By Mago 1 Comments
This next week is going to be awesome. As I type I'm on my way to see the Black Keys perform, and on Tuesday one of most anticipated games of this year, Mass Effect 3, will be released. I'll probably spend the majority of the 6th saving the galaxy. Unfortunately, I won't be able to pick up Street Fighter X Tekken right away, but if I'm lucky my brother will be coming over and I'll get some hands on time with it. I Am Alive will be available the day after and I plan on buying it as well. Hell, I already aquired the Microsoft points for it when I bought Alan Wake's American Nightmare. Mass Effect 3 will probably take up all my time that week, so most likely I won't want to play Ubisoft's most recent downloadable title until the week after.
I finally finished Alan Wake's American Nightmare, well I completed the story mode. I'm into Remedy's use of their faux-Twilight Zone, Night Springs. I'm a fan of everything they've done to present the story. They still got the usual manuscripts (presently a little differently though), television sets, and radios, but I also randomly found a telephone which had me listening to Alan Wake talk about a horrifying scene that stuck with him. My roommate didn't even see that throughout his playthrough. Little things like that really incentivize a player to explore. FMV is also used a more extensively, the beginning, some scenes in between, and the ending are all in FMV. The combat is just about the same as the original. Shine your flashlight on the enemies to take away the darkness that shields them and then smoke them with one of the various firearms at Wake's disposal. Combat is a little more exciting since you have more than three enemy types to deal with. It's not amazing by any means, but it's alright for filler between more story. This title's focus on combat over story is a little disheartening because story is where Remedy excells and getting a taste of that just makes me want a proper sequel. I tried a little bit of the arcade mode, but it just isn't my cup of tea. The combat isn't fun enough by itself to keep me going.
I still haven't played any more of Resident Evil: Revelations and I didn't play Reckoning at all this week. Both of those games are alright, but you can easily get burned out if you play it too much. It doesn't help that I have more entertaining things to play like Rock Band 3 and Super Street Fighter IV.
With the coming of this week I have another game to add to my pile of shame, SSX. I enjoyed playing Tricky and SSX 3, so I was really looking forward to playing the newest entry. With Febuaury and March being so full of games I gotta budget my time and money and I knew with Mass Effect 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken coming out a week after I wouldn't get back to SSX any time soon. Hopefully, I'll be able to catch up on it later in the year.
How about that new Assassin's Creed setting? Colonial American is an awesome place and not enough games take place there. I'm really curious how the game will handle guns. There were guns in Ezio's time, but they weren't so that every soldier would have one. It'd be kind of silly if none of the enemies had them, and instead fought you with melee weapons. I still need to play Revelations to catch up on the story threads. I didn't really have any drive to do so before I heard about the new setting. The thought of stabbing dudes in the neck and face with George Washington by my side is so appealing. George isn't confirmed, but a man can dream, right?
The last thing I want to do is mention Patrick Kelpek's article about harassment in the fighting game community. It's definitely a serious issue that needs to be dealt with. I don't really have any ideas about how to deal with this other than penalize people for unsporting conduct like they do in other sports. I just wanted to mention it and raise more awareness. Does anyone think that kind of behavior is alright? I kind understand if it's a personal setting. I can have a pretty sick sense of humor sometimes, but I understand social norms and how to treat people with respect, so I wouldn't say anything like that in a stream that's promoting Capcom's newest game and the fighting game community itself. They're making us look like a bunch of assholes and I don't like it.