Fallout 76 is Unexpectedly Delightful

Fallout 76 is Unexpectedly Delightful

I distinctly remember the vortex of emotions I experienced when Bethesda revealed Fallout 76 back in 2018. The gameplay trailer, which showcased an idyllic golden Appalachian landscape littered with all manner of creatures and mutated biomes, left an unmistakably good impression. But as a multiplayer title, how would the game play? Fallout 4 had been…

Musing About Mass Effect

Musing About Mass Effect

Since my legs are broken and I’ll be spending my foreseeable future indoors, getting swept up in a good RPG sounded appealing. I dabbled with the top-down apocalyptic RPG Wasteland 2 but ultimately found that the game’s isometric perspective limited my enjoyment. Staring down at my characters like ants through a magnifying glass as they…

Caved and Bought World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Caved and Bought World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Above: Heavenly-forged Kyrian armour probably weighs thousands of pounds, so this out-of-place hyena mount ain’t having it.  Roughly five months ago, Blizzard delayed the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Shadowlands, by about a month. That delay was one of the reasons I decided to cancel my pre-order and miss the game’s launch entirely. But old…

What Cyberpunk 2077 Does Well

What Cyberpunk 2077 Does Well

At first, I found Cyberpunk 2077 massively disappointing. It emphasizes player choice but offers little. Its open-world is pretty but mostly populated with filler content. And it frequently sidelines role-playing efforts so it can tell its own story. But fifty hours later, and having surrendered my expectations, I’m enjoying the game for what it is:…

Beneath its Presentation, Cyberpunk 2077 is a Cybermess

Beneath its Presentation, Cyberpunk 2077 is a Cybermess

After seven years, CD Projekt Red’s highly-anticipated action RPG Cyberpunk 2077 is here, and it’s a cybermess. And I’m not just talking about the apparent lack of polish or abundance of bugs. Cyberpunk 2077 is foundationally flawed: a bizarre Frankenstein monster cobbled together from elements of other, better, games. Many of its gameplay systems are…