Thursday, November 02, 2017

Blizzcon Predictions

Blizzcon starts tomorrow. What do you think will be announced?

I predict:

  • The next WoW expac is announced. It focuses on Kul Tiras and the nagas. The void will be in the background (perhaps for the expansion afterwards).
  • No new classes, but playable Vrykul and Nightfallen.
  • A completely new gear slot which uses the artifact mechanics. We go back to normal weapons.
  • Overwatch announces a new support character. A male healer that heals like Ana or Mercy.
  • Diablo announces a new Druid class for 2018, released much like the Necromancer.
Those are my wild guesses. Of course, by the time you read this, Blizzcon will probably be in full swing. What do you predict will be announced?

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Final Thoughts on Nier: Automata

I beat Nier: Automata last week and I'm still exhilarated by the ending. What they did at the very end was nothing short of brilliant. A beautiful use of video game mechanics and conventions.

Overall, Nier: Automata was an excellent game. It played well and had an interesting story line. Combat was fun and fluid. The sequence before the final fight was beautiful. I liked a lot of the mechanics like skill chips and the auto-use chips. The game did quite well at reinforcing the idea that the main character was an android through game mechanics.

I strongly recommend Nier: Automata to everyone. One thing to note is that game says it has multiple endings, unlocked through multiple playthroughs. That isn't quite right, and it is a little confusing at first, but it's hard to explain without significant spoilers. Just keep playing, and you'll know when you've reached the true end.

Some thoughts on the "true end' are below the break. Lots of spoilers.