xannoside: (Mass Effect)
Lots of folks are posting about E3 on LJ today, so I'm really only going to add one thing.

Much as I like the 50s deconstructionist/noir feel of the XCOM trailer, I'm just not happy that what could have been an awesome real-time tactical shooter still seems to basically be an occasionally cooperative FPS where you can pick up an alien's weapon and shoot him with it.

'Cause that's never been done before.

With tactical shooter games like Ghost Recon already in existence, it's truly mystifying to me why they would bother to turn an IP like X-COM and turn it into something that, despite its new setting, really doesn't seem to be much different from many other FPSs on the market.




(I should probably turn this into a new Tor article).
xannoside: (games)
I picked up Fallout 3 this past week.

Other reviewers, both major magazine reviews and player reviews, have rated this game through the roof. "Best ever!", "Amazing", etc. etc.

I think you know where this is going )
xannoside: (oh noes!)
Read the shocking report HERE.

When will the perpetrators of this insanity face justice?!
xannoside: (games)
Well, the conclusion is I'm pretty bad at keeping up with LJ, and even worse at posting. In any case, I felt that this was a pretty good opportunity to get a couple more reviews in, especially for a couple of games that old-school Final Fantasy fans have been waiting for:

First up, Lost Odyssey, from the makers of Chrono Trigger, then Sepiroth and Cloud return in Crisis Core )
xannoside: (games)
I'm getting a GameFly account. That's the only way to keep this up without spending all my disposable income.

Anyway, today's review (and the last game I'm actually buying until after 2008 begins) is of Mass Effect by Bioware for the 360.

Short version: It's almost exactly the same as KOTOR...not a bad thing )
xannoside: (games)
As I finally clear out my backlog of recently-acquired games, I have finally come to a game that I have been eagerly awaiting for at least a year (and is the subject of my icon for this entry, courtesy of Penny-Arcade.com): Assassin's Creed.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, the same folks responsible for the revamped Prince of Persia games, Assassin's Creed is a sandbox-play, mission-designed third-person action game with a pretty fascinating meta-twist, which, 2-3 hours into the game, has yet to truly reveal its purpose.

...
I'm trying to stay spoiler free, here.

Clearly, someone over there has a liking for Arabic bad-asses )
xannoside: (games)
I picked up Halo 3 a few weeks ago. Like many games that I pick up, I rarely have time to play it, usually fitting in an hour here, an hour there.

I confess, this is the first time that I have ever actually owned a Halo game. I have played both previously for short periods of time in a variety of places. I enjoyed them well enough and I have always been a fan of over-the-top tournament-style shooters.

Let's be clear here: if you've ever played video games more than a couple times in the last 5 years, you at least have an impression of whether you like Halo or not.

So how is Halo 3? )
xannoside: (games)
First up on the initial assessment list is Bioshock, a game which tries to answer the question of what you would get if you combined Ayn Rand with Captain Nemo and surrounded this new bizarre being with bored geneticists...no, really.

Watch the billionaire's initials )

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