By Atlas 3 Comments
I feel like I've been neglecting this blog, which is a shame especially considering all the time I've spent playing games in the past couple of weeks. So I'm going to attempt to rectify that situation now with a review of the past month of my video game playing life, with discussions of all the games Xbox.com has told me I've played in the past month.
Project Gotham Racing 4 - Fun game. Weird to play if you've spent a lot of time playing Forza 2, because the absence of the racing line can really fuck up some corners. I like the kudos system, and I like the bikes. It's not amazing or anything, but it is good fun.
Age of Booty - Still a hugely entertaining console RTS. Not much else to say; haven't beaten all the missions yet, but will eventually.
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts - An incredible game. So unique, so engrossing, so charming and so amusing. An absolute triumph.
Ikaruga - This game hates me. I think I hate it back.
Rock Band - Yup, it's still Rock Band. And that's a good thing.
Gauntlet - Played for 5 minutes. It's old.
Left 4 Dead - Played one campaign with my sister. Still fun, but starting to feel shallow and repetitive.
Forza Motorsport 2 - Still Forza; one of the few games that is simulatenously rewarding and punishing. And in between those two, there is also fun to be found.
Zuma - Yup.
Rez HD - Really cool. A great downloadable game to pick up and play for 15 minutes or so.
Penny Arcade Episode One - As a huge fan of the comic, I loved this game. Combat was surprisingly solid, but the real reason to play is the great story and terrific humour.
Uno - A perfect game to play while eating lunch.
UNO Rush - NOT a perfect game to play while eating lunch. Can be challenging, but also a fun twist on a cool game. Queueing a winning hand out of nowhere is incredibly satisfying and fun.
Mass Effect - This is a game I bought a year ago, tried to get into about 5 times, failed and discarded. But then I had an epiphany on my most recent attempt to crack the game. I've now completed it and have concluded it's actually one of the best games I've ever played. A masterpiece of interactive storytelling with a really solid combat system, great visuals and nice depth.
Alien Hominid HD - Ass-rapingly challenging. Still haven't beaten the first level.
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix - Also ass-rapingly difficult, but still fun.
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 - A weird experience for a novice to the wacky world of MK, but I kinda like it. Haven't spent a lot of time with it, though.
Soulcalibur - Yes, fighting games were played. It's still Soulcalibur, which, much like Rock Band, is nothing but a great thing. Despite my recent appreciation of Street Fighter, probably still my favourite fighting game series.
Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 - An excellent much deeper sequal to the original Live Arcade classic. Feels more accessible now; I've already got more achievements points from my 3 or so hours spent with the game than I got during the dozens of hours I spent playing the original.
Dead or Alive 4 - Very difficult, as one would expect from a Team Ninja game, but still fun. Features some great fighting game characters (Brad Wong especially), still looks good despite its age and plays well.
Street Fighter IV - A very good fighting game. Still getting my ass kicked online repeatedly (my win percentage is still about 20%), but still having fun playing it. I feel like I'm getting better at playing Fei-Long and Ken, but am also having fun playing Dhalsim.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Started a new game a few days ago and am a few hours in. What can I say; it's Oblivion, my favourite game of all-time. I'm trying to play the game in a different way than I did before, so I'm playing a Breton for the first time and specialising in light armour and different forms of magic. It's three years old now, but it's still probably the best game in my collection. Bring on Elder Scrolls 5 I say.
FIFA 09 - Still one of the best sports games I've ever played, right up there with Madden 05. So incredibly deep, fun to play and engaging. Looks great, too. Not a completely realistic version of the sport, but a great game, which is all that matters really.
Wow, I never realised the list was going to be so long. And that doesn't count the time I've spent with Age of Empires II and Tetris. Also, I've got a hankering for some Nintendo DS right now, so I think I'll go play Pokemon Pearl. Later.