Archive for September, 2010

It’s Been Months! Holy Crap!

Posted in What's Up. on September 30, 2010 by Matt

Well, it has been a long while since I posted something on here. I have a lot of free time now, so I figured I may as well pop in to say hello. That is if there is really anyone to say hello to.

Over the past couple of months or so, I’ve purchased quite a few games. Allow me to list them all in no particular order:

Sin and Punishment 2:Star Successor (Wii)
Red Steel 2(Wii)
Limbo (XBLA)
Deathsmiles (XB360)
Death Spank (PSN)
Joe Danger (PSN)
Worms 2 (PSN)
Swords & Soldiers (PSN)
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (PSN)
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (PSN)
Space Invaders Infinite Gene (PSN)
Pixel Junk Eden/Encore (PSN)
Pixel Junk Racers 2nd Lap (PSN)
Castle Crashers (PSN)
Namco Museum Essentials (PSN)
Shank (PSN)
Age of Zombies (PSN Mini)
Sukoden (PSN PS Classics)
Castlevania: SotN (PSN PS Classics)
Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)
DeadRising 2 Zombrex Edition (PS3)
StarCraft 2 (PC)
Amnesia: The Dark Descent (PC)
Altitude (PC)
Alien Swarm (PC)
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PC)
Nation Red (PC)

I think that is all of them. That list is a bit longer than I expected it to be. I also have a list of pre-orders:

Medal of Honor: LE (PS3)
CoD: Black Ops: Prestige Edition (PS3)
Castlevania: Lord of Shadows Collector’s Edition (PS3)
Fallout: New Vegas Collector’s Edition (PC)
Splatterhouse (PS3)
Vanquish (PS3)

And I still really want to get Transformers: War for Cybertron, and Just Cause 2.

Fall is gaming season, and I will be playing games. That is for sure.

Now, to note on a few of the games that I have purchased.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is quite an intense horror game. It’s likely the scariest game I have ever played, if not the scariest experience. This game has you walking around, trying to figure out who you are and why you are where you are. It’s set in an old castle, and you have no weapons. All you have is an oil lantern and some tinder to light torches and candles with. You are being hunted by something, and the only thing you can do is hide. You have health and sanity meters. Health is pretty self-explanatory, but sanity works differently. As you walk around in dark places, you slowly lose your sanity. If there is no light, your vision becomes shaky or blurred, and it seems like your eyes play tricks on you. If you’re being chased my the thing that is hunting you, do not look at it. Your sanity goes down very quickly and you may scream. To hide from you, you must find a dark corner, and hide behind cover and putting out your lamp. Either that or find a cabinet to jump in.

So far, I have played for around 4 hours. The story is fairly interesting to follow and the game is so intense that I can really only stand to play it for half an hour to an hour before I have to put it down. My advice is to log on to Steam, buy it for $20, turn out the lights, slap on some head phones, and play this game. You won’t experience anything else like it. I promise.

StarCraft 2 is a game everyone was waiting for for a long time. It was definitely worth the purchase, and I did play through the single player Terran campaign. As far as online was concerned, it’s very similar to the first game, in that you have to practice a lot to get anywhere. If you are looking to jump on and play, don’t expect to win unless you were an expert in the first game. Even then, you will need to practice. It’s a bit insane. No real complaints though. Lots of fun. I look forward to the Protoss and Zerg campaigns.

Altitude is a simple 2-D dog fighting game (air planes), where you fight in an arena like setting against bots or other players. There are DM, Team DM and a mode where you can carry a ball and score on the other team’s net. It’s quite fun, and worth picking up on Steam. I got it for only $5, when it was on sale. Give the demo a try, and see what you think.

Red Steel 2 was a huge surprise. I found it for $25 at GameStop and figured I may as well get it. It’s definitely one of the better shooters on the Wii, and it’s actually fun and a bit challenging at times. They fixed all of the problems from the first game, so don’t worry about that. It has an interesting mission based game system, where the world gradually unlocks as you complete missions. Some missions are fairly easy, and others have you fighting quite a few guys at once. You can block swords and gun fire with your sword, and as you progress through the game and earn cash, you learn new moves and skills. If you haven’t tried it, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor is quite insane. It’s an arcade-style shooter, that you can play with up to two players in co-op. You fight all sorts of aliens and huge bosses, and the amount of projectiles that fly at you at any given moment in that game is mind-boggling. You’re character is present on the screen and has a jet pack of sorts that he/she hovers around on, so you can dodge and move in any direction. I haven’t finished it yet, but I hear it’s a shorter game. Nonetheless, I will enjoy replaying this game through with friends in the future. Definitely another game worth checking out.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was a surprise. I was not expecting it to be as good as it is. You can play single player, or with a friend in this game. Some bad guys have released an ancient evil from an object called “the mirror of smoke”, and it’s up to you to put that ancient evil back inside. The game pits you against demons and giant insects, as well as traps and some simple puzzles. There are a lot of objectives in each level to accomplish, and you are rewarded with new items for completing them (for the most part). You may go back and replay levels any time you want from a level select menu. The game is different depending on whether you play with a friend or not, which makes it worth playing through a couple of times. The level designs are great, and the controls are very responsive. It all works very well, and I am happy I purchased it. If you’re still skeptical, try the free trial version. The game is available on Steam, PSN and XBLA.

DeadRising 2 is what I expected it to be and more. I love that there is co-op play (only online though, with no split screen option), and a vs mode that pits you against each other to see who can score the most points killing zombies. The single player story mode is alright, but I have only played it for an hour so far. The only thing I can see that may be annoying is constantly checking my watch to make sure my daughter doesn’t die. In the game, you have a daughter and she is infected. You must administer a shot of Zombrex every 24-hours in the game, or she will turn into a zombie. Otherwise, there is a lot to do. There are tons of things laying around out there that can be used as a weapon. Get to it.

If you have an X-Box 360, you may want to try out the two DeadRising 2 games available on XBLA. Case Zero, and Case West. Both are fairly cheap, and worth playing to see if you’ll like the full game. I have Case Zero and it was quite fun.

So there you have it. This is my catch up post for now. I’ll try to get on weekly and post a bit more often. Expect a butt-load of news posts, as I have been reading a lot of online gaming news. Mainly Kotaku. If you read there, my name is SoulChaser. I’ve been leaving quite a few comments. Check it out.