Mad Max The Game Review

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If you loved Saints Row, the Batman Arkham series of games, Borderlands, and the Mad Max movies then you will love Mad Max the game. The game consists of taking the role of Mad Max after his ride has been stolen, recruiting a crazy mechanic that will help you build a car that will let you get your ride back, and rebuilding civilization in the region along the way.

Pros:
-It’s Mad Max!
-Really captures the low technology and scarcity of the post-apocalypse world.
-Gives more insight as to what might have caused the Armageddon.
-Game engine performance is amazing (very well optimized).
-The sand storm parts are terrifying.
-As much carnage and slaughter as a Mad Max movie or anything from Warhammer 40k.
-Persistent auto-save system that works flawlessly so it doesn’t interrupt gameplay.
-Fast travel system that although convenient can also be used to cheat in many situations (such as low health/water).

Cons:
-Too expensive ($60 price).
-Too short.
-Car combat is not as good as Auto Assault.
-Game events/activities are too repetitive. Some events/activities you might expect are missing such as escort missions, etc.
-Game ending was TOO EASY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Game is badly in need of a 2nd campaign (DLC please!)
-Damage system is not realistic at all (I was ran over by a car going at full speed without dying).
-Pretty much no replay value (unless they add DLC that changes the game a lot).
-Mechanic fixes car too easily (it’s basically immortal if you know how to play).
-In a world of finite extremely-limited resources, you’re going around blowing up oil production plants which is the OPPOSITE of you would want to be doing in the post-apocalypse! This major logic-fail makes the game stupid when you really think about it.

Review score: 6.5 out of 10

Wasteland 2 Review

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Wasteland 2 Review by Honorabili

Overall Score: 8.5 out of 10

Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to the original Wasteland, the game that Fallout was based on. Wasteland 2 takes the setting from the original game and updates it with isometric gameplay elements we love from similar games such as Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Jagged Alliance, Jagged Alliance 2, the X-COM series, and Silent Storm 2, as well as the lost Amiga classic RPG Perihelion. In spirit, to me, this game is what Van Buren would have been like for Fallout 3 rather than the Fallout 3 Oblivion-like game that actually got made. The writing for Wasteland 2 is also a lot like the one in the games I previously mentioned as well as Fallout: New Vegas.

Storyline:

The game takes place in an alternate timeline. The nuclear apocalypse happened in 1998 (although if you play the game it feels like 1988, maybe even 1983 based on the computer technology you find in the game) and it’s now nearly a hundred years after the end of the world. The kind of destruction of civilization and barbarity that take place would be at home in the Mad Max universe. Out of the chaos of the apocalypse, some engineers and military personnel in the territory that used to be the United States of America organized itself in the shattered remains of Arizona to become a paramilitary organization that would police the wastes. They are called the Desert Rangers. Your party are new members of this group that are quickly sent to investigate the murder of Ace, one of the characters from Wasteland 1.

Survival Elements:

Not only must you contend with the surviving psychopaths of the Wasteland but you are also trying to survive in an environment where you are not only battling radiation, limited ammo, limited healing, but also the lack of water. This is an element that was also found in original Wasteland and it will make you feel a lot like playing a Dark Sun Dungeons & Dragons campaign.

Gameplay:

Every location and they way you interact with the people in those locations affects the world in a large or limited way, depending on how relevant they are to the storyline of the game. Much like Fallout 2, this game is also filled with easter eggs, pop culture jokes, and inside jokes. Exploration is encouraged as the game will reward you with rare items which usually don’t seem useful but they may be useful to a character that you might meet after 10-20 hours of gameplay later. It’s this kind of depth that makes Wasteland 2 as enjoyable as playing all the RPGs I mentioned previously.

The game consists of making your characters explore and interact with locations (people and objects) as well as a LOT of combat. I would say this game is the polar opposite of Planescape: Torment (another favorite RPG of mine). Whereas Planescape: Torment had very little combat, the slaughter in Wasteland 2 is legendary! Combat happens very much in the same manner as Jagged Alliance, Fallout Tactics, and X-COM games. You position your crew in a square-system based grid and they move and shoot based on Action Points. These action points are based on your characters’ statistics as well as reduction in AP based on what armor you are wearing and also a bonus/penalty to AP based on whatever trinket you have equipped.

The game uses a hit point based system, much like most games do, which although is not the most realistic system is not as punishing to new RPG players as some other systems are (Vampire or Shadowrun proportionate health systems). Much like the original Wasteland, the game uses a very intricate healing system for which first aid and surgeon are two separate skills. First aid is mainly used to increase the efficiency of first aid kits in healing hit points, whereas surgeon is used to recover fallen soldiers and bring them back from the brink of death, as well help them recover from bleeding, and other status ailments.

Combat aside, the game has a very straight forward attribute and skill system. Most of the skills have a use which is self explanatory towards objects in the environments of locations. What’s interesting is that what is the speech skill in Fallout is implemented in this game instead as three separate kind of social skills: smart ass, kiss ass, and hard ass. Smart ass applies towards dialogue options in which logic is usually involved. Kiss ass involves towards stroking other people’s egos. Hard ass involves threatening (usually physically) some weak minded fools to bend to your will (basically intimidation). Much like many other games only social skills will open up special dialogue options that will lead to new plot lines.

