The Force Is Strong With This One

Happy Weekend TAY!

I hope everyone is set to enjoy a relaxing weekend, I know I’m ready to cut loose. I had a busy schedule last week that saw little downtime, so I’m looking forward to catching up with my games.

I did find a little time for more Far Cry 4 last week and I think I’m almost at the end. I appear to have cleared off most of the map and found all of the major collectibles, so I assume there isn’t much left unless the game throws me a curveball.

I love how Ubisoft deals with the altered states and drug use in the game. The mix of humor and the lack of beating me with a “winner’s don’t use drugs” sermon afterwards is refreshing. Far Cry 4 has a great sense of self and isn’t afraid to mix the ridiculous with the serious and the drug induced missions make for some funny material.

The other altered-state missions deal more with Buddhist traditions with a wonderful use of a Himalayan art-style. These are some of the most impressive looking landscapes in the game and I love how they changed up the gameplay for these missions. It gave the atmosphere some nice cultural flair and you feel like you are playing a parable during this side story.

I also had a wee bit of time last week to explore some Star Wars: Battlefront on PC for the first time. I don’t have much experience playing PVP games but I’m having a great time with it. It isn’t quite as engaging as Titanfall, but it is just so gorgeous to look at. I am a child of the 70’s and obviously weaned on Star Wars. It is such an amazing experience to have lived through the evolution of Star Wars games to finally have reached the point where the games might even look better than the original movies.

I suck at the game. This has a lot to do with me having little experience fighting real humans, but I’m slowly getting the hang of it. I imagine I’ll drop in and out of Star Wars: Battlefront periodically while playing other games just to get that shooter-fix (I’m Datacide1 on Origin if you play). The more I play, the more I unlock. Eventually, I’ll be able to get all that equipment that those top players seem to be killing me with at every moment of every game.

Last night I had a quick look at BioShock Remastered since it came to me free on Steam for having owned the original version. Since I just played the original Bioshock and it is fresh in my mind, I thought I’d have a quick peek to see what was improved. It is a nice upgrade. No longer do you have to edit files to get widescreen support and overall it seems much happier running on modern hardware. The higher resolution textures are the biggest upgrade, giving the game a beautiful coat of paint everywhere you look. Things like the new lighting, new water effects, and new cloth physics just add icing to one of the most delicious cakes ever. I love that the visuals are still true to everything in the original game, just “betterfied”. Definitely worth a revisit if you played the original game and a must for people who’ve never been to Rapture.

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My family is hoping to hit Canada’s Wonderland this weekend, but other than that it is likely outdoor chores for me. Hopefully I’ll get to more Star Wars: Battlefront and finish off Far Cry 4’s main game this weekend and there is always Rock Band 4 to play with the family (and no, I didn’t get the new country music tracks this week.)

So, what are you playing this weekend?