The Elder Scrolls Review

The Elder Scrolls Review

Welcome back to DustyPosts. This week we tackle one of my favorite gaming series of all time, The Elder Scrolls. I’ll briefly jump into what the Elder Scrolls world entails and also cover why it has been such a staple in my fantasy-gaming life for so many years.

Elder Scrolls Background Knowledge

The Elder Scrolls is a massive, and I mean massive, fantasy RPG world developed by Bethesda Games. The first game in this series, Arena, was released in 1994. Unfortunately for me, I was only a one year old at that point so I didn’t ever play this generation of gaming by Bethesda. My first knowledge of the game came in right before Oblivion was released when I began playing Morrowind. But from what I’ve heard these games were generation defining and I wish I would’ve been around to experience them in all their glory. Bethesda know has seven RPG games out and each and every one they release continues getting better and better. The eighth game is no under way, but it won’t be something we Elder Scrolls fans see for some time as Bethesda must finish their current project up before releasing TES6.

The Love Behind TES

As I mentioned above, my first toe-dip into this beautiful realm was all the way back when Oblivion was near its drop date. I very briefly played Morrowind before jumping into Oblivion, but I ultimately would go back to play the third installment some years later as well. Oblivion will go down as one of my favorite games of all time, but it is nothing in comparison to what Skyrim, the fifth installment from Bethesda, would eventually become. I cannot even fathom the hours I’ve spent playing this game over my lifetime. It was, and still is, the most incredible world that has ever been built for a video game and I will go to bat for it 1000% of the time. Each and every detail is superb and the stories intertwined with your hero’s constantly have you wondering what choice is the correct choice. That along with the fact the gear, weapons, spells, and essentially everything within the game is absolutely awesome will have you lost for hours to come.

It’s safe to say that Bethesda’s TES games will always have me coming back for more, so why don’t you go out and give them a try yourself!


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Netflix’s The Witcher Review

Netflix’s The Witcher Review

Welcome back to another DustyPosts weekly review. This week I’ll be telling all of you why you MUST go watch Netflix’s The Witcher the second you finish reading. This show hasn’t even been out for two weeks yet and I’ve watched it through three times, so you already know Netflix did this show right!

The Witcher Franchise

The franchise itself has been around for roughly 40 years now and was originally written by Andrzej Sapkowski back in the 80’s. Back then it all started Polish short stories but quickly evolved as these Witcher stories grew in popularity. It had grown so much in fact that in 1996 a video game had went into development. Unfortunately, the game flared out and we would need to wait until CD Projekt Red released their rendition of the Witcher series as a video game in 2007. Since then, the series has truly taken off. The Witcher III was released in May of 2015 and is renowned as one of the greatest video games of all time. The success up until that point is ultimately what leads us to current day and Netflix beginning their own rendition of Sapkowski’s stories.

Netflix’s Plot

For the most part, Netflix’s The Witcher takes on the main portions of Sapkowski’s stories. They have, of course, taken their own creative liberties for certain pieces, but all in all we see Geralt and his companions following the same path that had previously been laid out for them. The story so far revolves around our Witcher trying to find a princess he’s destined to protect (Ciri) all while he’s accompanied by a wide array of companions (Jaskier/Dandelion, Yennefer, Triss Merigold, etc. etc.). As a Witcher, Geralt obviously kills a plethora of monsters (including some of human kind) throughout this first season of epic television, but we also get much, much more. The first season jumped around quite a bit and even confused many with its multiple timelines, but it was a perfect setup for what’s to come in season two.

Witcher Cast, Predictions, and Rumors

I do not even know where to begin with how wonderful this cast was for season one of The Witcher. Before the show was released in late December, many people were unsure of how Henry Cavil’s performance of Geralt would pan out. Countless online personalities were saying he should have been played by someone else, ranging from Travis Fimmel (Vikings, Warcraft) to Mads Mikkelson (Death Stranding, King Arthur, Hannibal). Even though seeing either of those two would have been incredible (especially Fimmel, he’s one of my favorite, most underrated actors), it’s hard to imagine anyone but Henry Cavil playing Geralt at this point. For those of you who don’t know, Cavil is a massive fan of The Witcher franchise and loses himself within the series/video games all the time. His performance along with those of Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Eamon Farren as Cahir, and Joey Batey as the wonderful bard Jaskier, this show could not have been cast anymore perfectly.

