Early Access Review: Rimworld
Written by Maiyannah Bishop and published on Aug 18, 2016.
Neutral: RimWorld is one of those games I dread writing a review for, because I really want to like it a lot more than I ultimately did. There is a compelling and intricately-detailed colony builder in the vein of a science fiction adaptation of DwarfFortress just struggling to break out of its limitations here, but it feels like it doesn't quite do that, at least not yet. A lack of proper tutorializing and random events that can severely handicap and even even abruptly a scenario that's going well otherwise, without any easy option to restart such as DwarfFortress' embarkment mechanic, lead to many a rage-quit. While it's true to say that the appeal in the difficult city-builders such as DwarfFortress, Banished, and so forth, is in being able to scrape by when things go wrong, there's a feeling that I could not escape that even doing things 100% correct, there's going to be times the game just pushes my shit in, and without an easy way to get back into the action, that unfortunately means I could only recommend it in its current state to those fans of this "hardcore" builder genre that have an especially high tolerance for "Fun" as it so sarcastically gets called in said circles. With some more time in the over to even out its idiosyncrasies and smooth the rough edges, this could easily be one of my favourite builders, but as stands right now, it's just not there.
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Review: World of Warcraft - Warlords of Draenor
Written by Maiyannah Bishop and published on Aug 7, 2016.
Neutral: There's a lot of fun to be had in Warlords of Draenor, but particularly once the main story arc has been exhausted, the many fun and interesting bits of lore fall away to the constant nuisances that are the expansion and following patches' design decisions. Classes have seen a major overhaul that gutted several of them, to even get a flying mount to work in Draenor involves grinding yourself silly, and the top tier content such as dungeons and raids have very sparse drops and thus poor returns for the amount of work one puts into them. It's worth getting if you are at all into the venerable MMO, but it is not something that's going to sell anyone who has been skeptical of it and avoided it until now. It is, essentially, an expansion with interesting story to tell and a beautiful world, let down considerably by mechanical changes and new mechanics that either are not really capitalized on well, later neutered (like the garrison), or detrimental to the game.
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