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ME3 co-op demo

February 27th, 2012 by Cat

Categories: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

This post is overdue, especially since Mass Effect 3 releases next week. (ZOMG SO SOON.) This is because I’ve been busy playing the co-op part of the demo over and over. In other words, the ME3 co-op is addicting.

I had doubts about adding co-op to the ME series, but it’s pretty great so far. I hope there will be more modes when it comes out because it does get a little repetitive. The format in the demo is in waves of enemies, and a few waves have special objectives attached to it (kill targets, hack computer, etc). You’re not playing as any of the story’s main characters, just generic versions.

I definitely had to adjust my play style which took me a while to get used to. I play the single player more like a RPG than a shooter. I pop up the HUD often and figure out who should do what. That doesn’t work in multiplayer since it doesn’t pause. I eventually adjusted to playing it mostly like a shooter, and I’ve stopped popping up the HUD completely, using the number keys for my skills instead.

I’ve been playing a human character the most because I haven’t been that lucky in unlocking alien characters (unlike my husband who almost has all of them). I’ve only gotten a Turian Sentinel and an Asari Adept so far. I’m glad Veteran packs are easier to get at Silver and Gold, but most of my unlocks have been for weapons I don’t use >.<

We’ve been playing the PC version, and it seems like the demo was built more for consoles. It’s annoying that there’s no text chat in the game lobby. I’m also still not a fan of being on Origin. I know it’s new and all, but it’s definitely lacking some nice things Steam has. Even the chat boxes are formatted in an annoying way.

We’re having a lot of fun playing co-op though, and this is only the demo. I’m super excited for the real thing to come out. I’m just hoping that I don’t play it so much that I get tired of it by the time it releases XD;;

Cat

Just here for the free stuff

January 25th, 2012 by Cat

Categories: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

So, I played the Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning demo to get extra items for Mass Effect 3. It’s hard to judge a game by its demo since… well, it’s just a demo, and in Amalur’s case, you’re also starting from the lowest level, so it’s hard to see its potential. Here are my thoughts anyway. (I kind of forgot to take screenshots and only have a few from the beginning)

In Kingdom of Amalur, a war is raging on between the Tuatha and mortal beings. Your character died but happened to be the first success in an experiment for immortality. In other words, you wake up from the dead. You start with an escape sequence, and then get put into a more open world where you can explore, complete quests, and whatnot.

– It’s an action RPG with the usual elements – armor, experience, abilities, etc. There are different playable races and your usual class systems: brute, rogue, and magic type. When you level up, you can spend points on talent trees.

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Cat

Gaming Year in Review: 2011

January 1st, 2012 by Cat

Categories: 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360

Happy New Year everyone! It’s that time again where I briefly review games I played in the past year. First, here are my favorites from 2011!

Favorite single player: Dragon Age: Origins
I know Dragon Age:Origins didn’t come out in 2011, but that was when I played it. I spent 100 hours on this game and loved it all. Though it was very buggy, I thought the combat and characters were great.

Favorite multiplayer: Portal 2
The co-op in Portal 2 is the best I’ve played so far. Using more than one portal gun just opens up new challenges and cool things to do. The single player was great too, but I thought co-op was even more fun.

Favorite download/indie: Bastion
Bastion is one of the best download/indie games I’ve played. I liked how the storytelling was through the narrator. I liked how the upgrade and difficulty system worked. The soundtrack is also excellent.

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Cat

Time to get serious…

November 22nd, 2011 by Cat

Categories: DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360

…and put myself on a gaming schedule. I know it sounds silly, but I’m the type who needs something like that to motivate myself to finish my game queue faster. And man, my game queue is so long now.

Buckley and I used to do that with single player day and multiplayer day, but I’m changing it up.

Wii day: Zelda: Skyward Sword
I’m liking it so far, and I think it changes up the typical Zelda game a little. Equipment has a repair and upgrade system now. I’ve noticed that enemies defend a lot more, such that you wait for a good chance to strike. However, I’m not a big fan of how much motion controls it uses. Kind of cool for the sword, kind of annoying for other things.

PS3 day: God of War 2
Feels just like God of War 1 so far.

Xbox day: Assassin’s Creed 2
(Which is today.) I actually haven’t finished the first game, but enough people have told me to skip it so… I guess I will!

PC day: Secret of Monkey Island
Which Tara gifted me XD I really need to start working on my Steam library. I’ve realized that of the 50-ish games I have, I’ve only played a little over half of them.

And as for DS/3DS, I normally play it as I watch TV anyway, so I will fit in a bit of Kirby Mass Attack every day.

Oh, and a small announcement: Twilight Realm has a new subsite :3 Yummy Pixels has my video game cakes!

Robbie

Bastion

August 31st, 2011 by Robbie

Categories: PC, Xbox 360

Long overdue thoughts on a game I played, finished, and 100%-ed long ago. But the reason this game deserves better than my tardy reflection proffers is because it’s so great.

Bastion is a simple isometric action game that doesn’t introduce anything unique. That Bastion doesn’t attempt to set itself apart with gimmicks is what makes it so good. The creators know what gamers enjoy and deliver it cleanly and simply. Let that be a lesson to you other game developers. Don’t muddy the experience with complicated rules.  The game gives you multiple weapons to play with, money to earn, upgrades to spend your money on, difficulty adjustments, arena challenges, and even farming opportunities for you RPG completionists. I don’t want to waste time with specifics, but the design choices were very well thought out.

This will be my first time calling out the music for a game. I can’t describe the genre at all so it’s best you just listen yourself here. And don’t think you have an impression of what the music is like just by listening to a single track. Each song is special and is, I consider, deserving to be mentioned on its own.

The story. Don’t expect a completely mind-blowing story, because those are few and far between. I’m somewhat biased, but it’s hard to find a more creative story-telling mind than my very own Ken Levine. So while Bastion has an interesting story and some really well-done (and cry-worthy) moments near the end, my favorite is how the game delivers story: through a 3rd person narrator called The Narrator. The story unfolds in a way that works well with the general pace the game wants to maintain. It’s not overwhelming and in your face a la MGS4. Instead, bits and pieces come together little by little, which is also just like how the levels themselves are revealed to the player.

They call him The Narrator for a reason: he actually narrates your game. Pick up an item, he discusses it. Fall off a cliff, he jokes about it. You get the feeling that he is both driving you forward and at the same time telling your own personal story to an unnamed audience.  There are even tutorial elements hinted in his narration, but not in a “do this” fashion. It really is a hint, and it makes you feel smart for having picked up on it. The Narrator is rightfully considered a feature of the gameplay. He’s got a sexy voice too.

Bastion is a well-polished gaming experience that also has brilliant little nuggets that are easy to miss but truly rewarding to find. I can’t remember the last time I smiled to myself while playing a game. I finished it twice-over myself by using the New Game+ feature, and the second time was not a chore.  Buy Bastion because some of the guys who created the game are friends and former co-workers. But also buy it because it’s one of the best games I’ve played in a long time.