There was a time when the idea behind a US invasion sounded both exciting and interesting as a premise for a video game. In a real world scenario it’s rather frightening, but in hypothetical situations, it can make for some interesting fiction. Movies have done it, and a few games as well. Nothing has truly captured that gritty feeling in the gaming world, though the original Homefront came really close. It was a rather short campaign that left things on a cliffhanger, and there has been nothing since. Well forget all that, as Homefront Revolution is only similar in name and spirt, as this is a retelling of Homefront and a open world first person shooter that aims to take those previous ideas on a grander scale. Does it succeed though?
There are those games that release that break the mold. They stand out from the pack in many different ways, and offer up a unique experience for the player. Games like that will be remembered for their innovations. Then there’s Reagan Gorbachev, a game that revels in its own insanity and embraces it, which it will be remembered for the fact that I’m playing as Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev as they go around a military base killing soldiers with samurai swords and poison dart arrows…and shotguns and rocket launchers.
Title: Game of Thrones: Episode 5 – A Nest of Vipers
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Release Date: July 21, 2015
The closer that Telltale Games’ episodic spin-off of Game of Thrones reaches its conclusion, the more frustrating it becomes. After four episodes, it was clearly obvious that the promise that players would make meaningful choices to shape the narrative of their own story had ultimately amounted to little, and the latest episode only cements this bitter fact; once more, the actions and fates of characters remains unavoidable, regardless of what the story may lead you to believe, and whatever subtle changes occur from the limited player input are rendered moot within minutes of each “difficult” choice that must be made.