With out spoiling season one’s ending (WARNING: potential spoilers ahead) I’d like to discuss some predictions for what we should expect to see in season two. With Geralt and Ciri finally finding each other, we have to assume season two revolves around the two of them making their way to Kaer Morhen. I cannot imagine they would jump directly into the two joining Vesemir at the training grounds for the wolf school of Witchers, but that is also a possibility. I think the former will be the case because if they jump directly into Ciri’s training they will need to introduce The Wild Hunt very early on in the show, and I think that is something they will probably want to hold on to until the finale of season two or maybe even season three. Not to mention, Freya Allen is returning as Ciri for season two so we can anticipate the 14 to 15 year old Ciri remaining within the story line rather than the older rendition of Ciri we have seen in some of the books and video games over the years.

As far as rumors go, there are not that many yet for season two. The second season has already been green lit by Netflix after its massive success and is set to begin production in early 2020. With that being said, we should expect new episodes by late 2020 or early 2021, but nothing can be for sure until writing/shooting/etc has been completed at some point in 2020. On top of that, it is spreading that Mark Hamill himself will land the role of Vesemir (come on, how could you not give it to him…), but at this point those “rumors” are pure speculation.


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Death Stranding PS4 Review

Death Stranding PS4 Review

Hey everybody, welcome back! On week 23’s recommendation I am briefly going to explain to you why the PlayStation exclusive, Death Stranding, is a must buy.

This all started three years ago when I first saw the trailer for Death Stranding. It only showed some invisible tar creatures attacking a man (played by Norman Reedus) and his crew, but It immediately drew me in. I started researching the game but quickly found out that the release date was years away. Fast forward three years and here we are with what may be one of the most ingeniously creative games of all time.

This game is nothing like any other game you’ve ever played before. Sam, played by Norman Reedus, is a man attempting to save the United Cities of America from an apocalyptic event. You face off against BT’s (Beached Things), and you also come across some genuinely awful humans who can control BT’s and other tar creatures with their DOOM’s/Repatriate/Etc. abilities. Sam, of course, has abilities himself, and can come back from death if need be. His purpose is to connect outposts and cities in hopes of reconnecting the world.

Now I still have not finished Death Stranding, but I know for a fact that it is already one of my favorite games of all time. I’d bet that it goes down in history as one as well. So stop whatever you’re doing if you’re a PS4 owner and go snag a copy of this magnificent Hideo Kojima game!


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My Weekly Recommendation (#12)

My Weekly Recommendation (#12) – The Witcher III

As I sit and wait for Netflix’s original The Witcher series, I found myself reminiscing of the days back in 2015 when The Witcher III: Wild Hunt was released. It hadn’t been long after that before I logged into my PlayStation and purchased the game, which I haven’t quit playing since. I forgot how incredible this game was, and for so many reasons too. 

Of course, my first go-round back in the day was on an Xbox, so the first thing I observed after logging in was the superior graphics. The hills, trees, and skies off in the distance are more mesmerizing than I recall. And as I mowed my way through some of the earlier creatures, I noticed how smooth the combat mechanics still were. And how could I not mention the storyline! Each and every quest builds upon the next so effortlessly. The conversations between Gerald and the NPCs throughout the story are written so well. Everything about this game is still incredible, and I can’t wait to dive deeper into it over the next few weeks.

So for all the gamers out there, I highly suggest giving The Witcher III: Wild Hunt a go as soon as you can. And for those who have already played the game, go back and play it again! The world is filled with quests and Easter eggs, and I bet there is still something new out there for you. After all, this game was given all those awards for a reason!