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SUMMARY:
Pros:
Deep storyline
Hectic combat is a lot of fun
Completely customizable player characters
Well written characters for NPCs (including party members and town NPCs)
Really well made audio (both sound effects and music)
Can run on most systems (even obsolete ones)
Amazing dialogue
Very immersive environment
Many hours of game relative to the cost of purchase
Buying this game will continue to fund more games like this
Using the radio saves having to return to home base and that saves time
NO DEADLINE (aka gun to your head) like in Fallout 1 and 2
The funny, detailed combat log from the old Bard’s Tale games as well as the original Fallout games is implemented in this game too
This game is proof that really good games that people need can come out of crowd-funding projects

Cons:

Single-player game only
No editor for making custom campaigns
AI is not that effective in combat (in fact, it’s pretty dumb)
Unity graphics engine looks dated
Unity engine is sluggish (latest updates have made it faster though)
Limited replayability
Inventory management could be a little bit more polished
People who did not play 80s-90s-early 2000s RPG games will be not interested in playing it
Lots of loading and saving because of sometimes ridiculous skill tests (10-13% probability of passing with 45% critical failure rates)
Loading games on a hard drive can be slow and since loading happens often because of critically failed skill tests the game can get boring
I found some bugs/expoits (they have been patching the game every week or two since it came out so soon there will be none)

CONCLUSION:
We finally got the Wasteland sequel that we needed. How much did we need this? Well, fans of the original game had reverse engineered that game in order to modify it. That was a project that took years and a lot of patience. It’s been years since an actually good science-fiction, especially post-apocalypse RPG has come out. The wait was worth it.

All fans of the original Wasteland and especially fans of Fallout 1, 2, and Tactics MUST play this game. I highly encourage you to BUY IT especially since inXile did such a great job and they will continue to make the RPGs we crave. Keep the dream alive! Now here’s to hoping they make Wasteland 3! πŸ™‚

Falco Is A God

He might be gone but Falco is immortal.

Johann (Hans) HΓΆlzel was an Austrian rocker and rapper that had innovative and sometimes controversial music videos. He died in 1998 in a car accident but his music is timeless. Let”s have a look at his best music videos to see what I”m talking about. Falco was Charlie Sheen before Charlie Sheen invented Winning.

His most famous song ever is Rock Me Amadeus:

The song is a great 80s pop song that shows his classic style that”s a mix of rock and rap along with great synth work. It”s also a tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The video is insane showing people dressed up like people from the 1700s and 1800s alongside a bunch of bikers and punk rockers.

The song is such an 80s classic that even Bloodhound Gang made a song in tribute to it called Mope:

It”s not included in the video but in the album version of the song they show they”re Falco fans. Here”s the part of the lyrics that I”m talking about:

We gonna drop this next bomb for a money makin” playa that ain”t with us no mo.
Yeah, Notorious B.I.G.
Hell no, we gonna do this for a gangbanging thug that never seen it comin”.
Yeah, Tupac Shakur.
Nah bitch, I”m talkin” “bout motherfuckin” Falco and shit.
What? Falco?.

Rock me Amadeus,
Rock me Amadeus,
Rock me Amadeus,
Rock me Amadeus.

His next song that you might recognize is Der Kommissar:

I don”t know German but I think it”s a song about a drug dealer. He looks like he is rollerskating from a bunch of cop cars in the background. Cheesy but classic and the tune is so catchy too. So catchy in fact that you might know the cover instead by After The Fire, which is in English:

It”s a very similar version but I don”t think it has the charm of the original. I prefer Falco singing anyways.

The next crazy (amazing) video I can think of is The Sound of Musik:

This is a mix of the movie The Sound of Music with Mad Max and Escape from New York. If that”s not enough to blow your mind, then keep watching.

The next masterpiece we have is Wiener Blut:

This seems to me like a really nutty parody of political corruption in Austria. The imagery needs no language! We see “The Professor” gambling and making deals with mafiosos and special interest groups, we see his groupies, his bullshit PR events, etc. Oh yeah, there”s a committee of “angels” that gets splashed with blood? Weird but I guess that”s symbolism for something relevant? Or simply they were high as fuck when the director decided to put that in mobilephonescoop.com the video.

Next up we have Jeanny, probably his most controversial song and video:

This song has been said to glorify rape, kidnapping, and stalking. The song was banned in both West Germany and East Germany. Despite its banning the song hit number on the charts in Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

We see certain homages in the video to the movie Psycho. It makes me think of Lolita as well. My favorite part of the video is when the girl”s ghost or his imagination keeps teasing him (I found this to be really cute) while he is locked up in the asylum.

Next we have the sequel to Jeanny, Coming Home (Jeanny Part 2, One Year Later):

In this one, we see the psycho was caught and served some time in an insane asylum. We see his obsession with his victim and his permanent fixation on her.

If it weren”t the fact for the video, if you just heard the song again, it would sound like a really romantic love ballad rather than a song about a killer stalking a new girl that looks like his old victim.

There are more parts to the Jeanny songs but those are the only two real official videos. Everything else I ever found were a bunch of fan made videos. I”m only posting the real videos here, and only his best stuff.

Next up we have Vienna Calling:

The video is great because of all the funny expressions he makes.

Next, we have Titanic:

The song is pretty good and the video is okay, mainly because of all the freaks in it.

Let”s move on to a better song, Body Next To Body (ft. Brigitte Nielsen)

Now this is more like it. A lot of post apocalypse costumes in this one. You might recognize Brigitte Nielsen from Rocky 4, Cobra, and Beverly Hills Cop 2.

The last, best video that Falco made was his last one actually, Naked:

The video shows Falco”s adoration for the female body, hence the correct title for the song. The video is so amazing that God killed Falco in a bus crash, having him leave us on a high note. Probably one of my favorite music videos of all time.

If you like his music, although these songs don”t really have videos or don”t have good ones check out:

Falco – Cowboyz and Indianz
Falco – Cyberlove
Falco – Egoist
Falco – Ganz Wien
Falco – Garbo
Falco – Hit Me
Falco – Natchflug
Falco – Tango The Night
Falco – Yah Vibration

And remember kids, Falco is smiling at you from heaven!

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