Outer Worlds

Outer Worlds is a new RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment and was released just last Friday.

As a gamer and fan of Obsidian I did get Outer Worlds when it released as have been playing it every day. And I love it. It is so much fun to play and I don’t know how far I am in the story line, but there is still so much to do and explore. It is also amazing to know that the studio that produced Outer Worlds also produced Fallout: New Vegas, but in space.

The story of Outer Worlds, without spoilers, is that from the alternate future and timeline of Fallout megacorporations have begun colonizing alien planets. Your character was going to be one of the colonists in the start, but when in cryosleep the ship you came on, Hope, got lost. About 60 years later the corporations found the ship but kept it a secret. Fortunately a mad scientist wakes you from hibernation to get your help to save everyone else on Hope and find out the true nature of the corporations.

Thankfully you are not alone in the fight with the corporations. You gain a weird and badass crew to that becomes your family. There is Parvati (your mechanic), Vicar Max (ex-priest), Felix (newbie outlaw), Ellie (your doctor), Nyoka (a guide and hunter), SAM (ex cleaning machine turned killing machine), and ADA (your ship AI).

Apart from your crew there are multiple factions, corporate or not, that you can help and become allies with. The main ones are the Groundbreaker, Iconoclasts, Monarch Stellar Industries, Sublight Salvage & Shipping, and The Board. Others you can also help along the way are Auntie Cleo’s, Deserters, and Spacer’s Choice. Now you should also know that you can gain allies or become enemies with any of the factions, so be careful.

Outer Worlds is available for the Xbox 360, Playstation 4, and PC

Halo 3

Halo 3 is a first person shooter game developed by Bungie in 2007.

Halo was one of the first video games that I remember. When it first came out I watched my older brothers play Halo 2 and Halo 3 and when I got older I started playing Halo 3 multiplayer with them.

If you don’t know the story of Halo yet it is basically you play as the Master Chief, a surgically enhanced super soldier, in another part of the galaxy. You fight against the alien species, the Covenant, and make sure the Halos, massive ringworlds, don’t get activated and destroy all sentient life in the galaxy.

After stopping and destroying a Halo in Halo 2 Master Chief and Abriter find out that Ark, located outside the Milky Way galaxy and serves as the construction and control station for the Halo weapon system, are creating another Halo to replace the one you previously destroyed. The Chief decides to use this Halo to eliminate the Flood infestation, but to do that you need to find and rescue Cortana, the AI that helps Chief. Good Luck.

In Halo 3 you can play by yourself or with others in the main story line or in campaign mode. When you play with your friends in the main story the characters you can choose from is the Master Chief, Abriter, N’tho ‘Sraom, and Usze ‘Taham. The other characters are ex Covenant Elites.

One of the parts of Halo’s gameplay that I loved playing was the campaign mode with my brothers where you can battle against each other in different games or events. Or you can just make your own for your friends to try out. Some of the events you can play are Capture the Flag, Deathmatch, King of the Hill, and so much more.

Halo 3 is available for the Xbox 360

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Last year in 2018 Sony Interactive Entertainment released Marvel’s Spider-Man, a single-player action game. Now Spider-Man was already done before as a video game, but since there is so much content and love for anything involving Spider-Man there was no surprise that another game was made.

Once again you are in the wonderful and busy Manhattan in New York City. The main enemy this time is Fisk but don’t forget about other enemies like robbers, gang members, and surprisingly demons. Some other classic enemies will appear in the game. Electro, Vulture, Rhino, Scorpion, and Doctor Octopus might also make an appearance. This time though you are not on your own. You get some backup from Mary Jane and some of the NYPD. You also get to meet Miles Morals, before he also gets spider abilities, and become friends with him.

Fighting enemies is not the only fun thing to do in Manhattan. There are side missions and collectibles that you can find all over, there are tokens, backpacks, JJJ archives, audio recordings, newspapers, and secret photo ops. You also have so many different spidey suits you can unlock and each suit can give Spider-Man different skills and abilities.

The most amazing part of the game, in my opinion, is the new and improved web slinging mechanics. Now the web slinging is so much smoother and easier to control. You also get to see the more acrobatic side of Spider-Man during the web slinging with all the flips and tricks he does.

Marvel’s Spider-Man is only available for Playstation 4.

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is one of the many games in the Elder Scrolls series created by Bethesda in 2006. It is also the Elder Scroll created before the famous Skyrim and just like all the other ones before it, Oblivion is another open-world RPG game.

