Category Archives: Video Games

What is a Gamer?

\The idea of who is a gamer has been going through my head for a bit now. How is one defined as a gamer or do others have to define you as a gamer.

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They’re Making a Tetris Movie and I No Longer Understand the World

So… That title’s pretty self explanatory. But let’s talk about it anyways.

It's all a metaphor, man.

It’s all a metaphor, man.

The Tetris Company is teaming up with Threshold Entertainment, which previously produced film adaptations of the Mortal Kombat video game franchise, to produce the flick.

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“Batman: Arhkam Knight” Batmobile Gameplay Trailer

Howdy, nerds.

 

News hit a few days back that “Batman: Arkham Knight,” the fourth (console) installment of the stellar Arkham games, had its release date pushed back to early next year. Well, if the following trailer is any indication, this baby is going to be well worth the wait!

 

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Rocksteady reveals more about Batman: Arkham Knight

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Rocksteady has released more information about the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight game which is the final installment in the Arkham series.  There are a lot of really cool thing that will be happening in this game that makes it just a bit different from the first two games.

The game starts about 12 months after Arkham City, with the Joker presumed dead and the Scarcrow is now in charge.  The game will be introducing a new villain that Rocksteady says is original to their games.

New villain for Batman: Arkham Knight

New villain for Batman: Arkham Knight

This is a villain that we have never seen before but is described as being the Anti-Batman.  We can look forward to battling a new villain in this game.

Some of the other changes is that we can now drive the Batmobile, that is rather awesome.

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The Batmoblie has the tank look from Christopher Nolan’s Batman series so I am expecting a lot of great things from it.  Also we will have more of Gotham to play with this time, the entire city has been built.

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Since players will have all of Gotham to play with that should lead to a lot more fun moves, jumps, and flying.  A few new moves have been created for the game such as grapple reversals and the ability to use gadgets while in the air.  We will also be seeing Oracle for the first time in person instead of just over the com-link.

Oracle (Pre New 52)

Oracle (Pre New 52)

Kevin Conroy will be back as the voice of Batman, let’s be fair no one else should ever been the voice of Batman.  The game will be released for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer released

A trailer for the final installment of the Batman Arkham series has finally been released.

I have to say I like the trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, as much fun as I had wandering around Arkham Asylum in the first one I like wondering around Gotham more.  I am excited about the fact that this game will let you drive the Batmobile, I know that is something us fans have been waiting for.

In the game the Scarecrow unites villains such as Penguin, Two-Face, and Harley Quinn to destroy Batman forever.  Harley Quinn might actually be a playable character based on pro-order map challenges.

The game is due out this year.

“The Walking Dead” Game Season Two Episode Two TO FINALLY FUCKING BE RELEASED!

Hey, nerds!

According to TellTale Games, makers of the tremendously awesome “The Walking Dead” game, the second chapter of the game, titled “A House Divided,” will be released on March 4th!

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That’s right! Tomorrow! Only… *counts on fingers* 77 or so days after the first chapter was released… And after TellTale promised that the games would only have about a two week waiting period between chapter release dates!

Alright! Hooray for stick-to-it-edness!

But, seriously, the games are excellent so far, I’m really digging the different dynamic of playing as Clementine, and I’m going to have a hard time balancing Mardi Gras festivities and other social obligations, as well as work, tomorrow when I undoubtedly spend several hours trying not to get got.

But, since it’s been such a very, very, VERY long time since the release of Episode 1, you miiiiiight want to head on over to our review of it to freshen up before we delve into Episode 2.

Be sure to check back with us in a few days time when I’ve managed to eat, sleep, shower, and write a review!

 

 

Anticipated Movies of 2014

The start of the New Year always brings something to look forward to.  One of those things is new movies.  I complied a list of the anticipated movies coming out this year.  Lets take a look at what will be gracing the movie screens this month and the upcoming months.

Legend of Hercules (Jan 10)

Pretty much looks like Gladiator meets 300, unfortunately that is enough to put me off the movie.  I will not be rushing out to see this one.

Lego Movie (Feb 7)

Legos, do I really need to say anymore.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman (March 7)

I grew up watching reruns of Rocky and Bullwinkle as a kid, naturally this movie fascinates me.  Not sure if I am going to see it in theaters or wait for to come on TV yet.  If people are going to see it, I don’t see why I wouldn’t tag  along.

300: Rise of an Empire (March 7)

I will probably be killed for what I am about to say but I did not like the first one.  I found the movie to be over hyped, thus making it a let down when I saw it.  While I am not going to see it, the trailer does look good.  If you liked the first one, then you should go out to see this one.

