Category: Video Game Review

Video Game Review: Trials on Tatooine (ILMxLAB VR Experience)

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I was joking before going to Celebration Europe 2016 that if the only thing I did there was ILMxLAB’s Virtual Reality Experience, Trials on Tatooine, I’d be perfectly content. On the convention’s final day I got my chance to play and I kid you not, over Thrawn’s introduction in Star Wars Rebels or the new Rogue One footage, Trials on Tatooine will forever be my top moment from SWCE 2016. Not only was it an wholly immersive VR experience, as it felt like my childhood imaginations came to (virtual) life, it also helped sell me on VR technology and its potential.  Continue reading “Video Game Review: Trials on Tatooine (ILMxLAB VR Experience)”

Video Game Review: Star Wars: Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront is a multiplayer focused game with some of the best graphics in Star Wars gaming history, but can it live up to expectations of carrying the fan-favorite moniker, Battlefront? The answer isn’t a solid yes, as it’s an experience that both seems, and eventually is, thin, but there’s no denying no matter how long you play it there’s fun to be had. Continue reading “Video Game Review: Star Wars: Battlefront”

Video Game Review: Telltale’s Game of Thrones, Ep. 5: “A Nest of Vipers”

Telltale's Game of Thrones "A Nest of Vipers"

Spoiler Review –

“A Nest of Vipers” is another great and solid entry in Telltale’s Game of Thrones series, where strangely enough the big reveal we were all waiting for–who the traitor in the Forrester small council is–turns out be a letdown, while the ending provides about as much a shock as the first episode’s ending. With this being the penultimate episode, the choices you make (and have made) will result in varying differences in each player’s final episode, which is what you really want and hope a game from Telltale can deliver.

(UPDATE: I won’t be reviewing this series any more, nor its finale, which I finally completed two years later. It, like much of this series, was rather lackluster, and left me feeling like most of my decisions didn’t matter as there was an outcome planned anyways. The North Grove? Not explained beyond there being creepy magic to help slay the White Walkers. By the end, at least for me, the Forrester family has less members alive then the Starks and they are no where near as important. There will be a second season, so if you enjoyed this then don’t fret there’s more to come, but I’d be doubtful to return as I’ll be too busy watching the show or re-reading the books (or reading a new one, if George R.R .Martin ever gets one out!). Good luck playing and thanks for checking out the Manor; stay awhile for our primary focus, Star Wars, if you’d like!)

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Video Game Review: Telltale’s Game of Thrones, Ep. 4: “Sons of Winter”

Telltale's Game of Thrones Ep. 4: "Sons of Winter"

Spoiler Review –

“Sons of Winter” delivers some great moments worthy of the Game of Thrones name and is easily the best episode of Telltale’s series yet, but it doesn’t always feel like your choices have true weight, at least as far as the plot is concerned.

(UPDATE: I won’t be reviewing this series any more, nor its finale, which I finally completed two years later. It, like much of this series, was rather lackluster, and left me feeling like most of my decisions didn’t matter as there was an outcome planned anyways. The North Grove? Not explained beyond there being creepy magic to help slay the White Walkers. By the end, at least for me, the Forrester family has less members alive then the Starks and they are no where near as important. There will be a second season, so if you enjoyed this then don’t fret there’s more to come, but I’d be doubtful to return as I’ll be too busy watching the show or re-reading the books (or reading a new one, if George R.R .Martin ever gets one out!). Good luck playing and thanks for checking out the Manor; stay awhile for our primary focus, Star Wars, if you’d like!)

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Video Game Review: Telltale’s Game of Thrones, Ep. 3: “The Sword in the Darkness”

Telltale's Game of Thrones

Spoiler Review –

“The Sword in the Darkness” picks up some of the slack created in “The Lost Lords” by giving characters and players increasingly difficult choices to make, while expanding roles and adding whole heaps of mystery by digging into the fantasy side of Game of Thrones.

