Virtual Tourist – Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter 5/28/17

Good morning!

Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter

View of the grounds and clubhouse of the archeological society.

Some giant carved rocks appropriated for the club grounds. 😛

Scotland Yard – didn’t change from the last game, which made the new Sherlock and Watson stand out in my mind. 😛

Inside the archeological society’s clubhouse. It’s a neat place!

Some of the items donated by the members.

Long cross view of the clubhouse.

London’s sky in the morning.

Steelworks factory for fences and statues. Also a giant puzzle on how to get into the owner’s office!

An unusual bedroom belonging to one of the suspects.

Loved this thing!!!!!  A world map made of metal. Once the final piece is placed, it opens a hidden chamber inside. So cool! (Pic caught it in mid opening. :))

Have a great day!

Virtual Tourist – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 5/21/17

Morning!

Hubby’s sick with a cold, and I am not far behind. Boo! The weather has been flip-flopping like crazy!

Taskforce 29 HQ

A cool thing the game peeps did. If your original rescue mission failed, you would not meet this guy at the office. But if you did!  🙂 I thought it was a nice touch that the game made a distinction.

Super cool 3D hologram, no? 🙂

This was funny and sad. This is Jensen’s workspace at HQ. The board pretty much says it all. Poor guy. (Not sure what’s up with the cereal boxes.) 😛

Back in the Streets

Coolest store front for a wristwatch no? I guess for these guys that would be very retro! 😛

Barb wire fences next to old castle defenses.

Meet the current head of the underground newspaper. He became a little bit of an issue as it appeared he’d gotten intel about HQ’s secret base. Not a good thing.

Down in the sewers. A super cool bit of graffiti!

The weird advertising is half the fun of walking around.

Is this not the cutest setup for a fast food burger joint? 🙂

One of the things Jensen does best. Crawling through vents! 😛

May the weekend find you dry and your sinuses behaving! 🙂

Virtual Tourist – Dishonored 2 5/14/17

Morning!

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

Dishonored 2

View from the top of the sanctuary building on the small island outside the city.

Isn’t that gorgeous?!

Odd looking flower, no?

Maintenance man – he’s seen things they are trying to keep quiet.

Love those windows!

Bad things have happened here…

The poor man has been experimented on. He has a lot of answers.

A shutter in the kitchen close to the water. This way leads to a partially sunken boat and some goodies.

Disquieting view

A storm is coming.

Have an awesome Sunday!

Virtual Tourist – Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter

Morning!

New game this week. From Frogwares and running on the Unreal Engine – Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter.

I’ve mixed feelings about the game so far (Have only completed one case at the moment).

I loved Sherlock Homles: Crime and Punishment. But I ended up feeling lukewarm about the Testament of Sherlock Holmes (Crime and Punishment’s predecessor) – mostly from the lack of plot support for the ending, which felt rushed, contrived, and out of place.

With The Devil’s Daughter the negative points so far have been:

1) Lack of clear instruction on what commands or buttons need to be used, especially in “action” areas of the game. All three have suffered from this, but this one is worse than the others as the action has been ramped up and you do more. (A picture of a mouse with a darkened key in no way suggests it needs multiple clicks!) Would it hurt to have a tutorial stage? (Screaming at the screen in frustration is not what you were hoping for your players to do – right? Right?)

2) They sold out and instead of sticking with the original Sherlock and Watson they’d created for the previous two games (based on the stories), they’ve spliced current movie version Sherlock and Watson with original Sherlock and Watson. UGH. Worse, they kept everything else in their universe looking the same as in the previous games. Same 221B, same Lestrade, same Scottland Yard. So it clashes and feels awkward. (Sherlock being emotional and tongue tied with the neighbor was so NOT Sherlock Holmes. Ugh.)

Hopefully, this new strategy will sell more games for them, but for those who’ve bought the other two games, it might prove a little jarring/disappointing. 🙁

Anyway…

On the left is “New” Sherlock, on the right is “Old” Sherlock. Notice the higher scruffiness ratio in “New” Sherlock bringing him much closer to Robert Downey Jr. than Jeremy Brett.

Now here on the left is “New” Watson and on the right “Old” Watson. When he first appeared, I didn’t even recognize him! lol. A “brighter” more dapper version of Holme’s old chum.

Scruffy Sherlock has arrived at White Chappel to investigate a mysterious disappearance.

A flat down in White Chappel.

One of Holme’s Irregulars out on a mission. They flipped control to the boy but didn’t let you know! I stood on the street wondering why he didn’t follow the man as Sherlock asked. DOH! The actual act of following the guy wasn’t bad. (Though after several deaths and not understanding how to use the controls correctly, I had to skip the walking the thin beam between buildings part. Grrrr)

The view outside Holme’s balcony at 221B  Baker Street.

One of Holmes many possible disguises. Tea shades for the win! 😛

Walking down into a storage area beneath the streets of London.

Watson and Sherlock as they stand outside Marsh’s house. Almost a dandy in his dapperness. 😛

The woods – the start of the game did an action scene here when you first start of things occurring in 48 hours. The transition to the actual action was clunky and jarring. I clicked the map to go spy on a meeting in the woods, and next thing you know you’re running for your life without any segue. Would have been nice to get there and take a few steps or see something before dumping me into the mess. *sigh*

Sherlock is hiding in a cabinet in a hunting cabin for the final confrontation in the first case. One solution did not fit with what was stated – that didn’t look like a slow death to me! They also never covered how the guy was juiced up to do something that should have been beyond him. Argh. (Unless the game is skipping sequences on me?)

