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Backlog Barrage! Review Edition: 1

November 17, 2010

Well, due to a multitude of reasons I have fallen severely behind in both keeping up with all the games I have and my reviews. So in order to remedy this I’ve decided to go ahead and make some quick and dirty versions of reviews I haven’t finished and are now sorely overdue. This way, if you’re interested, you can still see what I thought about the games I’ve been playing.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Publisher: Sony  /  Developer: Naughty Dog
Platform: PS3 /  Genre: TPS, Action Adventure  /  Release Date: October 13, 2009

Ok, I don’t think you really need to a review of this game. By now you should have bought this game, beat it, and come to realize how great it is. Unlike some games, Uncharted 2 lives up to all these accolades and all the praise it got. Once again Naughty Dog has crafted a great character driven story that really pulls you into its world. You will visit some truly stunning environments and engage in incredible action sequences. It is impressive just how good this game looks. I think it is the best looking console game to date. Thankfully it isn’t just good looking, but has the gameplay to back it up. The refinements in shooting, traversal, stealth attacks, and melee add up to what is my favorite controlling TPS.  All of the single-player is enough for this game to be one of the best games on the PS3, but then add a really fun and uniquely vertical competitive multiplayer as well as co-op and it takes it to another level. Go out and get this game now if you haven’t played it yet.

SCORE: 10/10

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Lost Planet 2 Publisher: Capcom  /  Developer: Capcom
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC /  Genre: TPS  /  Release Date: May 11, 2010

Lost Planet 2 (LP2) may have underwhelmed many a reviewer or gamer, but if you knew what to expect from it I think it turned out pretty darn good. After spending a large amount of time with both the campaign and multiplayer I have to admit I really enjoy what LP2 has to offer. If you are looking for a Gears of War style game, or a cover based third-person shooter you will be very disappointed. However, if you come to LP2 expecting an experience similar to the original, just with more of an emphasis on online co-op and competitive multiplayer then you will be rather happy.

The game looks  a lot better than the first game, with nice and varied environments and great creature designs. You will get to play as several different factions that inhabit the once frozen world of E.D.N. III. Eventually these opposing come together to work towards one goal. The story is ok, but the ending is kind of just crazy and to be honest I lost track of what it was trying to tell me. But that doesn’t really detract from the fun I had killing large monsters (even more fun with friends in co-op) and unlocking new gear and weapons. Hopefully there will be a Lost Planet 3, and they will refine the systems present in the sequel as well as add a better single player campaign.

SCORE: 8/10

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Assassin’s Creed 2 Publisher: Ubisoft  /  Developer: Ubisoft
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC /  Genre: Action  /  Release Date: November 17, 2009

Unlike a lot of people, I really enjoyed the first Assassin’s Creed. I understood peoples’ complaints, but I thought it was just such a different type of game that took place in a very interesting setting that I could get over some of its short comings. So when they announced a sequel with a lot of fixes, another great location, and set in an interesting time I was really excited about it. Thankfully Assassin’s Creed 2 (AC2) mostly lived up to my initial excitement.

It plays very similar to the first game, but with several needed changes. There is more variety in this game, especially in the weapons and how they are used in combat. In AC2 you can use your trusty throwing knives, different swords and daggers, a simple gun, and even disarm enemies and then use their weapons against them. The simple timing based combat is still present, and rewards you for being observant of your enemies. BEing able to parry, disarm, and attack when there is an opening will make you feel like a real assassin and get you out of sticky situations much faster.

In AC2 you continue the story of Desmond Miles as you access memories through an animus (!!!!). You will spend most of your timing climbing and killing your way around renaissance italy. It is splendid location that is beautifully realized in the game. You will learn more about the truth about the Templars, Assassins, and more. It sets up for an interesting next installment in the series. I do however, have some small gripes with the AC2. First of all, the graphics. Don’t get me wrong it is a good looking game when you are running around and in combat, but any time you are in cut scenes and close ups you can see some of the blocky geometry and lower res textures. It is disappointing to say the least. For the most part, the controls for climbing feel great. However, sometimes they are too automated or it can’t figure out what you are trying to do. This can lead to accidents of either jumping the wrong direction, jumping off of something you didn’t meant to, or not being able to navigate up something that you should be able to. It would have also been nice if your upgradable vila would have been deeper or had more importance. These small problems aren’t enough to bring the game down and was easily one of my favorite games of 2009.

