I've been doing a whole lot of jumping in video games recently, I'd like to talk about a few of them.
Super Meat Boy
Awesome game. Really great game, but I don't know if I have the patience to finish it. Much less unlock characters, find warp zones and kill screens, or finish Dark World levels. Seriously, that game is chock full of stuff you will never see unless you play it all day every day for the next fifty years. I do like the game's sense of style though, and I'd recommend the style to more things if I could pin it down. It's like a celebration of all things video games, but not. It's also like a celebration of all things cute, but not. It's also a celebration of all things violent, but not. It's a masocore platformer with an equally masochistic style. That's it! This game is bringing hardcore S&M (minus the S, without a level creator you can't make torture of your own) to the masses.
I haven't really played enough of this to justify me talking about it, but this is my blog and I'll cry if I want to. I want to like this game, but It's just too sparse with rewards to be fun. For example, when you complete a level in Super Meat Boy you get to see a replay of all your little Meat Boys (heh) running to their doom. No such gratification when you die in 'Splosion Man, and none even at the end of the level. It is growing on me, (the titular character himself is amazingly frantic) but won't be able to water it or give it proper sunshine until I finish...
Doritos Crash Course
Nah, I'm really playing Banjo Kazooie: N&B. but free points is free points and they ain't gonna get themselves. Not really much to say about this one other than it's free and an okay platformer with a Wipeout (the TV show) kind of vibe. It's probably the best avatar game (at least where you play as your avatar) released right now.
I've also been doing a whole lot of driving in video games lately. I'll talk about a few of those, too.
Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts
I thought it was fitting to begin the driving portion of the blog with a vehicle game formerly known as a 3D-platformer. Banjo Kazooie: N&B has probably the worst case of not being a Bungie game...let me explain that statement a little bit. BK: N&B is really great at letting you create your own blueprints, replays, and screenshots. What it's missing is a Forge-type option. Seriously, do you think it would've been that hard to implement? Then there's the lack of a bungie.net-style website where you could download all these blueprints, replays, and screenshots (and if challenges were implemented, why not them too?). Other than that omission, the game is awesome and mentally engaging. It gets you to think very hard about how to solve problems, which is essential for an aspiring programmer like myself.
It's an ATV racing game, and a great one to play whilst listening to the Bombcast. I'm going for the No Messin' achievement, and it's going alright. However, it's really annoying when you go off the track and have to wait a few precious seconds to get put back on. I mean, why not just keep from going off the track in the first place. I'm all for invisible walls when they're in service of me winning. Anyway, the backgrounds in this game are amazing. The huge jumps and the mountains you race on look awesome, and the framerate never really hitches when they show you these awesome vistas. I wonder how the online is?
Uh...I don't know if I should talk about this one yet. Because I really love it, but I haven't played a ton of it. Tell me how the online challenges are anyone? Anyway, I really love the speed in this game as it keeps me forever on the edge of never not out-of-control. I'm not as big on the open city as most people might be, (I might be willing to trade it all for a restart race/challenge button) but I dig the secret stuff like shortcuts, billboards and jumps. This is also a great Bombcast game.
Free points, but also not bad. Yeah.
I've done a little shooting here and there, as well.
Modern Warfare 2
You can shoot down UAV's. Yeah, you already knew that, but in lieu of CoD: BlOps I've been playing a lot of last year's entry. I've mostly been playing as a break from whatever I'm playing whenever. It's just really fun to shoot dudes, and headquarters is an awesome mode. I've also never prestiged in a CoD game, so I'm kind of working towards that. Any general tips or tactics on getting more killstreaks/not dying/not being rubbish at the game? (I think I just answered the first two myself, can you lot work out that last bit for me?)
So yeah, that's basically what I've been playing recently plus Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and Fallout 2 on the PC. I'll write about those when I'm doing so much driving, jumping, shooting, and coding.