The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is Too Fun to Hate

I have some mixed feelings when it comes to The Witcher series, mostly because the plot is a little insane, but also because Geralt of Rivia is neither the protagonist nor the driving force of the main plot. In the third game, CD Projeckt Red even admits as much. “This is my story,” Ciri tells an anxious Geralt as she goes off to complete her Savior-of-the-World destiny. Which, of course, brings to mind a whole lot of confusion. Because there is no real reason why The Witcher isn’t a series of games featuring Ciri. Particularly in this last installment, Geralt is rendered completely redundant. Ciri not only has the same skill set as Geralt, but also possesses incredible magic and is a faster and stronger fighter. This is further drummed in by the Ciri’s Story inserts into the main gameplay. Read the rest on Angry Gamer Girl.

A 505 Games Preview in Times Square- ADR1FT and Payday 2: Crimewave Edition

ADR1FT_PAX_01-600x386505 Games had the beautiful vision of giving game reviewers the opportunity to play video games on the biggest screens imaginable and I was able to get myself a ticket. Their March NYC Showcase was held in the AMC theater in Times Square, which allowed us to play both Payday 2: Crimewave Edition and ADR1FT on movie screens- though ADR1FT was also available to play on the Oculus Rift. Read the rest at BleedingCool.

A Lack of Variety And The Same Old Glitches In How To Survive: Storm Warning

How to Survive: Storm Warning is a new edition of How to Survive which includes the DLC expansion as well as a new feature- the weather conditions can effect the player and the environment in various ways. While this a fantastic feature for a survival game, the adverse weather conditions combined with the Dark Souls-style respawning of previous enemies on a save make the game rather needlessly difficult. Or maybe I’m just worse at games than I’d thought, because my method of getting through How to Survive on both co-op and single player was to strategically die at checkpoints. Which is one strategy of gaming, I guess, but not one I’ve ever particularly enjoyed. Read the rest at BleedingCool.