Persona 5: Initial Thoughts

After hearing all the hype for Persona 5, I was finding it hard to resist a purchase. I was unsuccessful in finding the game locally, apparently it’s popular or something, and instead decided to order it online. It arrived this past weekend, and I’ve been playing it in my free time since.image1Persona 5 is my first JRPG. That might be surprising, but my time gaming typically involves first-person shooters, survival games, and, mostly, Western RPGs. RPGs tend to rank among my favorite video games which probably contributed to my uncertainty when considering Persona 5. I knew it would be different and probably challenge my expectations, but that could be a good thing, right? Continue reading “Persona 5: Initial Thoughts”

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Mass Effect™_ Andromeda_20170321182011After 58 hours, I have completed Bioware’s much anticipated Mass Effect: AndromedaME: A is a vast, open-world RPG that offers ample opportunity for exploration, solid combat, crafting, and an overall fun experience. However, the space opera suffers from a few common maladies typical of franchises struggling to remain relevant in a sea of available RPG titles, some of which are more sophisticated. Continue reading “Mass Effect: Andromeda”

The Witness: Motivation and Purpose

The Witness was both an infuriating and relaxing experience for me (mostly the former). It has been touted as a masterpiece and a revolutionary video game. While I offer some critique of The Witness as a video game, the majority of what follows will be an inquiry into the aspects of learning and motivation in The Witness. This post is rather lengthy because of my analysis and approach. Warning: some spoilers ahead.e51551_f17420f4b7454fae9221f8a28cc347c1 Continue reading “The Witness: Motivation and Purpose”

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

(May 2015)e51551_79fa4356be5a4c288c8f59ae37a60f39.jpgMy favorite game of 2015 was The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (W3), and it won my soul by a landslide. The game does so much well that the few “complaints” I have seem insignificant. W3 has an engaging story, offers an open and well-crafted world, and presents players with so many choices. From a variety of side quests to determining if certain characters should live or die, W3 leaves players feeling like their decisions have an impact on the fantasy world. Continue reading “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”