Hey people! It has been a while since I posted anything on the site and mostly I've been lurking around every now and then.
Been quite busy with work lately and although I had a lot of topics brewing in my head to discuss here every time I sit down to start writing I lose interest, I guess thats what they call writer's block. Anyhow I decided to write a small Gaming update since thankfully my gaming is alive and well and doing great!
The last few months I played through quite a few games so I will try and list them here with a short review.
Donkey Kong Country Returns:
I absolutely loved this game! It has been a while since a game kicked my rear end the way this one did! I personally think this was a great game with spot on controls and amazing gameplay (-rolling) the music was top notch and the difficulty always had me coming back for more punishment! Some people were complaining that it missed some of the SNES' villians but hey it wouldn't be a Nintendo game if the fans didn't compain now would it? Overall 10/10
Sonic Colors (Wii):
WOW! Sega finally did it! An excellent 3D Sonic game! Its easy to say that 2010 was Sonic's greatest year in the whole decade thanks to 3 excellent games which was topped off by this wonderful experience! I had my doubts about the wisps being a gimmik but they worked quite well as powerups rather than annoying furries! The story was light hearted and the levels were colorful and diverse! The only problem I had with the game was that it was relatively easy (I would love to know where the reviewers saw a difficulty spike! It's like they had reviews pre-written!) Overall 9/10
Platinum games delivered one of the best gaming experiences last year with Bayonetta so I was hoping their next game would be just as innovative and action packed. With Vanquish they delivered on the action but not so much on the innovation. The game starts out with a bland character ripped out of all the generic shooters out there who wears an enhancement suit fighting off the russians in the future (wow even in a future setting they couldn't think of another enemy! The cold war ended over 20 years ago people! Move on!) the graphics are quite amazing but the game is very linear, gray and repetitive to the point where you wish it would end. The game isn't particularly bad its just generic to a stupid point. The game was obviously made with the western "core" market in mind and even its only innovation can be overlooked for most of the game. Overall 7/10
Mass Effect 2 (PS3):
It is extremely hard to sum up what kind of an experience ME2 is! This is an incredible game! The world Bioware built is massive and filled with life! A space opera with a mythos that can rival almost any of the big sci-fi movies! Add in interesting characters, action, a great story and consequances for your actions! I clocked in 70 hours on this game and I recommend that everyone who hasn't played it not to miss this incredible experience! Overall 10/10
Marvel VS Capcom 3:
A sequal that's been years in the making Capcom decided that it was finally the time for a sequal to one of their most successful franchises! Taking on the same ****as the Wii exclusive Tatsunokko VS Capcom, the game ditched the old sprites and control scheme for a 3D graphical update and simplified controls to make this game my personal unquestionable best fighting game of this generation! The roster has been stripped down somewhat in favor of balancing it to accomodate more unique characters! I absolutely love this game! Overall 9/10
As I mentioned previously I bought a 360 for the wealth of XBLA games on it and honestly it has not disappointed! Splosion Man is an excellent old school platformer with the charm and insanity of a Looney Toons cartoon! The game is pretty tough and challenging and well worth playing through! Overall 9/10
Another XBLA gem, Limbo is platformer puzzler played entirely in black and white. You play as a little boy who wakes up in a strange forrest with absolutely no explanation as to where you are or why everything around you is trying to kill you in the most brutal graphic depictions of violence even by today's standards! The puzzles will mess with your mind and you'll wonder what kind of planning went into making the next deadly trap! Overall 9.5/10
Super Meat Boy:
The words that can describe this game are two: NES Hard! This game will challenge even the vetern platforming buff with its short levels that'll take memorization, several tries and a few throws of the controller on the floor! If you have a 360 and enjoy punishing yet rewarding gameplay don't miss out on this masterpiece! Overall 9.5/10
As most of you know I'm not an FPS fan, but to be honest the marketing for this game had me interested especially when they spoofed the bland Call of Duty games. so I tried the demo and when I found the controls perfect I picked it up! Boy did this game deliver! The FPS market is simply in dire need for more games like Bulletstorm with innovative mechanics, tongue and cheek over the top action and a reward system that pushes you to be innovative in the way you dispose of your enemy rather than go run and gun. My only problem with the game is that it held off on some of its mechanics that could've been used more often to make it the best FPS around!
WOW that was longer than I expected! Well that is pretty much what I played the last 3 months or so. Right now I picked up Beyond Good and Evil HD off XBLA since I never played the original one, Killzone 3 which my brother loves and I could give it a go and I borrowed the first Gears of War since I never played it before either.
As usual your thoughts are appreciated!