VGA Quickie: Fallout 4 (2016)

 

Now it seems like overkill for a radroach, but it was a legendary radroach, so I’m justified.

 

 

 

 

Let’s Watch: Bethesda’s E3 Press Conference of 2016

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Next up in our show is Bethesda Game Studios, now they may not have as many games in their library as the others in the show, but their titles are almost flawless – and their entry last year stole the show (depending who you talk to). Let’s see if they have the same amount of luck this year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This just in (Or not): Fallout 4’s first DLC – Automatron

Come on now, I know I wasn’t the only one disappointed that Codsworth was our robot companion in Fallout 4. I mean he’s cool for giving me water, but his combat abilities in the wasteland are garbage compared to even the rustiest Protectron. Well thanks to the Automatron DLC we can have the death machine of our dreams!

Mini Game Review: Fallout 4

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Alright people I’m going to keep this short because, surprise, Fallout 4 is great and I want to keep playing. The start of the game begins 200 years ago were you (average Joe or Jane) are enjoying a life of peace with family, unfortunately that peace is shattered when the nuclear bombs fell and the great war began. Only by sheer ‘luck’ did you and your family make it into Vault 111 before one of those bombs hit your neighborhood; however whatever luck you had in getting there ran out soon after. Now, through the story, you are the sole survivor of Vault 111 and the world has changed far more than you could possibly imagine – this is Fallout 4. From there the Commonwealth is your oyster: you can continue the main story, or you can explore the devastated wasteland to see what trouble you can get into yourself, how about rebuilding? In a first for the series you can found and grow your own settlements. Make sure plant crops and provide fresh water and the people will come. Of course to deter raiders, super mutants, and the like; set up defenses and turrets – you haven’t lived until you see a rocket launching turret at work. Or not – you can just go around selling your skills to different factions and people for rewards, allies, and more.

 

 

Rating

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I’ll say it again: Fallout 4 is great, game of the year no question. It has flaws (random glitches, character clipping, dialog hic-ups) and I wouldn’t say Fallout 4’s story is the most groundbreaking either, but all Fallouts since 3 were amusingly glitchy and don’t do anything to cause the player any grief. Any other problems found in this game are nitpicks, plain and simple. Buy this game now and become the sole survivor you want to be.

 

 

 

 

Gameroween 2015: Video Game Characters that make good costumes (Vault Boy)

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Now this one is a bit of a cheat seeing as Fallout has been a thing for a while now, the iconic Vault Boy (sometimes Pip-Boy) however was never the main character of the series, just a throwback mascot. Recently however there was a game called Fallout Shelter, which gave the Vault Boy and his people(?) a chance to create a perfect vault. Because of this game the Vault Boy makes the list – not that it stopped fans of the series from dressing up like the VB anyway. All you need is a jumpsuit (blue and yellow are the official colors) and a number on the back (any number will due) and your done. However any harden vault dweller knows that the jumpsuit is a blank canvas just waiting for your artistic edge. Add shoulder pad, some bandoleers, maybe a pistol or two. How about a flight cap, some cardboard wings, and some tube socks. Put on a dog suit and make the jumpsuit for your dog, with Vault Boy it means possibly, expression, and the fact your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Take advantage of it this month, just don’t scavenge all the candy for yourself.

 

 

 

 

Armada’s E3 picks: Fallout 4 (11/10/15)

 

Sorry people but due technical difficulty I won’t be able to post the Let’s Watches of this year’s E3 (yet!); so we might as well as get started with the E3 picks of this year leading with Fallout 4. But honestly what could I say about this megaton game that the E3 trailer couldn’t. It’s an automatic buy just because it’s Fallout 4 for goodness sake. However if your still are unsure why Fallout 4 is such a big deal then watch the E3 trailer and see for yourself.

 

 

 

Trailer-Rama: Fallout 4

 

FALLOUT 4!!!! And it’s about time.

Games & Gear of 2014 – The Elder Scrolls Online (4/4/2014)

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You know people, it must be a thing these days with large, successful, games to becoming MMOs sooner or later. I mean World of Warcraft did it, Knights of the Old Republic did it, and now Elder Scrolls are doing it with Elder Scrolls Online. Set a Millennia before the events of Skyrim; players can join one of three factions to help defeat the demonic Prince Molag and his minions of Oblivion. Now Bethesda promises that other than the fact that it is online, it will just like any other Elder Scrolls game you’ve ever played. Which means plenty of wide open spaces to travel, endless dungeons to explore, towns to buy houses in (and rob houses you don’t own), and plenty of fights to get into. One player Elder Scrolls games are bad enough, but an MMO Elder Scrolls game is downright dangerous. No one will go to work, or eat, or sleep, humanity will end. Oh well, we had a good run – because no one on the planet is not going to play this title.