In the beginning of the game after choosing and designing your main character you start off in the dungeons for committing an unknown crime. You get out when Emperor Uriel Septim VII and his bodyguards have to use your cell to flee from assassin’s targeting him. After you and the group is about to get out the Emperor gets killed and before he dies he entrusts you with the Amulet of Kings, typically worn by the emperor, to take it to Jauffre, Grandmaster of the Blades.

You later find out you have to find and help the lost, and last, son of the Emperor become the new emperor. Along the way you find out that barriers to Oblivion, their version of Hell, are opening up all around Cyrodiil and you are the only one that knows how to close them.

But you know that Oblivion isn’t an Elder Scrolls game without its guilds. There is the Arena, where you can fight to be the ultimate champion. The Dark Brotherhood, where you can sharpen your sneakiness by becoming an assassin. The Mages Guild and the Fighters Guild which is pretty self-explanatory. And lastly there is the Thieves Guild were you can master the skills of a thief.

But don’t forget that Oblivion is also an open world, so you can explore all the towns, cave, hideouts, and cities of Cyrodiil for as long as you please. It’s not like the world will slowly get taken over by Oblivion in the meantime, your main character.

Oblivion is available for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and the PC.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is the continuation of the Red Dead game series created by Rockstar Gaming and released in 2018.

In the first Red Dead you played as John Marston from the Van der Linde gang, but in Red Dead 2 you play as Arthur Morgan, who is also from the same gang.

Playing as Arthur you have to try and survive with the Van der Linde gang during the decline of the Wild West while also having to deal with government forces, rival gangs, and much more. The world of Red Dead 2 is an open world so you can go and explore and do anything you want all while waiting till the last minute to continue on with the main storyline. Just remember that certain moments in the game can affect the game world later on.

Red Dead 2 also introduces Red Dead Online where you get to play with your friends and explore the world. Online you get to make your own character and can create gangs with others to do heists, hunting, shootouts, or whatever you want to do as a cowboy growing up. And don’t lie, we all wanted to be cowboys in the Wild West growing up. Just be careful, what you do online can make your character into an outlaw or a bounty hunter/sheriff. There is also a story play through you can do online as well if that is more your speed. Rockstar is also still creating content and updating the online part of Red Dead 2, so there is much more to come.

You can get Red Dead 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One. The PC version is scheduled to be released November 2019.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a game that came out in 2012 developed by Big Huge Games and 38 Studios.

Reckoning is set in one of the Kingdoms of Amalur which is the Faelands. The story, without spoiling too much, is that you are a mortal called the “Fateless One” who died in war and revived in Well of Souls. You have no memory of you life before your death and have no future that is predesigned, because you already have died. You now have control of your own destiny and have the whole Faelands to explore. The question is what are you going to do first?

You can choose between 4 playable races. There are the Almain (noble humans), Dokkalfar (Dark Elves), Ljosalfar (Light Elves), and Varani (nomadic humans).

There are also so many different unique types of weapons, more than an average RPG would provide. There are the common longswords, greatswords, longbows, daggers, and hammers. But there are even faeblades, staves, chakrams, and sceptres.

Personally I like to fight with the chakrams. Using arcing focused attacks as well as circular area-of-effect attacks, the chakrams are a mid-range weapon, good at dealing with enemies before they can get into melee range as well as disrupting multiple enemies with elemental vulnerabilities. The animations and fighting style for chakrams are very different then most weapons and so fun to fight with.

Apart from the main quest in Reckoning there are also side quests and factions the Fateless One can help. You can also unlock and upgrade player owned homes in Reckoning and there is up to 8 you can own. Can you get them all?

Reckoning is available for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and the PC.

Greedfall

Greedfall is a brand new game that came out on September 19th developed by Spiders. It is an action role-playing game to its core with a 17th century-styled fantasy setting, emphasizing on freedom in both character development and how you proceed through the word.

After starting the game, making your De Sardet character, choosing your style of fighting, and learning about the world and the countries you and some of your team travels to a newly-settled island of Teer Fradee. Help your cousin work with the other countries that settled on the island and the natives all while trying to find a cure for the deadly plague, the malichor, that is killing your people. The countries there are the Bridge Alliance, known for science, the Theleme, known for religion, and Congregation of Merchants, which you are a part of.

