ESH | The Escapists 2 Review

Ago­niz­ing over the per­fect plan, metic­u­lously prep­ping all the nec­es­sary com­po­nents and then hav­ing it all come apart due to an unseen cir­cum­stance. Escap­ing prison seems like it would be an endeavor that which I would fail mis­er­ably to exe­cute with the per­fec­tion it requires. If noth­ing else, The Escapists 2 has only proven this fact as I have spent plenty of time in soli­tary con­fine­ment for my failed schemes. Thank­fully, unlike real life, the con­se­quences of these failed jail­breaks are min­i­mal and with enough prac­tice, I was even­tu­ally able to spring myself from the joint. It’s this con­cept that makes The Escapists 2 the per­fect action puz­zle game for any­one with a lot of patience look­ing for a real challenge.

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ESH | TWD Season 3 ‘From the Gallows’ Review

Start­ing up the final episode of sea­son 3 for The Walk­ing Dead, I had a hard time imag­in­ing the endgame Tell­tale had in mind. The main antag­o­nist of the sea­son had already been dealt with and the fate of Rich­mond seemed pretty set in stone. There were cer­tainly a few sur­prises in there, I’ll get to that in a bit, but after fin­ish­ing up Javier’s story, I felt like they didn’t quite make good on what made this sea­son unique: The flash­back sequences and your rela­tion­ship with David. Despite this, the thrills are still there and some dif­fi­cult deci­sions still had to be made in Episode 5: From the Gal­lows, which make this a rea­son­ably good sea­son of Telltale’s break­out adven­ture series.

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The Platinum Diaries | Horizon: Zero Dawn

Why This Game?

My deci­sion to go for the full plat­inum comes down to a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent things for Hori­zon: Zero Dawn. It’s both an awe­some game that I was happy to con­tinue play­ing and the remain­der of tro­phies weren’t that bad to round up in the end. Don’t get me wrong, this shouldn’t be on your short list for easy plat­inums, but if you’re going to play it any­way, you may as well go the full dis­tance. Con­sid­er­ing it’s a game where you fight giant robot dinosaurs, con­trol a com­plex and badass female char­ac­ter and the story is engag­ing and inter­est­ing, there are plenty of rea­sons to play it and grab that plat­inum by the end.

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ESH | TWD Season 3 ‘Thicker Than Water’ Review

One of the best things about Telltale’s take on The Walk­ing Dead has always been mak­ing dif­fi­cult deci­sions. I’ll often find myself strug­gling with decid­ing what might be the best choice in these games, even with this third sea­son. Episode 4, titled Thicker Than Water, def­i­nitely asks you to make some deci­sions, but very few of them hold the same weight as ear­lier ones. The main plot is def­i­nitely build­ing to an epic con­clu­sion, but there wasn’t a whole lot of nar­ra­tive progress across this fourth episode.

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ESH | TWD Season 3 ‘Above the Law’ Review

It’s been a hot sec­ond since the last time we checked in on Javi and the gang in sea­son 3 of Telltale’s The Walk­ing Dead series. The sec­ond episode left us with quite a cliff hanger hav­ing found Javi’s brother, David, as one of the lead­ers of the New Fron­tier group. This third episode picks this thread back up and spends a large por­tion test­ing where your loy­al­ties lay and task­ing you with mak­ing yet some more dif­fi­cult deci­sions. While episode 3, Above the Law, seems a bit more busi­ness as usual, there are still some intense moments that make it a decent episode of the cur­rent season.

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ESH | Dying: Reborn Review

Escape rooms have grown in pop­u­lar­ity, espe­cially in the last year or so. Many video games made an effort to emu­late these pop­u­lar real life attrac­tions as well recently to vary­ing degrees of suc­cess. Putting a hor­ror spin on the con­cept, Dying: Reborn is a flawed expe­ri­ence that never feels great to play, while admirably attempt­ing to cre­ate an inter­est­ing hor­ror story.

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Wednesday Night Stream | The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Join me for some Hyrule-exploring action at 9pm EST! Feel free to com­ment on this post directly or head off to my Twitch Page to chat with me as I play!

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