Category: Video Games

I can’t remember, I’m not even sure I was actually “alive” then anyway.

Ok, ok, maybe that’s a bit of an overreaction, but this is an undeniably fun game.  I haven’t spent too much time with it yet, but I’m planning on it.  When you play this game you need to be sure you’ve got the sound turned up.  It’s a visceral experience for all you senses.  From the night missions using the night-vision goggles in the middle of a urban firefight, to the 50 cal on the side of a C-130 (or whatever the fuck that plane is).  It’s heart pounding all the way through.

From what I’ve heard the story line is a little short, but I’ve put about 6 hours into it, and haven’t seen the end yet.  I’ve also heard the multi player is outstanding, I’ve only played one game, but had lots of fun.  One other suggestion, start on the easy level.  I started on the medium level and have to replay several of the scenarios several times.

Rent it, buy it, live it, love it.

Fable II for the Xbox 360

I rented Fable II the other day, and fell in love. This is a simple, deep and addictive game. When a game is simple and deep, that’s for me. I continually got distracted with side quests and just running around looking for treasure. Parts of it felt a little too deep, like trying to get someone to merry you, but it’s a very open sandbox. My issuses of not knowing what happens when you run quest X, are my own problems.

The character leveling comes at a nice steady pace, new weapons and abilities are fun and combinations are powerful. The one downside is the spell system. You have a single button for casting and have to hold it longer to cast different spell levels. Maybe I haven’t figured out how to switch quickly in the middle of a fight (you can do this through the menu after pausing the game), but it would be more fun to be able to assign spells to different buttons.

One of the best parts of the game is the bread crumb. The break crumb is a golden path that tells you where to go next, you simply choose one of the jobs or quests from your list and the golden trail is there to tell you how to get to it.

If you’re a hack and slasher, you’ll love this game. If you’re the elegant wizard, there’s much more to be desired. Most of the quests are “go here and beat up these guys”, which lends itself well to hack and slash, still a lot of fun for casters, but you’ll need to brandish your sword for almost any combat. Don’t expect too much of a challenge, it’s a relatively easy, it’s got more the feel of a discovery game, i.e. Metroid, Mario, etc.

The games graphics are impressive and fun, I’ve had to stop and look around several times, just to get a better view of the scenery. There is some clipping weirdness as enemies get tangled into rocks, but this is always during combat, and I just don’t care that much.

It’s worth a rent at the very least, and trust me you’re going to return it late. If you do rent, be sure you’ve got a long weekend and the depth of the game opens after about 5-10 hours of play.

Check out the rull review at IGN

It’s rare that I get 2 games and like both. If you like Zelda, you’ll love this game. It’s classic Zelda puzzle+action, or what I like to call paction!

Does anyone remember Ocarina of Time? In the tradition of OOT and Wind Waker this game delivers. I’m still trying to figure out a way to play while I’m driving.

The only thing that bugs me is that I can’t use my d-pad to run around, it’s all stylus for movement, and at times it can get in the way. I don’t see any good reason for this other then the novelty, which IMO is the worse reason in the world. Well, maybe not the worse.

Overall, I say it’s a buyer. Zelda fan or not*.

*unless you hate Zelda games, then don’t get it.

It took me a while to warm up to it, but I’m quickly becoming addicted to Guitar Hero on Tour for the DS. I know it looks like it would hurt your wrist, and it does… a lot. But it’s totally worth it.

I would have liked more songs (see the list here), and they’re not all my favs++, but I can get over the wrist pain and the limited song selection, for the ability to play a good rhythm game on my DS, I mean the thing is made for it! I have not played Elite Beat Agents but I’m going to at least give it a try.

I don’t think this is a game that you can sit down with an play for hours on end, but that’s rarely how I play my DS anyway, I’ve got a Wii for that.

TIP: You don’t really need to yell, “ROCK OUT” for star power. You can simply blow into the mic and it’ll activate, nice for quite time.