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

As I sit and wait for Netflix’s original The Witcher series, I found myself reminiscing of the days back in 2015 when The Witcher III: Wild Hunt was released. It hadn’t been long after that before I logged into my PlayStation and purchased the game, which I haven’t quit playing since. I forgot how incredible this game was, and for so many reasons too.

Of course, my first go-round back in the day was on an Xbox, so the first thing I observed after logging in was the superior graphics. The hills, trees, and skies off in the distance are more mesmerizing than I recall. And as I mowed my way through some of the earlier creatures, I noticed how smooth the combat mechanics still were. And how could I not mention the story line! Each and every quest builds upon the next so effortlessly. The conversations between Gerald and the NPCs throughout the story are written so well. Everything about this game is still incredible, and I can’t wait to dive deeper into it over the next few weeks.

So for all the gamers out there, I highly suggest giving The Witcher III: Wild Hunt a go as soon as you can. And for those who have already played the game, go back and play it again! The world is filled with quests and Easter eggs, and I’d bet there is something new even for someone who has beaten the game. After all, this game was given tons of awards for a reason!

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Left Behind – The Last of Us DLC Review

Left Behind – The Last of Us DLC Review

Hey everyone! I’m finally back for my final review of The Last of Us, but as you all know this time I’ll be breaking down the Left Behind DLC! This downloadable content came out in February of 2014, which was roughly eight months after the release of The Last of Us itself. Once again, I know I am so far behind on this game, but I have only been on team PlayStation for a handful of months so it is still brand new to me! With that let us begin…

The Characters

So this entire DLC basically revolves around Ellie right after Joel gets the rebar through his gut and Ellie before she is bitten. The main new character that is introduced is Ellie’s best friend Riley, who she mentions a handful of times throughout The Last of Us when she mentioned she died the same night Ellie was bitten. Joel is also in the DLC, but he’s in that comatose state from the middle chapters of The Last of Us and doesn’t say a single word. Along with them are the usual infected and also a shit load of guys who are looking for Joel/Ellie after what they did to all of the guys back at the college. 

Chapter 1: Back in a Flash

So this chapter begins with Ellie stashing Joel in a store within the mall she stumbled across after they escaped the college. Once he is secure, Ellie takes off in search of a first aid kit so she can tend to Joel and his wounds. As Ellie creeps around the barren mall that is covered in snow she stumbles across a pharmacy. Of course it has been picked clean and nothing is there, but she does find a letter that mentions the pharmacist is locked in the store next door. Ellie then turns around and notices that there is a first aid kit in the room employee lounge behind her, but it is locked. She decides that the pharmacist is the best option to find the key and you then walk over to find him. You find the poor bastard grown into the wall in the far back corner of a dimly lit, spore filled room. It was one of the more grisly things the game had shown so far but it was also pretty spectacular at the same time. Anyways, she grabs the key and heads back to the employee lounge just to find out that the kit is completely empty. She turns her head and notices a medical helicopter wedged into the top floor of the mall across from her and decides that’s where she needs to go next. As you move towards the heli, you have only one option and that is to jump down into the center of the mall. As you do the screen goes back and we’re thrown into the past for the second time.

Chapter 2: Mall Rats

Riley and Ellie are together again, and we get our two characters chit-chatting as they make their way through Boston. Riley tells Ellie how she became a firefly and how Marlene has been putting her up to all these tests to see if she was ready to become a firefly. From here the conversation jumps around a little bit, but a lot of it was simply the two girls reminiscing about the past. They eventually make their way into the mall, and I got the impression this was not the first time they had done this. As they make their way through the mall they eventually end up in a Halloween store which was filled with a lot of little jokes and interesting interaction opportunities (one of which, the Frankenstein out of the coffin one, actually made me jump lol).

