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“Honesty is the Best Review Policy” or “Too Many Games on my Plate”

November 2, 2010 6 comments

I have a metric ton of video games to play through right now. I just finished Medal of Honor, but that doesn’t feel like much of an accomplishment, since the single player portion lasted all of five hours and some change. That and it wasn’t as epic, except for select, spectacularly scripted events, as that certain other video game the name of which I quite forget right now.

Then there is Red Dead Redemption, of which I have played the beginning 7-8 hours twice now, and the only way to continue playing is to do it again. The first time my ROM was corrupted. When that got fixed, my hard drive crashed, killing all save data. So now I can either forget Red Dead Redemption, and just enjoy the Zombie goodness in Undead Nightmare DLC, or start over. Again. I haven’t made up my mind about that yet.

Then there is Enslaved, Halo: Reach (not particularity impressed so far honestly), Plants vs. Zombies (sheer brilliance), Mafia II, Vanquish and Fallout: New Vegas.

And before I can even think of finishing any of these, we already have Fable III, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II and Call of Duty: Black Ops out. *sigh*

Muhahahaha indeed!

Being an addict though, despite my massive backlog of titles, I couldn’t help but indulge myself in some reviews to see which of the three new releases mentioned above were worth investing in. The one that intrigued me most was Fable III, partly because the title has managed to generate a lot of hype around it, partly because it features some of the greatest voice talent cast, and partly because a diseased part of me hopes and begs and prays each day that Peter Molyneux would release something that actually lives up to the incredible amount of hype he manages to generate around his games. The reviews I came across ranged from “mildly mediocre” to “stupendously superb”, and the range of opinions was so wide and disparate, that I couldn’t make up my mind about buying the title.

That is till I came across Michael Abbott’s review of the game over at The Brainy Gamer. In recent memory, that is probably the most comprehensive, honest and unbiased review I have read about a video game. Granted it is only for the first few hours, but I for one will be monitoring Abbot’s progress and feedback on the game to see if it improves or degenerates. Abbott, if you’re reading this, you alone have the power now to make Mr. Molyneux another $59.99. Rock on!

Keen on the other end, is quite happy with his first ten minutes in the game.

BOOM! Headshot: “Crysis 2 Beta” or “Space, Soldiers and The Mafia”

June 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Here is a hodgepodge of information I came across this week regarding some of the shooters I am most interested in.

All that is cover is as follows; you can find additional details on each bullet point below:

  • Crysis 2 Beta Access
  • Star Wars: The Force Unlesahed II Piles On the Pretty
  • Mafia II ‘Made Man’ Trailer
  • Dead Space 2 Trailers are Disgusting
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Remix Trailer Capitalizes on Eminem
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Screenshots Are Nothing New To Look At
  • I Am Alive Trailer Attempts To Defy Irony, Fails Miserably

Crysis 2 Beta Access

Go here. Hurry.

Nomad fighting his way to the Crysis 2 beta! I know that's a lame joke. It's late. Leave me alone.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Gameplay Footage

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t frothing at the mouth after watching last week’s trailer for Star Wars: The Force Unlea – OK, that is too long a title, we will call it SW: TFU2 from now on. There was a also a very small (think: gameplay trailer equivalent of ‘The Truth’ video segments in Assassin’s Creed 2) gameplay video that shows what the final product may look like. In 33 seconds, you see the protagonist rip through the battalions of Storm Troopers with all the skill and grace we have come to expect from him in the first game.

And that may precisely be the problem with the second game, it feels too much like the first game, except with slightly improved graphics. For die hard fans looking for additional avenues to explore Skarkiller’s journey and be an all-round bad-ass, this may be the perfect setup. For a lot of others, we may see a similar backlash when Left 4 Dead 2 was revealed.

Several screenshots also accompanied the gameplay trailer, and they can be viewed below. I particularly like the giant spider bot, one of which Starkiller ripped apart in the spectacular trailer.

Mafia II ‘Made Man’ Trailer

Meet Vito Scaletta. Sicilian. Soldier. War hero. Family Man. This is a story about his fall from grace, and his rise to power in the Empire Bar crime syndicate. I think I am one of very few people who played the original Mafia from start to finish, completed the game, and craved more. That was 2002. Eight long years later, I will be awarded my wish.

Dead Space 2 Trailers are Disgusting

Fair warning: the first of the two trailers below is fairly average, showing Isaac Clarke battling it out against multiple necromorphed antagonists in. But the second trailer got to me. It is gut-wrenching, vile and downright disgusting. Watch at your own risk.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Remix Trailer Capitalizes on Eminem

When they released the launch trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Eminem’s ‘Till I Collapse’ shot up to the most sold song on the iTunes store, despite being, well, ancient. It seems Activision is going to milk this formula for all that it has got. They took the last trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops, Eminem’s ‘Won’t Back Down’, put them in a blender and the result is this trailer below:

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Screenshots Are Nothing New To Look At

The new screenshots released by Ubisoft aren’t anything special if you have already seen the gameplay footage for Ghost Recon: Future Soldier from E3 2010. If you have, skip to the I Am Alive trailer at the end. If you have no, they maybe worth a look.

The game looks great, although some might call the cloaking technology a direct rip-off from Crysis. Not that Crysis nanotechnology was a revolutionary novel concept, but GRFS features futuristic soldiers equipped with advanced gardware and armaments, including the ability to effectively turn invisible to the naked eye. Nomad is probably suing Ghost recon as we speak.

I am anxious to see how the game plays out overall.The new tactical display which identifies the tangos on-screen looks slick, as well as the holographic overlay which displays important information about your target, in a seemingly intelligent manner. Couple that with the ability to turn invisible at will, and you have the makings of a true Ghost Recon sequel. I do wonder, however, if the aforementioned perks will make the game too easy. But if the gameplay from E3 2010 is any indication, if you get into the thick of things, invisibility or no invisibility, you bleed just like everyone else.

I guess we’ll wait and see!

I Am Alive Trailer Attempts To Defy Irony, Fails Miserably

I Am Alive trailer proved that I Am Alive is, in fact, alive. *facepalm*