If You Go Out In The Woods Today, You’re Sure Of A Big Surprise.

Happy Weekend TAY!

I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend with no plans other than some practice performances of my son’s monologue assignment from school. I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend as well; time to catch up on that sleep you didn’t get all week.

My wife and I had some time, last week, to gain a little more progress in Uncharted 4. I don’t know what it is exactly, but, I’m having trouble getting into this one. The combat is great but everything else is just more of the same ol’ Uncharted. Coming off the previous three Uncharted games is likely causing gameplay fatigue, but it isn’t just that.

It almost feels like the mechanics have taken a step backward. The controls seem slightly less responsive and prone to more unpredictable behaviours than previous games. Maybe this is due to the previous games being 60fps or close to it, but I think there is more to it than just raw framerate. I appreciate the increase in the frames of animation for Drake, but I can’t shake the feeling that the game is somewhat less polished in movement than the other games in the series (particularly the PS4 remasters).

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The story is also not doing it for me. Uncharted 3 started off with a great story that goes into a steep nosedive with a spectacular crash at the end, but Uncharted 4 starts off rough and cheesy and has kept that up so far. Here’s hoping for some recovery as the game goes on.

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All my solo gaming last week was spent with The Witcher 3. It is a nasty game for sucking away all the time and interests in the rest of your life. I’m constantly saying to myself “Let’s just go to the next mission area and save...oh wait, while I’m here I might as well finish up the mission so I don’t forget what I was doing...ok, now that that’s done I might as well return my mission and get the reward...hey, now I’m right beside the start of a new quest, I’d be silly not to look at that. [rinse and repeat])”.

I’m LOVING The Witcher 3 so far. I went in with incredibly high expectations due to all of you, but I’m happy it lives up to all the hype. I had some issues with some of the textures early on, but a quick mod replaced most of the major textures with higher resolution ones. I might go have a look at some of the other 2000+ mods at some point, but I’m not feeling the need to improve anything else. It feels great just the way it is.

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The sound design in The Witcher 3 is incredible. Once you turn off the offending music, you are treated to an amazing soundscape as you travel the lands. One of the things I like best about TES games, Far Cry games, and games like Betrayer, is simply walking through the forest. It is almost primal how relaxing a good forest romp can be, even if that forest is full of things that might kill me. The Witcher 3 takes this a step further by having amazing sunlight effects and great looking storms to enhance your stroll through the woods.

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I’ve also never really played any Trading Card Games and usually avoid them if possible, but The Witcher 3’s inclusion of Gwent is such a great move. I feel I’ve done myself a disservice not looking into TCGs in the past. I’m happy to know that there is a separate and F2P version of Gwent available so I can get my fix after I finish with The Witcher 3.

I’m hoping this weekend I’ll be able to get in more of The Witcher 3 and find some time to spend with Guitar Hero Live for the Wii U. We found brand new Wii U sets last weekend at the dollar store. At $4 a pop, we bought two.

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So, what are you playing this weekend?