Need for Speed (March 14)

While I was never a huge fan of the Need for Speed video games (that probably has something to do with the fact I suck at racing games), but the trailer looks interesting.  If you liked the game or like racing movies, then you should probably check it out.

Veronica Mars (March 14)

While I never watched the show, it does have its fan following, which is why I added it to the list.  I have to say the trailer does look rather interesting, it does feel like it can stand alone from the show.

Divergent (March 21)

I have never read the books, but they have been recommended to me since I love Hunger Games.  The trailer and concept look interesting, I not sure if I am going to see it in theaters yet.  If you are a fan of Hunger Games, this is supposed to similar so it might be worth checking out.

Muppets Most Wanted (March 21)

It’s the Muppets, does anything else really need to be said.

Captain America: Winter Solider (April 4)

Seriously who is not going to see this?  Also is it just me or does Winter Soldier look like Sub-Zero?

The Amazing Spiderman 2 (May 2)

If you are a fan of the first one then you’re going to see this.  I like the new approach so I will be checking this out.  I do worry that they might be trying to do too much and we all saw how well that worked out for the 3rd one.  Is it just me or does Harry look a bit emo?

Godzilla (May 16)

This one is an oldie, who has not seen at least one Godzilla movie?  It has been awhile since someone has remade a Godzilla movie (not since 1998).  With all the improvements to CGI and other special effects, I am curious to see how it looks.  I am not anticipating a great story.  I doubt I am going to rush to see it in theaters but I’ll have no problem checking it out when it comes on TV.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)

Ok, so First Class wasn’t the greatest of movies but it was nice to see things from the beginning (even though is barely followed lore but lets just not get started on that).  I am an X-Men fan so I am going to see this.  I’m curious how they will execute the story line, I am planning keeping an open mind.

Maleficent (May 30)

Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite Disney movies, so that alone is enough to get me to see this.  I like the approach of telling a well-known tale from the antagonist point of view.  I am a huge fan of the Wicked book for this reason.  I am looking forward to seeing this when it comes out.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13)

If you liked the first one obviously you are going to see this one.

Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27)

Well the 3rd movie was pretty horrible, the 2nd was one was only alright.  I am pretty much on the Michael Bay why won’t you just give this franchise up already bandwagon.  Without a trailer it is hard to make an accurate call, but it really feels like Michael Bay is still trying to capitalize the success of the first one.  Granted this one will have a whole new cast and possibly bring in the Dinobots (I am a fan of Beast Wars) but I don’t think that will be enough to save it.  I am reserving judgement until I see a trailer.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11)

I am not a Planet of the Apes person so I am not going to be seeing it.  I just could never get into the whole talking Apes controlling the world.  I do appreciate the fact they have been starting from the beginning and doing prequels.  If you are a fan of this franchise then you should probably check out the new one.

Hercules (July 25)

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After seeing the trailer for the first one and seeing many of the Rock’s other movies I am a bit hesitant.  I just can’t help but feel like this is going to be another big money movie with no real story.  I do want to see what the trailer looks like before I make that call.

Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug 1)

I will admit I am not as familiar with this series or story lines, so I have some research to do.  It is a Marvel movie so I will be seeing in theaters for that reason alone.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Aug 8)

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Not really looking forward to this based on everything I have heard about it.  First the turtles are from an alien race, then they are from another dimension.  Shredder is also from another dimension.  OK, let’s be fair we all know the whole ooze thing is completely impractical but we didn’t care.  The ooze is what made them, there was no need to change that.  Megan Fox as April O’Neil, really?  There will apparently no Casey Jones.  Not really looking forward to this, but as a Turtles fan I will check it out – more than likely when it comes on TV.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Aug 22)

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Lets be fair the first one was good, but how long has it been since the first one came out almost 10 years.  While I am more than likely going to see this in theaters, I am worried about it.  I am really worried that it will become over hyped and just not live up to the expectation.  Here is to hoping that it will still be as good as the first one.

Dracula Untold (Oct 17)

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Luke Evans as Vlad

Not sure about this one yet, since I have not been able to find much about it.  I am a fan of Dracula and vampires, I do like how they are not doing the Bram Strokers tale but instead a story about Vlad the Impaler.  It would be nice to see something about the man who started the legend.

