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Weighty Precipitation

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Yeah, I, uh... felt like I had to come up with some sort of clever, synonymous title for a blog post related to Heavy Rain. Not bad, hm? Unoriginal? Probably. Something very fresh and exciting, however, is Heavy Rain. Ah, nice transition there from awkwardness, eh? Heh heh. Aaand right back into it awkwardness...

Anyway! I finally sat down to play the demo for Heavy Rain last night. I've not yet purchased the game, mostly because I simply cannot afford it at present. Alan Wake will be released soon and I may dip into my coffers for the purchase of Red Dead Redemption as well, even if that means missing a few meals next week. At any rate, the demo left me wanting more. I'm a huge believer in the line of thought that video games offer some of the most comprehensive means for storytelling--and then some. Heavy Rain demonstrates that expertly.

And, admittedly, it's getting to the point where even if gameplay mechanics aren't quite up to snuff or are downright terrible, I will forgive all for a good story. Deadly Premonition, by the way--one of the most strange games ever created--is a testament to that. Now, I'm off to watch Jack Bauer in what has become an exercise in the ridiculous. But, hey, one could do worse than an hour of Bauer.

One o' Them Lists

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I'd been contemplating this for a while, so now's the time to simply spit it out. I didn't get to play a ton of new games in 2009 and the ones I did were mostly released on the Xbox 360 (the platform I, admittedly, most largely utilize). The end of last year did, however, see my acquisition of the PlayStation 3, which makes me very excited for numerous reasons. But that's not why I'm typing this up right now. Yes, ladies and gents, I'm here to present to you a list -- however exciting or unexciting that... may be. Rambling done. Here we go:

Top Five Favorite Games of 2009

5) Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Xbox 360)
4) Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360)
3) Dragon Age: Origins (Xbox 360)
2) The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (Xbox 360)
1) Batman: Arkham Asylum (Xbox 360)

Ghosts and zombies are awesome. BioWare's roleplaying epic is indeed epic and The Secret of Monkey Island is still hilarious. And Batman happens to be my second favorite fictional detective, an individual who has never really played better than in Arkham Asylum.

'Nuff said.

Good Times

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So, I'm sitting here watching GameSpot's coverage of E3 and I'm reminded of something. These -- the days of E3 -- are good times, my friends. This week as The Big Three touted their wares, we were made privy to some very exciting things.

And all the big guys put on a good show, didn't they? We caught glimpses of Alan Wake, Final Fantasy XIII (and Final Fantasy XIV!) as well as Microsoft's Project Natal concept. Nintendo unveiled Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M, which both look fantastic. The show floor at the Los Angeles Convention Center has had more to offer with Fallout 3: Point Lookout, Halo 3: ODST and a slew of other titles.

And in the midst of all of this: the promise of new Monkey Island content. Yes, my friends, these are very good times indeed.