They leave the Halloween store and almost immediately find two SUV’s down below them, which is where brick master comes into play. Brick master is basically just the two girls chucking bricks at the car windows by the way, which sounds fun but like also, you’re going to draw infected to yourselves so quit! This is an achievement by the way, so be sure you actually beat Riley. From here they take off into a back hallway that leads them to a power room. Here Riley tells Ellie that the whole city actually has power, but that the military goes in and flips all of the breakers so that it seems like there isn’t any electricity. Riley has Ellie flip the switch and we cut back to Ellie in Colorado just as the girls open the mall door again.

Chapter 3: So Close

This picks up exactly where chapter 1 ends. As Ellie lands down in the middle of the mall, she notices an escalator but the power is off so the gate to it will not open. She follows a cable over to a little electrical outpost that is also off before saying, “Follow the cables, right Joel.” I think this was a call back to when they were actually at the college in The Last of Us, and if it was I love that they threw that into the DLC. As Ellie follows the cables back to a generator she finds out that the generator has no gas. There is a gas can and a hose behind the generator though, so Ellie knows she has to go siphon some from one of the cars near her. Of course as soon as you move from the generators ledge, three stalkers show up and catch you off guard. I wasn’t messing around here so I just charged in and killed them with my pistol. Once they were dead I started looking for the gas, which I found on my third try in the second big rig that was within the garage-ish looking room. 

Back to the generator I go, and as you pour the gas in and get the hulking machine going two more stalkers come sprinting towards Ellie. But this time they die before they make it to her when an electrical cord falls from the ceiling and makes the water fatal. This adds a new challenge for Ellie though, because how does she get out of the room? She climbs up and over everything that’s what she does. A ladder behind the generator leads her up to some ventilation system that she uses to cross back over to the mall, where she now finds even more stalkers. There are five of them if I’m not mistaken, but only two of them are walking around so they’re pretty easy to pick off. As you run back out to the escalator however, three more infected run out of the woodwork and block the way. I panicked and shot one here because it started off almost right on top of me. This made this sequence a little bit more challenging because I wasted all of my ammo but didn’t kill all of the zombies. So I had to run around for five minutes until I finally shook them before making my way up the escalator. 

Once up, you see the heli and Ellie runs over to it before she hops out onto a glass ledge (dumb ass idea #1) and then proceeds to JUMP OFF THE GLASS LEDGE TO THE HELICOPTER (dumb ass idea #2).  Of course this was a bad idea, as the second she lands in the heli it begins shaking and then drops a little bit. Thankfully this isn’t Ellie’s demise however, and once she is in the helicopter she realizes there is a fully stocked first aid kit. We then cut away to black again and jump back into Ellie and Riley’s story.

Chapter 4: Fun and Games

As the doors open you can see the look of excitement on Ellie’s face. The first thing they see is a carousel and run straight for it. Once they’re off, Riley pulls out a pun book and we learn where this book (and all of Ellie’s puns) from The Last of Us came from. The two girls then stumble across a “Share Snap” machine, which is just a photo booth essentially, but I thought this bit was funny when it asked them if they wanted to share to Facebook. “What’s Facebook?” Ellie asks, and Riley answers with “I don’t know, maybe it prints our faces to some book.” Next up was the arcade, which was a nice little touch as well. I missed Jak X here because I went to The Turning first and this had me salty for a good five minutes. The Turning was pretty fun as well even though it started off super lame. But once you finish the game Ellie turns to Riley and they start talking which leads into a small fight between the two of them. It all stemmed from Riley telling Ellie that she was leaving Boston with the fireflies because Marlene basically didn’t want her here anymore. 

Riley goes running off and Ellie follows, eventually catching up to her as she is staring at some mannequins. The two talk it out somewhat, but Riley unzips her backpack and throws it at Ellie to show her that she got the water guns back (they talked about these right before or right after brick master if you missed that conversation). Ellie picks them up and says that they will talk more, but only after Ellie destroys her in a soak off. This whole part was kinda cheesy and lame to me, but when Riley suggests that they should “hunt” each other it got a little better. I still didn’t need eight minutes of this though, so when it was over I was pretty happy to be completely honest. Also as a side note, if you best Riley two of the three times Ellie says some stuff afterwards and I swear she was acting exactly like Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad. I don’t know if it was simply the tone of her voice or the words she actually said, but I jumped straight back to breaking bad when she said it. Riley wants to continue of course, but Ellie tells her that she needs to go. She can’t get into anymore trouble at the place she is living now because she’s already used up all of her strikes. 

