R.I.P. First Assault Online

After less than two years being publicly available, the latest Ghost in the Shell game is now in the process of shutting down. It’s sad but not unexpected, as the title has suffered, and laboured, under it’s status as a Free-to-Play title after being paid for as part of Steam’s Early Access program.

The game itself has a simple idea; you’re an Operative of Section 9, from Ghost in the Shell. Choose from the Major (Motoko Kusanagi), Batou, Togusa, Saito, Pazu, Borma or Ishikawa. Log in, kill things, get better weapons, continue killing things. It could be considered a first person, GitS-sourced version of Warframe, albeit with far-less stellar results. But there were many faults with the game, at least from my standpoint.

(NOTE: I stopped playing at the release of 2.0 because it felt like it was trying to emulate Overwatch and it’s ilk by becoming a ‘hero shooter’. So all explanations were pre-2.0, which dropped July 17th 2017)

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Twitch [22nd Aug ’17] – Terminatus Mission!

It is time to bring to an end our time as a Deathwing Terminator, Brothers! This is the last stream on the game as I bring the adventures of Brother Barachiel, Brother Nahum and Brother Librarian (ME!) to a close.

All in all, I could only recommend the game when it is on sale, and heavily so. It’s price was £17.99 when I bought it, and that would not have been a purchase had I not been given a £10 Steam gift card a day or so prior. While I will say that I had fun with the game, it’s not worth the purchase price right now.

Twitch [16th Aug ’17] – For the Emperor!

Brandish your Chainswords and fortify your souls, Brothers! Today we continue our venture into Space Hulk: Deathwing after discovering the Caliban’s Will as part of the Space Hulk! With more genetics references than white supremacists can dream of, we delve deeper into the Olethros and Caliban’s Will to secure the geneseed pods and stop the Xenos scum from escaping.

All in a day’s work for a Brother Librarian, really.

Twitch [12th Aug ’17] – Enjoy the Embrace (pt1)

I’ve tried to finish Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines so many times that it’s an extreme case of deja vu going through Santa Monica again. However, it is the first area and we must always start with it!

This is the first game that I’ve linked to the GoG version of. I’m not sure whether Deathwing and Foxhole are available on GoG, but there is a reason why I prefer the GoG version of Bloodlines: Bloodlines was an almost broken game on release, thanks to the deadlines imposed upon the studio making it. GoG’s version includes the latest version of the unofficial patch that makes the game playable and enjoyable, although as you will see with the tutorial level some of the problems are either unfixable or close to.

This game will be a regular feature until I finish it or get irreconcilably angry with it. Some of the back and forth without a walkthrough was pretty rough on myself, who hasn’t played a proper RPG in a while, so I will be grabbing a walkthrough for next time should I get stuck.