Got Fallout 4. You?

Posted in Action Adventure, Fallout 4, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, Xbox One on November 11th, 2015 by thelonegamer


Starting Fallout 4 tonight. HELL, it’s about time.

Fallout 4 is in my hands. It was actually available in the stores yesterday, but since I didn’t preorder, I had to wait till today to get mine. Technically it’s still Nov. 10 anyway so I’m not that late. During the lunch hour, I stepped out of the office, made a run to the mall and plunked down the cash on the counter. Which was the right thing to do, I guess, since as soon as I turned my back a queue of at least five other wannabee-wasteland warriors had already formed. I wouldn’t be surprised if the store sold out of copies before closing time at that rate.

But hey, whatever- I have it. Tonight, I guess I’ll set aside Dragon Age: Inquisition for a while, and set back The Witcher 3 and Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain again… probably indefinitely. Sigh.

Why this is so, I can’t really put my finger on. I’m not the biggest Fallout fan- in fact, I’m not really a Fallout fan. In terms of Bethesda games, I’m more into the Elder Scrolls games, primarily Skyrim. But then, I’ve still kept track of Fallout lore regardless- I guess somewhere inside me is a closet Post Apocalypse World fan. But still, to date, the only Fallout game I’ve played to a significant length is Fallout Shelter. Really. Please, stop laughing. It was FUN.

It can’t be the graphics- certainly Fallout 4 looks good thanks to the new, more colorful and dare we say it, vibrant-looking world to explore. But to put it bluntly, compared to games like The Witcher 3, or even Dragon Age: Inquisition or even Skyrim, the character models don’t quite stand up.

That said, the detail and texture of this world are probably what hooked me. The content, the tons of stuff, the interactivity (which should be just as much, if not more so, than Skyrim, modded), the gunplay, the intriguing customizations and crafting, the ability to create your own house or base… it’s like Bethesda took the best stuff from the mods we enjoyed in Skyrim and put them into Fallout 4.

From what I’ve seen so far of the gameplay- and I’ve tried to minimize spoilers and haven’t seen any of the opening hour- this game is pleasing all my buttons.

In terms of playing this game, I will both be playing this personally AND with a character/playthrough meant for posting on the ol’ Youtube Channel for Roleplaying. Still deciding if I go into the LP/RP blind, or if I save it for my second playthrough. I may decide that depending on how tonight’s first session goes.

So, got your Fallout 4? I say, go. Get. Now. Just don’t kill someone for it, okay?

Fallout 4 Launch Trailer

Posted in Action Adventure, Fallout 4, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, Xbox One on November 5th, 2015 by thelonegamer

Chills, man. CHILLS.

The final trailer for Fallout 4 just hit, and man… Bethesda just knows how to do these spots that just leave your jaw dropped, your eyes misty and your heart just pumping. I WANT THIS GAME. NOW. The game is looking AMAZING. Not just the simple graphics, but the scope- the breadth, the depth, the story, the music, the gameplay… the possibilities. OH, the POSSIBILITIES. Pursue the story, which seems filled with factions, mysteries, horrors, secrets and causes to get drowned in, survive, thrive and master the new world your character has found him or herself in.

November 10 (I hope), I begin another New Life. WOW.

Fallout 4: Excited for the Apocalypse

Posted in Action Adventure, Fallout 4, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS4, Xbox One on November 4th, 2015 by thelonegamer


The next BIG Bethesda RPG is imminent!

I have to say it right out- never really been a Fallout fan. I like the idea of Post-Apocalyptic Future Sci-fi, but it’s always been eclipsed by Swords and Sorcery fantasy. Still, while I’ve never actually played the Fallout games to a significant degree (I got to play through the Vault of Fallout 3, but stopped playing soon after reaching Megaton), I’ve always kept tabs on this series, even watching many episodes of Fallout New Vegas LPs on Youtube.

