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Too Many Games, Too Little Time

May 28, 2010

So I haven’t been posting on here as much as I would like. I’ve especially fallen behind in my reviews, but there are good reasons for this. The main reason is because of my new job, which takes a lot out of me most days. However, that isn’t the only reason. Almost as guilty as my new job, is the sheer amount of games out right now. My backlog is huge, and has grown even more this past month. It’s been hard to concentrate on just one game, or to choose writing over actually playing more of these games. I will be making a effort to complete some reviews and with E3 coming post some of my reactions to the news that comes out of the event. But for the time being, here is a short list with some very brief impressions of the games that have been keeping me busy.

MAG

I’ve played way too much of this game by now. Hell, I think I’ve dumped more time into it than any RPG that’s been released this generation. That is saying a lot. I also still plan on spending more time with it, especially when the new DLC comes out. It is probably the biggest surprise for me this year, and one of the games I’ve had the most fun playing.

Lost Planet 2

I’m still rather early in the campaign mode of Lost Planet 2, but I’ve been spending a fair amount of time playing the competitive multiplayer. Sadly, I think this game is getting roughed up a bit in reviews. Yes, there are things that could be improved. I think a lot of people just don’t like the way the game controls, but to me it just has its own feeling and that it isn’t a bad thing. I can see myself playing the co-op and competitive modes for quit some time.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Yes I am still playing this from time to time. Recently I’ve spent more time with the multiplayer, especially with the double cash weekends. I’m not too sure how much longer I’ll stick with the multiplayer, but I will be going back to the single player to get some more trophies and just to enjoy one of the best games of this generation.

Final Fantasy XIII

Well, I don’t really know what to say about this game yet. I’ve spent way too much time in it to not finish it, but it will be one of those games I’ll let sit while I finish other games. It is just rather disappointing that I’ve waited so long for this game, and then it comes out and I find myself not wanting to play it. Hopefully it will peak my interest again since I’m just getting to the “good” part of the game according to most people.

Red Dead Redemption

Unlike FFXIII, Red Dead Redemption is actually living up to my excitement and maybe even surpassing it. I’m not too far into the story, as every time I start riding around in the world I find a new side mission, some animals to hunt, mini-games, or superb environments to get lost in. I know I will be spending a lot of time with this game, especially because I’ve been really enjoying the multiplayer aspect of it as well.

Monster Hunter Tri

This game can be a massive time sink. I haven’t put a ton of hours into it yet, but that’s mainly due to other games and the fact that I’m not very good at the game. I really enjoy it, and can easily see how people could spend tons time with this game. Hopefully I’ll find time to play some of the online portion and start to not suck at it so I can progress in the game.

Then there are some games I’ve only barely touched but want to spend more time with. Some of these games are 3D Dot Game Heroes, Yakuza 3, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, and then some DLC for older games. I can’t remember being this busy with so many good games. Thankfully I don’t know of many more games coming out right now so maybe I can start to catch up my posts and growing backlog. Although, with E3 right around the corner I’m sure we’ll see new games and get release dates for games I am interested in. So maybe the real answer it to stop going to work and just play more games.


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My Top 10 PS3 Games of 2009

January 1, 2010

Ok, so 2009 is almost over and I figured I might as well do a top 10 list. This list will be for games available on the PS3, either disc based games or games available through the PlayStation Store. I’ll be listing them alphabetically, since I don’t really feel like listing them from 1-10 since I know it would be very hard for me to pick between some of these games and it doesn’t matter as I think they are all must own games.

Assassin’s Creed 2
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I was in the minority, as I actually enjoyed the first Assassin’s Creed. Luckily it sold well, so Ubisoft was able to correct the mistakes of the first game. In the sequel you still get to sneak around on roof tops, stealthily take down guards and other targets, and free run across several locations. However the sequel adds more combat moves, weapons, varying side missions, and maybe a better setting and protagonist depending on your opinion. Overall, it takes what was an already really good game and brings it to the next level. Reaching a lot closer to its potential than the original Assassin’s Creed did, this game is a must have for any fan of action games.
Assassin’s Creed 2 review coming soon.

Borderlands
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If you are into loot and long games, then go out and pick up Borderlands. There is a lot to do in this FPS with RPG elements. Along with Demon’s Souls, Borderlands became a huge time sink for me. The smooth shooting controls and constant lust for new weapons makes you want to keep playing the game. This game is what I wanted Fallout3 to be. You know, actually fun. Plus if you are into co-op you really need to get this game, as you can play through the whole thing with up to 3 friends.
Check out my review here.

Critter Crunch
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With a ton of charm, humor, amazing art direction, stunning graphics, and solid puzzle mechanics Critter Crunch was easily one of my favorite games of 2009. The game has character and heart. You can tell the studio, Capybara Games, behind the game poured their love into this game. If you are at all interested in puzzle games you have to pick up this great PSN game. If not, try the demo and you will most likely immediately become enamored by the game and want to pick it up.
Check out my review here.

