I mentioned before that I had started Assassins Creed: Black Flag a short while ago, and its been a strange start. Its a cool puzzle game, with a neat theme and a fun ship to ship combat system. I keep coming back to the game, mostly because its convenient, but also because its an enjoyable distraction.

I think. Actually, the feelings I have with this game are complicated. This game has both some excellent hooks and some really strange effects that both keep me coming back and have started to make me sigh in frustration. I’ll work through those, and give an update on my progress in the game, so SPOILERS AHEAD FOR A 3 YEAR OLD GAMEContinue reading

Some times, It takes me a long time to get around to a video game, and then finish it. I grabbed Dark Souls way after release. Valkyria Chronicles took years to beat. I’m still looking with longing at Thea: The Awakening.

Thus is is with Assassins Creed: Black Flag.

Now, I don’t play stealth games. Never really have. I made it approximately 20 minutes of gameplay into Metal Gear Solid (yes, the first one) before I gave up. Assassins Creed, however, had a certain appeal to it. Not one would break the hesitation, mind you, but something that made me think that if I gave it long enough, one might come around that I did want to play. Some three years ago, they did.

Assassins Creed: Black Flag was just the right angle to get me intrigued. Age of Sail Naval battles have fascinated me for a while now, and this gave me the opportunity to jump in and maybe be a pirate during that time for a little while. Its not going to be historically accurate, but it’ll be interesting to see the setting, explore their version of the world, and maybe get some good hooks that pique my interest to go look further into the time period and the history – Much like Vikings, Amon Amarth and Dynasty Warriors had all done in their time. What did I think about the first few hours? Come with me and we’ll take a peak!

As always, spoilers about this game. It is, by now near 3 years old, but.. caution. 

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I’ve owned fallout 4 now for just over 2 months. for the first month and a greater part of the second, I played until the early morning, sleeping little and regretting nothing. Right around the new year, my body started rebelling and I was forced to obey. Since then the game has lost its iron grip on my brain, and I’ve been able to enjoy the game in a much more responsible manor.

Ahoy! There be Spoilers past here for the weak of heart. Not likely Story spoilers (because I’m not at all far in the story) but spoilers none the less. 

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There was a time, back in 2012 or 2013, when Hearthfire was announced as a DLC for Skyrim.  Legitimately, I thought it was a joke. Taking care of your own house? Furnishing it and making it the envy of.. who? Yourself? Maybe. It didn’t take long for me to shoot down a similar concept in Fallout 4. I was, however. very wrong.

Explicit warning of Spoilers below – mostly vague, but still there. 

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Fallout 4 is an extremely complex game that does not tell you the rules clearly, contradicts what you want to do, fails to explain parts of the game that are sometimes very obtuse, and can has some very strong choices that you can miss if you either don’t know the setting, the game, or the way the system work. Fear not, though! After over 100+ hours, I’m compiling everything I think is critical to know about the game. Follow me as I explain things you may not know, thing I clearly didn’t know, and things I am clearly a moron for not understanding. This may take a few articles.

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The last few weeks have been a killer for my hobbies. While I’ve still been able to get in games of Warmachine, and play D&D on Tuesdays, I’ve done almost nothing else during any free time except play Fallout 4. Xerxis 2 languishes on my desk, 30% painted, My desk itself is covered in the refuse of a score of different projects. I don’t regret it one bit.

Remember: Game Spoilers ahead, though I will try and avoid story. 

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I missed last weeks Thursday article, and for that I apologize. However. Fallout 4 came out on Tuesday, and I received the package early Wednesday morning.  When I got home, I turned on the console, booted it up and installed. The wife and kid got home just as the install finished, and I had to wait. Finally, at 8:30pm, the day after It was released, I sat down, made my character, and embarked into the common wealth.

THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. I will try not to include much in terms of story, but there may be some. 

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I. Cannot. Wait.

I’m generally a very patient person. It might not seem it at first, as I’m pretty direct and prone to speaking frankly and bluntly, but that’s simply expediency. It allows me to get the most out of what I am saying in the most efficient way possible. Today, however. is not that day. As I sit typing this, I know that Game Stop, across the street, likely has a growing line around the building. The displays are being built and the store is getting ready to sell a PILE of copies of Fallout 4.

But I am not there. I am here, and once I get done writing, I am going to go to bed, wake up, and go to work.

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The Time has Come

I have come to the undeniable revelation that the Fallout Intellectual Property is my favorite. XCOM is my favorite game, hands down, but the setting, lore and style of Fallout beats it in my book every day. Where I am excited for XCOM 2 to come out so that I can experience the game play, I eagerly await Fallout 4 so that I can, once again, immerse myself in the world.

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