Summer time always brings with it a video game drought that lasts until late September. In recent years however, the DLC experience has made this not so bad, with quality titles being released each week for under twenty dollars. What are some of the best and worst for Summer 2010? You're about to find out.
(Will be updating throughout July and August)
Do you like Westerns?
Donít answer that. You fucking love Westerns.
Whether or not it was thanks to Clint Eastwoodís immeasurable manliness, everybody now knows that cowboys and the untamed west were gritty, deadly, and badass as hell.
Red Dead Redemption reflects this better than any game Iíve ever seen. Even Sunset Riders.
The Nintendo Wii is a barren wasteland of casual games and shovelware, sorry fanboys, it's true. Yet there remains a select few titles that stand as a waypoint or an oasis for the "hardcore gamers"***out there. If you're like me, your Wii console stands for months on end collecting dust, until you get the urge to play a GameCube title at least. It's not fun to hate on the Wii, it's just easy, but today we're going to try to spread the love around. I've compiled my top 10 games worth owning a Wii for. You might find some glaring omissions in my list but let me say here that those titles were left out on purpose... I have my reasons. But enough talk, have at you!
***(Defined as someone who plays actual video games sans the need for gimmicks and simplification, as opposed to "casual gamers" who claim to play video games but in truth play WoW and Wii titles such as Ultimate Skeeball Championships 2010****)
****(Not a real title, but it damn well should be)
I love me some pokemon. Ever since I received a Game Boy Pocket and Pokemon Red for my birthday back in March of 1999, I've been hooked. I was ten then and 21 now but in those 11 years of change one thing has stayed the same; the magic spark that keeps the Pokemon franchise fresh, even though the main entries in the series have been copy pasted from the beginning.
What allowed Pokemon to gain so much popularity seemingly overnight and continue being one of the best selling video game franchises of all time remains somewhat a mystery. What is it that appeals to us about capturing and collecting hundreds of unique monsters to grow, battle and trade? All I know is when Game Freak finally announced the highly anticipated remakes of the Gold, Silver and Crystal generation of games I was ecstatic. Gold and Silver are easily the greatest entries into the series and I'll tell you why.
Where to begin... Heavy Rain is an interactive drama, faux-film noir, point and click adventure video game exclusively on the PlayStation 3. The game was developed by Quantic Dream and was directed by David Cage (Who is also the founder and CEO of QD), whom you may or may not know as the writer/director of another game called Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy, Stateside).
Heavy Rain puts you in the shoes of 4 different characters who start the game as strangers. They become intertwined in the search for the Origami Killer, a serial killer who uses rain water to drown his young male victims whilst sending their fathers on a Saw inspired goose chase to prove their love for their sons. While the game sets you on strict rails you maintain full control of the plot and how it progresses. It is possible to have all your characters die and end the game without finding the identity of the killer. So I ask you, how far would you go to save someone you loved?
WARNING: While I promise not to spoil the killer's identity or the best possible ending to the game, I will go as far as to possibly spoil certain set pieces and events that lead up to the climax. I usually try to avoid spoilers all together, but in the case of Heavy Rain there's little else to talk about besides the plot. You've been warned.
Another year has come and gone, and while overall this was a great year to be a gamer there are a few nits I'd like to pick. Here's my Top Ten gaming blunders of the past year, enjoy!
Aw yeah. Army of Two 2: The 22nd Two. I hope youíre ready for some completely manly, testosterone-filled, gun-toting, Deagle-pimping action with absolutely no homosexual undertones at all!
LETíS DO THIS!
When this game was first announced as in production, Dan Aykroyd was quoted saying "this is essentially the third movie." What he didn't tell us is it's essentially the third movie... Co-starring you! If you consider yourself a Ghostbuster fan of any caliber you owe it to yourself to play this game. The music is authentic, the voices are authentic, the set pieces are all authentic, and the Bill Murray-isms are authentic. What it all culminates to is a fanboy's wet dream in the form of a faux-third person shooter (or buster).
Are you a gamer who's looking for a title to tide you over until the God of War III, an avid Zelda fan starving for puzzles to solve, or a fan of Joe Madureira's art? Then look no further than the completely adequate Action/Adventure that is Vivid Game's 'Darksiders'.
To make a long story short, Demon's Souls is the game that kicks your ass and leaves you wanting more.
To make a short story long, Demon's Souls is one of the few RPGs I've ever seen that has both tried to break the mold, and done so successfully.
From basic descriptions, the game seems like a slow, turn-based, stat-reliant "J-RPG" like so many Final Fantasies before it. In actuality, playing it for even a minute will reveal that it is what one would call an "Action-RPG", along the lines of your Devil May Crys and God of Wars. Running, dodging, swiping, stabbing, blocking and parrying are all done with buttons on your controller, in real-time. However, the differences that Demon's Souls has from these action-oriented games becomes obvious very quickly.
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