My roommate asked me if I was a cynic the other day. I told him I wasn't. Critical, yes. Cynical, no. At least I hope I'm not. I don't want to dislike things just to dislike them. My hipster days are long behind me (though I still own a pair of tight, black jeans). These days I want to like things. I even push myself to like things that aren't even good. Yet, I can't help but see my roommates point. Lately I have been trashing on a lot of video games. Is it possible the hipster of old is still with me?
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I'm not really sure how to answer that. Today I played the beginning of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. And guess what? I liked it. It gave me a sigh of relief. It confirmed that I'm not just hating on things just to hate on them. I hate on things, or dislike on things, because quite frankly they're just not that good. Sigma 2, on the other hand, is quite good.
I'm not here to get into the game. That's what my review will do later when I'm ready to write it. What I will say is that I'm more confident than ever about how I analyze and critique other games. When I give GTA V or The Last of Us or Splinter Cell or Bioshock Infinite what most people would consider a low score, I know I'm sticking true to my honest opinion. To me there are many other games that are better than those former titles, by a lot. Within five minutes of playing Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 I knew I was playing a way better game than most of what my PS3 has been loading up these days. On the other side, I knew I wasn't playing a perfect game, or the best game either.
Over the past few months I've played my fair share of PS3 games. Most pretty bad, some decent, and two really good ones (Dark souls and now Ninja Gaiden Sigma). Dark Souls is probably the more objectively acceptable example, since I'm sure not everyone is going to agree with how much praise I'm giving Sigma 2.
At this point I don't even know what this blog is about. I'm sort of just rambling. But I will ramble on about one more thing. Sigma 2 feels like a video game. Which, by all meanings of that phrase, is an awesome thing. I think a lot of you out there know what I'm talking about. Some video games feel like video games, and some don't. I'd recommend Sigma 2 like I'd recommend Dark Souls (though, obviously I'd recommend Dark Souls first) and I have no problem saying that.
There. How's that for a fart?