I tried to play some more of Bayonetta but I cannot get into that game. I finished all the way up to Chapter 2 (which is more like Chapter 4 since there’s two prologue levels) and I just don’t like the constant interruptions for cutscenes, the convoluted mess of a storyline and the only okay combat. The combat is actually okay but I found myself dying a lot simply because I can’t tell what’s going on with some much stuff on screen at once. To me, Bayonetta is a game that’s style over substance. I’ve also come to the conclusion that I just don’t like Platinum Games. I’ve played Madworld, Vanquish, Anarchy Reigns, and I didn’t like any of them. The only exception is Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which I wasn’t crazy about but I did like. So I sold my copy on eBay and moving on.
Next I played a little bit of Battlefield 3. I did a few levels of the campaign, up to the part where they found the portable WMDs. That game is also meh, at least the campaign. That last level with the WMDs at the end was pretty good, with some good action and level structure but the others have been okay at best and downright boring at worse. The flying level in particular was so dull, I kept yawning while I played it. I’ve never been much for multiplayer but I hear that is where BF3 excels so maybe I should jump into that more. I’ve already tried it but was pretty lost.
After Bayonetta and BF3, I had no idea what to play and just cleared my PS3 hard drive and decided to start off relatively fresh. I wrote a blog about that so check it out. I thought to myself what do I like to play the most? I decided the answer was independent games. The Xbox Live Arcade was the main reason I was mostly a Xbox 360 gamer for most of the generation. So I decided to pop in the Journey Collector’s Edition that was just sitting on my shelf. I played and finished flOw, Flower, and Journey and those are three of the best games I have ever played.
flOw is so simple and pristine in its design and gameplay. Though I did get a little frustrated at a couple of moments, I love how each organism has different traits and how easy going the pace of the game is. Flower might be my favorite of the three as I love the feeling of positivity I get from that game. The graphics are simply beautiful and the art design really makes that stand out. The feeling of empowerment from the last level is so invigorating and gives a sense of release in the most joyous way. Finally, Journey made me care for the companion I had in the game and I would wait if he fell behind and could tell when he was helping me along, all without any headset or conventional means of communication. At the end of the game, I’m not ashamed to say that I started to cry. That game, with all you went through and how it culminates, hit me so hard, not through sadness or even happiness, but through just the realization of what I had experience, overcame me and i started to cry. I even cried a second time after going through it a second time, even harder in fact.
At some point, I started getting this desire, this itch to play some old N64 games so I downloaded an emulator and started playing Super Mario 64 and Mario Kart 64. I always end up playing Super Mario 64 for one reason or another and this was my excuse this year. I’ve already “beaten” Super Mario 64 in that I got to the ending. 71 stars. I’ll get the rest maybe later. In Mario Kart 64, I’ve completed the 50 cc and half of the 100 cc. These are games I know so much that they’re a lot like comfort food, familiar and safe. I did a video for Mario Kart 64 that will go up tomorrow so check that out.
After finishing the Journey Collector’s Edition, I decided to play something completed different and opted for Sleeping Dogs. I have it on PC and PS3 so I installed the PS3 version and started a new game. I haven’t played much but I did last year on the PC and liked it though I couldn’t get into it due to other games, namely Darksiders II. I don’t know if I’ll get into though for two reasons. First is Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate for the 3DS. I got it from Gamefly and plan to play it for review. So far, I think it’s okay. Combat is pretty basic but it works just fine. Levels so far have been really bland and everything kinda looks the same. Also, why is Simon Belmont Scottish? Is that a thing I don’t know about? I’m asking because that really took me back. Still, I want to complete it so I can write the review for Gaming Precision. The other reason is I’m currently downloading Grand Theft Auto V. Yeah.
Finally, I recorded some footage of me playing Deadpool and that video went up yesterday so check that out. Now, in a little shameless promotion, I’m going to pimp out some work that has gone up on the site I manage, Gaming Precision. First, the site’s podcast, which I host, went up last Thursday. We talked about our first gaming experiences, the announcements from Sony before the Tokyo Game Show, including the PS Vita TV and more. Next is my GP Picks feature I post every Friday. I recommended four games, including a swine-filled game, a FPS worth playing on the go, a platformer you got by the strings, and the return of a crossover title. Finally is a editorial a new writer on the site, BJ, wrote on the storytelling potential for video games. It’s a really good read so be sure to check it out, comment and give your opinion on the matter.
That’s everything for me this week! What have you been playing these past seven days?