Rainbow Six Vegas 2
Tom Clancy lovers rejoice. Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 is an excellent addition to the restart of the series. Unfortunately for $62.99, it only adds a new story, some great co-op, new maps and fun distraction in the experience system. Don't get me wrong, the game is deserving of the high marks it has received, and if you love tactical shooters this is the grand daddy of them.
Though in Vegas 2, you can't help but feel as if, nothing has REALLY changed. Weapons are pretty much the same, with the additions of new models such as the MP7. Multiplayer maps are newer, but some favorites are brought back. The story mode benefits from co-op, but no so much from an intriguing story (terrorists, wmd's blah blah). Vegas 2 is more or less a beefy expansion pack, than a full fledged sequel.
While playing through the game, I get the feeling that I could have paid $30 dollars for a new campaign, new weapons and new maps. There is a slight graphics upgrade, and as always the bright neon slot machines provide an glitzy backdrop for firefights, but game play improvements seem minimal. Besides the addition of a full co-op mode, and the experience system, it's pretty much just Vegas 1 with a big 2 slapped on the cover.
Though it does come through on the multi-player again, and god knows that's where most everyone will spend the majority of their Vegas 2 time. So in short for skeptics, if you kinda liked Vegas 1, there is plenty to love in Vegas 2, just don't expect a huge difference. For FPS and Vegas 1 fans, Vegas 2 is a great game, and you will not be disappointed. I just can't help but wonder if Ubisoft Montreal knew they were making a glorified expansion pack, rather than taking some risks with the series.
Any who, don't let my musings over the game distract you, it's a great game that delivers on what it promises, but definately could have benefitted from trying to take the series forward, rather than play it safe. I'm sure Vegas 3 will shut me up in 09.
Dissapointments in early 08:
Looking at you Devil May Cry 4. DMC4 just didn't hold my interest last month. I'm yet to beat it, and I'm sure that beating it will change my opinion, but when a game can't keep my interest, it's rather sad. Here I am paying $62.99 for something that didn't really earn the amount I paid. I got tired of back tracking, I got tired of mashing the same combo's over and over, and I really didn't care for the repeat boss fights. I appreciate the Devil May Cry series but DMC4 just didn't deliver to me the way I thought it would. I will beat the game though, and will post my after thoughts if my opinion changes.
Lost Odyssey, what the heck? I love this game, absolutely love it. So why am I dissapointed? I've often chastized Blu-Ray for gaming but I think LO is an example of a game that could benefit from the larger storage. Each disc is about 10 hours long, and that's it. So while I am playing an epic RPG, I was blowing through discs faster than I imagined, making it a little less epic. I'm not disappointed at LO's game play, but more so its ability to be epic, yet not so epic.
Smash Brothers Brawl ONLINE, seriously, I'm really tired of punching the white bag for 15 minutes, only to find out I am being disconnected. I am unsure of the details, and hate to outright blame Nintendo, but I feel they dropped the ball with the online play. It's not working properly, and you can't use the best features in the game. No leaderboards? Brawl codes? No stock matches for random games? Comon! I might as well invite everyone over instead, maybe Nintendo is promoting being social by not following through on their promise of a capable online service? Oh here's the kicker, with no real means of communication, stories around campus surfaced that people are using Halo 3/COD4 party lobbies to make up for Brawl inadequacies. Hilarious.
OMG, Liek you HAZ to chaek out Da CLUB! No super cereal here, the inner Contra geek in me loved this game. Imagine if you had to race a PGR lap, but beat the time limit, while shooting everyone in sight, and earning kudos at the same time. Bizzarre Creations delivered with this title, especially if you are dying for some old school "gotta get the high score action." It could use a fresh coat of polish, but I like what I played and I hope to see another in the future.
Blu Ray! Hey remember when I didn't care for you? Well you see, my girlfriends dad got a 57 in ( i think could be wrong) HDTV, and we mounted it and it's like you know, so cool and he like totally got this blu ray player and I watche 300 on it and I take back all the mean things I said. So I gotta say, thank you for winning the HD format war so I can finally purchase my PS3 and enjoy games and movies without hearing my idiot fanboy manager rave about how "HD DVD IS OUT SELLING BLU RAY IN ALABAMA!" Let's call it even Blu buddy, just prove yourself in my games now and I'll buy you a coke...
Gamespot for keeping it going. After a terrible end to 2007, I still use Gamespot as my main source of gaming news. I don't mind the review delays so much, but as a budding journalist myself, I know how hard it can be to handle so many stories, on such a short deadline. Here's to you and I hope that 08 tides better for you guys.