Last year I went through quite a few games and felt like I’d share a mini review of each one I’d played, so you could have a snapshot on it. I’m not including the ones I played during the period when I had my Playstation Now subscription. (If you like, feel free to look at those previous posts, of which gave a fairly good description of each game I played on the subscription.)
Just Cause 2
This was a fun experience and reminded me a lot of Bionic Commando but with big explosions. Plenty to do in the game, it’s a sandbox where just about everything can be destroyed. Definitely a buy, considering it’s bargain bin price now. The new sequel is out now, but if your waiting for the price to lower or not sure, give this a try first.
–Now THAT, is a jumbo jet!
Duke Nukem Forever
Not the best quality game for as long of a wait many fans had to put up with. Beyond that it was a solid shooter that wasn’t a waste of time, if you like lowbrow humor and don’t mind a story that was written by monkeys. Rent it if you like, but you can usually get it for around $5.
—Sorry Duke, maybe I’ll have $59.99, next time…But here’s a dollar!
Castlevania – Lord of Shadows: Mirror of Fate
Solid platformer that tries to go back to the Metroidvania days. Combat was fun, boss battles were great and challenging. You take control of three characters in the game that are supposed to have unique abilities. The story was pointless and I would get this just to get that old Castlevania gameplay you’ve been missing since the handheld days. It’s available on PSN and Xbox for $15.
Castlevania – Lord of Shadows 2
Plays like Lord of Shadows did, which was a good game. Good story, good gameplay. It plays a little like God of War, but with its own type of combat. There were some stealth elements in the game that were just inserted in, to bring variety, but it could’ve done without it. Story is taken in a different direction from other Castlevania games, so if your fan, you might like it. Rent or buy in bargain bin.
Soul Calibur II HD
HD port of an oldie but goodie. Plenty of modes and a large weapon master mode, which will take you some time to finish. You won’t find any create a character like the later titles and visuals certainly show their age; but if you can get beyond that, try it out! If you aren’t familiar with Soul Calibur, its a fighter, but with hand-to-hand weapon combat, and a good solid game. Recommend buying online, which I believe is the only way its available.
Monkey Island: Special Edition
This game is a perfect example of a quality gaming experience. If your used to fast paced and intense action, this game isn’t for you…or perhaps it is! Slow yourself down, put your thinking cap on and get ready for an entertaining story that will make you laugh. Besides, if you get stuck you can always just look at a FAQ to move you along. Stupidity happens to all gamers, myself included. Also, if you played this many years ago, you’ll be surprised to know that the graphics are updated with new artwork and you have the ability to play the original version, if you’d like. It’s worth every penny! Available on PSN or xbox live.
—Boy! The locals sure are nice here!
Kingdom Hearts 1.5
If you missed this back on Playstation 2, you have a chance to enjoy a phenomenal game. This is a completely original story and RPG, that takes Disney and Final Fantasy characters and puts them in a merged world. The combat does require a small learning curve and when you first start the game, you may be a little bit lost when you get to Traverse Town at first. But the action quickly picks up and keeps it consistent and fresh throughout the game. Story wise, I felt it was a little predictable and to be honest, I don’t know why they are so obsessed with this series’ story line. The story isn’t bad, it’s just not DAMN!, WOW! or New York Time’s bestseller material.
Also, this game is a bundle of two other “games”. The first is Chain of Memories, which was an okay title.
The other is Kingdom Hearts 358/2 days, which is a compilation of cut-scenes from the game, but doesn’t include the game itself…just movies. Personally, I felt it was a waste of time, sitting through 80 cutscenes of three teens as they ate salted ice cream and whined about emo-bullshit. (Salted ice cream?!?!) Honestly, I felt like I’ll never get that time back, its gone and 358/2 days took it away.
Must play for the original Kingdom Hearts and the other stuff is just filler and not fan service.
This game I loved back the original NES and this one is even better. If you’re looking for a GOOD unconventional platformer, with a side of well written Disney humor, look no further. Lots of good nostalgia for those whose played this way back when! I’d buy it.
–Pain, from a cane, now IN HD!!!
It plays like Mortal Kombat for PS3, minus the fatalities. Good story mode, with a lot of variety for DC fans to enjoy. Fighting is good, giving the player to use environment items as attacks. If you like a good fighter, a Mortal Kombat/DC/comic fan, you’ll like this. Rent, if your not sure, but it’s worth it.
–This is what you get when you ask for more DLC characters!!
Overall a solid title. The more powers you the more fun can have in the game. My biggest bitch with the game was the overpowered minor enemies, which were able to kill you pretty quickly and at long distances. Also, hitting said enemies with your powers was a pain in the ass. A lock-on feature would’ve great for this game.
The story was good, with a few unexpected twists, the game is worth the frustration, though.
—FYI, Cole’s power is electricity, which means, DON’T GO SWIMMING!!
Assassin’s Creed Liberation and Black Flag
–Okay, 5 to 1 on the angry chick with the sugar cane knife!!
For those new to Assassin’s Creed, at least try one of these games, as you can jump into these games in particular as they are not continued stories, but separate experiences.
First is Liberation, which was good, but not great. My complaints, were that it was too simple for veteran Assassin’s Creed players and missions seemed kind of flat when comparing them to previous games. Eventually, you get access to an economy system, which wasn’t bad, but left you with a ton of money and not enough to do with it. I’d rent or get it on sale.
–On the bright side, at least you’ll be able to eat some gata’ tnite!!
Black Flag is the opposite, if you love pirates, history, sailing in open waters, raiding ships and performing many fun missions, try this! This one of those games that makes collecting items and exploring enjoyable, not a grind! Hell, even your crew with sing sailing songs during voyages, seriously! Worth a buy!
–True. So true.