Big Hero 6 (Nov 7)

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With Disney now in charge of Marvel they seem to putting out all as many Marvel movies as they can.  Since it is a Marvel movie, I will naturally be seeing it.  I do like the fact that this one will be animated, that will give the movie a different vibe.  I would like to say I am excited for the movie but it is another series/story line that I am not familiar with, so I see a bit of Marvel research in my future.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Nov 21)

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Since I am a HUGE Hunger Games fan, I will be in the theater on thurs night seeing it.  I just really hope they end it at a certain point in the story so that it will be cliffhanger to all those who have not read the books.  I am also curious to see how much of other people’s point of views they show.  I expect this to be great since Francis Lawrence did a great job with the second one.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again (Dec 17)

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With any luck I will have finally seen the other 2 Hobbit movies which I have not seen and I will have read the books by this point.  Hopefully by then I will have gotten into the movies and will want to see this one in theaters.  Better late then never, besides let’s be fair anyone who is a fan of the fandom is going to see this movie since it is the last one.

Here is the movie list for 2014, let us know what movies you are most looking forward to and why?

-Christena

The Walking Dead: Season 2 – Episode 1 “All That Remains”

I’m too fucking excited. Let’s just jump right in, shall we?

“All That Remains” opens up with a quick recap of Season 1, wherein it also reminds you of what the heck you decided through that festival of feels… I, unfortunately, played the game on a different platform and so the game generated random choices for me. Actually, all of them were the same, except that, when I played I had Lee chop his fucking arm off.

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How could you NOT?!

So, without much fanfaire, we catch up, now playing as Clementine. She is traveling with Omid and Christa, who apparently were the two people walking along the hill in the distance in the final shot of Season 1. Christa is significantly further along in her pregnancy now, and the trio are simply hitting a rest stop bathroom during their travels, the couple talking the whole way of what to name the baby.

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Omid’s going for “Omid” if it’s a boy, “Christa” if it’s a girl. The good thing about the ZA? No more stupid baby names. Blanket? North? Bronx? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Omid tells Clementine to go ahead into the bathroom, and to be sure that she checks the place out first and keeps track of her stuff. After inspecting the stalls and finding them clear, Clem washes up, putting her stuff out on the counter, but a sound at the door sends her scurrying to the only clean stall, trying to hide out from whoever the intruder is. It turns out to be a teenaged girl, and one who immediately turns Clem’s out gun, left out on the counter, onto Clem. She rifles through her pretty pink backpack and ultimately demands her trademark hat, but I chose to keep it, as it’s the only thing Clementine has left from her parents.

Unfortunately, as I get to make these life and death choices, Omid sneaks into the bathroom to see what’s taking Clem so long, sees the standoff, is for some reason unarmed, and makes the smallest of noises, causing the young girl to whirl and fire, hitting him in the chest. Christa rushes in with her rifle and wordlessly shoots the pleading girl. Omid dies in her arms.

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I mean, you know one of them is gonna bite it. They were way too happy.

Cut to “Sixteen Months Later,” where Clem and Christa are sitting on a log in the woods, trying to get a fire going to cook a rabbit despite a drizzling rain. You plead with her to speak to you, but she is closed off, tending to the fire and then instructing you to do it as she stalks off into the woods. You look in your bag to find your lighter, finding a torn picture of Lee and a crude drawing of Kenny and his family. This is to stab you in the feels zone as you might have to choose between burning one of them for kindling if you’re not thorough enough in your search to find the log on the right side of the scene. And right after you realise that that baby Christa was carrying..? Nowhere to be seen.

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Right in the feels.

You soon hear a commotion in the woods where Christa went and sneak around to find her being interrogated by a bunch of guys who seem to be crooks, trying to force Christa to reveal the location of her “group.” You can choose to ditch her or distract the scavengers, giving her a chance to run. Being a softie, I chose the latter, and a chase ensues where you have to fight off not only one of the ruffians, but also all of the fucking walkers that the commotion has drawn out.

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You actually have to bite this mother-fucker’s thumb off. Yummy.

The dude ends up as walker food and you end up getting knocked off of a little cliff into a rushing river. Now, you wake up washed ashore (like always happens in real life) with nothing and no one, and you’re, like, 11 years old and have limited skills. You once again find yourself wandering through the woods, which really just seems like a terrible idea which everyone should recognize at this point, but you go on anyways, finding a collared dog still roaming around the campsite of his now-apparently-deceased owners. You look for food, and can even take a sec to play with the dog, eventually finding an unopened can of beans in the campsite’s garbage can. Upon opening it, you can decide whether or not to share with the dog. I did, but the damned thing attacks Clementine when she protests that he’s trying to take it all for himself. The dog bites the absolute fuck out of Clem’s arm, and she has to fight it off, kicking it into a set of broken tent poles and impaling it. You can them choose whether to mercy-kill the dog with the pocket knife you should have taken out of a not-quite-dead walker, or leave it to suffer. I chose the former, since it was a gonner anyways and it would’ve been crueller to leave it to be eaten alive by walkers.

