Saint
Mitch B.   Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
 
 
“She came sliding on down the alleyway like butter dripping off a hot biscuit” - Primus
Currently Offline
My Tech:
- Computer Specs -
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
Corsair HYDRO H115i RGB Platinum
Gigabyte X570 Pro Wifi
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB DDR4 3600MHz
NVIDIA RTX 3080 FE
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD
Samsung 970 EVO 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD
Western Digital SN750 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD
Seagate 1TB 7,200rpm
Seagate 2TB SSHD
HGST 4TB 7,200rpm
Corsair RM750x
Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic XL

- Monitor(s) & Peripherals -
Monitor(s):
LG 34GP83A-B 34" 1440p 160Hz 1ms IPS-panel 21:9 Ultrawide
Acer ET322QU 32" 1440p 75Hz 4ms IPS-panel
AmazonBasics Dual Side-by-Side Monitor Arm

Audio/Microphone Devices:
Audeze Penrose {CURRENT}
Sony WH-1000XM4
Kingston HyperX Cloud Flight S
Audio-Technica ATHM40x
Sennheiser HD 599
Venture Monk Plus
Monoprice 108323 Hi-Fi
Logitech Z640 {CURRENT}
Antlion ModMic USB
Audio-Technica AT2020

I/O Devices:
Iqunix A80 w/ lubed Gateron Yellow switches {CURRENT}
Glorious GMMK
Corsair K95 RGB
Steelseries Sensei 310
Glorious Model O
Glorious Model O Wireless {CURRENT}
Corsair Scimitar
Xbox Elite Series 2 controller {CURRENT}
Steam Controller

Webcam:
Logitech HD Pro C920

Printer:
Brother HL-L2395DW

- Other Tech -
Phone(s):
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G 128GB {CURRENT}
Google Pixel 3 XL 64GB
Google Pixel XL 32GB
Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen.)
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
LG Chocolate Touch
Motorola Razr v3
Nokia 1100

Tablet(s):
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5 Lite {CURRENT}
Verizon Ellipsis 7
Amazon Kindle Fire HD8

Laptop(s):
HP ENVY DV6-7214nr (i7-3630QM + GT650M w/ 2GB) {CURRENT}
HP G56-129WM (Celeron 900 + Intel GMA 4500M)

Router(s):
TP-Link AC2300 {CURRENT}
ASUS RT-AC56U
Linksys E3200
Linksys WRT54G2
Linksys WRT54GL
Netgear N600

Gaming Consoles:
Xbox 360 E
Xbox One S
PlayStation 2 Slim
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4 + PSVR
PlayStation 5
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo 64
Nintendo DS Lite
Nintendo WiiU
Nintendo Switch

Misc:
Corsair MM700 Mousepad
Lian-Li Strimer MOBO+GPU RGB Cables


- Websites -
My Personal YouTube Channel
Favorite Game
339
Hours played
73
Achievements
Favorite Game
Review Showcase
17.3 Hours played
Summary
Coming off the heels of Resident Evil 7, arguably the best in the franchises history, Resident Evil: Village has a lot to live up to. It almost entirely succeeds, blending the action-sensibilities from RE4 (and a small bit of RE5), with the horror and general feel/gameplay of RE7. I'd argue that the middle section of the game is the weakest point, but the very strong beginning and almost-as-strong ending work to offset this feeling very well.

Here's the good, and the bad:

The Good:

  • The graphics are phenomenal. The ray-tracing isn't what I'd call cutting-edge or jaw-dropping, but it's a very tasteful implementation that gives the lighting just enough…pizzazz? My favorite is the diffuse lighting coming through lacy white curtains in the mansion.
  • Character models are the best in the franchise. RE7 had some weird models in my opinion, but this one does a much better job in this department, though the hair leaves a fair bit to be desired.
  • The performance is fantastic. Though I'm running on very good hardware (AMD 5600 & RTX 3080), I'm able to max all settings at 1440p and get solid 90-115fps in-game. I've also noticed that it seems to run very well on dated hardware as well, which not many games seem to pay attention to anymore, so big plus(es) here.
  • The level designs/layouts are AMAZING. The mansion(s) and houses and village are all so well laid out and there's so much attention to detail in the decoration and texturing.
  • The gun upgrade system and weapons you get to use give a great sense of meaningful and well paced progression.
  • The variety in environments that you visit is incredibly well done. Each area has it's own unique theme.