Meet the members of your party. There is Kurt, Aphra, Petrus, Siora, and Vasco. Kurt is yours and your cousins weapons master and taught you how to fight. Aphra is a renowned naturalist scientist you meet on Teer Fradee and also a citizen of the Bridge Alliance. Petrus is a skilled fighter, diplomat, and missionary of Theleme you meet on Teer Fradee. Siora is a Teer Freadee native and a daughter to Queen Bladnid, a leader of a native clan. Lastly Vasco is a seafaring Naut and the captain of the ship that brought you and your cousin to Teer Freadee.

When you play Greedfall you might get a feeling that the developers of Spiders got influenced by the Dragon Age series while making the game. In my opinion that is not a bad thing at all. I loved playing Dragon Age and Greedfall is very different than Dragon Age so there is no problems with any possible copyrighting.

Greedfall is available on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and the PC.

Fable

Fable is the first game from the Fable series released in 2004 developed by Lionhead Studios. The game is an action role playing game that takes place in the nation of Albion resembling medieval times and other traditional fantasy games.

You play as an orphaned boy who becomes a trains and becomes a hero after bandits attacked his village, killing his parents, and kidnapped his sister. As a hero of Albion you take on quests from the citizens and also learn what happened to your family and why.

During the whole game the types of deeds, good or evil, you do can affect your appearance and how others think of you. Which was always fun growing up. My oldest brother and I always chose good while my other brother did evil just for the looks.

The fighting styles you can choose from are the basic swords, bows, and magic which was what most fantasy games in 2004 as fighting styles. Later in Fable 2 and 3 you can start using guns instead of bows which help shows the evolution of Albion. You also get a dog companion in the later Fable games and he will help you fight, find buried treasure, and also learn tricks.

Doing the main and side quests in Fable is just a small amount of fun you can have. Other things you can do as the hero is playing pub games, boxing tournaments, exploring, stealing, owning and renting houses, and more.

Fable is a very good game for beginner gamers and now can be played on the Xbox One, PC, and Xbox 360.

Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 is a new game that was just released last month. It is the 3rd game in the Borderlands trilogy that was created by Gearbox Software.

In this game, just like the others, you get to play as one of the 4 new vault hunters. There is Zane, Amara, Moze, and FL4K. You’re not the only one fighting though. This time in Borderlands your friends can join you on multiplayer to create some mayhem against the Children of the Vault (COV). 

Personally I like to play as Amara the Siren because you get to have abilities that can ground slam, do a ranged projection attack, or even phaselock an enemy for a short time.

The main story for this game, with NO ending spoilers, is that the Crimson Raiders need help to fight against a new cult known as the Children of the Vault and also open new vaults before the COV does.

Along the way you also get to meet up with some new friends and even old Crimson Raiders. Some you’ll see are Claptrap, Maya, Tiny Tina (now known as Tina), Hammerlock, Lilith, Brick, Mordecai, and more.

There are also new maps and by new maps I mean whole new worlds you get to travel to in the Sanctuary Spaceship. There is of course Pandora, which is the desert planet, but there is also a backwater swampland planet called Eden-6, a tranquil monk style planet called Athens, and also the home of the Atlas Corporation planet called Promethea.

I love playing Borderlands 3 and if you want to play as well it is available for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and also PC.

Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is just one of the many amazing Legend of Zelda games created by Nintendo.

The game starts off with Link leaving Hyrule on a personal quest to find Navi. Instead, he meets an evil imp named Skull Kid who knocks Link unconscious and takes the Ocarina of Time and Epona. When Link finally tracks Skull Kid down Skull Kid uses dark magic to turn Link into a Deku Scrub.

Deku Link then meets the Happy Mask Salesman and learns the truth about Skull Kid. After then fighting Skull Kid at the top of the clocktower for the first time the Happy Mask Salesman helps by using the Song of Healing stop the moon from destroying the world, for about 3 days and then you have to use it all over again.

Throughout the whole game, you as the player get to help the people of Clock Town as well as the Gordons, Dekus, Zoras, and the Mask Happy Salesman by undoing what evil the Skull Kid inflicted upon them.

The funniest part of the game is getting all the masks and turning into all of the different types of characters there were and getting their abilities. There is the Deku Mask, Gordon Mask, Zora Mask, and the Fierce Deity Mask just to name a few. With the masks on you can race against the Gordons with Gordon Link or swim as fast as a Zora. In total there are 24 masks spread all across the map. Can you find them all?

The only part that can freak players out is the moon that gets bigger and bigger throughout the 3 day period. Like look at it:

You just look up and hello there it is. That is just extremely terrifying. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the game. So if you haven’t I suggest you go out and get Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask to play. It is available on the GameCube, Nintendo 64, 3DS, Wii, and Wii U