SCORE: 9/10

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Heavy Rain Publisher: Sony  /  Developer: Quantic Dream
Platform: PS3 /  Genre: Adventure /  Release Date: February 23, 2010

I wasn’t really sure if I was ever going to review this game but I figured with this new format I could at least give it a try. The main reason I wasn’t sure if I was going to review Heavy Rain was pretty simple, I don’t really know how to or what I want to say about it. THis may come down to the simple fact that I can’t find an adequate way to explain how it plays, without it sounding like one large quick-time event or point and click adventure type of game. It isn’t either of these things, but it does have things in common with these types of gameplay. You do directly control the four main characters of the game, as you work your way through a mystery about a serial killer. You will get to play as a distraught father, private detective, FBI agent, and a reporter. The stories of each individual bleed into one main story line, and no matter how you play through the game you will get an ending that should wrap things up. Which is very important, as there are many different endings available for the story of Heavy Rain, and that is because there is a lot of choice, different outcomes of events, and even character death. That’s right, you are able to kill of the main characters and the story will adapt and form an ending around how you experience the game. Speaking of which, I think this game is an interactive drama that is best experienced by playing it and not just watching it. You will connect with the characters and if you are like me, try your hardest to get through the game with all four characters alive. If you are somewhat skeptical of this game, due to the unique gameplay style I would say try to get past that and give it a shot. You will be treated to an  engaging drama, great graphics, and unique gaming experience.

SCORE: 9/10


Lost Planet 2 Demos Impressions

April 11, 2010

I’m a little late to the Lost Planet party, but that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying it. In fact, I  finally decided to break open my copy of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition for the PS3. I was only mildly interested in this game, so picked it up one day on an Amazon.com sale for around $8. So I didn’t feel bad letting it sit there, especially since there have been so many games to play.

I played through Lost Planet: Extreme Condition over the course of 3 days. Turns out, it wasn’t that long of a game. Despite it being sort of short and looking really bad for a PS3 game, I enjoyed my time with the game. I finally started to see why people were getting really excited about Lost Planet 2.

After beating Lost Planet: Extreme Condition I decided to go ahead and download the two demos for Lost Planet 2. The campaign demo came out first and features co-op as well as single player options. This demo is available via the PS Store and Xbox Live. The second demo is competitive multiplayer (MP) only. This demo is only available from pre-order from Amazon.com, from several give-aways, or I think from signing up to Capcom Unity. I’ve now spent some time with both, and have come around to the wonder that is Lost Planet 2.

The new MP demo was a little disappointing at first. However, after getting use to both the map and the general feel of it I’ve come around on it. I guess if I actually played the multiplayer from the first game I would have known what to expect from it. Since I didn’t, it took some time to get use to the slower pace and weapons. One of the things that slightly bothers me, is that I think players tend to take too much damage from the standard machine guns. This makes it so you have to unload more than a full clip into a guy if they have full health. Maybe I’m not the best at the game, but I’ve seen other people having this same experience so don’t think it’s just how I’m playing the game.

There are two game modes available in the MP demo. You can play a deathmatch mode called Elimination or a conquest mode called Post Grab.  Personally I prefer the Post Grab mode. This is because I prefer team based and objective based MP over just deathmatch. In Post Grab you have to activate posts and keep them in your teams possession to win the game. Also, I don’t think the game play of Lost Planet 2 lends itself that well to the deathmatch style. Elimination was ok, but not as fun as Post Grab.

I think the MP demo isn’t that great, but it isn’t bad. It plays fine, and once I can really customize my character it might become even more fun. When the game comes out I will defiantly check out the MP modes, but doubt I will stay with it too long. On the other hand, I could see myself spending much more time playing co-op.

The co-op demo allows you to move through 3 different areas, or parts of a level. You can team up with 3 other players online or play it alone. I’m mainly a single player gamer, but after playing the campaign with other players I really think that is the way to go with this game. Seeing how these missions will make up the whole campaign of the game, it might be best to team up with a couple friends and go through the game that way.

The three parts of campaign demo culminate in a boss fight. In the first two parts you come across several different Akrids (the creatures that inhabit the world of Lost Planet 2). Most of these aren’t hard to take down so you can pretty easily move through these areas. However, there will be a few larger Akrids that will require more cooperation to take down. Which is a precursor to the team work needed to take down the massive salamander boss at the end of the demo.

