I didn’t grow up with the Transformers. I didn’t watch any of the cartoons, I didn’t get any of the toys, and I am not interested in the recent movies. So I don’t have any knowledge of the storyline or any connection with the various characters. Despite this, I had a blast playing Transformers: Devastation because it doesn’t require you to know this universe to have fun. If anything, it’s a great introduction to the series that is liable to motivate people to look for more. It succeeds in being a great representation of the franchise while also succeeding purely on its own merits simply because it’s just so much fun.
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na, BATMAN! Who doesn’t know the Caped Crusader? The World’s Greatest Detective? The Dark Knight? Batman is arguably the most popular and well known superhero in the civilized world. With various comic books, toys, TV shows, and of course, movies, it was obvious that the character would make its way into the realm of video games. Some of them are pretty good, such as Batman: The Videogame, Batman Returns, and LEGO Batman. However, most of them are terrible, such as Batman Forever, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and Batman Vengeance. So expectations were not high for Batman: Arkham Asylum when it was announced. Thankfully, not only does Arkham Asylum surpass expectations, it reinvents them.
Last weekend and Monday, I started playing a game that’s been in my backlog for a long time. I used to own Skate about a year or two after it came out but I never sat down and actually gave it a fair shot. So I bought it when it was on sale on the Xbox Games Marketplace earlier this year and sat down and played it some last Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Before I continue, I want to make it clear that this is more of an impressions piece rather than a review because I haven’t completed the game.
Rarely does a game nowadays decide it doesn’t want to be taken seriously. In a sea of titles that push the limits of the narrative potential of video games, Saints Row: The Third is busy peeing in said sea. SR3 doesn’t feature a heartfelt narrative or complex characters and it doesn’t want to. SR3 wants you to have fun, by any means necessary, and will bend the story’s non-existent rules to do so. Want to storm a party guns blazing while Kanye West’s “POWER” plays? How about shoot up a sex dungeon completely naked? Dive out of a plane in a tank? SR3 has this kind of stuff in spades.
I probably shouldn’t be buying as many games as I am but there as so many deals right now! This is going to be short because although I bought Chrono Cross, FInal Fantasy VIII, Gears of War 2 and Gears of War 3, I haven’t loaded them up yet. Yeah, I know, I probably shouldn’t have bought them but oh well. So yeah, I bought seven more games since last Tuesday or so. I got Chrono Cross on the PS3 via PSN, Final Fantasy VIII, Batman Arkham Origins and Lego Marvel Super Heroes on PC via Steam and Green Man Gaming, and Lego Batman 2, Gears of War 2 and Gears of War 3 on the 360 via the Games Store.
Man did I play a lot of games this past week. 15 to be exact! I played more Pokémon X, mostly just leveling, super training and petting my Pokémon. My Bulbasaur evolved into an Ivysaur so yay. I tried to play more Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver but I’m stuck again so I didn’t get far. I popped in Injustice: Gods Among Us for some online matches and I went through the story mode with Ares. I popped in Prince of Persia HD Trilogy and played more of Sands of Time. I’m around 3/4 of the way through the game. I gave Final Fantasy XIII a try again and made some progress with doing the Cie’th Stones or whatever they’re called. I’ve completed three of them, which is better than none so that’s progress at least. Not very fun, though. Continue reading “My Gaming Landscape [October 29, 2013]”
So I didn’t do a Gaming Landscape last week because I didn’t really play that many video games. I had something happen with my family and was pretty preoccupied. However, I did manage to get myself completely stuck in Final Fantasy XIII. I’ve stopped playing it because I’ve reached Chapter 11 and I just can’t get pass any of the monsters there. I can’t even complete my first mission because that monster just bitch slaps the hell out of me.
I love digital games. I have a Steam library of 162 games, a Xbox Live library of over 80 and a PSN library of over 40. However, one problem that has been a nagging issue for a long time now is the lack of hard drive space for said games.
There are some people who aren’t happy with the announcement that the Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto V will contain two discs. This is despite the fact that only one disc will be needed to play, with the other serving as a means to install data on the the hard drive. This got me thinking to how much the perception of multiple discs has changed in 15 years.
After yesterday’s journal entry, I ended up just watching New Girl via Amazon Instant Video and organizing my bookmarks on Chrome. Continue reading “Journal: Getting Back on Track”