Thursday, July 19, 2018

Persepolis Rising

Bobbie leaned back, a lump forming in her gut. Adding Holden in was not a better solution.
"This'll be great," Holden said.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Torment: Tides of Numenera had a highly successful kickstarter campaign. Harnessing the nostalgia people have for Planescape: Torment and promising a spiritual successor to it, inXile Entertainment managed to gather more than four times their initial goal of 900k USD. That's a lot of money even when considering the cost of game development. Then again, simply throwing currency at a game is not guaranteed to make its story good enough to be comparable to such a classic.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Babylon's Ashes

The Expanse's sixth book, Babylon's Ashes, features a large number of viewpoint characters. I think the storytelling loses something due to that. You get a holistic view of the story instead of following and cheering for few protagonists.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Prey

In my opinion the attention on Prey (2017) has been way too much of pointless discussion about Prey (2006) and its canceled sequel. And it is entirely Bethesda's fault. And maybe Kotaku's somewhat misleading rumors too. I guess I'm ironically adding to that discussion but the record needs to be put straight.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Nemesis Games

"What did you do?" Fred asked.
"There was a button," Holden said. "I pushed it."
"Jesus Christ. That really is how you go through life, isn't it?"

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cibola Burn

In book four of The Expanse series, Cibola Burn, the gates to the stars have opened for humanity. The United Nations want to regulate who gets to go where but Belters don't give two shits what Earth and Mars think. And thus one of the big threats people face on a strange planet is what they brought with them -- each other.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Tacoma

In Fullbright's second game, you arrive to an abandoned space station called Tacoma to retrieve its AI data. As you make your way through the not-that-large station's different sections, you discover what led to the abandonment from mundane notes and terminals but also from augmented reality recordings. They work a bit like time rewinding in Remember Me or Life Is Strange but the only interactivity is being able to read AR terminals open in the recording.