Stories: The Path of Destinies

Stories: The Path of Destinies

Two of my favourite games are Bastion and Way of the Samurai. Bastion is this great game with a narrator describing everything you’re doing all while you run around shooting and dodging. Way of the Samurai is this great hack and slash game, where the story changes based on your decisions in dramatic ways resulting in one of a number of different endings. If the two games got together and had a baby, it would be something like Stories: The Path of Destinies.   Mechanically it’s partially a role playing game. You’ll equip your character and learn skills as you progress through the game. The combat is action based with there being no ‘best’ way to fight but with plenty of options allowing you to choose how you’d prefer to fight. The enemies of the game come in a variety of forms, giving you a very tactical choice in how you progress through combat. Levels are linear, but with many branching paths that won’t be initially available, requiring you to forge new gear before you can open the gateways to those sections. All of this is stretched over the frame of a storyteller, recounting your tale. The narrator does all the voices for all the characters, feeling like the bits of the movie “The Princess Bride” when the grandfather reads for the characters. These are the Bastion traits of the game.   The game is short, much like Way of the Samurai. A single play might only be an hour long, but upon beating a particular path you will start over and make new decisions. Each subsequent play through...
Lego Marvel Heroes

Lego Marvel Heroes

It’s 2013 and TTG has released one or more licensed Lego games for the last decade. What do you do when you’re a company that takes licenses and makes the exact same game year after year? You buy the biggest license and fill it with everything you possibly can. Does it work? Well Lego Marvel Heroes tries hard to find out. Spoiler: for the most part, it does.   If you’ve never played a Lego game before, most of them are linear games where you progress from level to level replaying famous scenes from movies. Star Wars and Harry Potter are excellent examples. Because Lego Marvel Heroes doesn’t use any one movie, comic, or cartoon it was free to be as original as it wanted. As the games are designed to allow children and adults to enjoy them, it’s not very difficult and the story is basic (although it embraces everything that it’s based upon, with lots of long time comic book easter eggs). Lego Marvel Heroes also benefits from an enormous open world. The story based levels are still linear but between those missions, you can enjoy an open world that gives you a lot to do.   The game is pretty, voice acting is fine, gameplay is fun and overall it’s an easily recommendable game. But no game is without flaws. It goes on a bit too long, the game is largely the same as the others and of all the unlockable characters most are reskins of the others. In fact there’s a lot of characters that have no use whatsoever. Mary Jane or Aunt May have...
Brutal Legend

Brutal Legend

When Brutal Legend came out, one of my friends had rented it after we excitedly played the demo. The problem that a lot of people had, the demo didn’t represent the final product as there were these RTS portions that defined how the plot progressed and those (for most people) weren’t fun. It was then that we made a pact: I would play the game on their behalf because I didn’t mind the RTS section but I would only play with them around. The game came out in 2009 and it’s now 2017 and I can happily say I’ve finally beat it.   First, if you’re unaware, the game is a third person action game with a mediumish sized open world. I say mediumish because if you’re used to gloriously large Grand Theft Auto or Saint’s Row games, it’s gonna feel small. But that’s ok, because the world is BUSY, edge to edge filled with lots of content. A lush hand crafted world, stylized in the form of heavy metal iconography in a way that any screenshot is going to almost certainly look like an album cover. The story sees Eddie Riggs, a roadie, helping a rebellion rise up against demonic overlords, meeting a colourful cast of characters along the way. Characters, incidentally, voiced by legends of metal music like Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmister and Lars Ulrich.   Without question, I’ll recommend this game but play it on easy. The world creation myth is fantastic, the imagery is equally great and the voice acting is top notch. The aforementioned RTS sections aren’t as bad as everyone says but they...