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Mass Effect Revolutionized The Way Conversations Are Done, For Better And For Worse Mass Effect Revolutionized The Way Conversations Are Done, For Better And For Worse

When I think of the first instance of a truly cinematic game, I think of Mass Effect. Sure, there were others that set up environments to maximize the narrative impact of a given scene, but Mass Effect managed to incorporate a more cinematic approach to in-game conversations. Its impact on this aspect of games has…

Gaming the System Gaming the System

Some of the most fun I’ve had with video games has been when I’m doing something the game doesn’t want me to do — whether it’s going beyond a map boundary or killing enemies in an unconventional way. Here are a few ways I’ve subverted developer expectations and done things my own way.

"The Covenant Problem", Or How Fallout 4’s Biggest Issue Was Its Oversimplification "The Covenant Problem", Or How Fallout 4’s Biggest Issue Was Its Oversimplification

Fallout 4 was a deeply polarising game in the Fallout franchise and a situation where I admittedly fall into the disappointed camp. That’s not to say the game was out and out terrible, far from it, as it actually improved regarding many elements of its transition to First Person back in ’08. Among these elements were…

Real Life in the Commonwealth Real Life in the Commonwealth

Ever notice how in vanilla Fallout 4, Super Mutants are push overs? An early mission tasks you with clearing out a water plant overrun with them. In vanilla mode, I wouldn’t have thought twice about pitting a level 5 character against a gang of mean, green monsters because I knew I’d come out on top. I eventually had…

Fallout Works Best in Urban Environments Fallout Works Best in Urban Environments

Many would agree with me when I say that Fallout New Vegas was an upgrade from Fallout 3. Those of you who have played the classic isometric Fallout games, know that New Vegas felt more like a Fallout game than Fallout 3. It brought back the dark humor that we know and love especially from Fallout 2. But there was one…

Fallout 4's popular new horror mod clashes with the entire game Fallout 4's popular new horror mod clashes with the entire game

A brand new mod for Fallout 4 which is making splashes across the modding scene, Pilgrim, makes sweeping changes to the atmosphere of the Commonwealth. Rather than the happy-go-lucky soundtrack of Dion’s The Wanderer and a bright landscape, Pilgrim has vault dwellers met by screams of terror in the distance and…

In Remembrance of the Future Great War In Remembrance of the Future Great War

Today, in the future year 2077 of an (hopefully) alternative timeline, is the day the bombs were dropped across the globe. All nuclear-capable nations, primarily the United States, USSR, and China, laid waste to humanity and brought to us a radioactive world filled with raiders, radroaches, and Mama Murphy. Today,…

Static: The Resurrection Static: The Resurrection

ection… Resurrection… Resurrection… * It only now occurred to me that Overwatch doesn’t have a single player mode. As far as I know, the biggest criticism I ever saw given to Titanfall was its lack of a campaign. Nobody’s knocking on Overwatch for not having one, nor should they. * You’re gonna run the infinite…

Overboss Colter - Thirst Zapper and Knife Only Overboss Colter - Thirst Zapper and Knife Only

The Nuka World DLC for Fallout 4 released today and I was given the impression that the difficulty has been cranked up for this one. However, just like my play through of Far Harbor, I decided to go in as naked as possible. Armed with nothing but an “Instigating” stealth knife (double damage to full health enemies)…

Fallout 4: Am i Playing Survival Mode the Wrong Way? Fallout 4: Am i Playing Survival Mode the Wrong Way?

Over my summer vacation i started experimenting with the survival difficulty in Fallout 4. I’ve been taking it rather slow, almost as if i don’t have a kidnapped son out there at all. But certain action i took today gave me pause and made me wonder; perhaps i’m doing this all wrong, and if so, is there a right way of…

Science Explains: Power Armor Science Explains: Power Armor

Power Armor. A powered exoskeleton with a tough outer shell, coupled with twice the mobility of a normal soldier and the strength of an elephant.

Bethesda: Give Them What They Want For $5? Bethesda: Give Them What They Want For $5?

The first time i fired up the the settlement system in Fallout 4 i thought it was a neat little diversion. I say diversion since we were told that we could play through the entire game without ever using it. That statement has since been thrown into question. It had its flaws, and over time patches have made it more…

Hot Take: Fallout 4 (PS4) Hot Take: Fallout 4 (PS4)

Up until now I’ve only known about Fallout vicariously. I understand the post-apocalyptic premise. I’ve watched Let’s Plays of it. It’s not some totally foreign game series to me. I was prepared for my playthrough. I thought I knew what to expect from my experience with games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age. I was…

Fallout 4 Mods Wishlist Fallout 4 Mods Wishlist

During the hours I’ve spent playing Fallout 4, I cannot say, with any degree of certainty, how many times I’ve thought to myself: “Hm, that’d be pretty cool. I’m sure there will be a mod for that.” Just that it was a lot. I don’t possess the necessary skills to mod the game myself, otherwise i might be dedicating this…

Fallout 4: Nuka World - That’s it?! Fallout 4: Nuka World - That’s it?!

It’s official, Nuka World will be the final piece of downloadable content that will be released for Fallout 4. It was mentioned at E3 2016, but after i had heard, i was in shock and frankly, in denial somewhat. I simply couldn’t believe that out of the 6 DLCs that were released, 3 were focused on additional items for…

I'm Glad I Lost My Fallout 4 Save I'm Glad I Lost My Fallout 4 Save

While Fallout 4 is far from perfect, I have had hours of fun travelling through The Commonwealth, Fallout 4’s post-apocalyptic Boston. However, the real fun only started after I lost my save file and therefore over 30 hours of progress. Losing my save was the best thing to happen to my Fallout 4 playthrough.

The Best and Worst RPGs Of The Past Two Years The Best and Worst RPGs Of The Past Two Years

Hi there, TAY-ians! This is my maiden piece on this site, and to start, I would like to share some thoughts on my favourite and most loathed role-playing games (RPGs) of the past two years. As I’m sure most of you are aware, RPGs are tons of fun, but can take approximately two lifetimes to complete, so between…

True Survival  True Survival 

Kaylee awoke still tired. The dirty sleeping bag she’d found wasn’t exactly comfortable, and she was pretty sure she caught some sort of bug from it. Something else for the doctors in Diamond City to take care of if she was unable to find or make antibiotics of her own. She was thirsty as well, but she hadn’t seen a…

Life Is Just So Much Better Without Music Life Is Just So Much Better Without Music

Not too long ago, I was nonchalantly browsing through Facebook, when I happened upon a video (below). Its description read “No music, just pure straight-six eargasm.” My immediate reaction was “This is exactly what I need right now.”

Is character creation in games necessary? Is character creation in games necessary?

Like many others, Witcher 3 was my surprise game of the year. I’m close to replaying it for second time in about 140 hours. And I just love it, I could praise it on so many aspects.

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