So, here’s Fallout 4. It’s my chance, I guess, to finally get onto this Irradiated Future World that many others have already lost themselves in. As Bethesda’s latest big game, it’s what we’ll all be getting into before… well, before the next ELDER SCROLLS. Now, that said, I am really liking the aspects of crafting and customization. That you can build your own settlements is something I am looking forward to, and all the massive detail of the world and objects tickle me to no end. The combat looks very accessible (apparently you can play it as a straight shooter) and the inclusion of vehicles is tantalizing. It’s just a few days away- I’m still neck deep into other games but somehow I think I will be making a space for F4 on my schedule in the next few months/years… heheh…

Dragon Age Inquisition: Why It’s The Best Time to Return to Thedas

Posted in Action Adventure, DLC, Dragon Age Inquisition, Fan Service, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, PC Gaming, PS3, PS4, RPGs, Xbox One, Xbox360 on September 16th, 2015 by thelonegamer


The Trespasser DLC marks the end of the Inquisition, one way or another…

Many months ago, Bioware’s Dragon Age: Inquisition came out on consoles and PC, and RPGers were scrambling all over it. There were highs and lows, with the game impressing with its gorgeous graphics, expansive and varied locales, engaging gameplay and wonderful cast of characters. On the other hand, the game’s linear story, lack of ‘deep’ dungeons and many cutbacks from earlier versions garnered mixed feelings. Still, I say overall that DAI was a wonderful RPG which entertained me for a couple of playthroughs right after release.
Now, more than nine months later though, I am playing Inquisition again. So why have I dusted off my Inquisitor’s Helm and armor from the closet and called the gang back together? There are quite a few reasons why today is the best time to get back into Thedas, or discover it for the first time.

Play as A Different Class. If you are coming back to DAI after playing through it once, try playing again, as a different class. You’ll be surprised how different the gameplay style is. If you played a Mage or Archer who dealt death from afar before, try this time as an in-your-face combatant as a Warrior. Aside from trying out all the new perks and abilities, you’ll find that the story will be slightly different as well.

This time, Play it RIGHT. I remember playing very much like a noob in my first DAI Playthrough- I didn’t really learn all the nuances and rules. I blundered through the first region of the game, barely optimized my characters’ gear and took advantage of their various abilities, and spent WAAAY too much time in the starting Hinterlands.
This time, I knew that it was key to gather as many crafting materials as possible, where to get good stuff, great gear and thus start kicking ass earlier, making the most out of my time. Seeing your characters do much better and handling previously brutal skirmishes more handily is very gratifying. Try out various Character Builds, get into Crafting and start Kicking Ass in the most spectacular ways.

Do the Other Path. There are two distinct paths to take in a crucial moment in the game, that affects the story. This time, play the one you didn’t choose before and see a different chapter, different benefits, allies and villain to battle. Try out different romances. Get the girl. Or the guy. Or not. Ultimately. Maybe.


Bioware’s DAI PAX2015 Panel.

Enjoy the Later Tweaks and Tons of New Gear, Items and Clothing. Since the original launch, DAI has seen many patches to fix exploits (like the legendary Thousands Cuts trick) and balance out gameplay that made particular classes well-nigh invincible (and broken) later in the game. Also, lots of new gear like crafting materials, items, schematics, weapons and armor have been added, including stuff in subsequent DLCs. Also, lo and behold, your Inquisitor needn’t run around in their annoying beige pajamas around Haven all the time thanks to the new Wardrobe. Oh, and Armor Tinting. ARMOR TINTING. YEEESSSS. MY GOSH I may be doing playthroughs with different Character COLORS. Not Classes, COLORS. My God this game rewards my OC Self like no other.

Finish the Fight, er Story. If you love the game like I do, the three DLC Story/Campaign Expansions- Jaws of Hakkon, The Descent and Trespasser- are Must-Haves. All of them can (or perhaps should) be played after completing the Main Game and Story, giving your Inquisition further adventures to test their skills. And you’ll probably need the powerful items and weapons you’ll get then in the final confrontations in Trespasser. No Ifs or Buts about it, Trespasser is the Final DLC of Inquisition, and it gives this corner of Thedas a definite ending that any Dragon Age fan should try themselves.

