Worth Every Penny: Geometry Wars 2

I grabbed Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 yesterday.  It replaces Geometry Wars as the best $10 you'll spend on XBLA.

There are enough tweaks to the game to make it feel fresh, as well as vastly superior to the first GW.  The biggest change is in how your score multiplier works.  Rather than just killing enemies to gain a multiplier, you now have to collect geoms - small green shards - from your defeated foes; the multiplier goes up by one with each that you collect.  When you die, the multiplier does not reset.  This flips the game on its head, as you'll need to be a bit more aggressive in collecting geoms in order to get a high score.

You should read Jeff's review for all of the game modes and secrets and stuff.  I will say that the biggest surprise for me was that my girlfriend and I had the most fun with King mode.  Since she's not an avid gamer, she has some trouble with moving and shooting at the same time.  In King, you'll either be doing one or the other, not both, making it much easier for her to play competitively.  When we switched to co-op mode, we went back and forth between one person controlling the guns and the other controlling the ship.  It seems to be more fun for the driver, but the constantly - and unpredictably - changing path is a nice challenge for the gunner.

I only have one knock against the game, though it's not something I particularly care about.  There is no online multiplayer, which does seem a bit odd.

***** - 5 stars!

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Sizing Up The Bomb: Oh Yeah!? REJECT THIS!

edit: I was updating the Mike Haggar character page when I remembered this video:

  


YOU CAN'T FUCK WITH THE HAGGAR!




Over the weekend, the fine, fine, lovely, extremely handsome folks at Giant Bomb made their way through my submissions.

And rejected a bunch of them.

I can understand why; they have the unenviable task of pouring through dozens of updates about the same game.  At some point, they'll have to reject someone's updates.  However, it still stings to have some random dude in the basement of a San Francisco office building tell me to fuck off.

I'm crying a little.

I've been unable to figure out how to get the crazy amount of points that I've seen other folks manage.  I'm not sure if text, blurbs, images, or what gets the precious, precious points.  Seems like it's arbitrary at this point.

On an unrelated note, I finished Mass Effect on Saturday, and am now going through again as a Renegade.  Seems to me that, though I'm a huge dick, people pretty much all react the same way as they did when I was really nice.  Meh, whatever, as long as I can blow some faces off, I'm happy.
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Surprisingly Good Lyrics: Hammerhead by The Offspring

I tend to stick to guitar when playing Rock Band, but my girlfriend took over shredding duties last night and I decided to let loose my banshee wail.  I know the words to most of the songs in the game, but she wanted to play Hammerhead by The Offspring.  I was surprised by just how good the lyrics were; they really speak to me:

I am the one,
Camouflage and guns,
Risk my life
To keep my people from harm

Authority,
Vested in me
I sacrifice
With my brothers in arms

Through this doorway,
What's on the other side?
Never knowing
Exactly what I'll find
Locked and loaded
Voices screaming
Let's go!
Come on do it!
Here we go

I'll take a life
That others may live
Oh that's just the way it goes
I'll shut my eyes
It hammers in my head
Where it'll end
Nobody knows

I'll take a life
Ten others may live
Oh that's just the way it goes
It's playing over and over in my head
Where it'll end
Nobody knows

Stay the course
Reasonable force
I believe I serve a greater good

Smoke and dust
Enemies are crushed
Nothing left
Where a man once stood

Through this doorway,
What's on the other side?
Never knowing
Exactly what I'll find
Locked and loaded,
Voices screaming
Let's go
I'm just doing what I'm told

I'll take a life
That others may live
Oh that's just the way it goes
Shut my eyes
It hammers in my head
Where it'll end
Nobody knows

I'll take this life
Ten others may live
Oh that's just the way it goes
It's playing over and over in my head
Where it begins
And where it'll end
Nobody knows

Bang, bang, It hammers in my head!
Bang, bang, It hammers in my head!
Bang, bang, It hammers in my head!
In my head
In my head

You know I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for Thou art with me

Locked and loaded
Gonna find my truth now
I'm busting through
All hell breaks loose

And you can all hide behind your desks now
And you can cry 'teacher come help me!'
Through you all
My aim is true!

My aim is true!
My aim is true!

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Fortune and Glory, Kid.

My blog title matches the name of the final achievement in Lego Indiana Jones, which my girlfriend and I unlocked last night.  Now that we're 100% of the way through the game, I gotta say that Lego Indy was not nearly as much fun as Lego Star Wars.  The Lego gameplay aspect is still fun, but I think the source material is much harder to work with.  Indy's always been somewhat grounded in reality, well at least when compared to Star Wars, which doesn't translate well into game form.  My biggest complaint is that the characters don't really vary all that much.  That being said, I'm really looking forward to Lego Batman, as each character will be vastly different from each other.  Batman's a very character-driven series, so I'm interested to see how all of the different villians control.

Now that my girlfriend and I have beaten Lego Indy, we're sans co-op game for the time being.  Anyone have any suggestions?  She's not into FPS', and I'd like a game that we can pick up and play for 10 minutes and put back down.

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Sizing Up The Bomb: Reviews

I spent the better part of this morning moving my coherent reviews from Gamespot to The Bomb.  First off, Ilike how easy it is to copy and paste text in without any issues, and how my text is automatically spell-checked in the editor.  I haven't done so with my old reviews, but I plan to use screenshots in my future reviews, as they add a lot of visual interest to the text.  That I can just search this site and grab an image will make that even easier than finding my own pictures.  My only complaints so far are that I'd like to have more characters in the title of the review, and that I'm not a huge fan of the AJAX pop-over window; it seems a bit overcompicated.

I can't wait to finish off (the unbelievably good) Mass Effect so that I can put up a new review.  Expect quite a bit of hyperbole in that one.

-Blair

P.S.  Who will watch The Watchmen?  Yo.

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Honey, do blogs go in the den or the living room?

Ahh, the liberating feeling of new digs; you really can't beat it. 

The fresh paint on the walls
The empty rooms to fill up and organize
The ability to type "class" and "style" again

Yes, the possibilities are truly endless here.  If there's one thing that I learned from having my girlfriend move in with me last month, it's that it takes quite a long time to unpack.  So I'll be slowly moving my Gamespot content over to this site.  I'll probably throw my crappy old user reviews into storage - aka Google docs - while I try to figure out if the Rock Heroes Union needs a Giant Bomb affiliate.

I can't tell you how stoked I am about the site.  I really like the "wiki-ness" and the overall feel.  Once the servers run a bit faster I'll be ready to write with gusto.

Welcome to all of us!

-Blair

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