November Game Challenge: Week Two (Tombs And Vaults OHBOY!)

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Well friends, the biggest day in gaming of 2015 is upon us, and I for one am so excited I can hardly contain myself. I’ve planned when I will arrive at GameStop to pick up my number so I can then come back and pick up my games (and game guide), so then I can come home and game probably far later than is acceptable for an adult to do on a weeknight.

You know what? Oh. Well. I’m going to do it anyway.

YOLO and such.

I woke up at 5am this morning and the first thing I did was read some of the early reviews for both Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fallout 4. Excitement for both is at a fever pitch, and the reviews seemed to throw fuel on that fire. I can not wait to start in on Tomb Raider, and, shortly thereafter, Fallout. It’s hard to believe the day is here!

I did my pre-big-game-release ritual of cleaning the apartment and getting things in order. All systems are updated. All systems (and controllers) are dusted and cleaned.

I am ready.

Aside from the mostly stellar reviews both games are receiving, I also read a bit of interesting news this morning about the first 104 Xbox 360 games Microsoft will be supporting for the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility. The only one I really wanted to see was right there: the first Borderlands.


It was my one birthday wish to play through the first Borderlands again this month with my partner, and that plan is rolling forward. We’ll need to get another Xbox One controller, but that’s a small price to pay to play Borderlands again. The other good news is that since my birthday is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, there will likely be a four day weekend for us to binge out on Borderlands.

Also, over the weekend, my partner and I started in on Call of Duty: Black Ops III together, and got a decent chunk of the way through it. While I love splitscreen co-op, I always prefer vertical splitscreen to horizontal, and Black Ops III only supports horizontal.


Alas, it looks like it won’t matter, as the game wasn’t appealing to my partner and I will likely finish out the campaign solo. So far it’s been moderately interesting, and I do enjoy the wall running mechanic. My real beef came from all the text (and HUD) being so difficult to read because it was so small in the splitscreen view, and on top of that, the HUD looks far less than clear. If this is an aesthetic choice, I just don’t get it.

Aside from that, I’m looking forward to getting further in the campaign and seeing what all these bonkers rumors are about. I’m always up for a little bonkers in my video games.

So while I don’t have much to report on progress-wise for this month’s game challenge, I see a veritable crap ton of gaming in my very near future. I can’t wait to get my hands on Tomb Raider later this evening. Hooray for faux midnight launch here on the west coast (9pm!).

Is anyone else out there going to midnight release (faux or otherwise) for any of the games releasing today?

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  1. I’m excited for you. Big release days are such a treat! You made me laugh with your remarks about gaming later than is acceptable. It turns out I finished mopping up the trophies for Sacred 2 yesterday afternoon (Sunday) and while I could continue grinding out levels and maxing out my character, I’m ready for something else. I made the mistake of starting Mass Effect about 3 hours before I should have been going to bed. This means I got almost no sleep all weekend, thanks in part to the great Extra Life streams going on.

    I’m excited for both big releases, but won’t play them for some time. I still have to play the earlier games in both series. It’s great to see all of the anticipation and great reviews though. I’m becoming increasingly concerned for Tomb Raider and the choice to make it a timed exclusive for the XBone. I’m not fan-boying out here or anything, I am perfectly happy to purchase the game next year when it comes out for my machine. I was just remembering the launch of the prior game. After respectable release window sales across 360, PS3, and PC, Square-Enix surprised everyone by announcing their disappointment in the title’s performance. The sequel will now be releasing only on the new-gen rig with the smallest install base on the same day as Fallout-freaking-4! Given Squeenix’s reaction last time, I’m concerned that the future of the franchise might be negatively impacted by the results of this holiday season’s sales. I really hope that’s not the case, but you can see why I’m nervous. Right?

    Enjoy the festivities!

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    • I was there for release, but I realized how tired I already was (and am) and I am making the conscious decision to wait until tomorrow morning to play. Ugh. How responsible. Gross.

      Ha! Isn’t that funny? When you start a new game and it grabs you and then all of a sudden a whole slew of hours has passed and you’re left thinking…oops. I love that.

      Also, I agree that the Tomb Raider release is a bit odd, but I’m guessing Microsoft made it worth Square’s while financially. When you play the original reboot, let me know what you think. I had no expectations going into it, and I loved it so much I blasted through it in two days. It had the best bow and arrow mechanics of any game I’ve ever played.

      I shall enjoy, for sure! And I hope Mass Effect is good to you.


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