Riley says ok, but first she wants to show Ellie one more thing. She takes Ellie’s cassette player and starts jamming some funk as they climb up onto a jewelry display case and start dancing. I’m pretty sure this would have broken with how aggressive and jumpy they were being, but that’s besides the point. As they are dancing, Ellie stops and tells Riley she wants her to stay which leads to Riley ripping her firefly necklace off right before the two of them kiss. I 1000% did not see this coming haha, but if I look back it makes sense because all of the signs of a crush were there. As they two are talking and deciding that they will need to figure everything out, Ellie notices some infected running towards them and the screen cuts to black again.

Chapter 5: The Enemy of my Enemy

Apparently Ellie passed out or maybe just decided to take a nap in the helicopter, but as she snaps back into reality she remembers she needs to go help Joel. She jumps down from the heli and then you hear some gunshots off in the distance. You start making your way back to the front of the mall, but before you do two guys come busting out of a door being chased by some stalkers. Unfortunately for them, they get eaten. But their friends show up just in the nick of time to kill the zombies before they can start exploring and potentially find Ellie. They start talking after and mention how they don’t understand why they need to be looking for “that guy and his little girl”. You also get the bow back here, which was nice because I wasn’t a fan of the pistol the entire campaign of The Last of Us anyways. So having another weapon made the DLC a little more enjoyable at this point. You take these three guys out and make your way towards a bloody air duct system that leads you down into a sports store.

Right away you notice three infected chilling down below you, but before you have any time to react to them some of the people looking for Joel/Ellie walk into the other side of the store. They spot the infected and are about to take them out, but the game creators were nice enough to put a brick up near Ellie. I loved this, it basically gave you the option to either let the humans sneak over and take out the infected or you could wake the infected with a brick and let them take out the humans. I reached for the brick immediately and chucked it at one of the sleeping stalkers which led to total mayhem within the store. At the end of it I only needed to loose two arrows at the remaining stalkers before I got to scrounge the store for ammo.

From here you exit the store to find yourself in a corridor where you need to hop over some barricades and into what I think was a bank.You’ll need to square up against a few more stalkers here, but as you near the final two some more guys walk in from and you have the same choice as before. I grabbed a nearby brick and threw it at the stalkers to wake them up and they took out the men for me. Once everyone and everything has been taken care of, you climb up through where the men just came and find yourself in a portrait gallery. You fling open the gate and head back out into the main hallway of the mall where you can now finally see the exit. As you’re running towards it you hear some guys yelling, and notice that they’ve found the locked gate that is housing Joel’s comatose body. Ellie says she needs to do something quick, so I crafted a bomb and chucked it down towards the guys trying to open the gate. It was effective, but not the best way of going about this as there were almost ten guys I needed to take out. 

Once they’re all dead though you run down to Joel’s door just be shot at from where up top where you literally just were. And this was the first and only time I died throughout this DLC because I was caught so off guard by another eight men after I just killed ten. The second go around was a success however since I knew what I was up against, and once you’ve killed about half of these guys more stalkers come in and start picking off the remaining guys. Then you just have a few infected to kill before finally getting over to Joel and cutting back to Riley and Ellie.

