Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Drowning in a sea of games.

I've never had so many games to play at the same time.
It started with Dead Nation, which I finally got around to playing, it's an immediately addictive top down shooter with an excellent charge shot mechanic that encourages you to focus and line up zombies. 

Also from PSN I got Bloodrayne, which is pretty much a nice HD Castlevania game. There are a lot of enemies that are straight up Castlevania knockoffs. It's a great game with smart combat and great visuals, and if it were any other time, I would have probably finished it, but there is an avalanche of games coming.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Captain America Review

Captain America is a fun game with a shallow story and pretty expansive connected environment. The combat is pretty awesome and rewards attentiveness. It's a quick and relatively easy platinum.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

3-D scoping?

The collision of FPS and 3D TVs creates an odd reality concession: 3D scoping. In modern FPS we're used to being able to scope in. Originally with sniper rifles, but now many popular games like Battlefield and Call of Duty offer ACOG scopes and red dot sights as add ons to most primary weapons. This is all fine when we're watching in 2D, but people don't look through scopes with 2 eyes, thus we don't see through scopes in 3D. I understand that it's the easiest thing to do, to treat 3D the same as it has been in 2D, but it feels a little strange to have depth applied in a scope.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Review

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is a game that takes it's inspiration from low tech sci-fi monster movies of the 50's. Which is appropriate because EDF is a low budget game that offers similar shallow but heartfelt fun. This is the 5th game in the series, it's the first I've played but they seem to have a cult following.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Too Long!

It's been too long since I posted, so I decided to take the pressure off by doing a non-video post. Also I've been playing BattleField Bad Company 2 for too long ! It's soooo good! I've been playing it since April and I can't get enough! It offers so much varietyin gameplay strategies that no two games are ever the same. I've long since unlocked all of the weapons and upgrades, but I'm now working at getting medals. The medals aren't just grind bait, it offers incentives to try out different gameplay styles. If it weren't for the medals, I would have never touched the bolt action sniper rifles, but now the M95 is one of my favorite weapons. If it weren't for Rush mode, I would have stayed away from the pump action shotguns, but they allow me to play as close combat recon or C-4 equipped assault. All of this leads me to be a much more versatile team player. Now when the chips are down and our team is being hammered, I think: What tactic will get around the enemies defenses? Where are they not paying attention and what class will allow me to exploit that?
I really can't understand why people would pass this up to play Modern Warfare 2.
If you don't have Bad Company 2, now you can get the new version that packs in all of the expansion packs as well as Battlefield 1943.
I'm looking forward to the Vietnam DLC in winter.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Cyclops talks Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions

I was really excited for Shattered Dimensions when I first saw the trailer, Of course they would have Amazing Spider-man, and Noir seemed like a really different take with a totally different aesthetic and play style.
Then they revealed the other two dimensions and they were disappointing. 2099 looks different, looks like Spider-man on Cybertron, but it looks like it plays the same for the most part, with added falling segments (ever since James Bond Everything or nothing, the falling segments have been getting popular). And Ultimate Spider-man... really? In video game form he's functionally identical to Amazing spider-man, so they gave him a black suit... which amazing spider-man had and wore for way longer than ultimate spider-man ever did.
I think they dropped the ball on the possibilities for making four totally different spider-mans with different play styles and experiences. I would like to see 1602 Spider-man, Zombie Spider-man or AraƱa.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Infamous character redesign

Am I the only one who liked the new Cole in infamous 2? Apparently enough people hated it that suckerpunch redesigned him back closer to the original cole.