In both of these demos you will get a good taste for some of the different weapons, Vital Suits, and overall feel of Lost Planet 2. After spending time with the first game and the demos I’ve become fairly excited about the potential of Lost Planet 2. If your interest is at all peaked by the prospect of taking down large insect like monsters, then I would highly recommend that you at least download the co-op demo. If you are also interested in competetive multiplayer then you can try to get your hands on that demo as well, but I think the real reason to play Lost Planet 2 is for the co-op. Thankfully the wait for Lost Planet 2 isn’t much longer. You can get the game on May 11, 2010 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Capcom Announces Monster Hunter Portable 3rd With New Trailer

March 16, 2010

Well, it looks like Capcom isn’t slowing down with their Monster Hunter (MH) series. They have announced a new MH for the PSP, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd. As of right now there is no release date or NA information, but seeing how the other PSP MH games have come out in NA I am sure it will eventually make it over here.

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd will be a new spin-off of the main MH series. It will feature a lot of the new weapons, monsters, and places that are in the upcoming Wii title Monster Hunter Tri (MH3). However, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd won’t have the underwater levels found in MH3. This may be disappointing, but Capcom will be adding new weapons and monsters to Monster Hunter Portable 3rd to add an incentive for players to pick it up.

I haven’t played a MH game since the PS2, but have been eagerly waiting for one to grace the PS3. It seems like Capcom doesn’t have any current plans to do so. So it looks like my options are to either get a Wii and MH3 or just wait for Monster Hunter Portable 3rd since I already have a PSP. Either way, if you are a diehard MH fan I’m sure you are very happy about this news and will end up getting both games.

Lost Planet 2 “Kill Big” Trailer

March 15, 2010

Last week Capcom released a new trailer (seen above) entitled “Kill Big” for Lost Planet 2. In the trailer you will see a lot of gameplay, a quick look at the available character customization, and the diverse enemies and environments you’ll encounter in the game.

From what I’ve read, and seen in the trailers Capcom has released, the game will feature several different factions or groups. Each has their own look, with varying types of gear and mechs. It also seems that the game will be broken into large chapters or episodes. In each of these you will complete several missions and a mini-story as the different factions. All of which should lead to a larger cohesive ending.

During these episodes you can play alone with 3 AI controlled characters or go online and play through the story with 3 friends. This is probably one of the main draws of Lost Planet 2. Besides the co-op story there is competitive multiplayer. Hopefully the story is long enough to make it and the co-op the main focus, as we have enough multiplayer shooters as it is.

It looks like there will be a nice variety in the environments you will battle your way through over the course of the game. There are snow covered areas, jungles, deserts, deserted towns, and even large city like areas. I doubt you’ll end up getting bored, seeing as you’ll be moving to all these different areas and playing as new factions.

It also appears that these environments will be stocked with a variety monsters. Some are of a more manageable size, but as the trailer shows there will also be some very big monsters to confront. These larger monsters will require some teamwork and strategy to take down. But Capcom has said that you should be able to take the monsters down with different weapons, so you won’t have to worry about being equipped perfectly for each encounter.

You will also notice the large amount of customization available in the game in this trailer. It looks like there will be an almost endless amount of character customization. From different types of gear, weapons, and even body types. This has me really interested in the game. In fact, this along with the 4 player co-op and large monsters is giving me a very big futuristic Monster Hunter vibe. Which is kind of funny, as Capcom switched the development of Monster Hunter 3 from the PS3 to the Wii because they didn’t think it would make enough cash in the West on the PS3. But I guess since Lost Planet is a more gun oriented game they figured it would do well enough in the west to make it on HD consoles. Maybe if Lost Planet 2 does well enough we’ll see another version of the game that moves even closer to the Monster Hunter formula, or even an actual Monster Hunter game come to HD consoles.

However, I do have one big problem with Lost Planet 2 and Capcom. Not too long ago Capcom came out said they were having trouble fitting everything they originally wanted into the game. This was due to the limited DVD space that is available to the Xbox 360 version of the game. I was originally pretty upset about this. I mean why should the game have to be shortened, or decreased just to fit onto one outdated disc. Just add another disc to the 360 version. Instead I am sure all this cut content will show up as DLC, and for the PS3 version it could even end up already on the disc with just an unlock key being needed (for a price). This news has almost made me give up on this game, despite it being quit appealing. I’m still unsure if I’ll pick it up, but this new trailer has gone a long way to bringing my interest and desire to play it back to the forefront. Lost Planet 2 will be available in North America on May 18, 2010.