zackhandlen
Zack Handlen
zackhandlen
May 29
1

I’ve been slowly making my way through the Kingdom Hearts series as well, and I just started KH3. So far it seems like the best combination of mechanics from Dream Drop Distance and KH2, with a fresh coat of graphical paint, but I can see getting tired of it if I play too much in one go. (I’m already kind of tired of Read more

May 29
3

I’ve been loving the game. It’s unarguably a bit repetitive but the gameplay and environments are great. I’m really not sure how a true “lock-on” could work. There is a focus, where the camera will align and put an icon on your target if it’s in your field of view, but a true lock on, where the camera stays centered Read more

May 29
3

I had the exact same thought.  If Man Eater was $20, I would have bought it release day but for $40, with the buggy controls, I can’t justify it.  Will wait for it to go on sale.  

May 29
2

In one of those gaming moods where I want to start something but I won’t actually know what it is until I find it, which means a lot of flailing around and buying new games that I don’t end up playing for years. Read more

May 29
5

Same here, I like the idea of Maneater, but there’s nothing about it that doesn’t scream “wait for a sale,” especially as huge as my backlog is. I think $25 is my sweet spot.

May 29
1

I agree with a lot of what you say in the second paragraph. Read more

Apr 24
73

Finished reading and sort of instinctively scrolled down to leave a comment, but I’m not sure why. I can’t think of much to say. Read more

Mar 30
4

It’s kind of amazing how little it’s aged. I played it last year for the first time in years, and the only “old fashioned” elements were the glowing ammo drops. Read more

Mar 30
2

The game even borrows a nerve-wracking suspense device from 2005’s series-reinventing, action-heavy Resident Evil 4: a sequence where you’re forced to defend a hospital room from approaching enemies, who keep crashing through the windows in waves. (Can a full remake of that classic be far off?) Read more

Jan 23
13

Zack, I’m super happy to see you here. No other AV Club writer would be as right for this show. Here’s hoping the viewing experience can match or even transcend the anticipation. Read more

Jan 23
8

And you can also head over to his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/zhandlen/ and read weekly Voyager recaps (just getting into S2) if you’re so inclined and want to throw a little cash his way.

Jan 23
27

“Blue Skies” was used for a reason. In Nemesis, Data sang it at Riker and Troi’s wedding. Then, at the end, B-4 was humming it and Picard helped him a bit with it. Read more

Nov 11
70

Also, maybe this is obvious, but the part where they yell at Summer at the end for “ruining” the premiere seems like commentary on the people that claimed that the new woman writers and /or Summer’s occasionally bigger role “ruined” season 3 or whatever.

Nov 11
51

This was the first episode directed by Erica Hayes. (Also the first episode directed by a woman.) She storyboarded many of the best episodes of the prior three seasons.

Sep 20
2

Like several others, I need to chime in and say playing Silent Hill 2 is a wonderful decision. It’s in my top 3 games of all time with Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6. I certainly don’t want to manage your expectations for what to expect by making subtle references to what you have to look forward to, so I’ll just Read more

Sep 20
4

I’m so happy when someone plays Silent Hill 2. One of my all-time-favorites for sure. Follow it up with a viewing of the 1990 original Jacob’s Ladder and look for all the references.  

Sep 20
2

I picked it up on a whim. It’s hard not to overspend this season and end up with too many games (horror games for Halloween and big fall releases). I still need to finish Bloodstained anyways, which is great.

Sep 20
2

I’ve had one session with Blasphemous now and I’m not sure when I’ll get back to it. I was hoping it would lean a little heavier towards the metroidvania aspects than the souls- like aspects. I’m not that in to parrying etc., and the guilt mechanic is definitely a turn off (although I do appreciate that you can Read more

Sep 9 2019
139

Friends, I don’t know how to make clearer in an article marked impressions that this is my early experience with the game and that it’s been a complicated experience. I’m eager to play more and see what might change, but at the moment this has not been a particularly enjoyable play experience for me even acknowledging Read more