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What We’re Playing – August 19th

The weekend is upon us and it’s time to play some videogames. Here are a few games we’ve been playing away from the office this week. What’s on your agenda? Share what you’re playing!

Mass Effect 2
Anthony Karge

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I love this game. It fixes all the gameplay issues that plagued the first installment. The characters are incredible and so is the atmosphere. But for a game that gets almost everything right, I can’t help but feel mildly disappointed. The main plot is disjointed and almost an afterthought: where are the important decisions from the first game? They never show up, but I suppose I can let it pass since everything else in the game is done right. I have enough DLC to keep me busy for a few more blissful hours.

Red Dead Redemption
Philip Morton

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Having just bought an HDTV after playing games on a 4:3 monitor for years, I’ve been itching to try out a few older games and see what they look like in full 1080p. Where better to start than with one of the best games of this generation? I completed Red Dead Redemption when it first came out, but that seems so long ago now. During the first few hours of the game that I’ve revisited so far, everything’s been as stunning as I remember it. The characters, dialogue, visuals and everything else is spot on and I can’t wait to play more over the weekend.

Deus Ex
Stew Chyou

At the start of the new millennium, many influential firestarters were conceived. Each can be referred to as a culmination of what made the ’90s so juicy – a collection of farewell salutes exhibiting everything we adored from a beloved era laid to rest. Deus Ex was, and still is, no exception. Despite taking place in a distant tomorrow, it’s a revisit to yester-year’s biggest gimmicks: A dystopian future, transhumanism, cloning, disease-scare, abundant plot twists, conspiracy theories, loading up on high-tech toys and Matrix duds, a tasty techno soundtrack (arguably the best to this day), and life with backstabbing Asian bitches. Today, modern gamers may find the title laughable. But even back then, I still had a hard time taking this gem seriously. I mean people talked with their teeth, enemy soldiers yell to aim for my head like it’s the hot new thing, then there’s the joy of intruding the women’s bathroom and harassing its occupants, only to be scolded by my superior afterwards. Depending on my mood, stealing the candy bar off his desk in plain sight is the usual light rebuttal. You can’t stop this.

The author of this fine article

is an Associate Editor at Thunderbolt, having joined in February 2003.

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