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No, seriously, man. FUCK this dog.

Now, you’re still an 11 year old girl with limited skills and no one to watch out for you, but you have a pocket knife..! And a huge gaping wound across most of your left forearm. Awesome. Just as you sit to rest because of that pesky blood loss, you find yourself surreounded by walkers, and little badass Clem practically rolls her eyes at the scene.

Figures. RIGHT as you sit down...

Figures. RIGHT as you sit down…

You do try to run, but there are too many and… Random strangers in the woods find you and save your tiny little mixed race ass! Hooray! The elder Pete and a handsome younger Luke hoist you up and begin to take you back to their house to get checked out… And Luke totally throws you on the ground when he realises that you’ve got what looks to be a walker bite on your arm. Despite you protests that it was from a dog, they still don’t quite believe you, but they take you back to their place anyways. The group, including their in-house doctor, conclude that the only way to be certain that she’s not infected is to take your, again, 11 year old ass and lock your in the shed. If you’re feverish or have turned by the morning, then you’re a goner. Of course, Clem actually reasons with them that the wound needs to be cleaned because non-walker infection will also give her a fever and other symptoms, but the group is very guarded and unwilling to potentially squander resources on a person who might not even make it.

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Rational, sure, but totally cold. I mean, you can’t tell that walkers don’t have fangs?

Being the enterprising little munchkin that you are, you are able to escape the shed, sneak into the house and snatch what supplies you need, even going so far and to kind of sarcastically befriend the doctor’s introverted and irresponsibly extremely sheltered daughter… Who is kind of weird and she immediately declares that the two of you are best friends and that’s coming on a little bit strong and you kind of just want to leave and you pretty much think that she’s either going to bite it, to cause others to bite it, or that she’ll somehow make a weird turn and become your fucking psychotic nemesis of the season.

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Y’know, like ya do…

Her name is Sarah and she helps you get one of the three things you need to get from the house. In one of the bedrooms, you have the option to steal a gold watch, but I didn’t think that Clementine needed any more drama in her life, so I let it be. Upstairs in the bathroom, you find a needle in a pincushion and, just as you are about to leave, you have to hide because Rebecca, the pregnant light-skinned chick of undiscernable race who is openly hostile towards you, comes in to compose herself… Because she’s not sure the baby belongs to the guy who thinks it’s his… This bit of information can come into play later, if you let it.

Once you’ve got everything, Clem goes back to the shed to stitch herself up. It’s a long process with a lot of crying on her part due to the pain. It is realistic, but I highly recommend not playing it on your iPad around other people who might be concerned as to why you’re so intently focused on the cries of a young girl…

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SO MUCH SCREAMING LOUD NOISES.

Ahem.

Once finished, you find yourself caught by a walker who has squished himself into the small hole through which you escaped earlier because NOBODY EVER CLOSES DOORS OR OPENINGS BEHIND THEMSELVES WHEN THERE ARE ZOMBIES. And really, shouldn’t that be the first rule?

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No, he won’t. They never do.

The folks up at the house somehow hear the commotion and come out to investigate. They see that Clem has taken out the walker and I chose the option of having her defiantly point out that she still isn’t bitten because, dammit, she’s a survivor and a little firecracker to boot.

They see that she’s managed to stich herself up well enough and realise that she was able to steal supplies from them. You can choose to defend yourself or lie or plead, and I had Clem simply admit it and apologize. They argue some more but eventually let you into the house, where doctor Carlos looks you over and says that you ought to be fine… But to stay away from his special little snowflake of a daughter, further cementing the idea that some bad shit’s going to go down later and that it’s all going to revolve around her.

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Don’t these characters know to stop foreshadowing by now?

You’re given something to eat and Luke comes in to have a little chat with you, handsomely asking if you’re alright and being all good-looking about it. You can choose to let him sit in silence, but I had Clem talk to him, opening up a bit, since these folks might be kinda dickish but they at least didn’t look like happy-go-lucky cannibals this time around. While you’re talking, though, in comes Nick, one of the characters who gave you a ton of shit earlier and who, in fact, almost accidentally shot you when you came to at the house.

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People never take off their baseball caps in this game…

He apologizes and discloses that they’ve been very cautious of strangers with bite marks since they tries to help a woman who had a bite and it ended up costing his mother her life. Again, you can choose whether or not to accept his apology and, again, I did. When that’s over, Pete comes in and declares that it’s time to turn in, since they’ve got to save the candles they’ve got especially since the light in the house could attract unwanted visitors.

