Monday, October 16, 2017

Shadow of War - Not So Obscure Game Review

Okay, so the sequel to Shadow of Mordor is out in the wild, and I'm sure a few, if not dozens of you are wondering what my take on this it. Weeeeeeell.

It's a fun game, but don't take my word for it, let's immediately jump into my patent pending Pros and Cons!


  • Slicing and Dicing. There are two kinds of gamers in this world when it comes to the "Assassin's Creed/Arkham Asylum" type combat engines. Those who love it and those who hate it. If you like it, well, this is a decent use of it. If you hate it, maybe you should just move this one to the 'cons' file, because this game isn't the one that will change your mind.
  • Shelob's Hot Now. Yup. They made Shelob the creepy spider into a hot seer. I am sure this was totally done with forethought and intelligent story design in mind rather than simply to make a scantily clad female character to entice adolescent gamers. She does drive the story a fair bit, and she's less egregiously bouncy than many examples of this in other games, so I let it slide.
  • Being Fearsome. There are some points in the game where you become genuinely satisfied with how terrifying Talion/Celebrimbor can become. The cutscene after the arena, in particular, jumps to mind as a high point of the game, where you get to maniacally laugh as enemies flee in terror.

  • Cutscen'd. On the other hand, some of the story development happens in a manner that feels slightly high-handed to the player. Feeling satisfied by the progress and choices you made in the last game, don't worry, something outside your control will make Talion powerless again so you have to start over. Think you did a particularly good job sneaking? Don't worry, a scripted boss will still spot you so all of it was for nothing. 
  • Chekov's Gun. Some of the foreshadowing gets pretty heavy. You know my stance on this.
  • Is this a romance? Seriously, I couldn't tell. Will someone who knows fill me in?
I feel like this game came out a little bit ahead in the pros/cons, as I really had to scramble to make it 3/3. There are a lot of cathartic moments in Shadow of War, but it falls to each player to decide whether they ultimately make up for graphics and technical execution that seem to be catching a lot of flack on the internet.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Calling All Twitch Viewers

Hey all, Counterfett here.

So as some of you may know, Mrs. Fett is a pretty active online content creator as well. She's trying to get her Twitch account 'affiliated,' whatever that may be.

Long story short, she needs to get 50 followers in order to get her new channel up and running. She already meets all of the other criteria based on the stuff she's putting up as well as her Twitch friends that she moderates for (basically she runs their chats and discord servers).

Since I know practically everyone other than me is using Twitch these days, I wanted to ask if some kind hearted readers wouldn't mind clicking the link and hitting Follow on the Mrs' game channel.

Thank you kindly!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Kre-O Transformer Blind Bags - Ramjet!

Well, in a time honored All Things Fett fashion, I have saved the best for last, as Ramjet is actually my favorite Transformer, and it's
     a) Really cool they made a minifigure of him.
     b) Really cool I got it in a random buy in a backwater Dollar Store years after the wave was out of first              circulation!

Okay, so you get that I'm excited? It's kind of a big deal for me. I just like Ramjet. Anyway, the figure itself is no big deal, just a repaint and accessory variation of the other Seeker style jets that were released in earlier waves. But still, it's Ramjet! I absolutely think the Seeker style figures are the best thing from this series, as the arm mounted guns are a masterpiece.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Kre-O Transformer Blind Bags - Nosecone

Now this name is just silly. That's clearly a mining drill and not a nosecone. Be that as it may, he's an interesting figure, and one that looks a good deal like the transformed vehicle he's supposed to represent. In fact, it's easier to tell what he's supposed to transform into, than it is to tell what he is in the alt-mode form.

Even so, he's a cool addition to my growing minifigure robot legions, and adds a dash of heavy industrial flavor that might be useful for a given scenario in my wargaming.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Chibi AT-AT - Play Doh Can Heads.

I am so happy I didn't see these things until they were on the secondary, discount market. This was another dollar-type store find, and am I glad, because I would have bought this at full price. As it is, I only paid $6. It comes with three cans of play doh, the accessories to make them 'figures' and the titular AT-AT itself.

This thing is great. I'm not sure how I got this far in my life without it. it has molds to make Snowspeeders, Probe Droids, shield generators, and anything else you might need to crush rebel scum. And you can smash play doh into its head to make it come out the chin blasters like squishy little laser beams!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Kre-O transformer Blind Bags - Cheetor

I never saw any of the Beast Wars stuff or know any of the story, but this here is Cheetor. He's a Cheetah...Bot. I guess.

So anyway he's got some cool 'wild' looking robot stuff. Just the kind of thing the forces of REDI might go up against. I'm thinking of using him as some sort of robot villain or feral bot in my ongoing Solo project. His head cone is also a cheetah head, which is funny.

This one makes me a little sad because I can't help but think of how much I would rather have had Sharkticon. Because this wave had a Sharkticon. I enjoy saying that. I am so fulfilled knowing they made a minifigure of Sharkticon.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Kre-O Transformer Blind Bags - Kickback

Day two of our review of weird out of town toy purchases brings us to Kickback. Now, I always build these guys as minifigures, because that's how I use them (and frankly, the Alt Mode of the KreO figs is usually hilariously bad), but Kickback makes me wish I was more loose with that rule. Because his alt mode is a fly, and uses little diver flippers as wings. That's just great.

That said, his bot mode is pretty good, and looks a lot like the Cobra B.A.T. figure I lamentably never got from the GI JOE waves. So, call this one a victory.