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GBU Game Review for Bioshock 2 (Xbox360)

Did I enjoy this unnecessary sequel to the beloved Bioshock? Well….yes, yes I did. Also available on PS3 and PC, gonna roll with an 8/10 for this bad boy.

The Good – Ok, the originality of Bioshock’s story and setting have been done to death, in review form I mean. Get at the wiki if you wanna have an idea of what you’re jumping into and how the first one ended. It was one of the better gaming ‘experiences’ out there that I’ve had and it will always be a classic to me. The sequel basically gives you more of the same, with some refinements of course.

Set 10 years after the events of the first game, this is a different story involving a different character. You play as a Big Daddy prototype, the splicers are still running around acting crazy, and someone has decided to keep the Little Sister program going. The creepy, but cute buggers who go around extracting ‘Adam’ from dead bodies, the stuff that makes it possible for you to have crazy powers (plasmids) such as shooting electricity or fire from your hand. Some improvements see you utilizing both plasmids and guns at the same time….yeah, go look it up, part 1 had you split-seconding between the two instead of simultaneously shooting them. Yup, I forgot that too. Standard issue, new guns, updated guns, same with the plasmids. Some new enemies include Brutes, basically super roided up versions of the splicers, splicers being your basic enemies, luckily you only see Brutes once in awhile cuz they’re tough. You got different versions of Big Daddy’s….and probably the star of the pre-release trailers, the Big Sisters. Think the Big Daddy, but female, slender, and able to move and jump around like a ninja.

Some more improvements, such as the hacking of stations and security bots, still a small challenge, but way better than playing a ‘switch the tile’ mini game. Getting near the end holds some really cool surprises…remember in part 1, where you had to find a Big Daddy suit and walk in his shoes? Think of the surprise along those lines, but better I think. Of course you get to explore more of Rapture, which is still an awesome and interesting world with damn sweet graphics and sound. And if you’re an exploring type gamer like me, this game will keep you busy for HOURS. It really scratches the ‘loot whore’ itch that other titles like Oblivion and Fallout 3 do. At the end of the day, I enjoyed the game as a whole and got my money’s worth.

The Bad – A major audio glitch. It only reared it’s head a couple times….but the last time was really bad. Example, when you start kickin up dust and that orchestral music kicks in letting you know that shit’s on? And when the objective is clear the music is supposed to die down? Well, in one level it never died down….it got damn annoying, I was always on edge for no reason. The second time it happened I’ll save for the ‘Ugly’ portion here.

The game took a few hours to really get me hooked, when you start, it really feels just more of the same, and again, unnecessary. Once you get over that hump it does come into it’s own though. An issue I had with the original is here but amplified. Basically, when you feel like the game is about to end, you’re ready to cap this bad boy off, but you still go for another couple hours….it did that more than once to me.

The Ugly – That audio glitch I mentioned? Well, the second it happened was at the very last level…an alarm is going off like crazy….I finally finish, ending cut scene plays and all that good stuff…….all the while, THE ALARM IS STILL GOING OFF.

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September 7, 2010 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Witcher – Impressions

With Steam sales goin crazy, having a pretty well equipped PC, and finally…..final-freaking-ly, I’ve set up my PC sitting arrangement quite comfortably. I can get into some of the stuff I’ve been wanting to try. I’ve always wanted to play The Witcher, and after a cool E3 trailer for the sequel, it seemed the time was right.

It’s a fantasy RPG where you plays as Geralt, a witcher(durr). Taking on quests, slaying beasts, plowing wenches(did I just type that?), and everything else that makes this type of game fun to play. It’s not really open world like an Oblivion, more like open section. Each chapter is a different area where you’ll run around taking on jobs, meeting some interesting folk, then following through with an interesting climax. You can’t go back once you’re done. The action is simple yet fun, the dialog trees aren’t too ham fisted, and the plot is pretty dang engrossing.  You’ve got choices, but it’s not the now cliche, good or bad system we’ve gotten used to. Example, one of the townsfolk who lives on the riverbank, offers to pay you to get rid of the nearby drowners(black lagoon sea monsters). You do the deed, some shady elves show up to take his supplies that are outside. Some of their guys are sick and need it, blah blah blah….do you let them? Or do you protect your interests? Well….since these elvin bustas threatened me to begin with, I layed waste to their bitch-asses. No good or bad….I just did my thing. And it was awesome.