Chapter 6: Escape From Liberty Gardens

This picks back up with the two girls running for their lives throughout the mall. After a few close calls and some near deaths, everything is starting to look good as the two girls make it to the scaffolding that leads up to the broken window and the outside world. But as Ellie is climbing the scaffolding, it starts to lean backwards and tumbles towards the ground. Ellie is tossed off the upper landing on down to the mall floor where the infected are and gets attacked by a stalker. This is where Ellie gets the bite that ultimately leads to the entire point of The Last of Us. She struggles to get the zombie off of her and Riley shows up to save the day. She blasts the creature with her pistol right before she gets tackled by another infected and Ellie rushes over to her. This was the most gruesome death of both the game and the DLC, and Ellie takes her switchblade and just yanks it through the stalkers throat. Ellie starts talking to Riley before she is cut off, and Riley tells her to look down at her arm. Ellie looks down and starts to panic, and as she does Riley lifts her hand and we see she has been bitten as well.

The screen cuts to black again and were now watching the final cut scene. Ellie is leaning over Joel with a needle and thread and says “don’t worry, I’ve done this before.” I wasn’t sure if this was another callback or not but I don’t remember her saying anything like that throughout The Last of Us. It cuts back to Ellie after she was bit, and she is in full on freak out mode now. She is swinging a massive metal pipe around and breaking anything in sight. She eventually gets tired and sits next to Riley who starts one of the best end game speeches I have ever heard. As Riley is speaking we hop back to Ellie and Joel. Ellie is saddled up and has Joel all bundled on his makeshift sled. She looks back at him and then we get a close up of her face as she heads out of the mall and into the wilderness that becomes the lakeside resort chapter form the game. Riley’s speech is coming to a close and she mentions to Ellie how their second option is to wait it out and fight the infection. They need to enjoy the little time they have left in this world together. And right as Riley finishes we pan over to Ellie who wipes some tears from her face before the credits roll.

And that’s that! This DLC is just another reason why The Last of Us will forever be one of my favorite PS4 games. I am beyond stoked that the second game will be out at the end of this year and cannot wait to see what the creators have set up for Ellie’s story. As more is released on the game I will be doing an anticipation/breakdown of what is known, so be on the lookout for that later this year!

My Weekly Recommendation (#8)

My Weekly Recommendation (#8) – God of War

Welcome back to another weekly recommendation! This week I will briefly go over one of my favorite video games OF ALL TIME, God of War.

One of the main reasons this has climbed to the top of my favorite games is all of the mythological aspects. I started writing my book about halfway through April of this year, and one of the main things I focus on throughout the book is Norse Mythology. Of course, I have tweaked some aspects of the recognized mythology to add my own personal touch, but after one of my friends read the first chapter, he recommended God of War since it was in the same realm of what I wanted to pursue. And let me tell you what… this game was right up my alley. I put all of my free time into this game for roughly a month and completed 100% of the game. It was so neat delving deeper into the mythology that I was already researching for my book, and to see the spin that the developers took on the mythology that they added into their game.

Another reason God of War is a must play for any of you who own a PlayStation is the fighting. The Leviathan Axe/Blades of Chaos combo is insane and welding them both was an absolute treat. Not to mention the graphics of the game are on another level, especially for someone who had been an Xbox gamer their entire lives. The runic attacks add another layer of incredible right on top of the God of War cake that has been so masterfully created. They effortlessly flow between regular attacks and the graphics behind them were just plain beautiful. All of this mixed with the countless available hours of exploration are the perfect equation for a game that I would rate 10 out of 10.

So, for anyone who is looking into a new PlayStation game, or even if you just want to finally make the switch from Xbox as I recently did, I strongly recommend adding God of War to your list of games to buy. 

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My Weekly Review (#7) – Wizards Unite

My Weekly Review (#7) – Wizards Unite

Good Morning Everyone! I’m sure many of you are already well into this weeks recommendation, but I still had to share why Niantic’s most recent release (Wizards Unite) is a must play for this summer.

Where do I even begin!? My excitement for this game has been palpable over the last few months. Wizards unite is an actual reality game for your phone/tablet that allows you to help save the wizarding world from “The Calamity”. It is essentially Pokémon Go, but for Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts fans like myself. I was a hugeeeee fan of this new genre when Pokémon Go released in mid 2016, but I am much more of a Harry Potter fan than I am a Pokémon fan so this is huge for me.

