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Borderlands 2 Review (Xbox 360)

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

When I find myself desperate for excuses to do anything but write a review, it’s usually because the subject matter ended up being rather disappointing. Borderlands 2 sadly falls into this category, as I have been struggling for weeks to come up with something praise worthy to write.

But I can’t let that stop me anymore, productivity must continue!! (Never give up, never surrender!!) With my house clean, laundry finished, caffeine and snacks at the ready, I am all out of excuses; its time to sit down and get this review done. Wait, what am I writing about again? Oh right Borderlands 2…hmm is that a spot over there that I missed dusting? Clearly my bout of Borderlands 2 induced ADD is persistent.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review (Xbox 360)

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Oblivion was quite effective at smothering any desire I might have had to play other Elder Scrolls game. Being the victim of poor character choices and frequently lost in the vast empty abyss that was the world of Oblivion (aptly named) made quitting quite easy and overlooking Skyrim easier still.

But then I finished Mass Effect 3 and found myself pining for something similar, something new. Skyrim seemed like the obvious candidate; though thinking about it now, Dragon Age probably would have been a closer match.

Whatever the case, Skyrim was recommended to me and, thanks to my fabulous friends, loaned to me, since I still couldn’t bring myself to purchase a copy. Seemed like the perfect solution as I expected to dislike the game and return it a week later.

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Day 60 – Top ten games from your gaming history that you would recommend to someone else.

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

These are all games that I have played in the past, games that I find not only historically significant, but that have also made a huge positive impact on me as a gamer.

Some of you might notice that my list actually consists of twenty games, not ten. Well, I’m really bad at picking favorites and they all seemed so important, plus I really wanted a diverse selection

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Tetris, Super Mario Bros 3, Final Fantasy 8, Tomb Raider 2, Diablo1+2, Starcraft, Myst, Journey, Zelda windwaker, Animal Crossing, Civ 3, Pokemon, mortal kombat, quake, Baldurs Gate 2, gauntlet, Heroes of Might and Magic, Overlord, Professor Layton and The Curious Village, Portal.

Day 53 – Male or female?

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

If given the option, I always pick female characters. Thankfully more and more games are making either gender available to play, but even in games where gender is assigned, I will go with the female option as my first choice.

Even though I have tried playing male characters, I simply don’t identify with them as much, which does impact my enjoyment of the game. My interest really wanes quicker.

This doesn’t mean that I never play games with male protagonists. If the game is good enough, it transcends gender. For example, Diablo 2’s necromancer is by far my favorite class, which only had the male gender as an option. On the other hand in Diablo 3, because either gender was available for each class, I made all my characters female.

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Day 51 – Game you love to hate, don’t get, wonder why anyone would buy

Friday, December 21st, 2012

deer hunter deer sighting screen shot image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geekDeer Hunter! What is up with this game? Why is it so darn popular? I DO NOT UNDERSTAND!

There have been over twenty Deer Hunter games made in the past fifteen years, spanning various platforms. Its wide spread success has spawned other hunting simulation games, such as Bird Hunter, Carnivores, and Trophy Hunter.

Seriously, what about shooting Bambie is fun?

Day 49 – Sci-Fi or Fantasy

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Both is really my preferred answer, but since that isn’t quite accurate I will attempt to be more specific. As I am a huge fan of both genres, in much more then games, it took a while to figure out that I do really have a preference.

In movies and TV I strongly lean in the Sci-Fi direction, while books are much more middle ground. But in games I seem to prefer the fantasy setting, its certainly what I play the most of.

This is very likely related to my proclivity for role-playing game, which are often in a fantasy setting, rather then the more sci-fi first person shooters. But I’m not sure if my preference is because of game mechanics or genre preference.

Whatever the case, my final answer is fantasy. =)

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Day 36 – A sequel that was awesome

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

It’s incredibly difficult to make a sequel better then its predecessor. On the one hand you have the fans that loved the original and any derivation is anathema; while the opposing side demands improvements and beyond, the game must evolve. It’s an almost impossible task that sequels must face.

The most successful sequels in my opinion are ones that make the player forget all about the predecessor, by either being such a huge improvement or by reinventing the entire concept. A small example: Diablo 2 increased movement speed so much that returning to Diablo was painfully slow.

Tomb Raider 2 is a great example of a game that made vast improvements, while still remaining faithful to its antecedent. While it was very obviously a sequel, in that most of the games mechanics stayed the same, most of them were fine tuned to create an even better and more flexible experience. The story was better, the graphics were better, the levels were better, and the guns were better, creating an overall just better game.

Guild Wars 2 is my choice for game sequel that reinvented itself. While it still maintained the look and PvP focus, the game mechanics are vastly different and I think much improved. Guild Wars 2 is simply a far superior game, though still plays as an MMOrpg. They clearly learned from their first effort and decided to try something rather different, which really makes the whole game stand out from the crowd.

Day 35 – Favorite scary moment in a game

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Diablo Butcher Room

While I don’t really play scary games anymore, there are a few scary moments that have lived with me forever more.

One of them is the Butcher from Diablo. His terrifying “Fresh Meat” taunt was made even scarier by the random level design. Though he would only call out once a character entered his general vicinity, it was impossible to know where what the hell he was located. The rest of the level would see me inching along, trying desperately not to run away, but dreading the moment that the Butcher would ambush my character. This inevitable occurrence ALWAYS caught me by surprise, even though he announced himself from multiple screens away.

The other was the first Aliens Doom mod. The mod itself was fun, but the brilliant thing about it was that the entire first level was empty. I had no idea of course and was totally stressed out the entire level. Proof that my imagination is a thousand times scarier then anything anyone else can come up with.

Survival of the most Interesting

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

While I have been rather grumpy about the copious amounts of games that have been released of late, it has proven to be a rather interesting experiment.

Experiment, yeah lets call it that. It somehow lends legitimacy to my excessive video game playing of late. All in the name of research, of course. Must have enough data to support a reasonable conclusion which is, in short, that I clearly like some games more then others.

Shocking right? See, all that research was worth it. Okay so it was a rather forgone conclusion, but what I didn’t expect was how fast my preferences aligned themselves, with each new game release shuffling the order of preference around. For example when Guild Wars 2 came out, it immediately became the highest priority game. Borderlands 2 being next didn’t make much of a dent, but Torchlight 2 did.

And let me just conclude by saying I’m glad all these games came out before the Mists of Pandaria expansion because had it been reversed I might have never even given them a try. My World of Warcraft addiction is alive and kicking and not leaving room for much else.

My current order of preference is:

WoW:  Pandaria > Torchlight 2 > Skyrim >> Guild Wars 2 >>>Borderlands 2 > etc…

Borderlands 2

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Today is the release date of Borderlands 2. Some of my friends have made this an ‘official holiday’, aka staying home sick to play the game. Having not played the first one (its still sitting in plastic on my to play pile) I dont quite understand the need to use up a sick day.

But the developers including Ellie, a character design that goes totally against traditional female stereotypes, certainly peaked my interest. This sort of thinking out of the box with female characters is really something I want to support.

So I will at least try the game. But since I dont really know anything about either game, do I play Borderlands first? Does it matter?

Day 29 – A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Most new games, especially overly hyped ones, seem to fall into the ‘I will probably not like this’ category. This is probably a defense mechanism I have developed over the years. Basically I would rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed.

While my entire list of ‘hate to great’ is rather lengthy, there is one in particular that started clearly in the negative – Portal.

After its release people were frothing at the mouth with praise. This of course made me incredible suspicious, but also rather curious. As I hadn’t purchased the Orange Box I went looking online for information on the game. The first thing I found was this odd web puzzle version of the game, clearly a knock off. The experience was so incredibly terrible that I vowed never to bother with anything Portal again. (Yes, this was totally not fair to the actual Portal game and I know that…now.)

Fast forward to Portal 2’s release. I really wanted to try this because it was cooperative. Me = sucker for cooperative.

Long story short, I was told it was unacceptable to play Portal 2 without first playing Portal. So I did and loved it, but complained the entire time.

Skyrim is another example. I was sure that I would be bored out of my mind two seconds in; I’m still playing it. Mass Effect 2 was another, tried it mainly because a good friend was so rabid about it; ended up finishing the game. Uncharted 2, only picked it up because I thought it was going to be cooperative, got hooked anyway.

Day 19 – Least favorite gameplay mechanic

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

The simple answer is Stealth. I am not a very patient person and have always preferred to come out guns a blazing – blaze of glory and all that.

So sitting around, hiding from guards and waiting until they path to the appropriate place so I can either sneak around them or cut their throat is about the most agonizing game play experience I can think of.

Check that, there is one thing that could make it worse, a time limit. Timed stealth encounters, two of my least favorite mechanisms at the same time. I’m getting antsy just thinking about it.

Needless to say Metal Gear Solid and I never got along well.

Day 18 – Favorite protagonist

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

This was another one of those categories that I seriously considered abandoning; I couldn’t for the life of me find a good answer. But I didn’t feel that I could remove protagonist without also taking out antagonist, and there was no way I was going to abandon antagonists.

So I took some time to mull over why I couldn’t find any protagonists that I favored.

In the end, the characters I liked the most were the ones I put the most effort into, my World of Warcraft characters are a good example. But I like them because the game doesn’t dictate who they are; I imbue them with impetus, drive and story. Basically I tailor my characters to be whatever I like best.

Frankly, there is no way that a character created by someone else can even compare. Inevitably those character will deviate from what I think they should do and since they aren’t really created by me I have no choice but to go along with the designer’s intentions, however grudgingly.

So in the end my first choice has always been me. (ME!) I’m my own favorite protagonist.

But I did come up with a back up character, just in case. Cate Archer of the fabulous No One Lives Forever FPS game. She is smart, capable, and delightfully witty. While the game was pretty fun, the main reason I played it was because of her and there simply aren’t many games that I play only because of the protagonist.

Day 15 – Post a screenshot from the game you’re playing right now

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Only one? Nawwwwww. Sorry for poor screenshot quality. I have no screen capture stuff and I just broke my camera, so iPhone shots will have to suffice. =/

Skyrim

 

Super Mario 3D Land (Playing Luigi in the secret levels) and Professor Layton and the Last Specter.

Mass Effect 3 Mulitplayer. Super fun when I can find the time to play it. =D

Day 5 – Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were)

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Chell is definitely the character I wish I were like. She is an amazing survivor and has this incredible drive to keep searching for freedom regardless of obstacles. I imagine her to have an endless source of determination. If only I had half of her will. Though I would probably never want to suffer in silence as she has.

The irony is that I am probably more like GLaDOS (well not the psychotic part). Her brutal honesty is something I can relate too. I always thought that being really honest was better. There is a time and place for brutal honesty, but it should be reserved for those special occasions. Its something I have learned the hard way and I think GLaDOS has also, well as much as her programming will allow for it anyway.

Somewhere between Chell’s resolve and GLaDOS’ over sharing is a semi balanced being.

Side Note: Portal has two female leads, which is just another notch in its awesome belt.