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Video Games > Red Dead Redemption 2 > First Thoughts
I was a massive fan of Red Dead Redemption and waited patiently for its PC release, alas it never came. After many years it went into the cupboard with my Xbox 360 never to be played again, despite the many happy hours I spent trotting around the dessert and reeking havoc in the town of Armadillo.
Needless to say I was very happy to hear Red Dead 2 would be coming to PC, and my sister and brother in law kindly bought it for me last night as a birthday/Christmas gift.
My first impressions of the game are very good. The Hateful Eight-esque opening didn’t capture my imagination in the same way Red Dead (1s) train journey across the desert did, but I was more than happy to jump into my role in a gang desperately pushing though a blizzard to escape (the law?).
The opening missions before it drops you into free roam were quite long, around half an hour to 45 minutes, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however if I were to create new saves to mess around on I feel it may be a bit frustrating to have to get though that long opening gameplay before I can cause trouble if there is no way to skip it.
I am very happy to see more survival elements in this game and I am sure it will make riding around the map trying to make some money and explore every nook and cranny all the more interesting. I cannot speak for the story yet, however I have liked what I have seen so far. The game also looks amazing and the attention to detail is very cool. Rockstar have consistently been releasing amazing games since GTA 4 and I am sure this will be no exception.
On a side note, every time I jump into a game like this and have to kill wolves a little piece of my heart breaks. They always look far too much like my dog Freki.
Video Games > A list of games I have completed
Looking at my Steam library I started to forget what I had finished, so below is a list of games where I have completed the main story or task to look back on. I will be updating this same list as I play or remember more, rather than making a new list.
Games I have completed:
Among the Sleep
Aperture Tag: The Paint Gun Testing Initiative
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Duke Nukem Forever
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
Fallout: New Vegas
Grand Theft Auto IV
Half-Life 2: Episode One
Half-Life 2: Episode Two
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Just Cause 2
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead 2
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
No Time To Explain
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Retro City Rampage DX
Saints Row 2
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
South Park: The Stick of Truth
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.:Shadow of Chernobyl
Super Win the Game
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Wolfenstein: The New Order
World of Goo
Video Games > Star Wars: The Force Unleashed > Final Thoughts
That was pretty awful. The game is basically a small set of tedious levels leading to boss fights, the problem being that you don't get any reward for actually playing though the levels, and running past everything trying to kill you seems to be a much better option; there is nothing at all stopping you from doing so. Also, in most cases, enemies (as far as I can tell) spawn endlessly, making sticking around to kill them all the more pointless. Due to this what you are left with is a series of boring boss fights where you spend your whole time blocking and dodging hits while your energy bar recharges.
The story is also a little strange. Don't get me wrong, it was fun to play the bad guy in such a black and white franchise, but you kind of turn good which is a shame. Also, strangely, if this were to be the accepted story between Star Wars Ep. 3 and 4 it would mean that Darth Vader is essentially responsible for founding the rebellion as a means to take down the emperor - maybe that is still the case, I am not sure, I haven't watched the new movies.
The game certainly isn't worth revisiting again, and I don't think I will bother play the second game in the series, or any other hack and slash in a hurry.
Video Games > Star Wars: The Force Unleashed > Invisible Walls
This game is riddled with invisible walls. There was a time when it was very common in a lot of games, but I feel like I haven't played a game with any in some time now. Maybe I am just playing the wrong games to run into them (har har) or maybe level design has just gotten much better in the last 11 years.
Video Games > Star Wars: The Force Unleashed > First Thoughts
This isn't actually the first time I have played this game, as it was the very first game I played on my XBox 360 many years ago. I didn't have too many memories of the game, other than it looking beautiful and hating the boss fight combos, but not enough to stop me enjoying the game and having an all together positive memory of the whole thing.
Jumping back into the game I expected it to look terrible, as you often do going back into games that looked amazing when they first came out years ago. Surprisingly the graphics actually somewhat hold up. I am also very surprised that now I am playing again I remember much more than I thought at first; such as entire level maps or just whats around the corner waiting to surprise me in particular areas.
The game is very hack-and-slash-y, which for me is a bad thing, but so far it has provided enough of a challenge to keep me interested through the first couple of levels.
The story is rather fun as you take the role of Vader's apprentice who he is toughening up to overpower the emperor with; but it isn't worth getting too invested in the story as (if I am remembering correctly) all events from games between Star Wars episode III and the Disney acquisition have been written off. I have not kept up with the franchise's movies since Disney took ownership so I guess I still get to experience the story the same way I would have in my first play though.
One thing that does show the age of the game is that the menu controls are utterly bizarre.
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