Right now, Dragon Age: Inquisition is in its most complete form and it’s an awesome package. Currently, I’m enjoying the hell out of DAI, possibly even more so than I did months ago. It’s awesome to see all the stuff I missed or just plain didn’t see before, and to play the game better this time around. Even if Trespasser has marked the End of Dragon Age for now, I won’t be leaving Thedas or my Inquisition anytime soon.

V Has Come To… My Playstation 4!

Posted in Action Adventure, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Metal Gear Solid V Phantom Pain, Open World Games, PS4, Stealth-Action on September 4th, 2015 by thelonegamer


Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain is in the House!

It’s been a long, excruciating wait, and I actually delayed getting this mammoth title a couple of days… but it’s here. I got my copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for PS4, and I can’t wait to get into it. Well, I just may have to… I want to play Ground Zeroes before I get into Pain, though that may just take a session or two to do. I also have to contend with the fact that I am currently also playing Dragon Age: Inquisition (Again).

It’s not the first time I got a HUGE long-awaited game in my clutches and haven’t yet touched it- I bought The Witcher 3 when it launched, yet I’ve barely played it… though given that it’s gotten lots of patches and DLC, that may be a good thing- once I do get into The Witcher 3, it will be with a version much-improved over the launch version.

I don’t see that happening with The Phantom Pain though- I definitely want to start on this over the weekend, and at least get the quite lengthy opening segment over and done with. From there, we’ll see. Managing Skyhold and Mother Base at the same time shouldn’t be too hard, right?

Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain Launch Trailer!

Posted in Action Adventure, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Metal Gear Solid V Phantom Pain, Open World Games, PC Gaming, PS3, PS4, Stealth-Action, Xbox One, Xbox360 on August 26th, 2015 by thelonegamer

Glorious melancholy marks what may be the Final Metal Gear Solid.

Preceded by a tweet from Hideo Kojima himself, here’s the Launch Trailer for the stealth action sequel, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It’s a remarkably shorter spot than you’d expect, but strangely fitting- with about 2/3 of it consisting of a montage of footage from past MGS games- a somewhat bittersweet look back at the series’ many chapters- from the original Metal Gear Solid to Snake Eater to Guns of the Patriots and Peace Walker. With Kojima and Konami parting ways, perhaps irreversibly, this may indeed be the last MGS as we have known it, and that truly is something to mull upon sadly.

The trailer continues though with a rather ominous segment from Phantom Pain, featuring the newest Metal Gear, plus a rather telling final segment that raises a TON of questions for this impending stealth-action epic.

It’s only about a week away. September 1. My Gosh, it’s been a wait but it looks to be worth it.

Dark Souls III @ Gamescom: Looking Bloody GOOD!

Posted in Action Adventure, Dark Souls III, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, Xbox One on August 7th, 2015 by thelonegamer


16 minutes of DSIII gameplay.

From Software has done amazing with their flagship fantasy-survival Souls franchise. Demons’ Souls introduced the gameplay and the style. Dark Souls refined it and created a world that players fell in love with, alongside gameplay they totally dug even as it killed them over and over and over.

Dark Souls 2 was a bit of a mess, but I think Bloodborne remedied that. Bloodborne freakin’ nailed it, updating the once slow but deliberate gameplay into a faster, more fun system of dodges, siderolls and counters, with some incredibly satisfying battles that seemed insurmountable but were always doable. Heck, I got to the end, even though my Dark Souls skills are hardly up to snuff.

And now- Dark Souls III. The game looks like Dark Souls and Bloodborne’s unholy progeny. The look and setting is Dark Souls. The scope, majesty and horror feel have a Bloodborne vibe, as well as the fast fighting action. This early, the game already looks fantastic. Enemies look gruesome, creepy, scary or both. The feeling of bleak hopelessness that lies before the relentless immortality of your hero is more pronounced than ever.

What stories and lore lie ahead, with this sure-to-be-a-classic prowling ahead in early 2016? I cannot freakin’ wait.


