My Gaming Landscape [September 5, 2012]

So I have been in a gaming induced coma for the past two weeks or so. I have been enthralled by Darksiders II, playing it four, five hours at a time. I have a review coming soon so be sure to check out that. It will possible be completed by the end of the week but don’t hold me to that. I am NOT going to rush through this review. I will say that this is an amazing game with some issues that hold it back from greatness. I finished the game this weekend and since then, I’ve been unsure what to play next.

I have Sleeping Dogs waiting for me to play and I was going to do that next but playing another big game like that feels like a bad idea. Also I just finished playing Darksiders II on the PC and I have Sleeping Dogs on the PC as well and I would like to give my consoles some love. I may even go retro. I never completed No More Heroes on the Wii, or Gran Turismo 3 on the PS2 or even Dragon Warrior on the NES. Not to mention all the various games I’ve yet to complete on my 360 (Saints Row 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Forza 2).

I did pick up Halo Reach because I noticed I hadn’t completed the single player campaign and I’m only like, two levels away from the end. As I went back and played it, I realized I was completely lost in the story so I decided to start over. In the meantime, I on a whim tried out some multiplayer. I am not a big shooter fan. I usually avoid multiplayer because it’s filled with idiots who act like obnoxious piss-ants with no sense of common decency. Also I’m not that good at shooters.

Having said that, I am digging Halo Reach’s multiplayer. I’m not really winning but I’m having fun leveling up and buying new armor pieces. I only encountered one kid who was being loud and he eventually stopped when someone else told him to shut up. I myself wasn’t talking to anyone online. I didn’t even plug in my headset. Therefore, although I was playing Team Slayer, no team tactics that I can see were utilized. So if you like that kind of coordination, this isn’t your game but I was having fun shooting at the opposing team, lobbing grenades, and most importantly, feeling like I was contributing to the success of my team. That never happens.

Call of Duty? I’m a fucking liability. Medal of Honor? I don’t know what’s even going on. Counter-Strike? My asshole is tense the entire match. Halo? I’m having fun. I’m not the best. Hell, I’m probably not even that good but I’m enjoying myself and that should be priority for any video game. I should mention that I didn’t have this experience in Halo 2 or 3. I’ve never played Halo ODST or Anniversary. So well done, Bungie. Well done. Hopefully, 343 has taken this into account for Halo 4.

In between sessions of Darksiders II, I’ve been casually playing two indie titles that came out for the PC recently. Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack and Mutant Mudds. Mutant Blobs Attack originally came out on the PlayStation Store for the Vita and Mutant Mudds was originally available through the eShop for the 3DS. Both of these games are great titles.

Mutant Blobs Attack has you control a Mutant Blob that escaped from a lab and you go through puzzle platforming levels absorbing objects and avoiding lasers and such along the way. Mutant Mudds is a platformer with an old school aesthetic that’s quite difficult and features a foreground and background perspective shift. I won’t be doing proper reviews for these games but they’re both cheap so I would recommend picking these up.

On the retro side of things, my friend Don asked me to try out an old SNES game I’d never played called King of Dragons. I am going to write a review for this game so I won’t get into it much here but I will say that I enjoyed it although I see its shortcomings and time has not been kind to it. It reminds me a lot of the Golden Axe series on the Sega Genesis and I actually like it more than that series (although I’ve never been a huge fan of Golden Axe). The review for this game may come before the Darksiders II review because this is just an easier game to write about but again, don’t hold me to that.

Well, that’s about all I’ve been playing. I popped in Sonic Generations, The Amazing Spider-Man, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 and NBA 2k8 for a bit to see if I wanted to go with those games but that didn’t work out. I’ve already played Sonic Generations and I don’t feel like getting all the red rings and completing all the challenges. Tiger Woods 07 and NBA 2k8 can wait for another time as I’m just not feeling it right now. The Amazing Spider-Man is just not a good game so screw that. Not terrible but not good. Anywho, I think I’ll continue on with Halo Reach but we’ll see. Sleeping Dogs is there just staring at me, wanting attention. What are you playing right now? The comment section below demands your input!

