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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shadow of Mordor: Finally "Playable"

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor by Monolith Productions is one of those media darling games that's not as good as it promised itself to be. Compared to other open world games, the map is just way too small and crowded with plenty of uninspiring, repetitive, and literally boring missions scattered all over it. Though the touted Nemesis System that involves a relationship progression between named Uruks and the player as well as among themselves is interesting, the way these named Uruks go about their business in Mordor is generic and forgettable. Shadow of Mordor is a pretty game, albeit a pretty empty one. Thank the galaxy that the developer released a Photo Mode last week because now, there is finally something you can do in the game that's a bit more involving!


You know there is something wrong with the game when...





...you are having more fun with the Photo Mode than actually playing the game.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Games Played 10/13/2014 - 10/19/2014

- 10/13/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
Ikaruga - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/14/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Borderlands 2 - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/15/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/16/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/17/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/18/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition - PC
Borderlands 2 - PC
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/19/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition - PC
League of Legends - PC


Screenshot of the Week:

Trainees are required to wear a name badge.
Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition (Personal Computer)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Point to Pathos: Chapter 3, Part 5

     The screen showed a footage of a disheveled, pale-skinned middle-aged man in a dirty white shirt and a pair of equally dirty orange shorts being escorted out of the building in handcuffs. Praeston immediately looked for the man's left ear and saw the distinctive removal of the helix. Judging from the jagged unevenness of the scar, Praeston wondered if the man had suffered a nasty infection before everything was healed.
     "So disgusting," he muttered and took a greedy gulp from his glass.
     "The non-complier from this footage taken earlier has been confirmed to be Peretz Davi from Botanical Spheres in what has been an escalating pattern of assignment abandonment from that very region."
     The reporter turned to her left and the camera zoomed out to reveal a member of the law enforcement team waiting to be interviewed. He had a small grin on his face.
     "I have with me the Team Leader from the Non-Complier Hunt Team, Officer Rorlen Gareu. First things first, Officer Gareu, thank you for apprehending the suspect so quickly. I am sure that I speak for all of us that we didn't expect for the non-complier to be found this fast."
     "Hi Clara, we are proud to be able to secure the non-complier threat with both precision and speed. We have learned from the previous cases how to approach the situation but you must forgive me for not being able to divulge any more details than what was already said."
     "I understand Officer Gareu, some things have to be kept confidential. As long as we are seeing great results, that is all that matters."
     Praeston commanded the display off and finished his glass of water.
     "Well, the bastard's caught. Maybe I should go see Penn."

*****
     The L.U.P. was more crowded than usual because of the special appearance from Shirey. Praeston and Pennepoe couldn't even get into the club until Shirey already started her set. Pennepoe was not happy about that because she had to abandon her place in line to wait for Praeston to arrive.
     "Sorry about that Penn," he said out loud, knowing that his voice was completely drowned by the crowd and the Shirey's powerful vocals.
     Pennepoe who looked annoyed when she stepped in with him noticed the gesture and gave him a nod and smile before flailing her arms up and down with the beat of the music.
     Praeston was right about the crowd. They were mostly consisted of the female sex. He could make out the rare silhouettes of men in between the flashes of multi-colored lights in the darkness. Then again, it was so hard to see, he could not doubt that he may be the only guy in the L.U.P.
     After she finished singing her most popular hit, Festival of the Stars, the entire bar went into the sound of murmurs as Shirey calmed the crowd down by raising her arms up and motioning the cheering and chanting to stop.

September 2014 Gaming Analysis

The results shown below are of course based on the combined data from the Daily Game Log which should provide a clear indication of a game's usage frequency. Bear in mind that even if a game is played twice or more during a particular day, it would still register as 1 in the Day Count column below. In a sense, "merits" are given based on how often a particular game can make me play it again throughout the entire period of the  month on a daily basis. A game that makes a gamer play it over and over again or at least spend a lot of time with it... Isn't that what we mostly want from a great game? I don't think it's really fair to count all the way down to the number of hours played since some games only require a short amount of time to properly serve their purposes.

OVERALL BREAKDOWN:


Total Games Played: 24


This Month's Inductees:


Total Inductions: 25

Monday, October 13, 2014

Games Played 10/06/2014 - 10/12/2014

- 10/06/2014 -
Lili: Child of Geos Complete Edition - PC

- 10/07/2014 -
Audiosurf 2 Early Access - PC
League of Legends - PC
Starpoint Gemini 2 - PC

- 10/08/2014 -
Evochron Mercenary - PC
Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD - PC
League of Legends - PC
Starpoint Gemini 2 - PC

- 10/09/2014 -
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD - PC
League of Legends - PC
X3: Terran Conflict - PC

- 10/10/2014 -
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
League of Legends - PC

- 10/11/2014 -
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
Starpoint Gemini 2 - PC
Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes - PC
League of Legends - PC
Space Pirates and Zombies - PC
X3: Albion Prelude - PC

- 10/12/2014 -
Final Fantasy XIII - PC
League of Legends - PC
Warlock: Master of the Arcane - PC
X3: Albion Prelude - PC


Screenshot of the Week:

She is referring to the act of deflowering spirits.
Lili: Child of Geos (Personal Computer)