The Orphan and Me: Final Words on Bloodborne

Sun 18 June 2017 by psu

I beat the Orphan of Kos at Level 4 in Bloodborne. I will qualify this statement in two ways. First, since he beat me a few hundred times before I finally got a bit lucky, it's not clear how much of an achievement this really is. But I feel ...

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Bloodborne and the Super Bowl

Wed 15 March 2017 by psu

Today a meditation on what playing too much Bloodborne has in common with winning football games. Bear with me, I think it works.

Having finished my chalice dungeon run, I dutifully ran the rest of NG+ and the DLC in NG+ to collect the various weapons I needed for the ...

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Blood Souls

Thu 09 February 2017 by psu

It's been about a year since the latest Dark Souls game came out. For various reasons I had not spent enough time with the game until now to have a chance of saying anything interesting about it. But I've recently spent more time with the title and now ...

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Taking Stock

Wed 02 March 2016 by psu

Dark Souls 3 comes out in a little more than a month, so of course I have been revisiting the Fromsoft oeuvre for the past few months of so. This is partly out of nostalgia and partly to reacquaint myself with the Souls (and Bloodborne) universe of horrors. As always ...

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The Blood Red Moon in Yharnam

Thu 14 May 2015 by psu

There are lots of spoilers for Bloodborne here. Read this later if you want to avoid them.

It's another year later and Hidetaka Miyazaki is back with Bloodborne: another sadistic action RPG/dungeon crawler with which to torture all of his long-suffering fans. The original brain behind Dark Souls ...

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Further Thoughts on Dark Souls

Mon 26 January 2015 by psu

In the early days of my console gaming "career" the two games that I would always go back to when I felt that general sense of ennui were Madden and Halo. And not multiplayer Halo, I could play the campaign modes over and over again. There was something about the ...

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Summer of Dark Souls II

Thu 29 May 2014 by psu

Ok, it's not really summer, but it was Dark Souls time again. As all the addicts know, Dark Souls II launched this March. If Demon's Souls was a bit of a platform-specific cult game, and Dark Souls was a sleeper hit whose audience grew slowly but consistently over ...

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Suck Like Me: A Guide to Dark Souls PVP

Thu 30 January 2014 by psu

The following text has a lot of plot and game mechanic spoilers, so if you haven't played through the game yet, you should bail out now.

PVP is truly the last bastion of the Dark Souls addict. Most players only interact with it as a consequence of trying to ...

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Summer of Dark Souls

Mon 21 October 2013 by psu

It all started when I found out that the Xbox 360 had a downloadable version of Dark Souls along with its expansion pack. Since I must download things, I bought it and happily started playing another character. I did all the things I remembered doing before. I made enchanted weapons ...

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Dark Souls Ate My Brain

Tue 07 February 2012 by psu

Dark Souls ate my brain. I don’t understand how it happened. I started December a normal, older, jaded gamer who has not seen anything worth playing in most of a year. I ended it about half way through this game and already planning a second run to see if ...

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All I Want for Christmas is a Place to Farm Souls

Fri 30 December 2011 by psu

Dark Souls is the mildly sadistic sequel to the completely sadistic Japanese action RPG Demon's Souls. I gave up on the latter game a couple of years ago after encountering the second one hit kill boss in the game. The first one hit kill boss in the game was ...

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Portal 2

Mon 11 April 2011 by psu

Portal 2 had a lot to live up to. Four years ago Portal started as a free short add-in to The Orange Box and turned out to be by far the best game in the entire collection. Now Portal 2 has struck out on its own, in its own box ...

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Nerdicious Furiosi

Fri 12 March 2010 by psu

Pity the poor PC gamer. There he sits at his computer desk waiting for those AAA titles to come to his “platform of choice” a few months after they ship on the crippled consoles. Then, when the object of his desire is finally made available, the publisher encumbers it with ...

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Halo Halo Halo Halo Halo Halo

Wed 09 September 2009 by psu

It’s fall and it’s been two years since the last Halo game so it must be time for a new Halo game. And right on schedule, the nice UPS man showed up with my copy.

This game slots in as a little piece on the side of what ...

