Just Cause 3

I’ve been meaning to play this game for a long time now, with its insatiable destruction and endless ragdoll physics, and recently I finally got around to completing it with all three of its wild DLCs.

Just Cause 3 provides you with an insane amount of sandbox destruction fun, which left me hanging cars and people from buildings (not as Handmaiden’s Tale as it sounds…). However, when not messing around in the massive open world playing the game’s story provides you with some great humour, lovable characters and endless destruction. Despite being a great game you can lose hours too, the endless liberating of villages and bases becomes monotonous very fast, with the same destructible targets and increasingly hidden gas tanks. After a while it can become a bit stale, but peppered between campaign missions it does not tire entirely.

The three DLC stories are a great addition to the game, and once completed can supply you with some very unbalanced buffs if you haven’t finished the main campaign. Whilst I loved the art direction of the DLC cut scenes, it felt odd going from fully animated in-game cut scenes to still comic-book styled art.

All in all, this game will always be great fun to play, and has a pretty decent story to go along with it. I don’t know about you, but I’m very excited to play Just Cause 4 later this year!

We Happy Few

I really, really wanted to like this game, love this game even. Unfortunately, there are just too many problems from terrible frame rates to repetitive quest design, it’s hard to see past it all and dive into what seems to be an incredible plot and fascinating narrative.

In a world dominated by drugs and forgetting the past, coming off your joy can leave you chastised and shunned from the false reality that is everyday life. To find out how the world came to eating rats, masked as fun food by joy, you’ll go on a survival adventure into the world of the downers, people who stopped taking joy and live in poverty.

Now, this game sounds fantastic and right up my alley. However, straight away terrible frame rate on the Xbox One S made the game grating from the get go, instantly taking away from the interesting narrative. Further into the game the exploration becomes monotonous very fast, with the game providing lots to loot with very little direction. Lastly, my major annoyance with this game is the quest design. Now, I may not have played enough of this game to dig deep enough into the variety of quests, however the game very quickly reuses the same old ‘NPC wanted you to collect something from a dangerous place‘ quest design which can be fun, but becomes tiring.

I’m honestly still hoping to be able to enjoy this game sometime in the future, as the style and bizarre narrative keep drawing me back into its world. I hope when I do return to this game, my opinion of it changes for the better, because I really, really want to love this game.

Nier: Automata

This game has to be one of the best releases of 2017 and considering how many fantastic games we got that year that’s not an easy achievement. Back when I first played this game I only got through the first story, 2B’s version of the events before another game drew me away from the dystopian world of Nier: Automata.

With the current summer-lull in video game releases I decided to restart Nier and go through all the major character stories, starting with the one and only 2B. This game is a fantastic example of a polish, stylised game which nails everything from story to combat.

The combat in this game is immensely rewarding, with souls-like combat sped right up allowing for fluid yet intense battles. The story is unmistakably one of the most fascinating and well written video game stories in a long time, really getting you lost in the dystopian world that is Nier: Automata. The last thing to rant and rave about is the soundtrack, which is by far the best video game soundtrack to exist. There’s a reason this soundtrack got its own orchestral concerts.

If you’re looking for a new JRPG, a new adventure or a really deep story I highly recommend this game and guarantee it was blow you away with its depth and brilliant gameplay.

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