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So I have been in a gaming induced coma for the past two weeks or so. I have been enthralled by Darksiders II, playing it four, five hours at a time. I have a review coming soon so be sure to check out that. It will possible be completed by the end of the week but don’t hold me to that. I am NOT going to rush through this review. I will say that this is an amazing game with some issues that hold it back from greatness. I finished the game this weekend and since then, I’ve been unsure what to play next.

I have Sleeping Dogs waiting for me to play and I was going to do that next but playing another big game like that feels like a bad idea. Also I just finished playing Darksiders II on the PC and I have Sleeping Dogs on the PC as well and I would like to give my consoles some love. I may even go retro. I never completed No More Heroes on the Wii, or Gran Turismo 3 on the PS2 or even Dragon Warrior on the NES. Not to mention all the various games I’ve yet to complete on my 360 (Saints Row 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Forza 2).

I did pick up Halo Reach because I noticed I hadn’t completed the single player campaign and I’m only like, two levels away from the end. As I went back and played it, I realized I was completely lost in the story so I decided to start over. In the meantime, I on a whim tried out some multiplayer. I am not a big shooter fan. I usually avoid multiplayer because it’s filled with idiots who act like obnoxious piss-ants with no sense of common decency. Also I’m not that good at shooters.

Having said that, I am digging Halo Reach’s multiplayer. I’m not really winning but I’m having fun leveling up and buying new armor pieces. I only encountered one kid who was being loud and he eventually stopped when someone else told him to shut up. I myself wasn’t talking to anyone online. I didn’t even plug in my headset. Therefore, although I was playing Team Slayer, no team tactics that I can see were utilized. So if you like that kind of coordination, this isn’t your game but I was having fun shooting at the opposing team, lobbing grenades, and most importantly, feeling like I was contributing to the success of my team. That never happens.

Call of Duty? I’m a fucking liability. Medal of Honor? I don’t know what’s even going on. Counter-Strike? My asshole is tense the entire match. Halo? I’m having fun. I’m not the best. Hell, I’m probably not even that good but I’m enjoying myself and that should be priority for any video game. I should mention that I didn’t have this experience in Halo 2 or 3. I’ve never played Halo ODST or Anniversary. So well done, Bungie. Well done. Hopefully, 343 has taken this into account for Halo 4.

In between sessions of Darksiders II, I’ve been casually playing two indie titles that came out for the PC recently. Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack and Mutant Mudds. Mutant Blobs Attack originally came out on the PlayStation Store for the Vita and Mutant Mudds was originally available through the eShop for the 3DS. Both of these games are great titles.

Mutant Blobs Attack has you control a Mutant Blob that escaped from a lab and you go through puzzle platforming levels absorbing objects and avoiding lasers and such along the way. Mutant Mudds is a platformer with an old school aesthetic that’s quite difficult and features a foreground and background perspective shift. I won’t be doing proper reviews for these games but they’re both cheap so I would recommend picking these up.

On the retro side of things, my friend Don asked me to try out an old SNES game I’d never played called King of Dragons. I am going to write a review for this game so I won’t get into it much here but I will say that I enjoyed it although I see its shortcomings and time has not been kind to it. It reminds me a lot of the Golden Axe series on the Sega Genesis and I actually like it more than that series (although I’ve never been a huge fan of Golden Axe). The review for this game may come before the Darksiders II review because this is just an easier game to write about but again, don’t hold me to that.

Well, that’s about all I’ve been playing. I popped in Sonic Generations, The Amazing Spider-Man, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 and NBA 2k8 for a bit to see if I wanted to go with those games but that didn’t work out. I’ve already played Sonic Generations and I don’t feel like getting all the red rings and completing all the challenges. Tiger Woods 07 and NBA 2k8 can wait for another time as I’m just not feeling it right now. The Amazing Spider-Man is just not a good game so screw that. Not terrible but not good. Anywho, I think I’ll continue on with Halo Reach but we’ll see. Sleeping Dogs is there just staring at me, wanting attention. What are you playing right now? The comment section below demands your input!