Tips for Gankers
"Gankers" in Dark Souls lingo are groups of three or four players who get together to murder invaders for fun and profit by taking advantage of the strength of their numbers. With my favorite new PVP build I have been observing the community of gankers in Dark Souls for the ...
Summer of Dark Souls Remastered
As long time readers of this web site know, Dark Souls started out as a modest cult hit on the PS3, and the Xbox 360 and later spawned a small industry of Youtube uploaders and Twitch streamers once it hit Windows. Over the years I have painstakingly documented my relationship ...
The Orphan and Me: Final Words on Bloodborne
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 ...
Bloodborne and the Super Bowl
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The Blood Red Moon in Yharnam
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 ...
Further Thoughts on Dark Souls
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 ...
Summer of Dark Souls II
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 ...
Suck Like Me: A Guide to Dark Souls PVP
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 ...
Summer of Dark Souls
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 ...
Dark Souls Ate My Brain
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 ...
All I Want for Christmas is a Place to Farm Souls
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 ...
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 ...
An Open Letter to the People Who Buy Games
I have been down on video games lately. Part of the reason for this is that I’ve been busy reacquainting myself with hobbies from my past and my brain is only big enough to hold one obsession at once. Another part of the reason for this is that at ...
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 ...
Five Things I Don’t Like About Assassin’s Creed
Having given up on Dragon Age I jumped into arguably the second epic production of the Fall Season: Assasin’s Creed 2. You might remember that Assassin’s Creed was a fantastic running, jumping, climbing, stabbing engine wrapped up in a overall game that sucked your very will to live ...
Bored and Lonely in Middle Ear^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Ferelden
I decided to quit playing Dragon Age today. Actually that’s not right. I really decided to stop playing on Sunday. After three fourths of a day at work, I had come home to unwind for a couple of hours and throw fireballs at creatures from the great below. I ...
Halo Halo Halo Halo Halo Halo
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 ...
Mass Effect: It Didn't Get Better
I was a bit skeptical of Mass Effect so I didn’t pick it up until I found it
at the Exchange at something of a discount. I called Pete, “Is Mass Effect
worth $40?“. He said he thought it was. I’m not going to say he’s a ...
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 ...
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 ...
Welcome to Rapture
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 ...
How to Own the Universe and Then Give it Away
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 ...
New Ratings System
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 ...
They are Both Stupid
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 ...
Halo 1 Retrospective
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 ...
Advanced Stage Hobbyist Consumption Syndrome
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 ...
The Year in Games
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 ...
Tricks are for Kids
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 ...
Shadow of the Colossus
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 ...
Putting the "A" in "AI"
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 ...
Madden NFL: Hour of the Phantom Dark Fantasy Kingdom Tactics
My addiction to Madden is well known to long time readers. It was one of the first games I bought for the new Xbox, and I always manage to find a reason to buy it again. Now, being an average dork, I am by no means a rabid football fan ...
My Brain on Ico
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 ...
R is not for Role
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 ...
Halo 2: My View
Just finished the single player in Halo 2, so I feel like I can talk about the game in more detail.
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 ...