Attack On Titan

There are different types of nerds in the world. The older I get, somehow, I am getting more nerdy. 

My new obsession is the Japanese anime “Attack on Titan,” an amazing show about humans living within a walled city who have to protect themselves from the giants living outside the wall. As of 2015 a live action movie was made, check out the poster for it below. It soon may be remade as an American film by Warner Bros, who are tying to obtain the rights. (Read more about that here)

Yes, I have turned into an anime person. There’s something I never thought would happen. What’s next? Who knows…

First thoughts: The For Honor open beta

Let’s talk about For Honor. I have been excited for this game since I saw this first trailer a few months ago, but didn’t really know what to expect. I was kind of anticipating just another boring hack and slash game, but was pleasantly surprised.

I played the beta for the first time last night, teaming up with a couple good friends online. We stuck mainly to the dominion style of the game, where you capture the objectives. It was a bit frustrating at first, when you’re working out the unusual game controls, and trying to find the best character for yourself. I got murdered plenty of times, and we lost our first few matches by 600 points or so.

There are three different factions, and three classes in each faction. The one I found my niche with was the Viking berserker. She is armed with two axes, was fast, agile, and all around awesome.

Once you get a hang of the game, it is fun, and awesome to play. The game requires a lot of teamwork, capturing points, everyone not being in the same place at once, reviving downed teammates, and so on. I can see how non-communicative teammates could be frustrating, and make the game less enjoyable.

The game is aesthetically attractive, and the characters creative, each class handling differently. The movement: fighting, running, climbing, is all very fluid. It’s a fun game to watch and play. The loot system is also neat, you get stuff at the end of each battle you win, as well as coin to buy upgrades and so on.

The matches can be difficult starting out, and the controls are much different than most fighting games. But, once you master the basics: blocking, attacking and helping your team, the game is a blast. Also, since this game is hard, the kills are especially satisfying, and slicing an enemy’s head off after a long fight is gross, but very awesome.

The beta is free on steam currently, and the full game comes out on February 14th. I definitely recommend checking it out!

Have you played For Honor yet? What did you think?

My review of Xcom 2

Xcom 2. This is a turn based game, focusing on hunting aliens and rescuing resistance members, basically. You are the “commander” and in charge of leading the resistance to victory against the aliens taking over the world.

This game is awesome. The main game with no DLC has a great story that is fun to play through. As far as the turn based style, it’s not boring. And with the DLC content and Long War 2 it’s a long, exciting game. Long war 2 is very challenging and more strategic based than story focused.

There are lots of different alien types to fight, as well as different classes of soldier your characters can become as they rank up. So many options.

The graphics aren’t super amazing, if you’re into realistic looking games. It’s also sort if like a rogue game in that if one of your soldiers dies they’re dead forever. So if that’s something you don’t like in a game, always use cover!

Overall, I give this a 9/10, especially with the DLC.