Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mafia 3, Shadow Warrior 2, Battlefield One

Mafia 3

  • Good
    • The excellent story is presented like a TV documentary which is a fresh take on an open world game.   
    • Great facial animations really bring out the virtual actors performances.  
    • The atmosphere of the world really puts you in the late 1960's.  Everything feels authentic.  
    • Fantastic soundtrack.
    • Combat feels good and the brutal take downs are awesome.  
    • As with all open world games there are some physics bugs which can be pretty hilarious. 
    • Tons of collectibles including Playboys so be careful whose watching when you open them.  
  • Bad
    • Game play can feel repetitive.  The side quests are not varied enough. Go kill a guy or steal a car and drive to location. 
    • Graphics are a mixed bag.  Most of the graphics are OK just don't look up at the sky.
    • The AI can be pretty bad.  I've had instances where the guys are just standing against a wall. Other times though they will flank so it's hit or miss.  
  • Final Thoughts
    • The story is what is really keeping me playing the game as I want to see how it progresses.
    • If you like open world games then you should give this a try.  

Shadow Warrior 2

  • Good
    • Lo Wang is back and has some great but crude dialog.  
    • Awesome melee combat and gun play that has the pace and movement of Doom.  
    • Ton and tons of loot.  The game feels a bit like Diablo/Borderlands as enemies will drop gems that you can equip on over 70 weapons.  You can also combine unused gems into greater gems. 
    • Each weapon looks unique with their own animations.  You carry 8 at a time and it's fun to try different combinations.
    • Each area is huge with a ton of secrets to find.  There is also some randomization in the levels so you will see different things if you revisit an area. 
    • 4 player co-op through the whole 12 hour campaign. 
    • No DRM so no issues playing at launch.  
  • Bad
    • The first game was a linear shooter with a great and funny story.  This game is more open world with a quest system so you have a main hub which has shops and NPCs that give you missions and you teleport to different areas to complete them.  It doesn't have the same feeling as the first game. 
    • Could use a bit more enemy variety and a couple of more areas to explore.
  • Final Thoughts
    • The game is good for what it is I just wanted a true sequel to the first game. 

Battlefield One

  • Good
    • Haven't had any issues playing even at the midnight pre-launch.
    • I really like the WWI setting as it does give a break from all the modern warfare games from the past couple of years.
    • The weapons and systems are pretty simple but are still tons of fun.  
    • The war tapes audio is back with some great sound effects.  
    • They removed the browser interface.  You now launch the game like normal.  
    • Yelled "Jump out!" while flying an airplane with Chad as the gunner 2 seconds before crashing into a mountain. We both died.
  • Bad
    • It's still Battlefield so you will die, respawn, run to your target, then get killed by a sniper. Repeat.
    • When you die you have to hit space to respawn, not sure why it just doesn't take you to the menu automatically.
    • No hardcore servers yet so it seems my enemies are bullet sponges while I die in 1 shot. 
  • Final Thoughts
    • If you like Battlefield then no reason to not get the game at release as there are no real issues at this time, but that could change when the game fully releases Thursday. 

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