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Portal

Wed 21 November 2007 by psu

I originally planned to pick up The Orange Box on the strength of the Team Fortress 2 trailer videos. Here was a multiplayer game with some character, I thought. I was excited about it. The people who play games for me played a lot of the beta and seemed to ...

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It's Finished

Mon 01 October 2007 by psu

I finished the single player campaign in Halo 3 this weekend. There is almost no point in writing anything about the experience because the game has taken on a life separate from normal critical evaluation. There is really only one thing you need to know about Halo 3 and it ...

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Welcome to Rapture

Mon 03 September 2007 by psu

I was skeptical about Bioshock. I remember watching some demo reel that Irrational had put out on the game. While the demo footage panned over a claustrophobic and chronically damp interior setting, the voice of Ken Levine spoke over the film, declaring that in this game they wanted to redefine ...

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How to Own the Universe and Then Give it Away

Mon 26 February 2007 by psu

Back in the ancient times (you know, 2001), there was an entertainment company that owned the video game universe. Their lock was so tight that even people who were not originally impressed with the technical prowess of their hardware or the aesthetics of their games were still compelled through sheer ...

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New Ratings System

Mon 22 January 2007 by psu

At this web site we don’t rate things that we review. In particular, we don’t rate the video games that we review. After all, we are self-absorbed wankers with an inflated opinion of the quality of our own writing. We would like to think that we provide insightful ...

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They are Both Stupid

Tue 26 September 2006 by psu

Reading through my daily list of online “media”, I’ve lately felt a low, almost background level of annoyance with the subject matter and tone of some of the content that has streamed my way.

Here is the problem: pick any of the current questions of our time, and listen ...

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Halo 1 Retrospective

Thu 17 August 2006 by psu

A couple of weeks ago, I listened to a GDC presentation about Halo on my iPod. The talk was fascinating, and covered a lot about what is good in the game, particularly the A.I. and the pre-recorded alien dialog ("Augh! He's everywhere!"). As part of the presentation, they ...

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Advanced Stage Hobbyist Consumption Syndrome

Mon 10 July 2006 by psu

I’ve been buying games I probably won’t play lately. I should be clear. It’s not that I might play them. I won’t.

To you, this might seem irrational, even insane. But I recognize that it’s the natural progression of my psyche through the stages of ...

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The Year in Games

Mon 09 January 2006 by psu

Now that everyone else has already done their own roundup of the year in games, it's my turn to jump in, late as usual. At this point, there is not that much to be gained from just telling you that Resident Evil 4 was completely 733t or that Half-Life ...

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Tricks are for Kids

Fri 11 November 2005 by psu

Sometimes you have to feel sorry for the gaming industry. Here we have a medium that is in the beginning of its life, struggling to be taken seriously. It has slowly scratched its way to the big time as a source of commerce, and you can almost see the collective ...

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Shadow of the Colossus

Sat 05 November 2005 by psu

There really isn’t much to say about Shadow of the Colossus that is all that different from what I said about Ico. The two games share many of the same strengths and weaknesses, and are clearly cut from the same stylistic cloth. If I were as disciplined as the ...

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Putting the "A" in "AI"

Wed 05 October 2005 by psu

I got to thinking about the A.I. in games while playing the first few levels of the new Xbox shooter, Far Cry: Instincts. By coincidence, I had also recently replayed a few levels of Halo 2 and my first impressions of Far Cry were that the A.I. was ...

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My Brain on Ico

Tue 09 August 2005 by psu

When I got a PS2 last Christmas, the one nearly unanimous game recommendation that I received from the crack dealers friends I know who play games was Ico. Over and over I heard "You gotta get Ico". So I bought Ico. That was six months ago, and I finally got ...

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R is not for Role

Wed 09 March 2005 by psu

Lately, my game playing time has been mostly budgeted to games that the industry puts into the general genre of “Role Playing Game” or “RPG”. Before Knights of the Old Republic I had mostly ignored games like these, but since that game I have delved into Mario and Luigi, Disgaea ...

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Halo 2: My View

Sun 21 November 2004 by psu

Just finished the single player in Halo 2, so I feel like I can talk about the game in more detail.

Good:

The single player campaign improves on the first game in almost every way. For example, in the first Halo, there was a load screen for every large chapter ...

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