Over here at We The Nerdy headquarters, which are bright orange, we are trying out a new experiment. Fellow writer Chad Waller started cranking out some articles where he takes multiple comics and writes bite-sized, slightly vulgar, reviews of them in one big article. Head honcho Andrew thought that this was a great idea that could be incorporated into other media, so I am giving it a shot.
Without further ado, here are some bite sized reviews of games I have been playing, now known as Quick Time Reviews.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Having played the beta, I anticipated enjoying Ghost Recon: Wildlands. However, I’m shocked by how fun it has been. The word coming out of the reviews was that Wildlands had some things going for it but ultimately fell flat with boring characters and an uninspiring single player campaign. Interestingly, I haven’t had any issues during the first dozen or so hours of playing. Sure, the characters are pretty stupid, but I just dress my “operator” up in strange costumes and try to recreate episodes of The A-Team. He tends to die a lot, but the AI is always there to provide healing. Wildlands is a much better game if you make it very goofy and avoid any seriousness.
Rocksmith 2014 Remastered
As someone severely lacking in musical talent, I have always struggled learning instruments. Sure, I know a few chords and have figured out a couple of Offspring songs via online tabs, but actually playing instruments for an extended time period is quite difficult. Not knowing what to do, I mentioned my dilemma to a friend that has always been really swell at guitar. His response was to pick up a copy of Rocksmith 2014 Remastered for my Xbox One. Given my utter hatred of Rock Band and Guitar Hero, I was slow to test out the game. Luckily, Rocksmith is quite different and actually drops some knowledge about different notes and such. In only an hour, I learned the majority of a Rise Against song on the bass. That sentence totally sounds like an ad, but I’m serious. Rocksmith seems to work at teaching bass and guitar, even if you are terrible at both. I don’t love all of the song choices, but the game itself is very fun…in an educational way.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Not being an owner of the Wii U, I missed out on Mario Kart 8 the first time around and was heartbroken for years. Thankfully, my wife bought me the Deluxe version for the Nintendo Switch last week. In those seven days, I have rarely stopped playing Mario Kart 8, and only then to go to work. This racing game is so darn good that even the useless blue shell and squid can’t take away from the fun. Drifting around in a bright pink cat car breaks every law of physics, but who cares? Plus, Tanooki Suit Mario has the funniest fluffy tail.
Sure, Super Mario Kart for the SNES is still the best, but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe definitely passes Mario Kart 64 for the second position.