Archive for December, 2011

Steam Christmas Sale! Day 11 Purchase: Grand Theft Auto Complete Package

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items on December 31, 2011 by Matt

I didn’t think I was going to get anything, but I caved. I loved the old GTA games and I already own all of the rest, but it’s nice to have it on PC as an alternative.

The entire package for all of the GTA content was only $12.49. Not bad for 6 games and an expansion pack.

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Review: Portal 2 (PS3)

Posted in Reviews on December 30, 2011 by Matt

I first purchased Portal 2 back when it came out last April, played it for a couple of hours and then it was lost in a sea of other games. On the weekend, I finally put that game back in my system and in 2 sittings, I finished it. It took a total of maybe 8-9 hours to complete.

What did I like? What was done well? Aesthetics and Graphics, Humour, Storyline and Characters, Voice Acting, Progression in Puzzle Design

Everything about the appearance of this game is excellent. Technically, the game runs smooth and has some excellent details and texture. Visually, the colours of the game and the way the lab environment and the post-apocalyptic environment meld together is a nice change from the clean room environments from the first game. It also spruces it up with some different colours to look at rather than just being all whites and metals.

The first game had a lot of humour in it, and that has not changed at all. With the introduction of Wheatley into the mix as well, it just got even more funny. During puzzles, the game is almost all business, but when you reach the end of a particular challenge, or are listening to some of the announcements of an automated tour guide, it really comes through, and for most of the game, I was actually laughing.

Story wise, the game shines. You’re character is a mute, and you awaken from a stasis after many years pass. You’re saved by a little robot named Wheatley, and he guides you to safety. As you progress, you run into GLaDOS and things go to hell. You’re back to doing test chambers. I won’t go any deeper than this, as it’s pretty much the intro to the game, but I’ll just say that you get to know a lot more about Wheatley and GLaDOS and what their origins are and intentions. Character development was handled so well, and the accompanied humour elements helped to keep my attention and made things very memorable.

This game holds some of the best voice acting I have ever heard. None from the main character, as I mentioned she is mute, but the voice acting for GLaDOS and Wheatley, I am prepared to say that no other game even rivals it, other than maybe some of the Uncharted series. You really do end up feeling for both of them. It’s hard to mention much about them without spoiling some of the story or plot twists, so you will just have to take my word on this.

The progression of the puzzle design is excellent in this game. It introduces some new elements to factor (different goo that makes you bounce or run faster, etc) in and does so in a gradual manner. The difficulty doesn’t have any spikes, it’s just progresses smoothly upward.

What did I dislike? What could have been better? Lack of Main Character Development

You learn nothing about the main character. This leaves her open. She could be anyone, even you in the future. The story about GLaDOS and Wheatley is excellent, and I think that it doesn’t need anything more added to it. I think Valve saw this and decided to leave the main character as a blank slate to keep the focus where it was supposed to be. The main character is only there to enable the story and the events, nothing more.

Overall

If you haven’t played it already, I would be surprised. I almost didn’t write this, but I felt the need to. If you don’t have it, get it. If you never played the first one, I encourage you to buy both of them and enjoy. They are truly fantastic games and I recommend them to anyone who enjoys laughing, adventuring and puzzle games.

Steam Christmas Sale! Day 10 Purchase: Quake 4

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items on December 29, 2011 by Matt

There are a few sweet games on sale today, but I am out of money. It’s official. I cannot buy anymore, so this was my final purchase (maybe).

Quake 4 is a game I borrows years ago from a friend and never got to finish, so I’ll hopefully be doing that someday now that I own it. It’s on sale for $4.99.

Purchases for Thursday, December 29, 2011: Predator: Concrete Jungle (PS2), Fuzion Frenzy (XBox), Children of Mana (DS) and Final Fantasy Tactics A2 (DS)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items on December 29, 2011 by Matt

Over the last few days, some gems were traded in at work, and I was there to grab them up.

Predator: Concrete Jungle
Predator: Concrete Jungle is one of those games that you can’t seem to find anywhere. It’s expensive on E-Bay as well, so having a copy come to me for only $4.99 was awesome. With the current deals going on right now at GameStop, it was also half-price, so I only paid $2.49 for it. It is not in the best shape though. The disc has some scratches on it, so I hope it works.

Update: Good news! Predator: Concrete Jungle works fine!

Fuzion Frenzy
Fuzion Frenzy for the original XBox is a compilation of small mini-games. I recall playing it back in the day at a college dorm and it was so much fun. I snagged it for $0.99.

Children of Mana and FF Tactics
Children of Mana and Final Fantasy A2 were just convenient and I only paid $10 each.

Steam Christmas Sale! Day 9 Purchases: Serious Sam 3 BFE, and Space Pirates And Zombies

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items on December 29, 2011 by Matt

I knew it was going to happen and I am glad I waited. These two games have been on my Steam wishlist for a while now, so it’s nice to finally own them.

Serious Sam 3 BFE is on sale right now for $20, down from $40. Totally worth it for some multi-player shoot ’em up.

Space Pirates And Zombies (S.P.A.Z.) is usually just a $10 game, but it’s on sale for $2.49. If you like customizing ships and mining, mixed with a storyline and some space combat, then get it. The demo was pretty decent, surprisingly (considering the lame name).

Steam Christmas Sale! Day 8: Star Wars games!

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items on December 28, 2011 by Matt

I did skip a day of the Steam sale, as I have purchased almost everything that I could ever want already.

With that being said, I’ve missed out on a lot of Star Wars games in the gaming past, so I decided to catch up.

Currently on sale is the following:
Knight of the Old Republic for $2.49
Battlefront 2 for $2.49
Republic Commando for $4.99
Star Wars Jadi Knight Collection (5 games for $4.99)

With that, the only game I really want now is maybe Serious Sam 3 BFE.

Purchase for Monday, December 26, 2011: Shift 2 (PS3)

Posted in In The Mail/Purchased Items on December 28, 2011 by Matt

It was Boxing Day and I was at work. It was hellish.

Shift 2 and Blur
On the bright side, I scored Shift 2 for only $10. Not too shabby. I’ve never played it, but I am curious to see what it’s like.

I also picked up Blur for $10 on sale for PS3. Wish I had known this before buying for PC. Oh well!