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Happy Weekend TAY!

Last week was a great week around here for gaming...once I could get away from shopping for new blinds for the house (which seem to get ridiculously expensive).

The best news was that I finished Knack. Yup, it sucked the whole way through, but it does show some small improvements as it goes along. The painful and dragging pace of the first half of the game is sped up for the second half. Also, the encounters and gameplay mechanics show marginal enhancements as you get further in the game and the character upgrade system is somewhat interesting.

I still don’t think anyone should really play it unless you were looking for a terrible but kid-friendly version of God Of War.

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The story is simply awful. When I think of Sony’s games, I usually think of a well-acted and entertaining story. Not so with Knack. The story feels like it was written by a hamster and a 10-year-old kid with no concept of how people interact. There is a relationship storyline in the game that had me literally smacking my forehead at one-point in disbelief at the truly dreadful presentation. I like to temper my disappointment by hoping the English version of the story was just mistranslated by the aforementioned hamster.

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To make matters worse, cutscenes are extremely frequent. When not being offended by some of the worst storytelling in gaming, players are treated to cutscenes for almost every transition inside a level. Need to jump across a large gap? Knack has a cutscene for that. Need to run up a ramp and spring onto unsuspecting enemies? Knack has a cutscene for this too. It is ridiculous how often the game wrests the controls from the player to show non-interactive movements throughout the level. I blame poor level design for the bulk of this issue, though some of the cutscenes could be used to hide loading. Regardless of the purpose of these cutscenes, it is an irritating intrusion into my game to force me to watch things I’d rather be doing.

Avoid this turd if you haven’t played it...you have much better things to do with your time.

Though, I’m not sure I’d redirect those energies to Uncharted 4.

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My wife and I finally finished Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. It was alright but WAY TOO LONG. The game also falls apart at the end, forgoing any stealth options for straight-up, repetitive, and ridiculously long gun battles. Both my wife and I were ready for the game to be over about three-quarters of the way through.

It is a gorgeous looking version of Uncharted and the story is somewhat entertaining, but it certainly didn’t spur my interests for more Uncharted games. In the end, I’m not really sure I had a whole lot of fun with Uncharted 4. I felt like I was just going through the motions.

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I’m definitely going to wait for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy to become free with PS+ down the road before I look at that one. I still think Uncharted 2 was the high point of the series. A Thief’s End sure is a nice showpiece for the hardware but does almost nothing to advance the aging gameplay.

So, with those games done I was in a position to start new titles. I picked Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for my solo game time and I’m enjoying it so far. Call of Duty single player campaigns allow me to turn off my brain and just enjoy the spectacle. I kind of wish I remembered the storylines from the other two Modern Warfare titles, but there is only so much storage remaining in my old brain and lots of bad sectors. I am quite surprised how good the game looks, given it is over seven years old now.

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As for my wife and I, we chose to start up Night In The Woods. I have avoided all discussions on this title, so I am enjoying going into it completely unaware of what awaits us. We are both loving it so far, but we’ve barely put an hour on it.

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Add to the week a great session of Divinity: Original Sin with my friend and some more Sonic 3D Blast with my son; I certainly can’t complain. I’m hoping this weekend will provide some more time to game with my family and I imagine I’ll find some alone-time for CoD.

So, what are you playing this weekend?