With the giant bomb staffers missing out this weeks Friday Bomb Drop (presumably they're all busy with thanksgivingy stuff), I thought I'd do one myself, but since it's Saturday, this demands a whole new original name. The Saturday Bomb Drop is here!!!!! With Brad, Vinny and Ryan all missing this week's Bombcast, Giant Bomb's coding genius Dave Snider and Harmonix's Alex Navarro join Jeff to talk about the weeks gaming events. It's been a slow news week this week, but the coding slaves upstairs have been busy giving us a new image viewer, and the community has still been totally awesome!!!
I'm sure everyone is in a similar boat with the huge number of games that have hit the shelves in the past month or so, but I just actually looked at the games I've bought recently and it's crazy, so I thought I'd summarize the my gaming situation right now, a short overview of my feelings of the games,
It was lucky that FIFA 09 came out before most of the holiday season's big releases. It gave me a good chance to get my teeth into it and play a briliant update to the licensed football game. The new colisions system works briliantly. For the first time in a football game the players actually look like they're actually feel real. The colisions system helps this, but it's also the way players interact with eachother. The introduction of a referee and linesman actually in game also helps this, even if it is annoying when the ref gets in you're way. It has excelent replayability value, I would still be playing it now if I didn't have so many other games to play, but unfortunately I've had to put it on the sidelines so I can play some more games.
Fable 2 Limited Collector's Edition
Fable II is another game I've had a good chance to play. I got it on the release day, and played it allot, and finished it within a couple of days and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The colourfull and vibrant world was really immersive. The combat worked well, Ordinarily I'd have played a second playthrough. I really wanted to try the game out as an evil character. I wanted to see just how much the world changes around you as you play, but once again other games prevented me from playing it as much as I would normally like too.
Far Cry 2
Far Cry 2
Far cry 2 was an impules buy for me. I didn't enjoy the first far cry, but I saw this one in the shop and decided to buy it. I haven't had a chance to play allot of it, but from what I played of the single player, I didin't like it. I hope to play it some more eventually and hopefully get into it. I did however get to play a reasonable ammount of the multiplayer, and I found it weirdly enjoyable. There was allot in the multiplayer that was bad, mainly the fact that you have to load about 20 bullets into someone before they'll die (Ok, 20 might be a slight exaggeration, but you get the picture). The map design wasn't great, and having to wait 20 secconds for a respawn is annoying, but somehow I had allot of fun playing it. I definately plan on returning to the multiplayer when I get a chance.
Midnight club LA
I played midnight club LA for all of about 30 minutes, purely because of the steep dificulty curve. Outruning the cops was near impossible and wining races usually involved restarting at least once. I'm sure once I get used to the road layouts and get a little bit more practice in It'll be fine, but right now I don't have the time to be learning street layouts on a game. Once I have time to dedicate to this game I can see it being really fun, but right now that isn't going to happen.
Endwar is another game I'm having trouble to get into with so many other games I could be playing. The camera angle isn't like a regular RTS. It is fixed your units. You can rotate it and look all arround your unit's, but it still gives you no where near as much freedom to look arround as a regular RTS. I could see it actually being really fun once I get into it, but again, I've got so many other games to play, this is going to have to wait for a while before I play it much.
Gears of War 2
So far I'm really enjoying gears 2. I'm just at the beginning of act 3 and I'm enjoying it more than I enjoyed the first gears of war. The combat works really well and its just a shit load of fun to play, and I haven't even had a chance to play any multiplayer yet. Theres not really much else to say about gears, just that its awesome!!!
Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts
I got this yestarday, and I'm really enjoying it. The gameplay is really fun. The level design is briliant, I'm having an excelent time with it. The vehicle building elements of it is simple enough to make it easy to do, yet complex enough to be able to create some pretty bad ass stuff. The humour in it is briliant aswell, I definately plan on playing more of this. It might even eat into some of my gears 2 time, which shows just how much fun I'm having with it.
Well, thoes are the games that I actually own, but there are more games out and due out soon that I really want to play too. Call of Duty World at War and Mirrors edge came out today, both of which I was planning on picking up, but I've decided against for now because I've allready got so many games to play. Next week sees Need for Speed: Undercover, Rock band 2 (I'm in the UK) and Left 4 dead being released, all of which are on my wanted list. I'm going to be running out of money soon, never mind time, it looks like I'll be eating beans on toast for the next 2 months!!!!! 9 Comments
Nah, I've allways found midnight launches pretty pointless. You go to the midnight launch, get the game, play it for an hour or 2, go to bed, sleep through till midday because you were up untill the 3 or 4 in the morning, and then play it again until the end of the day. I prefer to get to the store bright and early at about 9 o'clock, buy the game and then play right through from then. It just makes more sense to me. But that's just me, I'm sure midnight launches are good for some people.
As much as I loved Kari Wuhrer as the wonderful Tanya in Command & Conquer Red Alert 2, I'm sure Jenny McCarthy will do the job just as well. We all know that right from the original C&C the casting for the FMV sequences has been spot on, and if anything it has only got better with time. I have confidence that the casting people wouldn't pick someone unless she was perfect for the role.
After doing a bunch of edits yesterday I was really hoping to reach the magic 1000 when I logged on today, so I can start doing a bunch of smaller edits that I don't really want to bother the mods with. I come on to find I'm just 40 away. Its so frustrating. Although I think I'm going to upload a load of images, that should get me there in no time at all since image moderations are going through almost instantly now. Either way, 40 POINTS!!!!!!!! JUST 40 DAMN POINTS OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
EDIT: Well now I've got 1000 points and I can edit to my hearts content. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, Giant Bomb launched on Monday without adverts of any description. Many people have been asking, how do these guys plan on making money? The common answer has been that it is only a beta, advertisements will probably be implemented in the future, but I ask, what if advertisements are already on the site, just in secret?
The hamburger page has exploded into popularity like no other. A totally unprecedented occurrence. People are talking about hamburgers like they never have before. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been craving some hamburger goodness after talking about hamburgers on Giant Bomb. Maybe this was the plan all along, and burger companies have been paying for this subtle advertisement. Maybe it was the plan right from when Jeff first talked about hamburgers in that episode of How to Build a Bomb we all remember. Or maybe I'm going insane. Either way, we must investigate further.
By MattyFTM, Your friendly neighborhood conspiracy theorist.