Bloodborne follows the Good Hunter, an outsider to Yharnam, a city that has fallen to a unique plague. Beasts roam the streets and it is up to this lone hunter to slay his way to the eldritch truth that befell this once prosperous land.
Florence is a game about first love and finding yourself. Pretty heavy stuff.
This full playthrough of the puzzle/narrative-driven game was my first. It’s sad, sweet, and incredibly clever in how it uses gameplay mechanics to illustrate character moods, relationship dynamics, and just the realities of life. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Try and sometimes you’ll succeed to make this man of me.
“Future Days” by Pearl Jam
SPOILER WARNING: There are major spoilers for The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part 2 here, but you probably should have known that by now?
The story for the original The Last of Us was hardly an original concept, but what made it powerful were its more figurative scenes, minor threads, and tragic characters. The relationship that formed between Joel and Ellie was heartwarming in an otherwise cold world all the way up until the final leg of their journey. It concluded in a way that spun the narrative’s themes into new context, forcing the player to consider the righteousness of their character’s actions. Was it worth killing and torturing countless people, and ultimately sacrificing humanity to save one girl? Were the remnants of humanity even worth saving? To a large degree, The Last of Us Part II asks the very same questions.
Costumed heroes are real. It is with this development that the 1986 comic Watchmen dives into an alternate timeline. America wins the Vietnam war, the Watergate scandal is never exposed, and in 1985 Richard Nixon is still in office thanks to the repealing of the law that established term limits for the presidency. On the brink of a third world war and the growing threat of nuclear annihilation, one of these now outlawed heroes investigates the murder of a former colleague.
But what’s this about an HBO series? Why is it important now?
It’s the first episode of floox plays The Last of Us. Welcome! Although this is my fourth time playing the game, this is a spoiler-free playthrough. If you’re looking for a refresher or an introduction to this franchise before The Last of Us Part II launches on June 19th, you’ve come to the right place.
In this episode, we get our introduction to the tone and main characters of this new world…