ESH | A Stealth ‘Assignment’

The story in the main cam­paign of The Evil Within was con­fus­ing. It jumped around quite a bit and was, at times, hard to fol­low. Per­son­ally, I kind of get into that sort of thing, but I could eas­ily see how it turned some peo­ple off. The first piece of DLC in the sea­son pass, The Assign­ment, cer­tainly doesn’t stray from this for­mula, but it does offer some answers regard­ing some of the ran­dom­ness found within the game’s for­mula. It also changes up the game­play in a mean­ing­ful way by tak­ing the focus off of com­bat and plac­ing it more on stealth. With each of these fea­tures, Tango Game­works makes a rea­son­ably strong argu­ment to come back to last year’s sur­vival hor­ror title for an extra scare.

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ESH | Free to Pokémon

Dur­ing an oth­er­wise upbeat Nin­tendo Direct, a moment of ter­ror ensued when Poké­mon Shuf­fle, a free-to-play match three game, was announced for the 3DS. My opin­ion of these games by and large is that they are poorly paced and even less fun. Still, as the min­utes rolled by, that ter­ror trans­formed into some­thing else: curios­ity. Nin­tendo has a pretty decent track record when it comes to mak­ing a con­cept work bet­ter than any­one else. That being said, I began to won­der if some­how Nin­tendo could apply their mag­i­cal touch to the free-to-play for­mula and make it fun. When the game became avail­able, I let my curios­ity get there bet­ter of me and I tried it out at length. What I ended up with was an unsur­pris­ingly mixed bag that met each of my expectations.

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