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Loot Box Economy: Bullshit Reality

My Digital Crack mates are diametrically opposed to my stance on loot boxes. Their stance is in response to my disdain of their existence in Overwatch. Big Lou himself has tried to talk me down from my ledge, trying to convince me that the loot boxes are “just cosmetic.” They’re not as big of a deal because of that. Not too long ago, the developers of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War introduced loot bo...[Read More]

The Day One Conundrum: No Man’s Sky Update and New Release Purchases

Don’t worry. I’ll wait. Grumpy Joe and I are good friends. We may jab at each other in podcasts and in real life, but we respect each other’s points of view. He sees me as the grizzled gaming veteran; I see him as indicative of the new gaming generation. The respect is begrudging but real. Still, Grumpy Joe has a major beef with me. And he is wrong. And it’s because of No Man’s Sky. Hi...[Read More]

Middle Earth: Shadow of War Microtransactions

You go to hell! You go to hell and you die! After the absolute delight that was Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, I was actually looking forward to the upcoming sequel. The trailers and written materials for Middle Earth: Shadow of War certainly had me intrigued. The inclusion of smarter Ogres in the Nemesis System that had more fleshed-out personalities and strengths/weaknesses sounded great. Plus ...[Read More]

E3 2017 Impressions: Sony Conference

Now with fishing! Another long one. I sure could use a drink… Microsoft had itself one impressive conference the day before. Its Xbox One X was the most anticipated announcement of E3 and they trotted out a very respectable slate of games. The onus was on Sony to respond, and many of us at Digital Crack wanted to know how they would. Their response was…curious. Sony has its own stable of heavy hit...[Read More]

E3 2017: Days Gone

Zombies…yay… I’ve already had my fill of zombie games. During E3 2016, tidbits of Days Gone were shown. It was short on info and heavy on the undead. I dismissed it. Lo and behold, Days Gone makes a more substantial appearance – with actual gameplay – during E3 2017. I’m still bored of zombies – called freakers here – but I’m listening. The gameplay trailer shows some of th...[Read More]

E3 2017: Marvel’s Spider-Man

“Hi. Is this the flight to Newark?” Here we go… Before we go on, just know that I am THAT guy. I’m the Marvel-head who obsesses about all Marvel-related minutiae. If the slightest thing doesn’t line up with the official continuity, I get butt-hurt. Naturally, the MCU drives me bonkers, even though I’ve generally enjoyed the movies thus far. I really don’t do it with malice; it’s a refl...[Read More]

E3 2017: God of War

“Wait here…I will handle this.” God of War made its debut during last year’s E3. Punisher officially squee’d while viewing the trailer last year. At PlayStation Live, I’d like to believe Punisher squee’d some more. This year’s presentation showed more of the spectacle combat the series is known for. The perspective change doesn’t affect Kratos’s brutality one bit. Using his Mjoln...[Read More]

E3 2017: Detroit: Become Human

Now with more emotions! I’m severely torn on this one. On the one hand, Detroit: Become Human looks like a technical and storytelling tour-de-force. On the other hand, it’s developed by Quantic Dream, David Cage’s studio. David Cage is…polarizing. Look, I’m not denying the man’s talent. Fahrenheit, Beyond: Two Souls, and Heavy Rain are all storytelling marvels. When David Cage wants to tell a stor...[Read More]

E3 2017 Impressions: Ubisoft Conference

Vive la France! This was strange territory for me. For the first time in a few years, Aisha Tyler was not going to emcee the Ubisoft conference. I know she’s a polarizing person, but I grew to really appreciate her level of cringe. Without her, I have to depend on Ubisoft to step up. And I don’t like their level of cringe. Aisha, come back to me! Past that, I had little expectations from the ladie...[Read More]

E3 2017 Impressions: Bethesda Conference

Now in VR! After the doctoral theses that was the Microsoft conference (over 6400 words before I had to get the snippers), I was happy to tackle something shorter. Enter Bethesda and their conference. I honestly had very little idea what to expect from them. The day before, amazon.de put up a listing for Wolfenstein ahead of time, so I figured that would be mentioned. I also knew that Fallout VR a...[Read More]

E3 2017: Assassin’s Creed Origins

Kill like an Egyptian After a yearlong hiatus, the mainline Assassin’s Creed series gets a new title. Fans of the series are no doubt hoping that Assassin’s Creed Origins eschews the stale gameplay that plagued more recent titles and returns the series to prominence. The game takes players all the way back to ancient Egypt, circa 49 B.C. You play as Bayek and make your way through the ancient land...[Read More]

E3 2017 Impressions: EA Conference

Featuring Star Wars: Battlefront II! Oh, and other stuff… It’s E3 2017, and I’m fake-excited! Last year, I attempted to cover many of the major releases that were shown at E3. By the end of the conference, I was a burned-out husk. For this year’s event, I’ve decided to take a different strategy. I’ll start by highlighting the major conferences, leaving the more in-depth musings for later. Al...[Read More]

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