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…

Bummed About Shadowlands Being Delayed

Bummed About Shadowlands Being Delayed

This is ancient history by internet standards, but Blizzard has delayed the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Shadowlands. Originally, Shadowlands was scheduled to launch on October 27th, 2020. But, citing quality concerns, the studio made the decision to delay the game. I’m assuming all is not well with Shadowlands, because Blizzard hasn’t even set a new release date. As of…

Wrapping Up in Battle for Azeroth

Wrapping Up in Battle for Azeroth

With World of Warcraft: Shadowlands set to drop in just under two months, I’m running out of time with the game’s current expansion, Battle for Azeroth. Such is the case in an MMORPG. Although WoW’s world is persistent, the game’s content ages like bread. Stale content needs to be regularly refreshed and replaced with new offerings.…