Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Omnigamer

I have been all over the place in my gaming this week.

To begin with, I closed out March by finishing God of War, bringing my March completion total to 2, after Far Cry 2 on the 1st of the month. It was a good game. I would put it solidly in the B+/A- range if I were a game reviewer, and 5 years on, that's pretty impressive. Like Wolverine, God of War is the best there is at what it does. I'm not going to dive into the sequel(s) just yet, though. I wouldn't want to burn myself out on the formula.

Swept up in the enjoyment of action-y, platform-y gaming, I decided to finally get down to brass tacks with Super Mario Galaxy. I've had my Wii for going on 2 years now, I think, and still hadn't played any more of this game than I could at a GameStop back when it first was released. The sequel being on the horizon helped muster my hype, as well. After a couple of hours and 4-5 levels, I can tell you, it's great! It's Mario, and it's easy to forget how genius Nintendo's design can be when you go so long between playing entries in the series as have I. I put maybe 2 hours each into Mario 64 and Sunshine, so this is the first three-dimensional Mario experience I'm committing myself to, and I dig it. It's hard not to feel like a kid again in these inventive and colorful worlds filled with cute graphics and sounds. I might even be able to get my wife to try this game out.

Between these games and all the others I've dabbled in this week, I've kept up my wargaming, gold-starring my second gun in Bad Company 2 with Emily, and spending a couple of hours playing Battlefield 1943 when the PS3 happened to be turned on on account of a DVD being watched. I also messed around just long enough to make sure I'd seen every map in 1942, though I don't really intend to play it when newer versions are out. I'm going to surf through all the Battlefield Vietnam maps just the same, just to poke around at the series history. On PC, I'll continue to play Day of Defeat, though when I logged on last night I was getting killed almost before I even spawned in. The engine and UI update to that game, along with Steam achievements, do a lot to extend it's life well past its contemporaries. In other Battlefield news, a co-worker lent me Bad Company 1 so I could log a few matches of that to count toward my veteran status in 2, and play through the campaign at some point.

The rest, I fear, are the dregs. These are the games I played some, but not enough to really talk about or to make any significant progress, with perhaps one exception. In Dawn of War II, I played through one mission twice, losing the first time as I tried to recall how to play the game well. I fought my way to the end of one stratum of Torchlight, did a few small tasks that paid in STALKER, and proceeded through a few more tutorial missions in EVE Online. I've spent a good deal of time this week playing UniWar on iphone, though. I'm halfway through all the campaign missions, and I've got probably 20 separate a-synchronous vs. matches going with other players. It's a great hex-based, turn-based, StarCraft-like 3-race strategy game. The unit balance is really well done.

That's about it, for now.


Greg said...

Mario Galaxy was a solid, fun game but not fun enough to make me commit to collecting all the stars.

I felt it got higher scores than it truly deserved from the gaming press. I would probably rate it an 8/10 tops.

Greg said...

Hey, have you tried the demo for the Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom? Pretty fun game with a really unique art style. I'd probably pick it up for 400 points but 800 is a bit high for someone like myself who is not that into puzzle games.

I'm really impressed that this game was some dude's thesis project in college.

Count Elmdor said...

I've been enjoying Galaxy for a couple of levels here and there. I'm at around 15 stars, currently. I'll probably finish it and at least see all the levels, because they're pretty inventive so far.

XBLA pricing just kills the whole thing for me. Their games are routinely 400 points more than I feel like they ought to be. So, no, I haven't tried P.B. Winterbottom, but I have seen some videos, and it does look really nice. I guess 800 isn't terrible, but the bar for my time/interest is so high these days that there's just about no way I'd go for it at that price.

Greg said...

Dude, Batman Arkham Asylum for Xbox on sale $26.99 with free shipping.

Greg said...

Might be helpful if I list the vendor or link. It is the deal of the day on which I learned of when I visited

Count Elmdor said...

Seems like a good deal. Luckily I have a co-worker who's loaned it to me. Now I just need to play it!