Batman: Return to Arkham – A Serious Case of Serious Contrasts

Yeah yeah, it’s been a while, between a move and finding a new job. Let’s get this show back on the road, aye?

Very recently, yet another “updated compendium” came out that brings some of the best games of the previous generation kicking and screaming into the current one. Some of these updated compendiums have been absolutely excellent – see Uncharted: The Nathan Drake collection, for example – while others, ehhhhh, not so much. This one is one of the latter, as we take a look at Batman: Return to Arkham.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Create an Arch-Villain

I figure I should take a break from saying how good Nintendo’s games are and focus on something that’s on another console. I am, after all, nothing if not fair to mostly everything except the Xbox One because I just don’t want one of those things within ten metres of my home. But hey, let’s take a look at Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

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The file name for this screenshot says “Ground Zeroes” because I forgot to change the game name in Elgato Capture. Oops.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Rather Aptly Named

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is both one of the most fun and most frustrating experiences I’ve had with a video game. At times incredibly brilliant, at others, undeniably stupid.

I’ll start up front with the plot, since that’s fairly important in a Metal Gear game – never before has it felt so much like the plot doesn’t matter.

The game’s plot kicked off in the first part of MGSV, released as Ground Zeroes around the launch of the new generation of consoles. Big Boss – the main character, also known as Snake – has built up a reputation as the leader of Militaires Sans Frontiers, a large-scale private military company. In 1975, however, while Snake is on a mission to rescue a young child named Chico, and capture an enemy agent named Paz, MSF is invaded. MSF is destroyed, Chico and Paz are killed, and Snake ends up in a coma.

Nine years later he wakes up, and the hospital he is in is attacked, leaving him to escape with the help of a man known only as Ishmael. After his escape, he encounters Ocelot, last seen in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater as an enemy agent. Here, he is an ally, and helps Snake to return to the battlefield after nine long years, rebuild his private army, and strike back against those who took everything from him.

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And look good doing it, too.

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