Zelda hype, espionage, and bible stories?

I believe the Zelda hype should be beginning to show itself soon, right?

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is about a few weeks away from release and it's looking like a Zelda game... you may portray that statement in a positive or negative light depending on your alignment and tastes. I will be that guy who will wait impatiently for the second (or 16th) coming of Christ. I seem to be one of the few souls around here who is legitimately excited for Skyward Sword, but if I remember correctly, most of you sold your Wii consoles long, long ago or shoved it in a closet where light can't get to it so you probably don't give a damn about another Zelda game.

Boy do I sound like a dick, but perhaps it's because I expect a lot more clamor from people when a main Zelda title looms near. Is it because it's late in the Wii's lifespan and most people have moved on? Is it because it doesn't look dramatically different than other Zelda games? Is it because it looks too dramatically different than other Zelda games? Call me old-fashioned, but the days leading up to the release of a new Zelda game should be spent talking about said Zelda game. I find it a bit strange that we were going crazy over this image for days while we tried to analyze every square inch of it and the actual game gets little attention.

This one, remember?

I've been looking through the various articles and rumor posts about the game and I believe it's doing a lot of things right. It's 100% Ganon-free, Link can upgrade weapons and other items, ride giant birds, and then there's Fi, the latest incarnation of Navi/Midna. And from the trailers, I'm sensing Skyward Sword is an amalgamation of numerous motion control concepts that have been used in other games, like when Link has to balance himself on a giant sphere a la Super Mario Galaxy or when Link shoots that beetle thingy which probably controls much like the dogfighters in Wii Sports Resort. Skyward Sword could end up being the best case for motion controls to date.

But until I get my grubby hands on the game, it's all about the hype, or lack thereof right now.

I don't consider myself an alpha male.

Yet I still thought buying Alpha Protocol was a good decision. When a game of its size is being given away, I feel guilty if I don't buy it. I've been hearing people sing its praises and yet at the same time, cursing the game as a huge disappointment, and everything in between... but since I paid $2 for it, the disappointment argument for me personally is officially disqualified. Basically what I'm being promised is Mass Effect combined with Splinter Cell and yeah, I guess that description fits, but I wasn't impressed with the first hour of the game so far. Yes, it's safe to say I've barely scratched the surface, but first impressions count towards something and Alpha Protocol has yet to convince me it's any good. It appears to be a game that could've used an extra few months of work to get the controls to work properly and to smooth out some of the cover issues. Also, I suck at picking locks for some reason. I believe there's a decent game in Alpha Protocol somewhere, but I haven't seen it during my brief time with it.

And finally, more Zelda?

I've been asking myself whether I should spend my cash on The Binding of Isaac or go to Burger King and pound down a Triple Stacker and some onion rings. It's hard for me to say no to BK, but The Binding of Isaac sounds and looks pretty cool. It's Rogue, but also Zelda, like old-ass Zelda... or The Guardian Legend... or the parts of Blaster Master when you're not driving a fucking tank. And it looks very much like Super Meat Boy for some reason. However, I think you all knew that already. So instead of stating the obvious and blogging in generalities, let's just say I need a solid rogue-like game of my own. Someone a while back mentioned Dungeons of Dredmor... which might be the better game for me.

Dungeons of Dredmor it is then. Yes, I actually made a gaming purchase decision while blogging. To be honest, I just bought both games right now. Expect thoughts on both next time... maybe.

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Posted by Dalai

I believe the Zelda hype should be beginning to show itself soon, right?

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is about a few weeks away from release and it's looking like a Zelda game... you may portray that statement in a positive or negative light depending on your alignment and tastes. I will be that guy who will wait impatiently for the second (or 16th) coming of Christ. I seem to be one of the few souls around here who is legitimately excited for Skyward Sword, but if I remember correctly, most of you sold your Wii consoles long, long ago or shoved it in a closet where light can't get to it so you probably don't give a damn about another Zelda game.

Boy do I sound like a dick, but perhaps it's because I expect a lot more clamor from people when a main Zelda title looms near. Is it because it's late in the Wii's lifespan and most people have moved on? Is it because it doesn't look dramatically different than other Zelda games? Is it because it looks too dramatically different than other Zelda games? Call me old-fashioned, but the days leading up to the release of a new Zelda game should be spent talking about said Zelda game. I find it a bit strange that we were going crazy over this image for days while we tried to analyze every square inch of it and the actual game gets little attention.

This one, remember?

I've been looking through the various articles and rumor posts about the game and I believe it's doing a lot of things right. It's 100% Ganon-free, Link can upgrade weapons and other items, ride giant birds, and then there's Fi, the latest incarnation of Navi/Midna. And from the trailers, I'm sensing Skyward Sword is an amalgamation of numerous motion control concepts that have been used in other games, like when Link has to balance himself on a giant sphere a la Super Mario Galaxy or when Link shoots that beetle thingy which probably controls much like the dogfighters in Wii Sports Resort. Skyward Sword could end up being the best case for motion controls to date.

But until I get my grubby hands on the game, it's all about the hype, or lack thereof right now.

I don't consider myself an alpha male.

Yet I still thought buying Alpha Protocol was a good decision. When a game of its size is being given away, I feel guilty if I don't buy it. I've been hearing people sing its praises and yet at the same time, cursing the game as a huge disappointment, and everything in between... but since I paid $2 for it, the disappointment argument for me personally is officially disqualified. Basically what I'm being promised is Mass Effect combined with Splinter Cell and yeah, I guess that description fits, but I wasn't impressed with the first hour of the game so far. Yes, it's safe to say I've barely scratched the surface, but first impressions count towards something and Alpha Protocol has yet to convince me it's any good. It appears to be a game that could've used an extra few months of work to get the controls to work properly and to smooth out some of the cover issues. Also, I suck at picking locks for some reason. I believe there's a decent game in Alpha Protocol somewhere, but I haven't seen it during my brief time with it.

And finally, more Zelda?

I've been asking myself whether I should spend my cash on The Binding of Isaac or go to Burger King and pound down a Triple Stacker and some onion rings. It's hard for me to say no to BK, but The Binding of Isaac sounds and looks pretty cool. It's Rogue, but also Zelda, like old-ass Zelda... or The Guardian Legend... or the parts of Blaster Master when you're not driving a fucking tank. And it looks very much like Super Meat Boy for some reason. However, I think you all knew that already. So instead of stating the obvious and blogging in generalities, let's just say I need a solid rogue-like game of my own. Someone a while back mentioned Dungeons of Dredmor... which might be the better game for me.

Dungeons of Dredmor it is then. Yes, I actually made a gaming purchase decision while blogging. To be honest, I just bought both games right now. Expect thoughts on both next time... maybe.

Posted by Kazona

I have never played a Zelda game, so I'm not really in a place to judge, but I wonder if people are simply growing tired of the series. Or it could simply be a case of it being overshadowed by all the other big releases.

As for Alpha Protocol, I had the exact same experience. I really tried to like it, and to find the good underneath all the bad, but I just couldn't. Maybe I'll give it another shot again someday, and just play it on the easiest difficulty, but I fear my opinion will remain the same. Namely that it's a game with great potential, but too many broken parts to truly shine.