So, it was a kind of terrible weekend. I, all my own fault, accidentally deleted a save file with over 30 hours of custom design work. (WWE 13 CAW data) That included Custom logos, painstakingly designed pixel-by-rutting-pixel, and 7 created wrestlers. I know the answer to this already but just out of sheer depression and desperation: anyone know how to extract and restore deleted data from the PS3? Gorram THQ doesn't allow CAW data to back up to the cloud. :cry:
In sympathy with my plight my wife gave me 20 dollars and sent me to Gamestop to buy new games to help assauge my mood. This is what I came away with:
- I missed out on Heavenly Sword because when it debuted I hadn't bought a PS3 yet. (I was still on PS2, the Wii, and the 360) Since that time I had always intended to pick it up but was never willing to part with as much money as Gamestop seemed to think it was worth. Well, it's worth 7 bucks; which is what I paid for it. Obstenably my second favorite God of War "clone" (After Conan) I can easily see where this was amazing in its day. Even now the graphics are appealing and the action fun... at least when you play as lead character Nariko. Her mentally challenged cat-girl friend with the cross bow I could do without! I could also be spared the lame attempt to utilize the sixaxis. But for what it is it's a fun game with a unique fake-asian mythology story. A nice blend of east-asian visuals mixed with arabian-influenced music. Heavenly Sword - 7.5
- I'm also very late to Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. This one was free, due to a buy 1 get 1 promotion. Ever notice how the best Star Wars tales are NOT written by George Lucas? (One might argue the original Star Wars but I will always believe that's because Steven Spielberg refined Lucas' mind-garbage into something amazing; just like he did with Indiana Jones) Obviously I will end up having a LOT of fun with this one, but nothing feels right. Right now controls feel clumsy and the game does a poor job of instructing you on how to utilize your powers. Throwing objects (and, hilariously, wookiees) around by flicking a stick is just awkward. I also HATE that I can impale someone on a frakking LIGHTSABER and they still get up and fight more. When will we ever get a Star Wars game where lightsabers are as deadly a weapon as they are supposed to be? Despite quirky controls and an incredible overabundance of enemies and silly platforming this one has charm and fun in spades. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - 7.0
- I reviewed Brütal Legend back in November of 2009 as a title bought at launch and I stand by that review and score. This one was destined for my forever collection but desperate times called for this to be traded along with the next game towards whatever new purchase just couldn't wait. Double Fine's masterful love letter to Heavy Metal was awesome, but slightly a mixed bag; I called it a Keg of Awesome with a Pint of Suck due to the crappy RTS mini-game that made up the large battle portion of this otherwise hilarious, hella-fun advanture with the best gorram soundtrack ever. A great rebuy for 6 bucks. Brütal Legend - (still) 8.5
- While it hasn't aged (graphically) as well as some other titles, 2009's The Saboteur is still one of the best damn games I've ever played. I reviewed it as well and I also stand by the score I gave it. This one, similar to Brütal Legend, was meant for my forever collection but my rebuy also had a second purpose; I was very close to a platinum on this one when I sold it. Sadly, however, my save game was not preserved (it was on my old PS3 that I sold towards my PS4) but, you know what? Big deal. It's a feckin' pleasure to replay this game. By far the most adult (Nudity wise) of the mainstream releases, The Saboteur could easily be misjudged to be fan-service for teen boys, especially with the Midnight Show that came as a bonus for preorder. (Still have that.) But don't let all the nudity of the Belle Nuit turn you off; there's a setting available in options that will slap pasties on those dastardly boobages if that's not your style. Beyond the controversy Pandemic's swan song is a capable blend of Grand Theft Auto's open world and Assassin's Creed's parkour distilled with a little disguise intrigue á la Prototype. Irish protagonist Sean Devlin is a believable badass with stereotypical Irish appetites that match the stereotypical evil Nazis that terrorize Parisian neighborhoods. True to its name The Saboteur will easily sabotage your Now Playing list (Back when we had those sorts of things) if you're not paying attention. It's done that again; I think about this game night and day! Not bad for 8 dollars. The Saboteur - (still) 8.5
The games are nice, all for around 20 bucks. It doesn't fully cure my depression and self-loathing at accidentally deleting my secondary passion of running fantasy wrestling seasons, but it helps I suppose. So will my next purchase which I'll be picking up later today...
- I'll be getting Dragon's Crown on the Vita for 3 reasons: 1) The only friend I know who's getting it is getting it on the Vita, 2) I can play it at work easily on the Vita, and 3) The Vita needs, needs, NEEDS a game.
Expect Impressions by Thursday!