So many games. SO MANY GAMES! Man have I been playing a lot of video games. I haven’t even had the chance to write that L.A. Noire review I said I would. That’s coming soon so look out for that still. However, in the meantime, I’ve been playing a multitude of games, both for fun and for review for the site I write for, Gaming Precision. I did try out Aliens: Colonial Marines for all of 10 minutes but not enough to say anything about it other than Aliens is a horror franchise and I don’t play horror games so I skipped it. So lets get to it.
A little bit of clean up first. I did complete Antichamber after much confusion and a glitch that corrupted my save file. It was a random thing, as my research online resulted in but I got past that and I love that game. It has its problems but I enjoyed how that game progresses you through the puzzles and situations you’re in, teaching you its game mechanics naturally along the way. As I said in the last Gaming Landscape, I wrote a review and I did a Colorwind Plays video on Antichamber so check those out.
I also finished playing Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and it is currently my game of the year, even though it’s technically a game from last year. The PC version came out this year and that’s the one I played so I’m counting it. I didn’t finish everything you could do because I’m just not good enough to win courses on S Rank but I did manage to unlock all the characters. I wrote my thoughts about the game here if you’d like to check that out but its not a full scale review since I didn’t touch the multiplayer and I did a Colorwind Plays video here so you can see the game for yourself.
I started Devil May Cry 1 via the Devil May Cry HD Collection as I mentioned in my last Gaming Landscape and I didn’t stay with it. I was really not enjoying the game, as it just kept getting stupider and cheaper to me. However, as of two days ago, I picked it back up and sank about three hours into it and now I’m close to the end. I’m on mission 16, I think. I’m still not enjoying myself immensely but mark my words, I will finish it. However, for now, the game has gotten better now that I have better weapons and what seems like to me, weaker enemies.
This game has a serious difficulty problem in that it seems to be extremely hard at the beginning and grows easier as it goes on. Enemies in the beginning of the game can take you out in just a few hits. However, later it’s much less and even then, they don’t try to attack you as much later. Also, the game’s puzzles and objectives are so random. Nothing seems to connect at all. It’s mystical so that’s why you have to deal with this. Finally, the environments and plot threads have no cohesiveness at all. Why am I on a boat now? Why does Dante, motivated by nothing, care about the welfare of Mundus’ servants? I think I like Devil May Cry 4 more…
I played Ys I & II Chronicles+ for the PC via Steam for review for Gaming Precision so check that out. I wasn’t very impressed by those games, which I had heard of but aside from the third game that I played on the SNES had no experience with. I was always curious about the franchise ever since hearing about it during my RPG madness phase during the early 2000s when my friend gave me Final Fantasy VII. So I came into this collection with modest interest.
I’m actually a little disappointed that it ended up only being an okay to bad experience. I should mention that the bump combat system doesn’t bother me. It’s the barely there story, dull quests and repetitive nature of the combat that bore me. I’m still interested in the series but I think I’ll try one of the later entries in the series one day rather than move on to the next entries in the series. I’m skipping to Ys Seven or Origins or whatever. I made two Colorwind Plays videos, one for each game, so check those out.
Another game I played for review was The Bridge, also for the PC. I was a little let down by that game as well, although I did like it more than Ys I & II Chronicles+. This is another abstract indie puzzle game that reminds me a lot of Braid. It’s a fun game and as someone who digs this type of game, I’m glad I played it. However, especially after playing Antichamber, The Bridge has a lot of trouble teaching the mechanics of the game and how the gravity system works. It gets frustrating quickly and what’s more is you have to essentially complete the game twice. Not cool.
Still, I really dig the art style and the little details like the eraser marks that show where you died previously. Also, it’s fairly cheap at 15 bucks. If you like artsy indie games, I would say to get it but otherwise, this is probably a pass for most gamers. If you are still interested, I did a Colorwind Plays video of The Bridge so you can just take a look at it for yourself and make up your own mind. For those who have played the game and completed it, what does this whole game mean? I have no idea about the story and especially the ending. Seriously, what happened?
Onto big budget releases, I played and just finished Crysis 3. I got the PC version but could only run it on medium settings. I’m debating whether or not to do a Colorwind Plays video on it because of that. I really enjoyed the game. I didn’t touch the multiplayer because I don’t really care about multiplayer but the campaign was fun. It’s not perfect, I should make that clear. The story is mostly bullshit and clichés and at the end of the day, it’s just another shooter. However, I would say that it’s at the top of that “it’s another shooter” pile.