Demon’s Souls
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Thank you Atlus for bringing this game to the US. I’m one of the people who imported it, but I’m also one of the people that bought it a second time when Atlus announced they were bringing it over since Sony didn’t want to. So yes, Demon’s Souls is so good that I bought it twice. It controls great, has amazing atmosphere, unique and innovative online, and is one of the most addictive games I’ve played in a very long time. This is an instant classic for any hardcore action RPG fan.
Check out my review here.

Fat Princess
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Beneath the cute art direction there is an immensely fun 32-player competitive online game. Personally I loved the art direction. I mean come on, there are a ton of unlock-able beards. How can you go wrong with that? Besides looking really good on your HD TV, Fat Princess will give you hours of enjoyment. I’m not a huge online gamer, but I immediately found this game fun and accessible. The overhead class-based gameplay is simple enough for anyone to grasp, but there is enough depth to it to keep you coming back. The tactical aspects of controlling points, gathering resources, defending your base, feeding the princess cake, upgrading your hat machines (which determine what class you are), along with having to coordinate a siege on your opponents castle to effectively free the princess and bring her back to your castle gives the game enough variety and challenge to make the game appealing to a number of different players. With the promise of more classes and more maps Fat Princess should continue to grow and remain a bloody good time.

flower
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I’m still unsure how to describe this game, but whatever it is I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is simple, and in that simplicity it is beautiful. Featuring gorgeous and simple graphics, flower is immediately recognizable. You control the wind as you fly through fields and other areas. Picking up petals as you open up flowers. There is a story here, which you may like or hate but that doesn’t change the fact that the game is fun, relaxing, stunning, and looks great in HD. Do yourself a favor and pick up another unique gem only found on the PS Store.

infamous
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During the current glut of open-world games infamous stands out from the crowd with its fluid controls and great story. It manages to avoid repeating too many of its missions and side missions. The controls are great, whether you are climbing a building, shooting lightning, or gliding through the sky to drop down on your enemies. As you struggle with your actions and how your choices effect the game, you are driven forward by an epic branching story. It is one of those games you will replay just to see what happens when you make different decisions.

Killzone 2
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Amazingly, Killzone 2 was able to live up to the hype and exceed it in my opinion. Dark, gritty, intense, and action packed. Killzone 2 is one of the most impressive games I have seen. The graphics are perfectly married with an oppressive art direction and some of the best animation you’ll ever see in a game. You are on Helghan, and you know it. Killzone 2 plays differently than other FPS, as it actually has weight and a realism to it that other games lack. The controls aren’t floaty or gamey. If you are looking for something different than other FPS’s, with a deep online multiplayer then you really need to check out Killzone2.

PixelJunk Shooter
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Proving once again that you can’t go wrong with a PixelJunk game, Q-games sneaked PixelJunk Shooter into my top 10 for 2009 with the mid December release. They prove that simple isn’t always a bad thing. You control a space ship and fly around 2D caverns, rescuing colonist while solving puzzles and shooting a lot of things. Featuring great art direction, a sweet soundtrack, and amazing fluid dynamics. Shooter is an easy to pick up and play game with some depth to it.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
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Uncharted 2 is simply breath taking and jaw dropping. I thought the first game was impressive, but the sequel brings it to a whole new level. The new setting was a great move by Naughty Dog. You will see a bunch of different locations and all of them are amazingly realized. The game still has great controls, platforming, and fun puzzles as well. Uncharted 2 isn’t just a very good game due to its superb technical prowess and smooth gameplay. Much like the first game, the characters and story are done so much better than any other game that you will really be drawn into their world and actually care about them. It does this even better than a lot of movies. Nathan Drake and company are some of the most believable, engaging, and likable characters I’ve ever encountered in any type of media. If you own a PS3 and don’t have this game then I feel bad for you, as you are truly missing out.
Uncharted 2 review coming soon.

Honorable Mentions:

God of War Collection – I must confess that I’ve never finished any of the God of War games before this collection. I’ve played parts of them and watched my brother or friends play parts. At the time these games came out I was pretty much only playing JRPG’s, as that is my favorite genre and there were a ton of them available on the PS2. I’ve always wanted to go back and play the God of War series, and I almost bought the games back in the beginning of the PS3’s life. However I’m so glad I didn’t. These two games are brought back to life with smooth framerates and polished graphics. God of War II in particular looks rather impressive. If you are like me and missed out on really getting into these games when they came out this is a must buy, especially if you are going to get God of War III.

Gravity Crush – Some people may choose this game over PixelJunk Shooter, as they appear to be very similar. They do have similarities, but they play and feel very different. Gravity Crush is gorgeous and has a great retro feel to it. However I found myself drawn to PixelJunk Shooter which which is why Gravity Crush didn’t make the list. Although, I do recommend getting both games.

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger – I am not a huge fighting game fan, but I actually really enjoyed BlazBlue (even if I’m not too good at it). To sum up how much I like this game, it is the first fighting game I’ve purchased since Street Fighter back on the SNES.