Picture of a statue in the Archeology Club gardens. The second case looks to be centered around the Curse of a Mayan god!

Hope your Sunday is fab!

 

 

Virtual Tourist – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 4/23/17

What a week! Still trying to recuperate. 😛 Quarter end closes for accounting types can be harsh! Ugh.

 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

These are the diabolical plans for a different kind of computer. Gasp! I won’t realize what this pertains to for a while.

Old world flair!

I do sometimes take pics of the weirdest things! The stretched structure is the far end of one of the many data bank vaults owned by Palisades Bank. Truly impressive buildings.

Street entry into a seemingly harmless shipping company. It’s a front/entry for the local Task Force 29 HQ. 🙂

This is the underground facility for Task Force 29.

The people Jensen works for – the Global Anti-terrorism Division.

Computer expert and super twitchy paranoid bud. lol.

Info board. You can click on the images and get intel. The board changes over time as we discover more info.

Reporting to the boss. Corrupt? We’re going to find out.

Sneaking around to get to other parts of the office. 😛

Have a great one!

Virtual Tourist – Obduction 4/16/17

Morning!

Was able to sneak in a little playing before work ground me to the floor! Doh!

Obduction

Almost like a chunk of our world has been nestled into another.

Definitely not on Earth anymore.

These warnings are plastered all over the place. It looks like all the rocks around the place! Eek!

Gorgeous! And scary!

This is another the holograms. This one talks about the tree in the background. A vital tree for their survival, it seems.

The source of the red light aimed at the sky.

Top of the waterfall. A source of water and also power.

A better view of the neighboring alien landscape.

Area down river.

Bizarre temple?

Sinuses have been crazy, so the dizzy factor for games has been high. I really hate that!

Hope you and yours have a great Easter!

Virtual Tourist – Obduction 4/9/17

Well now. Between work, conventions, and issues with Jetpack for WordPress not much has been happening at the blog. Sigh.

Started a new game this weekend a friend gave me for my b-day. The game is called:

Obduction

It’s from the makers of Myst. Gorgeous game. Have not gotten far. One cute feature is the Space Bar takes a “photograph” as if the character has a camera. You can see them in the game, but not sure you can download them, so I did my usual F12 clicking.

The story starts in a park at night.

A voice starts talking to you even as a nasty lightning storm begins to brew. Closest I got to catching a pic! lol. There’s also some weird light trails.

This came from one of the mysterious light streams

Weird looking…

Uh oh.

Here we go!

We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. DOH!

It’s almost like a mix of worlds.

This is a hologram machine. You hit the button, and a short recorded message will play. Rather cool.

Haven’t gotten far. But it does look interesting!

Virtual Tourist – Deus Ex: Makind Divided 3/26/17

Mornings!

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Super creepy fortune teller machine at the magic shop. Futuristic but still as disturbing as these things sometimes look. lol.

Inside the lobby of Palisade Bank. Not a money bank, but a data bank. A really neat place!

This is a moving/undulating ceiling in the bank. So cool!

So posh! Like a canyon wall with a waterfall.

Neat turbine/motor system in the basement.

In the sewers. Poison gas all over the place!

An old station that’s been closed. Possibly from two years ago when the augmented went mad.

Sneaking around at a regular train station. Love the neat visual effect of the ceiling tiles.

The name of the restaurant was too funny. Love the look, though! And I’d eat there.

This was rather disturbing. No?

Hope you have a great Sunday! Next weekend

Next weekend, ChibiChains and I will be at Fan Expo 2017!  Mark Hamill! Tim Curry! Vampire Diaries guys! And I probably won’t see any of them. Heh. But will try to share cool costume pics through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest. 🙂

Virtual Tourist – Dishonored 2 3/12/17

Morning! Hope you’re having a great day so far!

Dishonored 2

Neat horsehead!

I do love that sky!

Lovely floor! I do so love details!

Butterflies!

That is one odd looking baby gator.  Look at that tail!

A flashback scene as I approach a healing center on a separate small island.

And here is the reality. Neat how they did them in different art styles, no?

Electric carriage. It’s a weird contraption. Only seats one, maybe two people.

View back towards the city from the island. A better look at the rail system for the carriage.

Lovely and a little creepy all at once. Love it!

Have a good one!

Virtual Tourist – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 3/5/17

Morning, all!

Dues Ex: Mankind Divided

This picture is of something quite cool. As I was walking away from the station, I heard a conversation. It was the couple standing before the statue asking this guy to take a picture of them with their camera. What a lovely detail!

Super modern park near the data bank. You can see old fashioned buildings in the background. A mishmash of new and old.

Palisade Bank – very futuristic. Lots of imagery showing one thing but meaning something else.

Local gang boss and his underground casino. Not a nice guy. Double crosses his clients.

Customer’s blacklisted from the casino. My buddy is in the upper right. His confiscated goods are something I need.

Inside an expensive and modern apartment building. Love that lamp!

Someone is in dire need of a housekeeper!

Small park inside the apartment building. Nice, no?

Love the funky wallpaper. The weird layered deer head and the hanging ornaments was a little strange!

View from the apartment. You can see one of Palisades’ memory data storage locations. The buildings are quite awesome.

All right! Made it! Hope you have a great Sunday!