Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Electron Deficient Entertainment - High Voltage Edition

I haven't done a lot of reading this month, so instead here's the games I've been playing over the last thirty days or so.

Borderlands - One of the main issues I always had with Diablo was that there was no actual gameplay. Borderlands addresses this by being a shooter but has every other attribute of classic dungeon crawlers. It would also have been nice if a game that touts its four player co-op as one of its main selling points had functional four player co-op. We got it working in the end, but the entire process was very custom modem connection strings circa 1996.
Batman: Arkham Asylum - I'm about a third of the way through the story I would say and so far it's not too bad. The combat system is a little odd and it takes a while to get used to just how sneaky Batman is walking around in brightly lit areas.
Modern Warfare 2 -  Shortest game I have played since Portal. Good fun and with the traditional level of polish one expects from Infinity Ward. I wish games came with some sort of indicator of the multiplayer/single player balance so that I could make a more informed choice about whether it's worth the outlay if I'm not really interested in the multiplayer.
Dragon Age: Origins - Barely started it despite having played it long enough to have finished the Modern Warfare 2 single player campaign in its entirety. It honestly feels like a throwback to the days that are maybe not quite as Halcyon as people might like to think. I hear it's very good though, so I shall return to it once I finish playing through all the games I have at the moment that are fun.
Eufloria - A very chilled out almost painfully indie game that reminds me a lot of fl0w while at the same time being a completely different game. Would be better if it didn't randomly crash midway through levels.
Brutal Legend - A wonderfully created world with endearing characters, a well-written story, a proper horn-throwing soundtrack, and Lemmy from motorhead. And isn't ruined by Jack Black, which deserves some sort of special award. It's a real pity about the game part of it.

Then I also have Trine, Assassin's Creed 2, and a few others that I can't remember right now. My eyes should be totally shot to hell by Christmas.

1 comment:

  1. Assassin's Creed 2 is my current poison. The combat is remarkable (spear counter kill v a brute is the most awesome move I've seen in a game this year) and the collectathon element has been made more addictive.

    Brutal Legend - I stalled. I love the setting, the music, the characters, the dialogue, the story, the art... A pity about the gameplay. I can appreciate the RTS aspects and the brawler aspects and the driving aspects. But they just aren't great all together.

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