now using an App to do it instead of being able to just put in the command chrome://imageburner, which to me is making things a little easier for general users but also making it a bit more bloated because it’s another application to have in your draw. I personally liked the other way of doing it, I think tomorrow’s blog will have to have some media in it because just this text needs breaking up.
While after needing some down time from League of Legends I have gone back to Guild Wars 2 and in doing so I have found myself a new Guild, which has been really good as they are really friendly and active. They are constantly offering to help you and wanting to do things together which for me is what makes the game. While doing some guild missions with them I noticed a shortage of Elementalist’s (Ellie) so I thought as I was spending time to level a Warrior that had already started a few months ago I would take a break and try the ranged class so that I could give the guild some utility.
Although I have to admit other Characters I have leveled e.g. Guardian I abused the Tome of Knowledge when they were running the event where they destroyed Lions Arch. I hadn’t really concentrated on leveling and would go around doing dailies and random things to level. Now this time around I want to rush to 80 but I also want to get most if not all the way points and to my horror it is possible to do that but the way the dailies now work makes them harder to someone who is leveling in my opinion. Before the dailies were something that for the most part you could pick up anywhere so where ever you were you could do them now not so much. You need to go to certain areas and do certain things which I can see the point. It mean’s you can’t just farm lower level areas to get your dailies done anymore and also for newer players it makes them move to other areas more often, so it does make a lot of sense, however this change to me has hampered the players that are leveling alts. I know it’s a bit of a rant but that’s my findings.
As for the class the Ellie I have been really enjoying it to be honest, I have been trying out the different play styles i.e. the different weapon sets and so far for leveling a think that the Scepter and Dagger are the way to go but can see me settling on a Staff. The Ellie is one of the classes that can’t have two weapons sets so you have to keep swapping them out before the fight. It will be interesting to see how this character develops for me and where I am going to use it because WvW are always low on them too on my server so you could see me there.
I also have no doubt there will be more content based around this character. If you have any tips for the Ellie feel free to let me know in a comment down below.
Being a relatively sheltered gamer, for the most part I haven’t opened myself to some of the titles that you would suspect gamers to play. However the Telltale franchise is to me a must try, I started of with The Walking Dead Season 1 and after playing that I went straight into Season 2 and just got addicted to it.
So when a friend recommended The Wolf Among Us I knew I would really get into it however because I didn’t know much about the story because I hadn’t read the comics I was a bit tentative and then forgot about it, however in the Black Friday Sales I noticed it on Steam and I bought it. Two days later I sat down to play it and completed it in 8 hours, and I have admit I completed it in two sittings because I just got into the story I didn’t want to put the game down.
As the only way I can compare this is to the Walking Dead I found it harder to get into in some respects because you didn’t know the back story as much, however after the first episode I had enough of the back story to understand the game and where it was going in a fantasy world. Although the Walking Dead was set in fantasy in the respects of Zombies it was in the real world and that is the different, however this game is full of fantasy characters so that was why it was harder to get what was going on really. Don’t let this point though put you off the series.
The graphics and game-play was also good and the only regret I have for the game is that I didn’t stream it because I would have really liked to share my experience. The story however blow my mind with the amount of twists it had, although I was expecting it because of what happened in The Walking Dead but for me these were completely different but I guess that was because I didn’t understand the whole universe other than what was in the game.
Overall I would give this a 9/10 just because I don’t give out 10’s easily and also I am aware that it might be more the style of game I have really enjoyed.
Will I be getting the new Game of Thrones series from Telltale? Hell Yes but I am putting it off until all the episodes are released because it will bug the hell out of me waiting for the next episode. As I am already waiting for Season 3 of The Walking Dead and hoping that they will do another for the Wolf Among Us. I think I might have ago at the Borderland game they have soon.
Sorry for the lack of blogs later, however this was a huge reason for it. I really enjoyed this game and couldn’t recommend it high enough.
The game seems to have something for everyone I wouldn’t call myself a true gamer so I put it on easy I have to admit. However that didn’t take anything away from the game, I still found the tough bits hard and enjoyed the whole experience. I did it on easy due to my lack of experience with this type of game and remember back to my PS One days where I tried to play Tomb Raider Chronicles and just got bored half way through because at the time I found it quite difficult (If I remember rightly).
For me the graphics were awesome with some really good cut scenes and even the way you die is really made. Gruesome in some respects but it just adds to the game. Even though it wasn’t complete a story based game like The Walking Dead was, I felt trapped in the story even with all the action and puzzles to solve. I really enjoyed the game, and didn’t go back get all the collectables and probably have no intention to but I would highly recommend it. I would give this game a 9/10 if you get chance to play it you should.