Over the last week and a half I have logged quite a few hours into Wizards Unite, and I am not even one bit ashamed. It has brought me back to my childhood while also encouraging me to go out and explore the realm of witches and wizards that I wished I could have been a part of since the second grade. It immerses you in the wizarding world we all grew to love over the years and allows you to cast spells, create potions, and even unlock portkeys!

There are some things that I believe could be tweaked over the upcoming weeks to make the game play better (easier energy refills, more portkey backgrounds, etc.) but all in all I would rate Wizards Unite a nine out of ten! So for all of you Harry Potter geeks out there, or even people who just like AR games, go download and explore Wizards Unite now!

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My Weekly Recommendation (#8) (7/2/19)

[Originally published on 7/2/19 on my previous site, Bright-blood.com]

My Weekly Recommendation (#8) – Wizards Unite

Good Morning Everyone! I’m sure many of you are already well into this weeks recommendation, but I still had to share why Niantic’s most recent release (Wizards Unite) is a must play for this summer.

Where do I even begin!? My excitement for this game has been palpable over the last few months. Wizards unite is an actual reality game for your phone/tablet that allows you to help save the wizarding world from “The Calamity”. It is essentially PokémonGo, but for Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts fans like myself. I was a hugeeeee fan of this new genre when Pokémon Go released in mid 2016, but I am much more of a Harry Potter fan than I am a Pokémon fan so this is huge for me.

Over the last week and a half I have logged quite a few hours into Wizards Unite, and I am not even one bit ashamed. It has brought me back to my childhood while also encouraging me to go out and explore the realm of witches and wizards that I wished I could have been a part of since the second grade. It immerses you in the wizatding world we all grew to love over the years and allows you to cast spells, create potions, and even unlock portkeys!

There are some things that I believe could be tweaked over the upcoming weeks to make the game play better (easier energy refills, more portkey backgrounds, etc.) but all in all I would rate Wizards Unite a nine out of ten! So for all of you Harry Potter geeks out there, or even people who just like AR games, go download and explore Wizards Unite now!

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The Last of Us Review: Part IV

Chapters 10-12: Bus Depot through Jackson

Warning: This post has spoilers for both the PlayStation game The Last of Us and the TV series Game of Thrones. Proceed at your own risk!

The Bus Depot

Spring has arrived, and our two main characters have found their way to Salt Lake City. As they’re walking down the interstate, Joel points out that he sees the hospital the fireflies are supposedly at. You climb over some cars and a bus to get to what I believe to be either a movie theater or a train station of sorts. Ellie seems out of it and extremely quiet, which Joel asks her about. She doesn’t have much of an answer for him and the two of them end up walking over to where a ladder is hanging over a ledge. Joel tosses her up, and she pushes the ladder down before taking off after something that Joel “has to see.” Turns out there are some giraffes strolling through SLC! This was pretty cool, plus If you got close enough you could’ve had Joel pet one! This temporarily seemed to put Ellie in a better mood, but as the giraffes stroll off into the distance, the two of you head down into another building to begin what hopefully is your last voyage to a hospital.

As the two of you walk out of the building, you come across some medical tents, which brings Joel back to right after it all started and he worked for a triage unit. There’s some loot here to grab and a workbench so level up your gear before moving on and try not to get too sad as some somber background music begins to play as Ellie hands you that same picture Tommy tried to give you at the dam a few chapters back. This was a great little scene showing how much the two of them care for each other now after this ridiculous journey they have been on together. After crawling through a bus this time, you walk up to an underground tunnel that you need to pass through to get to the hospital. The second you get into the tunnel it gets very ominous, and then you come across your first enemies. There are three clickers, three runners, and a bloated, yet they’re spaced out enough to very easily sneak by or sneak kill them all. Walking into the next area you stumble across a handful more of clickers and two bloaters, but once again pretty easy to sneak by or use the good ‘ol bottle to bomb technique I’ve mentioned in prior reviews.

