It's well acted, and the dialogue is written in the parlance of Peter Jackson's movies, but the plot never becomes interesting, beyond its nods to The Silmarillion. I suppose that's the price for strict adherence to canon. What Does It Do Well? The animation is terrific. Talion beautifully runs, sneaks, and slices apart orc goons. Each orc and Uruk rival is rendered with visual details and personalities that set them apart.
Some are scarred, some have hair, some are cowardly, some are brave. You can tell developer Monolith had a blast designing these nasty guys. That enthusiasm extends to the Nemesis System, the game's best and most interesting feature. Under the Nemesis system, you build, well, nemeses as you off orc captains and warchiefs. Little emergent scenarios play out in which an orc you've previously defeated returns with a new injury or deformity, then comments on the last battle you had together. For example, if you burned the poor sucker, he will show up with scars the next time and whine about your talent for resurrection.
You also cause other orcs to ascend through the ranks of the dark hierarchy and gain power. Orcs also become stronger when they defeat you in battle. When you respawn and reunite with your killer, it remembers you. It's a neat detail that offers some variety in what might be otherwise run-of-the-mill orc interactions.
You rarely get to see it action unless you die in battle.
And it becomes tiresome. Every time orcs show up, an unskippable bit of dialogue plays to signal their entrance. If three or four orcs show up, that's a lot of interrupting and waiting as they each say their piece. Battles start to take on a ridiculous WWE quality, full of taunting and posturing before finally getting down to business. A simple skip button would help things a lot here.
Then there's the combat. You punch berserkers and leap over orc shields to set up slashing attacks. Once that happens, every battle can be won the same way by mashing the attack, dodge, and punch buttons until everyone's dead.
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Battle isn't difficult, it's just time consuming. You can rack up the hit counter to trigger execution attacks to speed things up slightly, but otherwise there's a lot of rinse and repeat combat with little-to-no timing or strategy involved. Just mash away. Civilization: Beyond Earth for PC. Alien: Isolation for PC. He covers wearables, digital home, and various cool gadgets including the occasional video game.
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I think this is a great perspective. I find it interesting how many people reached a completely different set of opinions about the subject than I did. I found it interesting how many people assumed that all processes are bad, that losing the early engineers would cause the business to fail, and similar conclusions.
I disagree with them all, but they were interesting nonetheless. How may of you are actively paying attention to your company, talking to new people as they come on board to get fresh opinions, and so on? How many of you are assuming that your company is working exactly the same as it was 6 months ago, a year ago, 3 years ago? What matters is the kind of company culture you want and the sort of business you want to be in.
Nobody would have quit no matter the outcome. But the CFO gave a top-down mandate: we, the rulers, are unilaterally taking a perk from you little people. No collaboration there! And in my experience, a lot of other decisions, important ones, will start to get made the same way.
People who value collaboration and professional autonomy will naturally leave. That might be fine for a business that is done innovating. Fantastic post! What a wake-up call. This story needs to get in front of every company as a reminder about treating your employees well. This was a great read and quite enlightening.
Thanks so much. Hmmmm, interesting.
The CFO and board v. It appears there can be turmoil in the growing of a business. Understanding how a business should grow and how big it should get, is an important decision for every leadership team. Hiring external specialists should be something a growing company does as a team. Integrating outside folks into part of your core culture is the best way to maintain corporate cohesion. There certainly should be greater fracturing of a business into more startup sized teams.
Let human resource folks control hiring and your engineers at your own risk.
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They should make the process easier, not have final say. Any removal of a perk no matter how small may be taken personally and in turn speed up the process where one asks if this work is worth it. Its too bad that no one mentions these unintended consequences during the meetings as the outcomes seem to usher in the finalization and brings the spark that ignites the exodus. I cant imagine a scenario where the perceived lack of care towards fellow employees benefits anyone, other than the short term bottom line.
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I work at a mid-sized manufacturer — just over 5, folks, worldwide. Twenty-five years ago it was fifty people in one building. Back then everyone got a turkey for Christmas.
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At some point they ran the numbers and decided that was getting kind of expensive, so they stopped. Well even happy workers can hungry or lack caffeine. How many minutes of extra work of an engineer justifies an engineers worth of soda a day? On top of that soda is WAY cheaper when bought in bulk. Seems like the classic case of penny wise stop free soda vs pound foolish. That type of manager will always nurture mediocrity as a result. I worked for a mid size service company sold to large corporation.
Almost immediately a clerk masquerading as a supervisor told me, in her teachers aide talking to an idiot voice, that there would be no more overtime. I asked her why that was and she was stunned.
Why it was to cut cost of course. Do you believe our working margin is so small that it is better to lose jobs than pay overtime for their completion, I asked her. Or perhaps you believe customer satisfaction is too expensive if it involves overtime says me. These decisions are made by higher ups I was told.
Smiling I told her I believed her and began my job search. Whoops,egg on my face. I now know that Germaine is a girls name. Free food leads to obesity, and sugar-laden free food leads to diabetes. Removing the financial incentive to limit food intake to an healthy amount is not doing your employees any favors.
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