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God of War

After 48 hours of gameplay, I have fully completed–or, as the kids say, Platted–Sony’s critically acclaimed God of War.

I enjoyed the game thoroughly. It is quite possibly one of the best I’ve ever played. Cory Barlog and crew deserve all the praise they’re getting. I had a few minor gripes with how the story ended, but having observed the story more closely post-game (by way of meticulous consumption of YouTube videos) I have changed my mind, and since decided that it couldn’t have been better.

On the whole, the story is masterfully embedded in the vast world of Norse mythology, letting us explore not just Midgard, but Alfheim, Nifleheim, Muspelheim and Helheim, too, through a travel room (think: a TARDIS for the Yggdrasil) built by the god Tyr.

Here are four gorgeous screenshots from the game.

If you have a PS4, you need to play this game. It’s an experience like no other.

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Witcher

After watching the Netflix adaption of The Witcher, I wanted to read the books and play the games. I had already played about 15 hours in the 3rd game, but I was not fully invested in the mythos there. So I started with the first book, and the first game.

The first game came out in 2007. So it was pretty badly optimised for my new hardware. I endured through it, nevertheless. The story was pretty good, but a little dragged out. The game totalled around 45 hours, if I’m not mistaken.

The first two books (The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny) were relatively fast reads. They’re collections of short stories. The third book, Blood of Elves, which is the first novel, is what I’m reading now.

It’s only after starting to read the books I realised that the events in the games take place after the events in the book series. But that didn’t affect my experience adversely at all.

I’m now playing the second game (Assassins of Kings.) I had some trouble optimising the game for my computer, but things are working fine now. I’ve played about 4 hours, and hoping to play more in the next weeks.

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Infinite

I just finished Bioshock Infinite, the last installment of the Bioshock franchise. It’s been almost 7 years since this game came out. I didn’t have a good enough computer, or the time, to play it back then.

I knew nothing about Bioshock going in. Since I hadn’t played the previous games in the franchise, I had no idea that it was a commentary on the American way of life, and mostly a critique of it.

I don’t think anyone reads this blog, but if anyone does, I don’t want to give away any spoilers. I can just say that it’s a game absolutely worth playing. You will only spend 12-15 hours playing it. But you’ll be thinking about it for a lot more.

Stick until the end. It will break you.

I will say this: I like to believe that the circle was broken.

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Odyssey

It’s been a week or so since I started playing. There’s so much to do.

The map of Greece alone is massive. Since I purchases all the DLC’s, that adds 3 more maps, Elysium, Underworld and Atlantis.

Anyway, I’m not in a hurry to finish this. The plan is to enjoy it as much as I can.

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Origins

I’m almost at the end of Assassin’s Creed Origins. I absolutely loved it, so much so that I bought the two DLCs.

It is more intense than any AC game that came before it. Huge, too. The combat system took a little getting used to. But it was fun.

Thanks to the PS4’s always-on gameplay recording feature, I was able to capture moments like this, too:

This is not a huge achievement by any means, but very thrilling for a non-gamer like me.

I hope Odyssey won’t disappoint.