 

 

 

 

This Just In (Or not) – Name which has not been named and change MMO history forever.

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Happy Thanksgiving all, I hope you gamers out there are enjoying your day with your friend, family, and your thoughts. I know I am – but the Armada doesn’t stop (well sometimes it does) and if we have something to report on we’ll report. For today it’s about the upcoming MMORPG:  Elder Scrolls Online. Now we all know Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games are pretty static, a dare say timeless, until the end of said game. Whether that’s City of Heroes (R.I.P. we’ll never forget) or the massive multiplayer juggernaut that is World of Warcraft; that world, those characters become part our culture and thus immortal. The good people at Bethesda & ZeniMax Media Inc. is giving one lucky person a chance at immortally by naming the Nameless Mage.  What will you call this hapless hero (I think) Etherson, Æon, Oroborus, Tinky Muffin, whatever – if you win this contest the name you choose will endure the game’s lifetime and maybe even effect players quests.  So fight that turkey coma with some hot tea, Borderlands 2, and a good ol’ fashioned essay  – fun!

 

 

Game Review – DisHonored

 

Ah Dishonored. This game’s been on everyone’s radar since it was introduced months ago. Even more so since being published by Bethesda Softworks the famed video game company responsible for legendary epics like Fallout & The Elder Scrolls as well as personal favorites like Brink and Rage. Like BioWare, Bethesda don’t make no junk; so the question now is that is the game good, perfect or the game of the year? Read on to find out but I’ll tell you all this people: no one walks away Dishonored here.

 

 

 

Now this tragic tale starts in the far off land of Dunwall, and all is not well. Their island is besiege by a ‘rat plague’ which not only a rat bite spreads a disease that turns people into, for a lack of a better word (seriously – the game calls them ‘weepers’), zombies; but turns rats into feral carnivores that, in a pack, will strip the marrow off your bones. The empress tries to keep her country stable and people protected; as for the player you’re Corvo – bodyguard to the empress and her daughter Emily. Despite you’re efforts however unseen enemies take the opportunity to shrike by killing the empress, kidnapping the daughter – and framed you for both crimes. As it turns out it was the royal spymaster, Hiram Burrows, that had ordered the assassination and kidnapping. Without any obstacles he who took power and rules with paranoia, subjugation and without a care to the people who can’t afford to live well or buy medicine for the plague. Now as the only person who knows the truth, and a person with a serious axe to grind, Corvo will find a way to not only to save empress’s daughter but to punish those whose taken so much from Dunwall. Beware though; nothing is ever black and white in the land of Dishonored.

 

The first person adventure / shooter is almost an require style of gameplay for all Bethesda Softworks games and Dishonored is no different. In your quest for revenge Corvo can take many roles: a warrior that can use swords, pistols, crossbows, and explosives to annihilate opponents; a mystic that (though means I would ruin if I say here) can summon rats, deadly wind, possess the living and even control time; and a assassin that can sneak into anywhere and any time and eliminate a target quickly and quietly. It’s up to the player on how to use Corvo skills the best because Dunwall is a harsh, unforgiving country whose leaders controls armies, assassins and the occult – and the only one who can threaten it all is you.

 

 

Ranking

 

 

I’m sorry if this particular review is a little light but I’m really limited on what I can say without ruin the whole thing so I’ll stick with the facts. Dishonored is quite possibly the best game of 2012. The country of Dunwall is beautiful and gritty yet surreal and otherworldly, the characters are smart and have personalities and opinions, the enemies are tactical geniuses – they will attack with a purpose and cover weaknesses with sheer numbers. They can even change up their patrol routes just in case you go the stealthly route and pick off foot soldiers one at a time. The weapons, items and abilities you use are inventive (and you’ll be surprised how many ways you can use them) making you a force to be reckon with but they’re not overpowered thus keeping the game balance in check. My ‘only’ two complaints are this: the story is simple, bad guys killed my ‘X’, REVENGE!!!1!! I know there’s more to it but that what it boils down to at its core). The other is more kills = dark ending. See I’m a paragon player, meaning I like to be a good guy and help people. But at the same when some bum tries to end me with a bunch of his friends or a the walking dead who want nothing but to see if I taste like chicken the last I want to worry about is how icing a couple of baddies will turn the world into a disease ridden nightmare. That’s the big hook in Dishonored, all lethal deaths (outside of rats of course) will creep you closer toward the dark ending – which sucks. Half the abilities are devoted to combat and I can’t use them in my good guy playthrough because killing is frown upon. I know that not a big deal to most gamers but in my eyes it takes away from the true freedom of choice. If I want to see the world burn, let me choose to press the button and not let the game choose for me when I step on some bugs one too many times. Other than that the game’s completely perfect.