An encounter with what is surely just one of MANY bosses in the game…

The Extended Uncharted 4 Demo is EFFIN’ GODLIKE!

Posted in Action Adventure, Game to Movies, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS4, Uncharted 4 on July 9th, 2015 by thelonegamer


Better than most any action movie sequence EVER.

This post is a bit delayed, but I felt I had to post it regardless. One of the best things shown at this year’s E3… scratch that… THE Best thing shown at E3 2015 for me was the demo for Naughty Dog’s utterly amazing demo for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. It was 7 and a half minutes of unrelenting, jaw-dropping action movie awesomeness- easily one of the most impressive cinematic sequences you’ll see in a game yet, or even in any action blockbuster film. The graphics were amazing, the detail unheard of. As I watched Nathan Drake go through a breakneck running and driving battle against an army of thugs, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, up to the sudden, abrupt, cliffhanging ending.

This was what we all saw during E3. Some time after though, it was revealed that what we saw was only HALF of the freakin’ demo.

The Uncharted demo’s action continues for about another 7 minutes or so, seeing the whole chase sequence/battle to its explosive, rip-roaring conclusion… and to a little epilogue which ironically leaves Nathan in even greater peril (Heh).

This just may be Naughty Dog’s Opus, and perhaps the crown jewel in the PS4 Library. I must admit, I’ve never really been an Uncharted fan, but I just may become one seeing this trailer. This game is now SOLD, a year before launch. I want this game. I need this game. For now though, we have this divine trailer/demo to tide us over. WOW. Just. WOW.

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE is COMING!!!

Posted in Action Adventure, Fan Service, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PS4, RPGs on June 16th, 2015 by thelonegamer


Yes. OH, YES.

It may be a bit ironic, but with all the awesome-looking games coming for the current-gen consoles, it’s a 20-year old RPG from the days of the original Playstation that has gotten me (and I bet, millions of gamers my age) all excited and feeling explosions of joy inside. That game is, of course, Final Fantasy VII REMAKE.

To be fair, the REMAKE is key. We want this game reimagined, redone in current-gen spit and polish. And it’s coming. Judging from the trailer, it is looking AMAZING. Imagine it right now- Midgar, detailed like you won’t believe. The cast of characters, looking better than they did in the Final Fantasy VII Advent Children CG movie, but in real-time graphics. The music. The action. The feels. For the first time ever, this is going to be one game BETTER than we remember it.

Man, if this game is everything it seems to be… it will be goddamn awesome. But it’s coming. Oh my gosh, it’s COMING.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles is Live!

Posted in Action Adventure, Anime, Comics, Fan Service, Fantasy, Movies on June 9th, 2015 by thelonegamer


It’s Batman VS Harley Quinn in the first Gods and Monsters Chronicle.

In preparation for the release of the latest DC Animated Movie, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Machinima will be posting several animated shorts- Gods and Monsters Chronicles- on Youtube. Each one will feature on one of the three iconic DC Superheroes- Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman- in their ‘new’ incarnations.

This week we see the new Bats in action- this isn’t your usual Billionaire with a Troubled Past- nope, THIS Batman is a bit more… feral. In fact, he’s an actual bloodsucking vampire. Which I guess makes him a perfect match for the action in this first Gods and Monsters Chronicle episode, ‘Twisted’. This 5-minute short throws Batman into a deadly fight with a much more brutal and murderous Harley Quinn.

Though the animation and art style is still pretty cartoony in the Bruce Timm style, it’s a couple of notches more gruesome than your usual TV fare, with some rather disturbing mementos found in Harley’s fridge, and corpses making up most of the scenery in her dank abode- heck, I think this Harley would make Hannibal Lecter cringe.

With action and a bit of fan service amped up in this debut episode, I am quite interested in seeing what lies in the rest of the Machinima eps, as well as the full Gods and Monsters feature flick. For now though, check out ‘Twisted’ for some bloody good Bat-on-Bad Girl action.