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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Dark for the 360 | Attempted

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Back in November of 2018 I tried out a game called "Dark" on my xbox 360. I had been going on a binge of games that are not backwards compatible to the xbox one, so I thought I'd give this a try.

The reviews for this game were bad...quite bad! (Metacritic score of 38%).  But the price was right (next to free...) and the concept seemed like an interesting concept: The game follows the story of Eric Bane , a newly turned vampire suffering from amnesia. He learns that his transformation is not complete and that, if he does not drink the blood of his sire, he will mutate into a mindless ghoul. In order to avoid being such a foul creature, he receives missions to drink ancient vampires' blood. However, an angel in Eric's view appears to guide him to the righteous path, and ease intolerable pain that comes from not drinking appropriate blood as it disappears. With a question of this vision, he tries to recover his deleted memories and his true self. (plot from wikipedia, accessed on 8/20/19).

Unfortunately the interesting plot, the interesting visual style, and the interesting gameplay concepts that it tried to implement didn't really come through (as most reviews said!). Sometimes I don't see eye to eye with reviewers but this game was rather bad. I am not sure if I am ever going back to try to slog through and finish this game, but I do think that it deserves a reboot.

Achievements: 3/21
Gamerscore: 120/1000


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Review: Hell's Heart

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Hell's Heart Hell's Heart by John Jackson Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book had me reacting out loud while I was listening to it. It was a rather interesting story of succession in the house of Krug (from Star Trek IV), and a rather interesting tale of discommendated, and what happens when the children of those who are no longer considered part of the community refuse to accept a system that is inherently stacked against them for no good reason. Worth a read.

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Review: Defiance:The Essential Guide

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Defiance:The Essential Guide Defiance:The Essential Guide by Syfy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was reminded of this ebook while rewatching Defiance this summer. This was a "getting to know the world of Defiance" sort of book.  I think it mostly focused on the TV show, even though Defiance was originally envisioned as a transmedia type of franchise (with the eponymous MMO still running/limping along to this day). Too bad the show was cancelled, but kudos for putting out a guide to the world created in the show. It would have been great to include more of the language related aspects as part of this.  Now, if only I could get my hands on a few Votan fonts...

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Review: Star Trek vs. Transformers

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Star Trek vs. Transformers Star Trek vs. Transformers by John Barber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another cross-over, this one a bit more recent I think compared the DC Legion of Superheroes one I read.  An interesting Star Trek: The Animated Series cross-over with Transformers. A bit campy for my tastes, but if you view it from an animated series perspective it ain't half bad. I guess Transformers is now in the official beta continuity of star trek ;-)

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Review: Star Trek / Legion of Super-Heroes

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Star Trek / Legion of Super-Heroes Star Trek / Legion of Super-Heroes by Chris Roberson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've been making my way through various star trek comics and books this year.  This one I got from Humble Bundle (I think) a while back and it's a cross-over between TOS and DC's Legion of Superheroes.   It wasn't a bad story, but the DC Superhero part didn't really grab me all that much. I guess this would do better with a DC comic fanbase than a star trek fanbase.

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Review: Star Trek: Save What From Heaven is With the Breezes Blown

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Star Trek: Save What From Heaven is With the Breezes Blown Star Trek: Save What From Heaven is With the Breezes Blown by Mark Largent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I came across this comic on Facebook recently.  Since it wasn't available as a CBR, I downloaded all the images from the facebook group and packaged my own for reading. This was not a bad fan comic. Some of dialogue needed a little tweaking, but the artwork was awesome.  The story doesn't really fit into the continuity as it currently stands (the prologue explains why - mostly because the scenario was written in the mid 90s), but it is a great story nevertheless.

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Review: Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made

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Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made by Jason Schreier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I rather enjoyed this book. The video game industry has been getting a lot of attention lately, and this book contributes to shedding some light into the working practices of this billion dollar industry. While I am not familiar with some of the game, from a player perspective, it's interesting to see a bit of the internal workings for projects that are such cultural touchstones.

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Mortal Kombat 9 | Done

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This is one of the games that I had gotten on a (summer?) sale a few years back on my xbox and had never gotten to it.  I was a fan of Mortal Kombat when it had come out in the arcades in the 90s but I hadn't really revisited the franchise since then. The sale seemed like a good opportunity to do so.

I played this game on Story Mode and completed the main story, but as with any game of this type, the content is re-playable. I thought the Story Mode did a good job of bridging together the narrative strands from Mortal Kombat 1, 2, and 3.  As a kid I didn't particularly care about the story, I just wanted to hear the announcer say "finish him" and emerge victorious in Mortal Kombat. As an adult I wanted to know more of the "why", and this game kind of answered many of my "why?" questions.

The only bummer is that this game is no backward compatible with the xbox one. I would have loved to have played this game a few more times, especially picking it up casually here and there for any random fight. Maybe once the xbox backward compatibility team gets back to BC work (after their work on the next xbox console concludes) I'll come back to this.  For the time being it's put away, and I can play something else :-)

This game was completed at the end of 2018
Achievements: 5/50
Gamerscore: 105/1000
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Assassin's Creed Origins | Done

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I don't know when I started this game (sometime last summer), but (for now) it concludes my binging of the assassin's creed series on the Xbox (and I can say that I am 'all caught up' - at least as far as video games go - yes I wrote this last summer and I didn't bother updating this initial text 😝).  The game starts off with the last of the Medjay -an elite group of warriors who were serving the pharaohs  in Egypt.  After tragedy befalls this last Medjay (by the name of Bayek), he sets off on a mission to avenge his dead son, and in the process discovering a web of corruption powered by ancient artefacts. At the end of the game, once everyone is killed, he and his wife (who takes on the name Amunet and relocated to Rome) form the 'hidden ones' who are the precursors of the assassin brotherhood.

The game is quite different in pacing from previous games.  Still open world, but the mechanics have taken on a much more RPG feel to them.  This seemed perfectly fine to me (regardless of the vitriol that this game seems to have gotten online), and I ended up finishing every mission in the main game and in the expansions. The only mission I haven't completed is the Trial of the Gods because one of the trials (the Trial of Sobek) has yet to spawn.  I did reach max level (55) and I've unlocked all skills except for 2 (need 6 more points!), which I can grind through the game to earn, but with the main story completed there is little motivation to do this.

Overall the mechanics were easy to get a hang of once I played for an hour or so. Having come from Syndicate, the button placement seemed rather weird, but you get used to it.  The game gas stunning visuals, and none are better (IMO) than those in the afterlife maps in the Curse of the Pharaohs expansion.  I did try the discovery mode, which places you on a virtual tour of Ancient Egypt, doing something that AC games have been doing since the first one: teaching you history. The guided museum tour was a nice touch, and the usability seemed good.  I wonder if they are going to do this for AC: Odyssey (update: as of today, it doesn't seem like it).

In terms of some game stats:

Gamerscore: 1015/1500
Achievements earned: 45
Time played: 4 days and 7.5 hours
Player level: 55
Players avenged: 25
Arena champions defeated: 9

Overall I loved this game! Definitely something to come back to once the pile of unplayed games (will this ever happen???) :-)

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Καλό μήνα...από αύγουστο χειμώνας;;;

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Καλό μας μήνα!

Να που ήρθε και ο Αύγουστος (και διακοπές ακόμα πουθενά).  Ευτυχώς έχει καλό καιρό και λιαζώμαστε και ας μην πάμε κάπου μακριά... 


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