The Witcher 3’s Physical Content Has Me Regretting My Digital Purchase

rsz_the-witcher-3-offers-more-for-gamers-who-prefer-physical-copies-of-the-gameI fucked up; no two ways around it.

During the lead-up to the release of The Witcher 3, I learned that the physical edition would be worth purchasing. The free content in the base box release went far beyond many collector’s edition of games.

There’s a map. Sure, it might not be as faithful to the in-game map as GTA V or even Skyrim, but I want it. I want the booklet that runs down plot points from previous games, the compendium of all things Witcher, foe and friend alike.

I most certainly want the CD soundtrack, are you kidding me? And fucking Witcher stickers?!?!

The_Witcher_3_Wild_Hunt_Geralt_ready_to_deliver_the_final_blowUgh. Why the hell did I buy the digital copy? I’ll tell you why: I’m lazy and I wanted to play at the earliest moment possiblet. Now I’m ruing the day I laid my eyes and mitts on Josh W.’s physical copy.

The only solution is to drop another $60 bucks on the physical copy and cry myself to sleep. At least it’ll be a mixture of sad tears and happy I-have-Witcher-stickers-tears.

Mad Max Can Hit the Road

Mad Max gameEven though I’ve seen several trailers for the new Mad Max game, I still don’t have a feel for what it’s going to offer players. That’s worrying, since it allegedly in a few short months.

What are the core mechanics and concepts? What’s the mission format? What kind of side quests and diversions will it offers. It looks like there’ll be plenty of vehicular mayhem, but Rage offered that as well, and that game fell completely flat. I was hoping for a Fallout-type experience, but now that Fallout 4 has been announced, I need something if I’m going to get excited.

What I’ve seen just isn’t that impressive. It looks like Batman: Arkham-lite in the fighting department, Rage in the vehicular combat and racing department, and possibly Shadow of Mordor-ish in the enemy/nemesis department. That’s not Game of the Year material.

I’m trying to be optimistic, I really am. I love Avalanche Studios, and I’m a huge fan of the Just Cause games. But this game just doesn’t look like it’s going to deliver the destruction and exploration I want.

Mad Max video gameOf course, I’ve been wrong before. Mad Max could wind up being a fantastic game. But right now, I strongly suspect that it’s going to go out in a flaming wreckage of shitty non-glory.


The Transformers: Devastation Trailer Fails to Not Suck

transformers devastationIn my book, there’s only been one stellar Transformers game to date: Atari’s PS2 title, which was appropriately titled Transformers. It’s the kind of series that should result in amazing games, but the titles I’ve played have been fairly lackluster. (I know a lot of people liked the War for Cybertron series, but I never found it at all engaging.)

Unfortunately Transformers: Devastation might be another mediocre giant robot game. It’s too early to make any definitive judgements, but from what I’ve seen, this game looks like a generic arena brawler in the vein of the Dragon Ball Z games (apologies to my DBZ-loving brother, Gabe Watkins).

If this trailer accurately represents this game, I doubt it will be up my alley. On the bright side, it probably won’t be royally fucked up as the Michael Bay Transformers movies were.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Has Everything I Want In a Deus Ex Game

deus ex mankind dividedAside from the questionable boss battles, I loved Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Deux Ex: Mankind Divided looks like it’ll give me exactly what I want out of a follow-up: more Deus Ex.

Humans with augmented bodies, parts of which are transforming into guns and shit? Check.

Political and social intrigue and espionage? Check.

Possible unrest and mass public upheaval mixed with corporate malfeasance? Check.

Weapon mods and presumed ability customization through skill points and leveling up? Presumably, check.

All-around dopeness, gorgeous visuals and a sharp futuristic aesthetic? Check.

I can’t wait to get back into the role of Adam Jensen and stealth my way to victory. I just hope it doesn’t come out around the same time as Fallout 4.

E3 2015: Nintendo Has Me at a Loss

nintendo e3 muppetsMany GeekParty staffers lost their minds over Nintendo’s E3 2015 presentation, but it left me feeling lost. I’m not the biggest Nintendo enthusiast, sure, but I am a game enthusiast. It strikes me as odd that most of the games I saw completely failed to catch my interest. I’m not sure why I just can’t drink the Kool-Aid and swallow the mushroom. [Read more…]

E3 2015: Horizon Zero Dawn Looks Pretty Fantastic

horizon zero dawnHorizon Zero Dawn, a new IP from Guerilla Studios, seems to have flown under the radar, at least in comparison to a lot of titles that are getting heavy buzzy. That’s a shame, because Horizon looks like a really cool, unique and interesting game. It reminds me a bit of Enslaved, with a dash of Heavenly Sword and a smattering of Gears of War thrown in.

The trailer is lengthy, which I appreciate. It’s heavy on exposition and setting, and even heavier on action. There are still plenty of details yet to come. Is this an open world game? Will the bulk of the gameplay consist of mechanical monster hunting? We don’t know what the finished game will look like, and that’s okay.

Until Monday, I didn’t know this game existed. Now, I’ve seen a little of what it has to offer, and I’m already happy. It helps that the trailer includes actual gameplay, not just some fancy engine-rendered work that will eventually prove to be less-than-spectacular.

Horizon Zero Dawn is definitely a game I’ll be keeping a close eye on in the months to come. For now, though, I’ll just enjoy this glorious trailer.

E3 2015: The Star Wars: Battlefront Trailer Is Far From Forceful

star wars battlefrontI wasn’t sure what to expect from Star Wars: Battlefront ‘s first gameplay trailer. I’m not a fan of the Battlefront games, but initially, I thought this title might change my mind. I was pleased to see a more laidback approach instead of the kind of massive military fights I typically associate with the series. [Read more…]

E3 2015: The New Division Trailer Has Me Divided

E3 2014 - The DivisionI continue to be optimistic about The Division. By and large, I love Tom Clancy games, and I’ve been excited by much of what I’ve seen so far. I remained onboard in spite of the constant delays, because the game genuinely looked great. In many ways, it felt like a spiritual sequel to the fantastic IO Interactive game Freedom Fighters.

But there is a limit to my optimism, and the latest trailer is starting to push it. It seems like every time Ubisoft announces a flashy new game, it eventually undergoes a massive scaling back of graphics. Unless my eyes doth deceive me, The Division appears to be no exception. [Read more…]

E3 2015: Firewatch on PS4 Has My Heart Aflame

firewatchWhen the reveal trailer for Firewatch dropped last year, I was completely intrigued. I was a little disheartened, however, when I realized it was for the PC. It’s not that I have anything against PC games; I’m just not a PC gamer. I figured it was The Stanley Parable and Gone Home all over again.

But when Campo Santo announced they were bringing Firewatch to PS4, my heart was set ablaze. I can’t wait to get my hands this mysterious, gorgeous-looking game, especially since those hands will be wrapped snug around my PS4 controller.

E3 2015: The New Hitman Trailer Is Killer

hitmanI’ve always been a huge fan of the Hitman series, even though our relationship has been somewhat tumultuous. Still, let’s be honest: Hitman: Absolution was far from great, and it didn’t provide Hitman experience we all deserved. [Read more…]