I know that it seems a bit… humorous for myself, a game reviewer, to complain about reviews. That it seems I am possibly going against my own reviews to a degree. If you check out my Call of Duty: Black Ops II review you will see that I gave it credit for what it was, an online game, but disliked it for the same reasons. I gave it credit on futuristic weapons and the like, but scathed its half-assed story and characters.
My whole point here is my major problem with Game Informer. GI, the lengthy arm of Gamestop review juggernaut that most people look at as generally laughable. My problem with Game Informer isn’t their reviews as much as it is their inconsistency. Allow me to elaborate.
One of the biggest changes of this current generations gaming is achievements (or trophy’s for PS3 users). Adding this element seemed like a great idea, it took your in game activity both online and offline, and gave you achievement points to show off to your friends. You could get them getting X amount of kills in an online death match of Call of Duty or by closing the Gates of Oblivion in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and hell, I thought this was pretty awesome. I felt like I had achieved something. Ahhhh 2007 was fun for me.
Fast forward to now. I have increasingly begun to despise the achievement system.
Aliens: Colonial Marines is a game that has a troubled and long past while in development. Originally conceived over 10 years ago for the Xbox, it has been pushed back nearly as long as Duke Nukem was and we all know how that ended up. So through all of that Aliens had a nice one up on what Duke Nukem presented, a solid demo. Playing the demo some time ago (seriously a long while ago) gave me some hope for this long awaited game. The guns were kick ass, the tracker system was simple and effective and the Xenomorphs felt scary and refined. Did they make it just as good with the final product? Well…
The storied past of Metal Gear is one of conspiracy, governmental abuse and deep thought out characters as well as plots. The series itself has spawned the covert ops style of gaming that many of us have enjoyed over the years. One of the most well known characters of gaming, Solid Snake, has been a mainstay in the series since its early days on Nintendo and now the torch is being passed. Raiden has been handed it and is running in with swords swinging. As we learned from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Raiden has a new cybernetically enhanced body and is now a cyborg as has become the norm in private military companies, otherwise known as PMCs. Fast forward 4 years from the end of MGS4 and we are in a world where the Patriots no longer hold any control, where PMCs have become a viable business and where cyborgs and cybernetic enhancements are commonplace. Does Metal Gear Rising stack up next to its long line of predecessors? Does it hold up as far as action or strategy games go? Here is your review.
After playing Dead Space 3, I figured I would do a review on it. Makes sense because it’s a hot title out there, but something didn’t fit well while I was playing it. So I popped in Silent Hill 2 and played that to compare my experience with Dead Space 3. Keep in mind Silent Hill 2 is absolutely terrifying in every way, but Dead Space as a series has been overall pretty good itself. Scary as hell definitely, but overall it relies heavily on a deep connecting story that tugs at your psyche as well as your imagination. I felt like something was amiss. I played just a few hours of Silent Hill 2 and was more interested and more engrossed than with a nearly full play through of Dead Space 3. Survival horror is losing it and Dead Space 3 shows exactly why.
The story of Devil May Cry is always one that draws interest. The game series was originally made by accident when they were attempting to make a new Resident Evil. They spawned this amazing hack and slash demon game and are now at a gracious 5th installment. We know Dante, we know Vergil and we know Mundus, we know the whole ordeal. What we didn’t get to witness was how Dante and Vergil fell apart, how they differed in both opinion and action. How was Dante when he was much younger and when did he unlock his true potential? How did the world fall into a seemingly infinite chaos and how are the twin Nephilim are intertwined within this story? Here is your DmC review.
Well Konami is taking it to the extremes for the fans of the Metal Gear universe. They are offering 250 fans the chance to play Metal Gear Rising before anyone else if they do one little thing. Throw a Metal Gear themed party and have people come there to play the game and we can only assume these same partiers will somehow make a drinking game out of this. Every time Raiden complains about something, drink, every time Raiden talks about his past, drink, every time you encounter a Metal Gear, drink. Seems fun? Well since I am a red blooded American I have bad news for us…
So if you’re like me, you buy Bethesda’s now bi-annually sandbox love affair between Elder Scrolls and Fallout. Both if which are regular best sellers and garner huge sales in DLC. Well, MMO’s are difficult to do, but with so many people leaving World of Warcraft it has left a vacancy for players looking for a new and vast challenge. Here we have that possible successor.
Here in America FPS games tend to rule both purchasing power as well as the online community. From Halo to Call of Duty it seems to be a majority of what people are playing competitively save the first 2 months of Madden and NCAA Football. I enjoyed playing Halo 4 and I did buy it when it came out, but I have reached a point where I am just finished with it.
I enjoy the senseless violence just like any 24 year old college guy and it can be a fantastic waste of hours playing online with a group of friends, but the hidden cost is what ends it for me. Look at games like Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it has DLC that comes out over the span of months to even a year, but the game itself it complete. They come up with new ideas as well as additional storylines that would enhance the gaming experience. I have no problem paying a bit of extra coin to gain extra weapons, armor, quests and generally between 10-25 more hours of game play. What Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Halo 4 and Battlefield 3 have done is take a game and essentially steal your money and I personally, am done with it.