Schools Out, back to WoW.

I have been wanting to get back into World of Warcraft since the release of the new expansion. As soon as exams finished, I jumped onto World of Warcraft. I decided to roll a new Horde character to join my friends playing on the Horde side. For now I am focused on my Blood Elf mage but may return to my Gnome mage in the future. I am currently at level 95 and working to get to level 100 as soon as possible to begin raiding and PvP. This should be a fun winter break!

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Quick Review: Dishonored

After spending more than a month on this game, juggling my spare time between Dota 2, I finally managed to finish Dishonored. When I actually booted up the game I could spend hours playing it but after turning it off, Dota 2 just attracted me more. Due to this it took a long time to get through this game. The time I did spend playing this game was great. It is a fantastic game with a nice story. It was fun to play a game where stealth was required, I even tried to get through many zones avoiding as much combat as possible. I learned to love the Quick Save/Load keys.

I just wish they expanded upon the story a bit more near the end. The cinematics were nice but something like rendering it real time would be better so you can go through the process of whatever happens in the end, don’t want to spoil it just in case. I’m keeping this very brief due to my busy university schedule but I definitely recommend this game for those that have yet to try it out. Hopefully I can go more in-depth for future games I complete. Keep in mind these Quick Review series are just whatever comes to my mind when I think about this game, no planning or editing is done, this is just for the kind of articles I can’t put on OnRPG.

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Quick Review: Tomb Raider

I’ve been a fan of tomb raider since the early games. I still remember the enjoyment I received from the games in my childhood. It was so fun trying to lock the butler into the cold room in Tomb Raider II. I bought Tomb Raider 2013 a while ago but never really got around to playing it. With my recent challenge to play and complete more of my Steam games, I decided to finish up Tomb Raider. That was a great choice.

While the game is quite different from other Tomb Raider games, I had a lot of fun playing through this game. This game was more focused on combat and had less puzzles than we would expect from Tomb Raider. If you treat it as a separate game, it is amazing. The controls are great and all the animations are fluid. You really feel like you’re in control. To make it even better the graphics are amazing. I recently purchased a powerful graphic card and it was good to make use of it instead of just playing my usual games which can easily be run on weaker cards. I would definitely recommend this game to all gamers. Treat it as a different Tomb Raider game and not like the previous ones and you will have a blast. Enjoy the following screenshots from the final moments of the game.

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Currently Playing: Tomb Raider

I’ve been enjoying Tomb Raider these past two days. The game is very well done, looks great, plays great, and has a nice story. Not much else to ask for in a single player game. Normally I hop in and out of single player games as I’m more of an online gamer but Tomb Raider gets me playing for hours on end. I’ll post a short review on my thoughts of the game after completion. Enjoy these beautiful screenshots of the game. Yes, it really looks like that throughout the game.

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Quick Review: Watch Dogs

I have a habit of picking up a lot of games on Steam but leaving them lying around. I’m almost at 300 Steam games and have not played more than half of them yet. In order to fix this problem, save money, and make use of my library (there are a lot of good games I’m missing out on), I’ve started a new challenge to go through many of my Steam games. This challenge started with Watch Dogs.

I’ll talk more about this challenge at the end of this post but first I’d like to briefly review Watch Dogs. As most people should know, Watch Dogs features a vigilante hacker in a city running on one operating system. Every time I think of a city running on one operating system, I always think it is a bad idea. There will always be hackers and they will always find an exploit. Sure, you can fix the exploit but only after it has been used once. This can cause a lot of problems for the city as seen by Aiden being able to disrupt the traffic lights, shut off power, and even explode steam pipes. The concept of this game is very cool and fun to play out.

It does play out hacking a lot different than what it really is. In reality, you do a lot more thinking than typing when looking to hack into something. This is not something that would be fun for the target audience. Therefore, the game uses a puzzle system requiring players to connect power to access points and get past the firewall. You can think of it like those plumbing games where you need to make sure the water reaches the end by rotating different pipes.

There is a lot to do in this game but I just focused on the main missions with some fun driving on the side. I didn’t bother with the online portion too much but it is there for those that want to make use of it. Overall, the game is a lot of fun and I often found myself playing when I just wanted to relax and stop investing my full attention into games as is required for games such as Dota 2. It is horribly optimized so don’t expect to get as high frame rates as you deserve but with some modding (The Worse Mod Final), it can run smooth and look good. I would not recommend picking up this game for the full price but it is worth it if you get it for cheap. I received it alongside my GTX 770.

As you may have noticed, the above review is a lot less formal and structured than the ones over at OnRPG. This website is simply me typing out what I think without going back and editing too much. It will have these types of posts which I cannot feature over at OnRPG. If you want more formal, researched, and structured reviews check out my new author page: http://www.onrpg.com/author/abubakr/

The following spreadsheet shows a rough layout of my Steam Game Challenge with some brief comments about the games I’ve played. Use the chart tab at the bottom for a cleaner look. Spreadsheet

To finish it off, here are some screenshots from the final moments of Watch Dogs:

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