Holy Awesomeness Batman!

Happy Weekend TAY!

I hope everyone has a great weekend planned and that you don’t find yourself, or have loved ones, involved with the hurricane in Florida. Yikes!

I had a great week of gaming and the back-to-school routine is starting to take hold in my house again. My son isn’t loving the intrusion into his game time by silly ol’ school.

With the first week of school not having a full workload, my son and I have been trying to finish off Sonic Mania when he returns in the afternoons. Wow, those levels are GIGANTIC compared to other Sonic games. I find myself burning through the 10-minute time limit and seeing the Time Over screen far more often than in the original 2D games. Astounding level design with so many places to explore.

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On my own, I was able to finish off Quake. Still one of the best first person shooters out there. The levels are very complex for their small size (compared with modern games). Even with all these playthroughs after all these years, I still come out of most levels leaving some secrets unsolved. White-knuckled bliss to be sure.

With the death of Shub-Niggurath and her armies of Quake, I felt it was finally time for Batman: Arkham Knight.

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Wow! I am amazed at the quality on display here. I went into Arkham Knight with slightly lower expectations than normal (for a Rocksteady game) given the negative slant to a lot of the discussions around this title. I’m happy to find myself blown away.

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Arkham Knight looks amazing on PC with a ton of spit and polish on the engine since the Arkham City/Origins games. It is exciting to see what the latest generation of consoles bring to the evolution of the visuals even though it is still on the Unreal 3 engine. The NVIDIA Gameworks features on PC are also helping with the overall look. I particularly love the rain, I’m not sure I’ve seen better rain in a video game.

Overall, this feels like the culmination of years of work on this series and the perfection of each gameplay element. I’m enjoying every aspect of the game and I can’t find any complaints. The story is quite dark and the voice acting is to die for. John Noble, Kevin Conroy, and Mark Hamill are worth the price of admission on their own. Heck, I even love the Batmobile which seemed to garner the most complaints. So, what exactly didn’t people like about Arkham Knight?

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I imagine there will be lots to play this weekend and more Rock Band 4 as well. Maybe I’ll even be able to mow the grass if it ever stops raining. Winter is coming.

So, what are you playing this weekend?