It’s one of those games that’ll leave you like, “just one more quest”. Of course there’s multiple strings to said quests, and who knows how long they can last. Sure it’s got some glaring jankiness, but we’ll worry about that later. A review will definitely be coming…..it is an RPG, so I’ve no idea how long it’ll take me. I just know I’m loving this game….it’s got me, at work, thinking about going home just to play. As much as I dig the games I play(wouldn’t play them if they sucked, who has the time?), it’s only once in a blue where a game sticks with me like this.  Good stuff.

June 30, 2010 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Elder Scrolls MMO instead of Elder Scrolls 5?

Joystiq reported on a quote by Bethesda’s Todd Howard during a speech at Quakecon, “We are working on our next big game but we are not talking about it.” Don’t look for a new Elder Scrolls game in the near future; Howard said there are no current plans for an “Elder Scrolls 5.” As far as an Elder Scrolls based MMO, he said in jest, “There’s always a chance.”  We’re huge Bethesda fans ’round these parts, especially of Oblivion(Elders Scrolls 4), but myself personally, am not big on the MMO persuasion….and if I were serious about getting into one, I’d probably be jumping on that WOW train, but that’s just me.

August 16, 2009 Posted by | Normal Stuffs | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

GBU game review for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Xbox 360

Coming out in 2006, seems so long ago, but really only 3 years, this gem still stands as one, or depending on who you talk to at the best RPG for the Xbox360. The game is a continuation of a long history within the Elder Scrolls series hence the IV. Most people call it Oblivion though.

Good: The first thing that jumps out at you (especially to newcomers of the Xbox Hd experience) is the depth of graphics. You can visually stand on top of a mountain and see the Main Castle off in the distance and wonderfully detailed. Apart from say Halo’s Rings, this hasen’t really been present in a game. The tree are lush, bushes, bushy, and rocks. Well. Hard? I’m kidding, they look great. The story is a open ended one where you can choose to the Main Chain or any number of the side chains. The game is essentially broken into 6 Main Stories. 4 “guild” stories, the Main Chain and the Chain that comes from the arena. The guild stories consister of the Warriors Guild, The Dark Brotherhood, The Theives Guild and the Mages Guild. I made a beeline for the mages. What makes these so great and what World of Warcraft should introduce for their classes is a set of quests specific to these Guilds. For example the Warriors Guild has you battling People who are holding up trade for a Town and The Dark Brotherhood involves killing Vampires. The arena quest chain is a series of quests battling champions of the Kingdom. All this occurs and gives your character armor and rewards that also give XP to level. Leveling up is a bit similar but also different from the other 500 pound Gorilla. You level up based on doing actions. If you run a lot, you gain running skills. Swimming, jumping, attacking. You name it. There are also points you can dump into any one of you skills like Strength or Mana. Think of a jazzed up Fallout 3. All of that combined means you can turn your character into any type of witchalock you want. I was a warrior mage that could also heal. Call me Never Dies.

Bad: I’ve heard complaints about the bad voice acting or reused voice acting. You’ll notice it right away, and any gamer knows why this occurs. Audio takes up insane amounts of space and on a disk there is a finite amount of data available. So just deal with it. So what if they use the same voice acting? For all the character creation options there seems to be a certain set of facial features for NPC’s. You’d think there would be more variation but it’s not awful. As you create your own Character you’ll be given an amazing set of tools to create one from a mix of races and sex’s.

Ugly: None. I’m not lieing. This game Is pretty fantastic go buy it.

August 3, 2009 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , | Comments Off on GBU game review for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Xbox 360