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Gabe / on Mon, Feb 24 2014 at 10:17 am

Three games and a book

I was surprised to learn that games that are not Titanfall keep coming out. I grabbed Strider which had come out while I was gone. I also pulled down the FFXIV PS4 beta and I managed to get my hands on a code for Thief which actually won’t come out until tomorrow. I gave each of them a few hours this weekend.

There are people out there who still want to collect ant mandibles. I am not one of those people. It doesn’t help that the UI on the PS4 is a nightmare to navigate with a controler. You can plug a keyboard and mouse in but if I’m going to do that I’ll just play it on my PC. I play games on consoles to use controllers. I do have to give them credit for making hotbar combat work pretty well with a dualshock but everything else is gross.

I ran all over town taking shit from one person to another person. Then I went outside and fought some ants. I guess there was a guy who wanted their mandibles. Then I quit. I don’t see myself ever going back.

This game is a blast. You’re seriously killing dudes within about 20 seconds of starting. The music is rad, the art kicks ass and it’s just fun to play. Even on the normal difficulty setting I find the game pretty hard. It might just be that I suck but I’ve talked to a few other people who agree Strider is pretty unforgiving. It’s a classic arcade game in that way and I love the challenge.

I’ve only played a few hours of this game but so far I like it. Visually it’s a stunner and I love navigating these environments just soaking up all the incredible detail. I also like the stealth gameplay. When I get spotted in Thief it’s always been my fault and I appreciate that. Rather than cursing shitty controls or ambiguous stealth mechanics I just re-load my last checkpoint determined to do better. I’d stream it for you today if I could as I think it looks awesome and I’m having a lot of fun but streaming isn’t allowed until late tonight when the game officially launches.

Also you need to pick up Hugh Howey’s new book Sand (no relation to the PA comic of the same name). I loved his book Wool and this is another awesome story from him that is absolutely impossible to put down.

-Gabe out

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