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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: “Trailer Mania” or “No Red Dead Redemption for the PC”

June 11, 2010 1 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:

  • Vanquish Trailer
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Screenshots and Preview
  • Deus Ex 3 Concept Art Wants George Bush
  • No PC Port for Red Dead Redemption?
  • Crysis 2 Release Date and Trailer

Vanquish Trailer

When I first heard of this game, and watched the inaugural trailer’s armored marine, I almost immediately groaned in dismay. Haven’t we done this to death? Aren’t we all tired of Mars facilities being overrun by forces of hell and off-world planets being attacked by inexplicably hostile alien forces bent upon the total annihilation of, specifically, the human race? Oh this is on earth? Well alright then.

In the new trailer, unlike the three primary colors of Gears of War (brown, grey and muzzle-flash), Vanquish looked a lot more vibrant. The world seems alarmingly full of color and life, and the action, while over-the-top in some cases, was somewhat reminiscent of Halo.

I am not convinced just yet, but it does have my attention now.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Screenshots and Preview

Den of Geek had a chat with Treyarch’s Mark Lamia and Josh Olin, and posted a detailed preview of the upcoming shooter. You can find this preview here. Their synopsis stated that Black Ops will “feature explosions, shooty-bangs and gruff males shouting codewords and epithets while saving the world.” Sherlock Holmes would be impressed!

The Treyarch-fueled next chapter in the CoD franchise also released 10 new screenshots as bait to generate some pre-E3 hype. I’ll bite!

Homefront Preview and Trailer

This is another recent shooter which managed to grab my attention in the recent weeks. The concept of Homefront not novel, it’s enemy is not a particularly surprising choice, and it follows a cookie-cutter backdrop for the “world in conflict, war comes home” scenario. Where Homefront shines is its alleged ability to give the player glimpses of the vestiges of a once preperous era, refugees huddled around small camouflaged communities, resisting, running surviving.

Both Kotaku and Joystiq have in-depth previews up today, just ahead of E3, and although a lot of the information is the same, they are both worth the read.

Deus Ex 3 Concept Art Wants George Bush

Yes I know DE3 is more of an RPG than an action game, but my list of stories for tomorrow Weekly MMO/RPG Crockpot is about to burst at the seams, so this is going in here. I am sure in time and with proper therapy, you will get over it.

No PC Port for Red Dead Redemption?

A Rockstar admin wrote on the company’s news site “As of now, there are no current plans to bring Red Dead Redemption to the PC platform. If that should change, we will let you know”. In the past, we have seen (enhanced and botched) ports of the GTA titles to the PC, so there is always hope. That being said, this ominous-sounding statement from Rockstar may imply a change in the pattern.

Crysis 2 Release Date and Trailer

MCV has a trade ad suggesting that Crysis 2 will be released this autumn. It has been said earlier that we should expect the sequel to land Q3, 2010. In other words, it seems Crytek will stick to its original plan of releasing the game before Christmas season 2010.

I am partial on this one. My entire Crysis experience can be defined as follows: “Ooooooh pretty… wait, not this shit again!”. I am hoping Crysis 2 will go beyond jaw-dropping visuals and technology and have some actual meat in mission variety and gunplay. The trailer is below:

  • Vanquish Trailer
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Screenshots and Preview
  • Deus Ex 3 Concept Art Wants George Bush
  • No PC Port for Red Dead Redemption?
  • Crysis 2 Release Date and Trailer