Ahhh... nothing to do this weekend. The first free weekend in almost a month. Got some serious gaming to do. There's still one more day to go, but here's what's happening:
-Friday night- beat Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands. Decent game, but kinda wish I would have waited a while for the price to drop. Overall- 7/10.
-Also Friday night- beat Jurassic: The Hunted. Got this from GameFly for achievements. Game was ok, I guess, but I ended up sending it back after I beat it because I really didn't want to do any of the other achievements. Overall- 5/10.
-Saturday night- beat Alan Wake. Great game, but I think it's a little overrated by some. Not GOTY material in my opinion. Still, overall- 9/10.
-Also put about 2 hours into Nier. I was feeling like it was dumb until I got some of the magic. Now it's actually pretty cool. I'll definitely wait until I'm much farther in to make a full judgement though.
-I'm through 4 out of the 10 missions in War for Cybertron. I'm still liking it a lot. Maybe I'll try to finish it tomorrow to make it 4 games beaten this weekend. That's definitely a record for me.
-Can't decide if I'm picking up Dragon Quest IX tomorrow or not. Sounds cool, but Miles Edgeworth has been sitting half beaten in my DS for a long time now.
-Singularity is another possibility tomorrow, but slimmer. Kmart has a good deal on it, but it runs through the week, so I have plenty of time to decide.
I've been doing a crap ton of gaming. Probably more than I ever have before. I'm picking up new games weekly (it seems) and only moving some of them to the beaten pile. I thought maybe doing a bit of blogging would help me sort out some of the mess that is the shelf above my TV.
Random thoughts: -Just started Transformers: War for Cybertron tonight. Played the first chapter of the Autobot campaign. I like it. The controls are good and transforming feels natural. I wish you didn't have to search for ammo so often, but it's still a solid game.
-Played through Trauma Team this weekend. Sleeper candidate for Wii game of the year. I realize it'll eventually fall short to Super Mario Galaxy 2 (which I beat last month), but it should still be in the conversation.
-After almost throwing my controller against the wall playing Red Steel 2 (which I finally beat on Friday), then feeling very frustrated right before I wanted to go to sleep, I decided a relaxing game would be beneficial. So I picked up Endless Ocean: Blue World. I really like it, though there isn't much gameplay so far.
-Other games on the shelf I started but need to finish: Alan Wake, Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands, Alpha Protocol.
-Other games on the shelf I haven't started: Nier.
-Want to get soon: Singularity, Dragon Quest IX, King's Quest Fan Sequel.
-Recent game of the year contenders (IMO): Red Dead Redemption (beat single player 100%, tried multiplayer) and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (beat main story missions and a few extra ops).
-It's a good thing there isn't much on TV this time of year!
I'm only through the first 3 missions, so I don't have enough to make a full judgement, but here are some things I like/don't like so far:
Like: -The mechanics/engine. The controls are good, and shooting works really well. The buttons are only slightly different from other FPS's, which is a good thing. - Gun selection. Already I've used several guns, and they've all had good pros/cons. -Achievement pace. I've gotten some achievements for story, some for other things. It seems like one pops about every 20 minutes or so. -Visuals. The colors are very vibrant and the enemies contrast with teammates.
Don't like: -Health. There's not a good indication of when you are about to die. Sure it gives you some red border, but it's not enough to tell that you are in critical condition. -Grenades. You can't tell where they are. Having a guy yell "Grenade!" does nothing, just makes you panic for a second. -Destructible Environments. Not that I'm against the idea, but it's frustrating when you can't find any cover because the enemies just blow it away immediately. -Lack of coop. You play in a squad with 3 other guys. Why can't these be real people?
I've heard that the real appeal to this game is the multiplayer, but I just don't see myself getting into that. This could be a game I trade very quickly.