Once through zombie-vile, you need to swim through an underwater bus and come back on the other side to drop Ellie down a ladder before moving on to the final little puzzle area. As you realize how close you are to the hospital, you go to climb a ladder that ends up collapsing down. This requires some maneuvering of the now broken ladder, a pallet upstairs, and that initial ladder to cross a gap to the set of stairs that leads out of the tunnel. Yet there’s one thing left in your way it turns out, a ripping current. As you’re crossing over some buses and other things floating in the water, one gives way and a total shit show ensues. Joel ends up stuck in a bus, and Ellie jumps over to save him and ends up knocking herself out. It almost looked as if she got completely crushed between the wall and the bus, but luckily she didn’t as we see her unconsciously floating away. Joel snatches her and swims to a safe spot, just to get whacked in the head with the butt of a gun.

And thus begins our most important chapter, the Firefly Lab.

Turns out Marlene is still alive, which Joel finds out as he comes to. They talk for a bit before Marlene informs Joel that they’re planning on putting Ellie under for an operation soon. Joel suddenly puts two and two together, realizing that what the fireflies are about to extract the cordyceps on Ellie’s brain, which would leave her dead. Joel is putting off the vibe that he knows they didn’t fully explain this to Ellie before telling her she needed the surgery. The guard with Marlene then kicks out the back of Joel’s leg as she orders Joel to be marched out of the building. And she also adds that if he tries anything stupid to kill him, so of course you know Joel is about to do something beyond stupid. As the guard is walking Joel out, Joel notices his gear. He stops and makes the guard shoot and miss, then shoots him a few times to figure out where the surgery room is before popping him one more time in the face. Now he needs to fight through about 30 guards over a few floors to get to Ellie. One of the men drops the assault rifle here, which was super cool, but it also would’ve been nice to have it for more than just one chapter lols. You finally make it to the surgery room, and the doctor decides to be a tough guy and try to maintain his ground. He gets his scalpel in his neck and then you have the option of killing the other two surgeons or letting them live. I chose the latter, and then grabbed Ellie. The next part was just a bit off to me. As you’re running through the hospital trying to escape, you’re clearly running by guards who should be noticing you, yet they don’t. Anyways, you ultimately make it to an elevator and that’s where the cut scene starts. You stop on a parking garage floor, and Marlene is standing there waiting for you before we cut to Joel and Ellie in a car. Ellie is just now waking up and very confused about what happened over the last 12-24 hours. Joel explains to her that they found the Fireflies, but that they stopped seeking a cure. “There are dozens of others just like you,” were the words he used when explaining this to her. At that moment we cut back to when Joel came across Marlene in the parking garage, and she is desperately trying to convince Joel to leave Ellie. Joel had a pistol in his hand that Marlene didn’t see. Joel places Ellie in the car, and walks back over to Marlene. As she’s bleeding out on the ground she begs for her life. “You’ll just come after her”, are the words Joel whispers as he pulls the trigger and we cut to black.

End of the Road… to Jackson

We’re now with Joel and Ellie at some point in the future, and it looks like their car broke down just outside of Jackson. Ellie is staring at her arm as Joel tells her they’ll be walking the rest of the way. We’re playing as Ellie again, and as we follow Joel he starts talking about his daughter and we get a strange reaction from Ellie. They continue through the woods before They reach a peak and we get a superb view of the town they’re heading too. After about another 100 feet and a small ledge, Ellie stops Joel to tell him about the night she was bit. She then demands Joel to swear to her that everything he told her about the Fireflies and her surgery was true. He takes a second and then swears it was. What a liar!! But then we get such an epic scene, with Ellie taking a breath and then saying okay right as an incredible guitar track starts playing and the credits role.

What a freaking game!! I can’t believe I didn’t know about it until three weeks ago. I’m also super pumped for the second one now, which should be out in 2019 from what I gather. Any-who, I hope you enjoyed my final review of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. This game will undoubtedly remain a classic for many years to come, and I think I’ll break down some stuff on the second one once more is released. Thanks again for the read, it truly does mean a lot!