Starcraft II : Nova Covert Ops

Date Completed : December 16th, 2018

When the Nova Covert Ops missions were announced I was very excited. I thought, “This is the future of StarCraft!”.  Instead of releasing new games every 20 years it seemed that a much more viable strategy would be to release for-pay  episodic content a few times a year.  So far it seems I was wrong, there has been no sign of more StarCraft mission packs since the Nova missions came out.  So much for clairvoyance.

I pre-purchased the Nova Covert Ops missions when they were announced but I didn’t play them until recently.  There are nine missions and they were originally released in packs of 3 over the course of a year so I wanted to wait until they all became available.  After they all became available it didn’t feel like a priority and I never got around to playing them.  During the pre-Christmas lull I finally decided to go for it.  I dropped the difficulty down to ‘Normal’ and powered through all nine missions.

I LOVE the StarCraft universe and I think it’s a rich universe in which to tell stories.  I’ve even read some of the StarCraft novels and comic books including the ones on Nova’s back story.  Nova is one of my favorite characters and I was looking forward to seeing more content about her.  Unfortunately the story of Nova Covert Ops falls a bit flat.  It’s been six months since I played it and I remember very few specifics about the story which probably tells you everything you need to know about it.  All I remember is being really unimpressed at the time.

So how about the missions then, are they fun?  I’m happy to say I enjoyed the missions and they are worth playing.  I just wasn’t that into the story as a whole and I don’t think I’ll be going back to re-play any of them anytime soon.  I’m still open to the idea of more mission packs though!  What do you say Blizzard?

Is it fun: Yes
Score: 7/10
Length: 5 hours
System: PC / Battle.Net
Genre: Real-Time Strategy


Civilization IV

May 19, 2018

I remember one day when I was in high school I woke up, went into the computer room and started playing Civilization.  Some time later I realized it was dark and my parents were telling me to go to bed.  Civilization sucks time like no other game I know of.

I had recently built a Windows PC and was trying out some of my old steam games that I couldn’t use when I was a Mac owner.  Stupidly Civilization IV was the game I tried.  I just tried it for a few minutes and 5 hours later my kids were asking me where I’d been.

Civilization IV is exactly like what I remembered except better.  It’s impossible to not want to play just one more turn.  My younger son briefly became a Civilization fanatic after witnessing the game and I let him play a bit although it’s tough to play when you can’t read very well yet.

After conquering the world through diplomacy I loaded an older save file and won by achieving victory in the space race.  Then I promptly deleted the game.  I don’t enjoy the feeling of entire days disappearing.


Date Completed: June 3rd, 2017

I was bored one day and my son was bugging me so I sat him down and I said “I’m going to show you Portal”.  We sat down together and played through the entire first game.  He LOVED IT.  Most of the humor was over his head (He’s 6) but he thought the teleportation mechanic was the Bee’s Knees.  For the next several months he kept telling me how he was going to invent his own Portal gun and all of the usefully comical things he would do with it.  My favorite was that he’d make a Portal directly into his Stomach so he could feed himself without chewing (More time for Video Games I presume).  He also asked what would happen if he jumped into the Portal into his own stomach which isn’t a problem I was prepared to think through.  After we finished the game he asked if he could play so I set him up with Portal 2 on my PS3 and he worked his way through the first 14 test rooms or so before getting distracted by something else.

Portal is a fantastic game and still holds up 10 years later.   Highly recommended!

  • Is it fun: Yes
  • Score: 9/10
  • Length:  ~3 hours
  • System: PC
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter