Throughout the year, I’ve started many reviews of random games I’ve played. Many of those reviews got side-tracked by my projects, so I’ve decided to consolidate as many of them as I can into one post. This isn’t a complete list – just random games I can remember off the top of my head in no particular order.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game (PS3)
Got this one for Christmas last year. Really fun. Although I remember one of the opening levels sucked a lot. We spent most of Christmas morning just running around stuck in a hotel and chasing Slimer. But once I got the game home and continued playing the rest of it, it got so much better and a lot more fun. Otherwise, it’s a great game. All the original cast reprises their voices, the dialogue is written by Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis themselves, and there’s some really epic battles later on in the game (you get to fight in the Civil War and then defeat a Giant Slor.)
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3)
Here’s one that had great word-of-mouth, but when I played it, I was disappointed. I did like how they were trying to give it an authentic movie feel, but all of it was lost on me since 90% of the game is still nothing but endless gunfights. And the AI drove me crazy since these guys kept moving out of my sights before I could finish lining up my shots. Seriously, who brings hundreds of enemy mercenaries to a dig-site anyway? This isn’t WW2, and this isn’t the Third Reich I’m fighting. There’s logically no way to organize all these henchmen throughout the jungle.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
This one was a huge improvement for three reasons. 1) When I aim my gun, he always points it in the right general direction, making the gunfights a lot easier. 2) The number of enemies are now more realistic and the gunfights aren’t as tedious, and 3) the action sequences in this one are freakin’ sweet. It’s a lot more fun to play this time around.
Assassin’s Creed (X-Box 360)
I only played the first three missions. They were all the same. Climb tower. Find vantage points. Pick pockets. Fight guards. Kill man. Run away. By mission four, I asked my brother if the rest of the game was like this, and he said yes. So I switched over to “Kung Fu Panda.”
Kung Fu Panda (X-Box 360)
Hurray! Licensed game from Activision! Pretty standard movie-based platformer. Nice in-game fur effects. About halfway through, Activision shut down our King’s Quest project, so I quit playing this game in protest (that’ll show ’em!) I finished it later after they re-instated our commercial license.
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (PS3)
BATMAN: “I’m Baman!”
SCORPION: “I’m Scowpian!”
BATMAN: “I come over the house!”
SCORPION: “We’re best fwiends!”
Only three people in the world really know the meaning behind that.
Katamari Damacy (PS2)
I think the whole point of this game is to unlock the last level and roll up the whole world. Before that, there’s just no point. All you’re doing is running over cheese and buttons. Screw that. I want to run over a giant octopus and a rainbow!
Dark Forces (PC)
I used to be so pro at this game when I was a kid. I could describe an exact walk-through to someone with my eyes closed. Then I pick it up again after all these years and get stumped. Everywhere. Some things just don’t come back as easily.
The Hobbit (PC)
Finally got around to finishing this. Good game. Follows the book well. Turns Bilbo into freaking Kratos but it’s all in good fun. I like the last level where they turn the Battle of Five Armies into a ridiculous Rube Goldberg puzzle.
Mass Effect 2 (PC)
Ah, the big one. I had to finish this one twice because I had both my Paragon and Renegade saved over from the first game. This time around, the whole game’s about putting together a team so you can fly into a suicide mission. It also features the first time in years where a mainstream game can land you in an un-winnable state. If you forget to do certain things before going to a certain place, you stand the chance of losing team members to random accidents during the end-game. It’s pretty awesome like that, actually. I still like how my entire crew will justify every evil decision I make.
Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People (PC)
Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner: Fun episode. Decent opener for the season.
Episode 2: Strongbadia the Free: Awesome episode. All the characters turn their houses into different countries and you have to go around invading them. I love it.
Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands: Epic episode. Features cameos by Limozeen!
Episode 4: Dangeresque 3: Cool episode. The whole game is shot in the style of a home movie where all the props are cardboard and the bloopers are left in.
Episode 5: 8-Bit is Enough: TROGDOOOORRRRRRR!!!!!!!
Back to the Future; Episode 1 (PC)
My first impressions of the new BTTF game are pretty positive. It has the feel of the movies, lots of great dialogue, some excellent remixed music, and has lots of fan-service (but with twists.) Marty’s voice is spot-on, and Christopher Lloyd still delivers. My only quirks: the animation can be a little blocky, and the puzzles are way too freaking easy. What gets me is that they actually put several hint systems inside the game – as if anyone would ever need them. But back on the plus side, this is probably the best season-opener of any Telltale series. And since the season-openers are almost always the weakest episodes, I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season turns out.
January 10 2011 02:57 am | Video Games