Not really itching to plunge on back in to Dark Souls 2, so I think I'll pick this up when it's all three parts together. I don't know what it is, but this game doesn't have a the same spark the first one did, despite a lot of things being empirically better. Think I feel a bit like @viciousbearmauling, the more I played, the less I liked the game.
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Kurt Russell and Bruce Willis might have been in a couple of really great films, but this isn't even a contest. Both in sheer number and quality, Arnie takes this by a country mile. I mean, Commando alone contains both of these images in one glorious package;
I often play a lady in games when I can probably because most games where you can't, you play as a straight white dude, which gets tiring after a bit. I mean, I have to be a straight white dude for the other hours of the day, so some variety is appreciated. Sometimes though, I like to see how the gender politics of the game are or in the case of Mass Effect, I just simply prefer the female voice actor.
In terms of rubbish games that I was really looking forward to; Pariah, Red Faction 2 and Far Cry 2. They both looked so cool in previews, but were massive let downs. Red Faction especially was a massive let down, I loved the first game.
Games are are probably really good but I didn't vibe with as much as other people; Bayonetta and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. The combat for me never felt quite right in Bayonetta and the controls really annoyed me in Brothers. They're not bad games, but disappointments nonetheless.
@sweep: Sorry if I'm being a dunce here, but I don't see the connection between Wii Sport and Forza. I can see the connecting tissue between Mario Kart and more simulation-style racers, but not between those two.
@euandewar: Celebrity Dark Souls obsessive Peter Serafinowicz always claims that he knows people that love Dark Souls that have never been into gaming before. I think it’s because the game has its own set of rules as you say. To clarify, I don’t ever think it should be an introduction to gaming, but I think it’s a more advanced exponent of the points the Guardian article raises.
@sweep: I'll be honest here, I've only ever played a single Zelda game, and that was Twilight Princess (I've never owned a Nintendo system, but played most of the good stuff on my housemate's Wii at university), so I'm rather uninformed about the challenges and complexities of other Zelda games.
It might be a very harsh teacher, but Dark Souls really does demonstrate those core skills. The game encourages you to explore your own path, always puts enemies in the same places, with clear attack patterns that are clearly telegraphed, requires you to be aware of your surroundings and requires you to thing about your items.