By Pr1mus 4 Comments
It's my birthday, 30 years old. So wish me happy birthday or something.
Been playing games for a while now and i've been reflecting on the past 25 or so years of gaming and thought i could share these thoughts with you guys but then i remembered i'm a terrible writer so screw that. Instead let's talk about more recent stuff. Like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
I spent a good chunk of my weekend watching the ESEA finals on twitch.tv. Now i haven't really played the game itself, in fact since i bought it on day one i played a grand total of 5 hours, 3 or 4 of which against bots. Counter-Strike Source is probably my second most played game of all time in total playtime however and watching these finals was thrilling. Those Team Dynamic vs Quantic Gaming matches were something else. Triple and Double overtimes in succession isn't something you see every day. I'm way too old to ever have any shot at playing anywhere near that level but i do love me some competition and reinstalled the game as a result. That's the first step in falling down that rabbit hole again.
I also reinstalled Path of Exile this weekend. Again i hadn't played a whole lot of the game but distinctly remember hating how it plays but liking a lot of the systems. It's nothing groundbreaking but it's a nice change from Diablo 3. It wouldn't be the first time i end up liking a game after initially writing it off so who knows. Besides the game is free.
Speaking of Diablo 3, it will have taken Blizzard a whole year but they finally turned it into a decent game. The crafting is finally worthwhile. Wearing 4 different pieces of your own creation is a step in the right direction. Now if they could make the gear interesting that would be super. I mean and Amulet with 195 str, 220 vit, 62% CD and 6.5% CC is good but it's also super boring. So yeah, the game is still far from perfect but it remains leaps and bounds ahead of any other ARPG out there in the gameplay category and if anything it is in fact Diablo 3 unlike all those Diablo 2.5 that every other developers are trying to do. Diablo 2 is a mighty fine game but i'm also really tired of it.
Other than that i've been playing Uncharted 2: Among Thieves again. I believe this to be my fifth playthough. It will also be the last. I'm at the half-way point in the game and something unfortunate is happening. Having played that game so often i fine myself now seeing only the problems it has and not the good stuff anymore. It speaks for the quality of the game that it took this long until finally seeing more flaws than qualities in its design. The game is basically on-rails from start to finish and step off those rails even for a second and everything falls apart and the spectacle makes way to frustrations. I say it will be the last playthrough because i'd rather preserve the memories of this awesome game instead of ruining it by playing it too often. Up until now when asked the question of what is my favorite game this generation, Uncharted 2 and Portal 2 have usually been it. I suppose now Portal 2 is taking first place in that all important ranking.
What is happening with Uncharted 2 is not unlike how i felt the last time i played through Half-Life 2. The game is a masterpiece but somewhere around its sixth or seventh birthday it finally dawned on me that most of the things that game did that made it better than other action games of its time haven't aged particularly well and those same things are now making the experience a pain in the butt. That physic was super impressive for the time and used for combat and puzzle solving in a way never before seen but that physic is also crap by today's standards and really gets in the way in a lot of situation. The way the game gives you allies and a simple and non-intrusive way to order them around and without forcing you to take care of them in any way was great at the time. Now all i see is a game that throw me a bunch of resistance fighters following me while navigating tight corridors in an apartment complex. Get out of the way! It's those little things that are starting to cast some shadows on what remains one of the all time greats of gaming.
In a way this is strange. Of course one should always judge a game by the standards of its time and this is usually what i do and in the case of Half-Life 2 it isn't hard since i played the game for the first time while it was still new and current. But give it enough time and i can no longer do that and unfortunately what was once new and exciting is now old and frustrating.
Speaking of old games... Super Metroid you guys, it's pretty awesome. I think i'll play that today. That and listen to the Hotline Miami Soundtrack i bought on Steam at this very moment. This should be enough to make it a fine birthday. It's not as sad as it sounds, celebrations were yesterday!
And... that's all i got duders.