Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Killz0wned

I just finished up Killzone tonight, so now I'm ready for KZ2 when it comes out, and more importantly, my plate is pretty clean for the imminent arrival of my new PC.  

Final verdict--I liked the game, but didn't love it.  I'm glad I played it, though.  I can't really think of any other FPS I've played on PS2.  The story was pretty cool, I guess.  On par with a summer popcorn flick.  I'm excited to see where it goes in the sequel, as the Helghast are pretty cool as an adversary.  I just hope they aren't so AI-deficient in KZ2.

The other night I downloaded the Resident Evil 5 demo on my 360.  I went into it with low expectations, and I wasn't disappointed.  Capcom, and the Resident Evil series in particular, aren't known for drastically changing games up from iteration to iteration.  RE4 was a remarkable exception, and it's extensive overhaul of the by-then stale RE formula was in large part responsible for that.  RE5 is Capcom lapsing back into their old ways, the same ones that have given us 50+ games in the Mega Man arch-series and 15 or more under the umbrella of Street Fighter.  Entire polygon models are recycled from a 5-year-old  game, and the GUI looks like something they slapped together in Crayon Physics.  

I'm sure people will eat it up, what with the online co-op and all, but it just seems sloppy, and stands out as another instance of Japanese developers having pretty much lost the plot over the last few years and the switch to HD.

7 comments:

Greg said...

Hmm. I tried the RE5 demo for about 5 minutes tonight and I thought it looked pretty good but at the same time, something was off...

I was a little disappointed that the executioner was like freaking impossible to kill after shooting him about 5 times point blank with the shotgun + some pistol shots + some punches. WTF? Meh, I guess I need some practice at RE games.

Off topic: If you are up for some cheap thrills, I would recommend Conan for Xbox 360. It is a fun game and I hear it is basically like a God of War style beat 'em up. Yes, I had to hear it is like God of War because I haven't played that series despite having both 1 and 2 sitting on my shelf.

Perhaps this game would not be as much fun if you are coming to it with experience from a more polished game like God of War. I am having a lot of fun with the ultra gory combat and the cool boss battles. Graphics are surprisingly pleasing as well. Oh, and there are a few half-naked ladies which never hurt anything!

Count Elmdor said...

Speaking of God of War, I also have both of them on my shelf in my PS2 backlog. I need to get into the first sometime soon.

Today I'm feeling like continuing some GTA IV when I get home. That can be my focus until I get my PC and get that all set up and going.

Necovia said...

Dude, God of War freaking rocks, but for my money, Devil May Cry is still the best last/current gen action game. I heard Conan was pretty good and I dig the mythos. Might have to give it a whirl.

Thanks

Necovia said...

Oh, hey , Nas, can you do me a favor and keep your eye out for some cheap PS2 games for me?

I am looking for:

Red Faction 2
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
Rogue Galaxy

Shouldn't cost you more than 30 bucks for all three.

What you want from over here?

E.

Count Elmdor said...

Yeah, I'll look around for those. Used ok?

As for what I want... something PS3 or DS, or I guess PC. Maybe I'll get you to gift me something over Steam once I have that set up.

Speaking of Conan, have you read RJ's Conan stories? I've got a book of 3 I've been meaning to read.

Necovia said...

yeah man, used is cool.

Gears 1 tmw, right?! I'll be on from about 1 japan time.

Count Elmdor said...

Yeah, I'll be here. If we end up going somewhere this evening I might not be on at exactly that time, but it won't be long after.

Fed Ex site tracker has my PC arriving today!