[Game] Serious Sam: Last Hope

Last Hope

Game

It’s just a standing shooter, but dodging bullets and blowing waves of monsters to smithereens is an absolute delight in VR.

Positive:
Negative:
Awesome, immersing VR experience
Short
Simple, but challenging and satisfying game-play
Health kits are overpowered, unbalancing the game
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[Game] Sacrifice

Sacrifice

Game

Sacrifice offers a completely new approach to real time strategy which actually works… except for the camera.

Positive:
Negative:
Novel, good strategy game-play
Third person camera doesn’t work with real time strategy that well
Entertaining god characters
Regardless of branching, the story always leads to the same conclusion
A branching story that can take many directions
The story and plot aren’t all that special and don’t do a great job at building the world

 

[Novel] Way Station (Clifford D. Simak)

Way Station

Book

A novel concept that never really develops into an interesting story. It’s fascinating to think that aliens are using a certain dude’s house as a way station to pass through and hang around, but none of them are particularly compelling and nothing that ensues in the plot is particularly interesting.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting, novel concept
Dull plot
Relatively well-thought out setting
For the most part, dull characters

[Game] Beat Saber

Beat Saber

An addicting VR rhythm game that’s genius in its simplicity, but also has no progression and relies on fan content that tends to be of varying degrees of quality. I wish it at least had some sort of challenge mode.

Positive:
Negative:
Addicting rhythm game-play
No progression
Awesome, immersing VR
Relies on fan content which varies in quality

 

[Game] Robo Recall

Robo Recall

Game

A fantastic VR shooter that’s over before you know it. With that length and lack of level variety, it feels more like a tech demo, but if this is what VR is capable of, then damn… I might have trouble returning to normal gaming.

Positive:
Negative:
Beautifully designed city
Too short
Good background music
All the stages take place in the same city
Upbeat, awesome atmosphere
Weak narrative
Fantastic shooter game-play seriously makes you feel like you’re in the Matrix
Amazing, immersing VR experience

 

[Novel] Wise Blood (Flannery O’Connor)

 

Wise Blood

Book

A thought provoking and morbidly comedic adventure through one disillusioned man’s attempt to expose the corruption of antiquated religion and establish his own church.

Positive:
Negative:
Nice, sarcastic prose
Doesn’t offer anything particularly mind-blowing or memorable
Interesting, likable characters
Thought-provoking on religion and human nature
Enlightening on early 20th century American culture

[Game] Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV

Game

When Final fantasy XIII came out lots of people complained about it being too linear, and Square Enix had the bright idea to listen to these people and wandered out of their comfort zone, delivering the most open world Final Fantasy yet, which also happens to be the worst main series title since Final Fantasy II.

It reminded me of Resident Evil VI; a high budget disaster that completely lost its identity by trying to cater to everyone instead of doing its own thing. In Final Fantasy XV, the open world feels lifeless and offers absolutely nothing interesting to do. The narrative is all over the place, and then it feels like most of the story is missing anyway. Even the game-play feels unfinished, as despite some interesting mechanics it devolves to just button mashing and item spamming later in the game.

I came in with low expectations, but I couldn’t have been prepared for this. The only reason I managed to finish this game was because of my sheer disbelief that a Final Fantasy game couldn’t possibly be this bad. I kept pushing myself through this mess hoping it would become better… but it only became worse.

Positive:
Negative:
Beautiful visuals
Dull, lifeless characters
Good soundtrack
Noctis is one of the worst protagonists I’ve ever seen
An interesting, relatively modern-looking fantasy setting
The worst, most poorly fleshed out main villain in the series
Abysmal, disjointed, and incomplete story
Abysmal plot that’s all over the place and fails to catch your interest
Repetitive, dull, and unbalanced game-play
Lifeless, poorly designed open world with nothing to do
Countless fetch quests that would be embarrassing even in a MMORPG
Abysmal traveling/driving mechanics where you can’t even steer the car
Boring, boring, boring, boring, boring