Clem is left to finish her meal in peace… Until Rebecca comes back in. She is, again, hostile to you, despite Luke’s offer that you stay. Here, you can choose to reason with her, to defend yourself, or, as I decided to do in Clementine’s first misstep into womanhood, have her ask who the baby’s father is, if for not other reason than to show this CUNextThursday that she shouldn’t start some shit she can’t finish.

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I like to think of this supremely bitchy moment as the exact second that Clem gets her first period.

The next day, Pete and Nick, his nephew by the way, take Clem towards their fishing grounds, hoping to catch some fresh fish for dinner for the group. As they’re walking, Pete tells an embarrassing story about Nick when he was thirteen and chickened out of shooting a buck, almost getting Pete in the process, and this pisses of Nick, who always feels like his uncle is riding him. Their argument is cut short, though, when they come across the pond… And a slaughter.

Ain't that always the way?

Ain’t that always the way?

While checking for clues, survivors, and supplies, and while the guys discuss whether this could be the work of a nefarious character referred to only as Carver, Clementine spots her pink and flowery backpack and realizes that at least one of the men, a still-living but in bad shape dude with short dreadlocks, must have been part of the party in the forest when she was separated from Christa.

You can choose to give this asshole some water or deny him... Once again, I'm apparently too nice.

You can choose to give this asshole some water or deny him… Once again, I’m apparently too nice.

She demands to know what happened to her friend, but the moment is, as always, interrupted by more fucking walkers! Nick and Pete try to fend them off but Pete runs out of ammo. Nick is supposedly a crap shot, though, and prone to panic, and in this moment, Clem has to choose which of the guys to head towards.

Now, I totally misunderstood this moment. I thought that I was meant to think as an 11 year old girl, outnumbered a bajillion to one, with people who still didn’t fully trust me, armed only with the hammer I/she swiped from the shed these same people had locked me in earlier, I was supposed to head towards whoever I had the better chance of surviving with. I chose Nick. He still had bullets and, because of his supposed ineptitude, he might also actually need my help. Unfortunately, this leads to Pete getting mauled by walkers. If I had gone over to Pete’s side instead, Clem would have taken out a walker that was already on him, and we would see that he’d been bit anyways, but the preview for the next chapter implies that Pete would attempt an amputation since he’d heard that a cousin of his had survived being bitten that way.

I mean, Peter IS bitten either way, so...

I mean, Pete IS bitten either way, so…

But, since I went with Nick, Pete’s a goner in my story. And so we continue. Or, actually, we don’t. In fact, now all that we see after Clem and whoever she went with fleeing into the woods (if you pick Pete, then you and he go into the woods and Nick is seen retreating on his own) is the aforementioned trailer for the second chapter. In mine, Nick is a mess, drinking himself into a stupor, the rest of the group still is wary of Clem, more information is discussed about the mysterious Carver, and perhaps most intriguing, we see a final shot of Clementine, shocked, saying “I thought you were dead” to someone off-camera.

See? There is saying it, right there.

See? There she is saying it, right there.

I’m certain that the creators are trying to guide players towards the notion that this will be Christa’s return, but I’m also fairly certain that this is a red herring. I think that this might be the much anticipated and rationalized by fans return of Kenny! Remember, from Season 1, the only person not to have definitively been declared dead was Kenny; he was simply marked as “lost” to the hoard. Ever since the end of that game, the Interwebs has been buzzing with survival theories for the former family man… And could we not all see him coming back as a harsher, more intense character? Almost a kind of Governor-esque nemesis for our young heroine… We’ll soon learn more about him, how he was a former member of this new group before going rogue, in the second chapter, “A House Divided.”

The gameplay is seemless. The decision-making system is still in place, where much of the story depends on how you interact with the other characters, but nothing is lost by having to play as Clementine this time instead of Lee. In fact, this lends itself to more opportunities for action as you’ve really got to be on the ball with your reflexes to avoid walkers and escape from hostile humans and animals. One wrong swipe or just a moment too late, and you’re sent back to the last saved checkpoint to try again. Clementine’s more moderate strength is a foil as you sometimes have to button mash to escape a situation, and you’re caught in this pre-teen mix of independence and still needing adult guidance and protection. Lee prepared you well, but you’ve still got a lot to learn, and it’s very cool to see Clementine learning and adapting both before your eyes and because of the decisions you make as the player. I understand some people’s complaints that the game just won’t be the same without Lee, but I think that wanting a game to be the same the next time you play it makes for a very dull experience indeed, especially when it comes down to a genre like the Zombie Apocalypse and survival one, where things can become very repetitive very quickly.

Well, either way, the next chapter is “TBD 2014,” so whenever the fuck that is, I’ve already got my season pass and the next review will be up soon after!

Peace out.