The Bad:

  • In general, the pacing of the story feels a bit off, sort of stop-and-go sometimes. Not the worst I've seen, but it could have used a little more TLC. Most notably, the period between the first 1/3 of the game and the last 1/3 of the game feels very quick, but then the last 1/3 of the game feels much longer than the rest of it.
  • The horror aspects of RE8 took much more of a backseat to the action, and in my opinion, to it's detriment. Something closer to RE7 in terms of horror would have been appreciated, though that all said, what RE8 does, it does well.
  • Sometimes the game does a poor job of informing you that things you have are important. At one point you'll be able to kill animals and get their meat, but the game doesn't make it abundantly clear that you shouldn't sell that, which can cause some frustration potentially.
  • It's a bit disappointing that (as far as I could tell), it would be physically impossible to obtain and upgrade every gun in the game on the first playthrough. Some I were really looking forward to that I just barely ever got to use.


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My final score (X/10) would be a
9 / 10
Review Showcase
Summary
Having tried Dragon Age: Origins for all of 2 hours back around when it launched and getting distracted for so long I couldn't bear going back to it, Dragon Age: Inquisition is my first real Dragon Age (DA) game to date. I've played many a RPG, and have always loved fantasy-inspired stories and RPGs in particular. This game has a huge amount of lore, incredibly diverse and fleshed-out characters, and lots of awesome RPG abilities for your classes. The UI/UX is pretty bad, you can tell they put little effort into the PC port, and a large number of people are experiencing crashes and issues on Steam, but if you get it running and look at the game itself, I think this is a fantastic RPG.

Here's the good, and the bad:

The Good:

  • The characters. Nearly everyone has a story and a history and are fleshed-out characters that feel "lived-in". You come to care about so many people, and probably hate a few too. This is one of the highest points of the game in my opinion.
  • There is a pretty massive amount of world-building lore to be had in this title in the form of conversations and notes and so-on that you can find in the Codex throughout the game.
  • The class abilities/perks are diverse and the majority are useful and interesting. It's a shame you can't level enough to kit someone out with every perk you desire.
  • The "Tactical Mode" is very unique and lets you micromanage your squad very well, though it feels a little out of place.
  • The location diversity in the open-world you travel is gorgeous and keeps things fresh.
  • For the time of its release (2015), the textures, cutscenes, character models and graphics overall are fantastic, if a bit power-hungry.
  • The gear crafting and modification system may be a bit convoluted, but it's a cool feature.
  • Battling it out with the high-dragons strewn across the open-world is a very fun feature. The battles are all challenging and unique each time.

The Bad:

  • 30fps cutscenes are a total drag.
  • The UI/UX is overdone and clunky, making simple things feel complicated or hidden behind far too many clicks.
  • The game is clearly designed with console in mind, and the PC porting itself was not given the attention it deserved.
  • The little cutscene you get every time you recruit even a minor character is honestly annoying.
  • The co-op mode is ridiculously, laughably bad. Do NOT buy this for co-op, or expecting to enjoy it. I found this to be the worst execution of co-op in a game like this I have ever played. It's boring, it's slow, it's unnecessarily difficult, as well as unnecessarily complex.
  • Mounts are incredibly lackluster and don't have any of the speed or "umpfh" you would expect or desire. They are faster than walking, but it doesn't feel any faster.
  • The plot gets a bit predicable as things go on, but nothing offensively bad.
  • The romance options feel a bit lackluster, all things considered. Almost like it was an afterthought.
  • Late-game enemies start turning into damage-sponges.
  • Many, many people have issues with crashing and not being able to launch the game through Steam due to issues with Origin and it's overlay and whatnot. I had a fair number of crashes throughout my playthrough as well, though I don't think they were the integration between Steam and Origins fault, personally.
  • Some of the class abilities/perks are pretty useless and would never be reasonable to use; But in contrast, some of them feel almost "broken" and you feel like you have to take them.


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My final score (X/10) would be a
8 / 10
Screenshot Showcase
Life is Strange: Before the Storm

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