(UPDATE: I won’t be reviewing this series any more, nor its finale, which I finally completed two years later. It, like much of this series, was rather lackluster, and left me feeling like most of my decisions didn’t matter as there was an outcome planned anyways. The North Grove? Not explained beyond there being creepy magic to help slay the White Walkers. By the end, at least for me, the Forrester family has less members alive then the Starks and they are no where near as important. There will be a second season, so if you enjoyed this then don’t fret there’s more to come, but I’d be doubtful to return as I’ll be too busy watching the show or re-reading the books (or reading a new one, if George R.R .Martin ever gets one out!). Good luck playing and thanks for checking out the Manor; stay awhile for our primary focus, Star Wars, if you’d like!)

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Video Game Review: Star Wars: X-Wing

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It’s been two decades since Star Wars: X-Wing originally blew up PC screens and you’d think all this talk of it being one of the greatest flight sim games/greatest Star Wars games of all time was just a bunch of nostalgia. But then GOG.com brought it online for the latest wave of gamers to experience and suddenly I realized nostalgia was just about 10% of X-Wing‘s genius, with the other 90% being all thanks to the game’s mechanics, depth, and sheer fun.

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Video Game Review: Telltale’s Game of Thrones, Ep. 2: “The Lost Lords”

Telltale's Game of Thrones

Spoiler Review

After the shocking death at the end of the last episode, “The Lost Lords” had a lot to live up to. And while it doesn’t necessarily top the first episode, it builds upon that death’s devastating repercussions and expands its character roster with one surprising face and one on the other side of Westeros.

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD

(UPDATE: I won’t be reviewing this series any more, nor its finale, which I finally completed two years later. It, like much of this series, was rather lackluster, and left me feeling like most of my decisions didn’t matter as there was an outcome planned anyways. The North Grove? Not explained beyond there being creepy magic to help slay the White Walkers. By the end, at least for me, the Forrester family has less members alive then the Starks and they are no where near as important. There will be a second season, so if you enjoyed this then don’t fret there’s more to come, but I’d be doubtful to return as I’ll be too busy watching the show or re-reading the books (or reading a new one, if George R.R .Martin ever gets one out!). Good luck playing and thanks for checking out the Manor; stay awhile for our primary focus, Star Wars, if you’d like!)

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Video Game Review: Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

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Following up on successful games is never an easy feat (like moderately unsuccessful sequels Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike and The Force Unleashed II anyone?), especially if the previous game was Jedi Outcast. While Raven Software had set the bar pretty high with its first game in the Jedi Knight series, instead of trying to emulate it, they set out to change expectations with their sequel. Thus we were blessed with a little diddy called Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, a game that expands on Jedi Outcast in numerous meaningful and critical ways and falls short in only a handful of categories. Continue reading “Video Game Review: Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy”

Video Game Review: Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Jedi Knight II Jedi Outcast

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Before Knights of the Old Republic became Star Wars fans’ and non-fans’ favorite Star Wars game, there was Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. Developed by Raven Software (who are based out of my home state, Wisconsin) and released in 2002, Jedi Outcast follows two years after the events of Mysteries of the Sith, chronicling the further exploits of the bearded Kyle Katarn and his fight against the Reborn Empire. While it doesn’t inspire much faith from the slow to plodding opening, it’s once Katarn puts a lightsaber back in his hands where this game transforms into what I’d happily call the second best Star Wars game (for now). Continue reading “Video Game Review: Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast”

Video Game Review: Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith

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Three months after Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II released, its expansion was ready for fan’s attention. Mysteries of the Sith continued Kyle Katarn’s adventures, but with a little twist: the game was primarily played through the eyes of the Legends/EU starlet, Mara Jade. Set just 5 years after Dark Forces IIMotS finds Mara under the tutelage of Katarn, who disappears while on a mission to Dromund Kaas (something The Old Republic fans know a little about). With some slight graphical improvements, new multiplayer modes/maps, a wider array of Force powers, and some killer final levels, it’s hard to argue against purchasing Mysteries of the Sith, especially if you enjoyed Dark Forces II. Continue reading “Video Game Review: Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith”