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Screenshot of Wolf wearing a bloody shirt, transforming

The Wolf Among Us

Like the Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us is a series based on comic books. (I'm not familiar with either comics.) The setup is simple: all the fairytale characters were forced to leave whatever kingdoms they lived in, and are holed up in New York City scraping by. You play as Sheriff Bigby Wolf. (Bigby Wolf -> Big B. Wolf -> Big Bad Wolf) Because I've portrayed this guy in school plays, I'm immediately on his side.

Screenshot of zombies walking down a street.

The Walking Dead

Hey look, a game for Halloween! (Yes, I planned this one, unlike last time.) I've finished playing through The Walking Dead, the game that Telltale Games got popular on. This is one of those games from the zombie craze that reached its height around 10 years ago. I think this rode the coat tails of a Netflix series based on the same comic series, but the game has different characters and story. It merely takes place in the same world.

Screenshot of Halo 3: ODST, fighting a brute and a grunt in the streets.

Halo 3: ODST

If you haven't noticed by now, I'm going through the Halo Collection by order of original release, not by order of story. This installment follows the stories of a team of drop troops during Halo 2 and 3. Halo 3: ODST largely slipped by me unnoticed when it first came out 10 years ago. I don't recall any of my friends getting psyched out by it. The hype machine was more restrained.

Screenshot of Halo 3, fighting a brute.

Halo 3

I remember back in the day when the 360 was big. For members of the PC Gaming Master Race, it felt like we were being shunned. It seemed like everyone had a 360, and soon their moms and grandmas would too, alongside their Wiis. So few products were pushed to such stratospheric levels of hype, that you could barely get out of bed without hearing about them. The few in my lifetime: Segway, iPhone, iPad, and atop this particular pile, Halo 3. It was so big that Pure Pwnage got in on the hype. LoadingReadyRun made such a surreal video about Halo 3 that I instantly became a fan. I'm positive that similarly sized gaming hype trains have come and gone since, but I can't recall any that topped Halo 3. (My preorder warning might have accidentally had some.) Since Pi-hole, browser addons, and not watching TV have made me immune to most ads, maybe I'm too blind to notice.

Screenshot of Half-Life 2, showing clones three headcrab zombies wandering into a trap.

Half-Life 2

I wasn't a properly initiated hard-core gamer back when Half-Life 2 came out. My only connection to the series was "oh, that one weird box on the store shelf." After going to that one college, I realized that I needed a radical change in how I evaluated choices. I couldn't be a dumb kid that coasted through life on whatever life gave me. I started by disregarding my friend's advice that Half-Life 2 was a bad game, or at least so much that I avoided it, so I bought it and started playing.

Screenshot of Max Payne 2, showing Max shooting mobsters

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

In the hallmark of a decent sequel, Max Payne 2 continues the story of a betrayed police detective. Max seems to have gotten over his wife and daughter, and is going after the mobs that are making his life a living hell. Like the first game, the game takes place in New York City, but does not take place in a blizzard. Instead, it's raining the entire time, in true film-noir style.

Screenshot of Halo 2, showing a fight

Halo 2

Halo 2's single player campaign is criticized for being short, and ending on a cliffhanger. I agree, because I was able to finish it in 3 days. Compare it to the original Portal: it says what it needs to (and more if you're observant), and doesn't overstay its welcome. Before I shot a gun, I practically had an encyclopedic knowledge about the Covenant compared to the first game.