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The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

14 November 2016

Episodes ran

6 Nov 2016 - 14 Nov 2016

Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5

Plot synopsis

Choose from one of four heroes to battle their way to the top of the reknown Firetop Mountain. Confront the wizard, complete your quest, and locate the three keys scattered across the dungeons.

Impressions

This is a neat little cross between a choose-your-own adventure gamebook and a tabletop adventure. And, while it can be frustrating, it is fun.

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No Man's Sky

5 November 2016

Episodes ran

18 Aug 2016 - 5 Nov 2016

Playlist

Plot synopsis

After miraculously surviving a crash-landing, you look through the wreckage and find a mysterious red orb. It entices you with an offer: follow the Atlas path to the center of the galaxy, and understand ...

Impressions

It's impossible to talk about this game without talking about the drama around it. Many have said that the marketing for this game was over the top, that everything was overhyped, that it was billed as the last game you would ever need, fantastic creatures and planets modeled down to a unique periodic table. Everything procedural, in a universe with trillions of stars.

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Mission Thunderbolt

17 August 2016

Played

8 Aug 2016 - 16 Aug 2016

Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5

Plot synopsis

The aliens invaded, and it's the end of the world. The last scraps of government have organized a resistance force, but it's not looking good. They send you to a base where someone was researching how to build a powerful bomb. Of course, when you get there, the place is infested with alien life. All you have to do is find the prototype and get back home.

Impressions

This is my definitive rogue, the one I think of when people use the term "roguelike," as it was the one that I played in my formative years. I've played the original Rogue, and thought it was OK. I've played ADOM and its variations, and found the Amulet of Yendor. But this is the one I played the most of, and the one I liked the most.

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Krai Mira

6 August 2016

Played

29 July 2016 - 6 Aug 2016

Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5

Plot synopsis

After the end of the world, there are still remnants of civilization. You live in the ruins of a once great world, besieged by raiders in a desert landscape. Your home is no more. Gather companions to wreak vengeance on those who ruined your life, and carve a better world out of what is left.

Impressions

My memories of the original Fallout are hazy, but it's pretty clear that's where this game gets a lot of its inspiration. You're kind of thrown into a world and told to fend for yourself, and by and large it works. There were a couple of times where I was puzzled by what the interface was telling me, but never so far that I wanted to stop playing.

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Fallout 4

26 July 2016

Episodes ran

6 Dec 2015 - 25 July 2016

Playlist

Plot synopsis

A family lucky enough to have gotten to a Vault before the bombs fell is cryogenically frozen and awakes to the late 23rd century. But as they awake, their son is kidnapped, and they are helpless to stop the villains. Can the mother find the son and rebuild civilization?

Impressions

You would think that after a certain number of years, people would rebuild civilization. I know it would take a while, and it wouldn't be easy, but you would hope that there would be some kind of government in place, that people would build up some infrastructure, rather than substince farming and only pulling together to fight back raiders.

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Tomb Raider (2013)

25 June 2016

Episodes ran

21 May 2016 - 24 Jun 2016

Playlist

Plot synopsis

Lara Croft is a junior archeologist on an expidition to find a mythical city from Japanese folklore. On a hunch, she directs the crew to head towards and unlikely location, and gets more than she bargained for.

Impressions

I really like this game. I've played it through four times now, and each time I see new things and enjoy it just as much as the first time.

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