Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Emotional Issues

Miracle of Sound’s gaming inspired songs are some of my favourite things to listen and watch on YouTube. I’ve bought his records in the past and even dished out cash for a single song, that being the Borderlands 2 inspired “Breaking Down the Borders.”

Most of the time I’m just listening to the song, reading the lyrics and not paying much attention to the footage used in the music video, often cuts of official trailers and gameplay videos. But with “The Natural Heart,” the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided song, the footage kept drawing me in, engendering a response in me along with the fantastic lyrics and music. Continue reading Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Emotional Issues

Best First-Person Shooter of 2016 (for me)

It’s December, the end of the year approaches and so many sites will start on their “Best Of” lists. I’m not a fan of them, least of all of Game of the Year nominations and awards. I think they’re short-sighted and often try to quantify games to pick a winner, often just the game with the highest review score, ignoring every other aspect of a game and its impact on the industry.

But with that said, I played more First person shooters in 2016 alone than the last couple of years combined. I don’t play the franchises with the yearly releases, as I need something more to attract me to the games. I often just play a single or a couple of first person shooters every year, those with the plot and elements that keep me playing.

I know I make it sound like I played a good baker’s dozens of first-person shooters, but in truth there were only 4:

  • DOOM: I played this in the past week, buying it during the latest Steam sale and enjoying it on my new computer. This game is badass and even being new and having shiny graphics, it made me remember the good old days of playing Doom and modified versions of Doom 2 with my friends, just killing demons one super-shotgun blast at a time.
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided: sure, I may play this game more as a first-person sneaker but it is still a first-person shooter. The only thing that brings it down, as I mentioned in an article a few days ago, is how the story doesn’t seem to go anywhere significant, how it feels incomplete, cut too short at the end of a prologue. But it’s still fun and interesting and I will always love the freedom of approach you have in Deus Ex games.
  • Overwatch: The only multiplayer-focused first-person shooter I’ve ever enjoyed. This is a fun and fast game, with amazing characters and a wonderful lore to back it all up. And with new maps and characters along with competitive seasons and rewards, it’s going to be a game I keep playing for a long while, particularly using the Green Cyborg Ninja Dude and Reinhardt!
  • Shadow Warrior 2: One of my latest acquisitions, bought along with DOOM in that Steam sale and a game that once I loaded it for the first time I could not let go until I had cleared the game. And then I restarted it on new game plus in a much higher difficulty level, something I rarely ever do.

Out of those four, I’m tempted to give the best of award to Overwatch, as it’s the game I’ve enjoyed the most over the year, the title I’ve defended to non-believers and one I just like so much that I’m willing to endure the competitive mode, one I’ve called a snake-pit in the past. And let’s not forget this is the game I’ve recorded the most videos for this year.

But to be honest, in the past week it became absolutely clear to me that despite some issues, the game I had the most fun with was Shadow Warrior 2. It has the action, fast paced and against incredible odds. It’s challenging, especially since it’s a hybrid First-person shooter and RPG and you get elite enemies with special properties, resistances and a ton of health. The bosses are great and can kill you.

Shadow Warrior 2
Lady Deathstroke?

Speaking of, it has a phenomenal death mechanic, like Dark Souls but with one clear difference that I think more games should implement: no loading times. If you die, you instantly respawn and get back into it.

Shadow Warrior 2 has a fantastic sense of humour and makes fun of itself—that and the many dick jokes—which is something it shares with Overwatch but not with the other two games on this list of nominees. It’s great to see Lo Wang just make fun of everyone and everything, with this as my favourite exchange:

Orochi Zilla:  “Guards!”

Wang: “I killed all your guards”

Orochi: “All of them?”

Wang: “What can I say? I was on a roll!”

And to prove his…unique sense of humour, he has another exchange with Kamiko, his spiritual companion in this game:

“You’re such a prick!”

“I consider myself more of a Wang!”

But what truly puts the game on the top of the list is the song for the final boss fight. It’s a new theme recorded by Stan Bush, the singer for “The Touch,” the theme song for the 1980s Transformers animated movie.

The song’s name is Warrior and it’s an 80s Rock anthem. The moment I heard the song I knew it, Shadow Warrior 2 was the best first person shooter of the year, for a simple thing, and I’ll say it again: I had the most fun with it.

And in the end, that’s what games are for, to have fun.

But that’s my best first-person shooter of the year, do you have a different one? Let me know in the comments or on social media!


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Storytelling needs Augments!

When Square Enix first announced Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, I was so excited I went back to play Human Revolution, in one of my first few Let’s Plays on The Mental Attic’s YouTube channel, deciding to play it with a nice guy Adam Jensen and being as stealthy and non-lethal as possible.

Then Deus Ex: Mankind Divided released to divisive reviews, but I couldn’t play it yet. I mean, I bought it but with the gaming laptop unable to play the game properly it at times felt like stop motion animation, so I couldn’t enjoy it fully.

But now, with the new computer here and having completed Mankind Divided I am conflicted about it. Continue reading Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Storytelling needs Augments!

Let’s Play Ys: The Oath in Felghana

I’ve mentioned in the past how much I like the Ys Series. I like the stories, the world and I love the music. So as I’ve been streaming from Monday to Friday, it occurred to me I should play more Ys games and hopefully get more people to play them as well.

So that’s what I did. I started a new Let’s Play, to replace my already finished Stealthy Nicey Jensen run for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and while I take a little break from the Tomb Raider series before I hit the next one, Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation. Continue reading Let’s Play Ys: The Oath in Felghana

Let’s Play – Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut

Months ago, when the trailer for Mankind Divided first leaked, I was so excited I had to go back and play Deus Ex: Human Revolution all over again. But to make things more interesting, I decided to leave it up to you, my dear readers, on how I should play the game. I set two polls up, one for the style of play and the other for Adam Jensen’s attitude. He’ll always be a sour, inexpressive bastard but he could be a bastard with a heart of gold or a complete arsehole. Continue reading Let’s Play – Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut

Annoying Game Mechanics – Subquests

Annoying Game Mechanics are those that just make you groan when you see them in a game. You’ve seen them at their best but you’ve also seen them at their worst. You can’t love them but you can’t hate them either, but you can definitely be annoyed!

This week the mechanic I’m having an issue with is Subquests! Continue reading Annoying Game Mechanics – Subquests

TMA Let’s Play – Deus Ex Human Revolution

A few weeks ago someone leaked the announcement trailer for the Deus Ex: Human Revolution sequel, Makind Divided. As is often the case when I hear about a sequel to a game I love, I immediately thought, “I need to play HR again!” I did the same with the Overlord game when I saw a teaser image from Codemasters–which has now turned into a teaser trailer for Fellowship of Evil. Continue reading TMA Let’s Play – Deus Ex Human Revolution

Deus Ex Human Revolution Director’s Cut – Reworked Boss Fights

When Deus Ex Human Revolution first released, there was quite a bit of backlash because of the boss design, forcing you into straight-up shootouts when your build might not be the most Action Star oriented. Thankfully, this “little” issue with the game has now been fixed with the Director’s Cut, released on October 2013, in which all three major boss fights: Barrett, Yelena and Namir have been overhauled, allowing for multiple strategies depending on your build. Continue reading Deus Ex Human Revolution Director’s Cut – Reworked Boss Fights