The nanosuit stuff and all the different things you get to with it is so much fun. This game really does allow you to run and gun or sneak around. I actually found myself preferring to complete sections of the game stealthy and I don’t even like stealth games that much. The bow you use in the game is also a lot of fun. I’m seeing a lot of bows being introduced in video games and I wonder if its due to the success of The Hunger Games. Either way, it’s cool. The game is only seven levels but these levels are long. Like one hour long. I finished the game in seven and a half hours and I didn’t even get all the upgrades and various collectables that you can get in in the levels. There’s actually quite a lot to do and that makes the replayability pretty high. I actually recommend you all to get it. It’s worth the 60 bucks.
I remember renting Brutal Legend back when it first came out and not really being impressed by it. So now that it has come out on PC, I thought I would give it a shot. Now, I think it’s good. Not great, good. It doesn’t help that I think I’m playing the inferior version of the game. The PC controls are pretty bad. Playable but barely. Thankfully, you can use a controller. There’s also a whole bunch of video glitches and low quality sound. Now that I’ve sat down and really given the game a shot, I kinda like it.
The strategy stuff feels a bit unpolished but it works well and the atmosphere and creativity in the world is just awesome. However, the story is lopsided and the action stuff isn’t really done well. If you’re curious about this game or if you like metal music, I would say definitely check this game out. However, get it on 360 or PS3 instead of PC. It can be found on Amazon for like 15 bucks anyway. A Colorwind Plays video will probably be on the way but I want to finish it first.
I bought Skulls of the Shogun last week after they dropped the price to 10 bucks and I’ve been enjoying it. It’s definitely not an easy game though and I had to try a couple of battle more than once and I’m only about five battles in. Still, I remember loving Shining Force and Final Fantasy Tactics when I was younger so this is a welcome call back to those games. Those who love Advance Wars and Fire Emblem will dig this game too. I just started it but I am liking it. As soon as I complete it – which will take me awhile – You can expect a full review from me.
Whew! Still going! After dropping Devil May Cry 1, I started up Borderlands. I had bought it when it first came out but never ended up really sitting down and playing it despite enjoying it a lot. I got to about level seven and then sold it. However, I rebought it about a month ago when it was only 10 bucks and have been diving into it. Sort of. With all the other games I’ve been playing, I’ve haven’t devoted a lot of time into it. However, I am level 13 now and I’m loving all the missions and upgrades and new guns and looting.
I listen to IGN podcasts and one of the editors, Greg Miller, names his characters in game Taylor Swift, after the pop star (yes she’s a pop star, not country; don’t get me started). Inspired by that, I decided to name my character in Borderlands after an obscure pop star that I actually am a fan of. So my Siren in the game is named Alannah Myles. You might have heard her one hit song “Black Velvet” from 1989 but she’s mostly a blues artist and here subsequent albums are awesome. Anyways, I’m enjoying myself and am playing in spurts but that’s just because so many good games are coming out!
Finally, I did a little retro gaming via emulators. I finally went through the first Gex after owning it on several occasions but never completing it. I played the 3DO version and wow, is that a great game. I will be writing a review so look out for that. To brief you, I love the creativity in the level design in that game. Not so much in the aesthetics but the layout. Gex’s ability to wall climb really opens up the possibilities. I kinda wish there was more than just five worlds and the save system was more flexible but this is a really fun game. If the 3DO had more games like that, it could’ve done better than it did. Also, I think Gex is funny. I can see how he could be annoying but I like him.
I also tried to play Panzer Dragoon but the Saturn emulator I have keeps crashing the game at the end of the level. Sometimes I can get it to work for a few levels but I haven’t been able to get past the fourth one. If anyone has a solution to playing Panzer Dragoon on the SSF emulator, let me know because I’m having a great time. I love that game and it’s been a long time since I’ve played it. I’m also playing Sonic the Hedgehog 2 again because I haven’t in a long time. I forgot how hard the special stages can be. I can’t get pasted the fifth one for example. I’m taking my time on it but I might just go through it one day real quick. Also, I’m not sure why I’m playing it on an emulator when I have the Genesis cart and the game on the Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection. Weird.
Okay, well that’s my long list of games that I’ve been playing. There’s still games that I’ve bought like Mortal Kombat that I haven’t even touched yet plus new games coming out like Tomb Raider, SimCity, and Bit.Trip.Runner 2 so this is a good time to play games. Now I want to know what you’ve been playing. Let me know in the comments below and if you like, let me know what you think about some of the games I’ve been playing. Also, have any of you tried out Fire Emblem or Etrian Oddyssey IV or any of the other games I can’t play because I don’t have a 3DS or PS3? Oh, did I mention that my birthday is later this month? March 21st? *Wink, Wink*