POF Archive: April 2020

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Hob on PC (8/10)

Hob Knob

Hob is from the same studio that created Torchlight and much of the same beautiful artistic style is on display here. This is pretty much a Zelda clone in which you keep clearing out dungeons in order to gain abilities that let you clear out harder dungeons. It even has nearly identical swordplay mechanics.

Like just about every "arty" indy game, Hob tries to tell its story in an obtuse way without dialogue. It works okay but the ending presents you with a hard choice. A choice which you can't freakin' understand because the entire game is spoken in Simlish. That means your final…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 04/21/2020 - 19:10

The Witch

This is another wood engraving based on an ink drawing I created for the Nox Archaist manual. This was engraved in Resingrave plastic engraving medium which offers smooth lines and pretty good control. The main problem with it is that it does not hold the ink of a layout sketch. I started this print by trying to do an acetone transfer (which worked very well on my Ettin print). The resingrave was having none of it.

Laser print transfer... FAIL!!

So, I reverted to the old standard, transfer paper and lots and lots of tracing. Then reimbursing the lines in ink (which, as mentioned earlier, will just smudge on the…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 04/17/2020 - 22:38

Bayonetta on Nintendo Wii U (6/10)

Bayonetta Box Art

The WiiU is not known for much other than being a failure. The whole two screen thing doesn't make any sense. Bayonetta is the first game I have played through on the system and is one of the few WiiU titles that was held in high regard. This game is part of a two pack that includes the sequel as well. I have only played part one.

Bayonetta is a spazzy game for spazzy people. After playing Devil May Cry 4 I was pretty sure I disliked this style of fighting game. There's just way too much going on and it feels like button mashing after a while. I was ready to give up and then things sort…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 04/14/2020 - 18:41