I’m reading Catching Fire (second in the Hunger Games) which is even more disappointing than the first so far, but my buddy’s notes in the book are keeping me going.
I wrote this review before I sold it, figuring I could place it with one of the usual sites I freelance for. That week one of them decided that they’re not going to be featuring game reviews anymore and another was broke from Comic Con. So here it is- another great installment in the Lego franchise. Just when you think you’re out…
Traveller’s Tales keeps cranking out those Lego games, but it’s to their credit that they keep honing the experience. While there were bound to be a few missteps when there’s been a new installment or three every year, nearly every title adds new features that helps keep people coming back. Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 (my review) was perhaps the pinnacle of the series thus far but Lego Batman 2 manages to build on that and add some completely new gameplay experiences. (Look, up in the Sky!)
I’ve spent the last few weeks researching and writing a massive, 101-article list for Guyspeed.
It was a ton of work, but incredibly fulfilling. Finally, my lifetime of playing videogames paid off. For about a week I walked around with a notebook jotting down games whenever they came to my mind, eventually ending up with a list of about 120 entries. After I had them all down in an excel file and had started to organize them a bit I started looking at some game ranking sites to make sure I hadn’t forgotten any obvious ones… it wouldn’t do to write a list like this and forget Pac-Man, or something. But I’d done a pretty good job, although I soon realized that I’d really stocked it up with way too many PC adventure games and obscure 16-bit titles. A few got the chop that broke my heart (I’m sorry, Chakan! Please forgive me, Broken Sword 2!) but with the help of my great editor and in the interests of making a list that represented every genre, era and system, I think I managed got a good mix.
Before I wrote the entries I replayed as many of the games as I could. I went into my closet and dug out my big box o’ games (as pictured on top), hooking up some of the old systems for the first time in years. Nomad! Saturn! N64! …Virtual Boy! (Shockingly, no Virtual Boy games made the list.) Even the Wii, actually- which according to the internal calendar I haven’t played in about a year and a half. But it was worth it to find the Wii remote just for Okami.
Really quite the trip, and it made me happy to see that so many of the older games are still readily available in downloadable form. Great games never die.
Love to know what you folks think! You can start in on the list right here - 100 Greatest Games Ever.
A great soundtrack while you’re reading this? Here’s some stuff I blasted while writing this-
Minibosses. Always. And their album Brass is a free download!
Random and Lost Perception’s Black Materia.
Adam WarRock, who just released a great hip hop soundtrack to Bastion.
Video Games Live, whose second album got played on Spotify on repeat.
Regardless of the quality of the game, this is pretty hideous.
I used to do that! I’ve been incredibly busy working a project that’s been sucking a lot of my time away. I’ve still been able to start a new homebrewing blog (New York Home Brew!) and get a bunch of reviews written, though…
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
I unabashadly love this game. I just picked up the first book from the series that inspired the game and am doubly impressed by how faithful a translation it is. Fully plan on going back through it on the harder difficulty, and I barely ever do that.
Review on Guyspeed
The Walking Dead
I’m loving that this game is finally getting some attention with mainstream press, including a massive article in the New York Times this week. It really is a great game, and both that increasingly middling tv show and Telltale’s Jurassic Park disaster seem to be convincing people not to bother with it. Their mistake- it’s one of the most exciting zombie properties in years.
Review on Badass Digest
Fun little game, even if there isn’t much to it. The Lite version was fun enough to earn my buck- I was just sad to find out that I’d already experienced all it had to offer. But hey, closest to a Tremors videogame we’ll ever get.
Review on Tapsauce
Sniper Elite V2
The most brutal Nazi destruction since Inglourious Basterds. I ain’t kidding when I say this one is pure, violent catharsis. I really, really need that DLC that lets you assassinate Hitler.
Review on Guyspeed.
Twenty pounds of stuff for my next #homebrew just arrived. Going to be brewing a Brooklyn Chocolate Stout clone! (Taken with instagram)
Really love this one. This and Sine Mora in a few weeks? Xbox Live Arcade’s on a roll again. Not too sure how smart they were releasing it on Good Friday/First Day of PAX, though. Especially since most Xbox 360 gamers are used to Arcade titles hitting on Wednesday. Of course, it doesn’t help that the console’s new Games Marketplace is absolutely awful at letting you find anything. What a shitty redesign.
Anyway, definitely go for this one if you’re a Tower Defense fan. Plus, it’s only 800 fantasy points!
Full review at Guyspeed.
Had a nice half-hour chat with the three guys behind the Shroud level on Tuchanka in Mass Effect 3, a spoilery interview that shows just how much your choices matter in the game. Indeed, how much they’ve mattered in every single game in the series- you might be surprised to see all the things that can change depending on your actions.
Really proud of this interview. You can read the full thing here- http://badassdigest.com/2012/04/05/the-badass-interview-mass-effect-3-developers-talk-about-curing-the-genopha/
I love shoot’em ups. Absolutely love them. While I was a Nintendo fanboy as a kid I picked up a Sega Nomad years later along with a massive amount of shooters, finally experiencing all of those amazing Treasure games I hadn’t tried before. That was really the start of things, and I spent the next few years dodging bullets whenever I could. But besides some re-releases on XBLA there hasn’t been a great new shooter in a while, but Sine Mora is finally here. I really dig this game and can see myself playing it for a long time to come.
Check out my full review at Guyspeed, where I managed to sneak M.U.S.H.A. into an article without anyone noticing.