The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
I took advantage of my lazy Sunday and made quite a bit of progress in this today. Feels good, man. [Chapter 4 - Field Study, Day 2]
Updated about 18 hours ago
Can presentation make a game? When you're dealing with an often antiquated genre like the RPG, the fact that Trails of Cold Steel looks so slick and features so many modern concessions - the ability to skip spell animations and fast travel nearly anywhere - goes a long way. It also helps that so far nearly every member of the (massive) cast is likable in their own way. | Follows the Falcom RPG formula of emphasizing world building and character development at the expense of narrative momentum.
Far Cry 3
Now that I've done a bit of tomb raiding, my new nickname for this game is Jason Brody and the Temple of Douche. [11 out of 18 Antennas]
Updated about 3 days ago
There are times during this game that I am almost reminded of the same thrill and freedom I experienced when playing Fallout 3 for the first time. And then there are aspects of the game design that strangely underwhelm or don't feel nearly as thought out. We shall see if the story manages to go anywhere interesting...
No one is more surprised than me that this is actually a rather solid first-person shooter and perhaps the best Killzone game I've played yet.
Updated about 4 days ago
After beating the first couple missions, I'd written off Killzone: Mercenary as a tech demo - a superbly pretty tech demo that proves just what Vita is capable of, but a tech demo nonetheless. Fortunately, the gameplay opens up from there and, more importantly, the story takes some interesting turns as the impartial mercenary angle of the protagonist allows the developers to show the atrocities committed by both sides of the Killzone conflict instead of simply painting the Helghast as pure evil.
Max Payne 3
The story and writing offer up some compelling hard-boiled noir, but the gameplay grows outrageously repetitive before the 4th stage.
Updated about 7 days ago
It's a shame that this game fails to live up to its potential: in particular, I love the depiction of Max Payne as this drunk screw-up whose sole positive character trait, really his only power, is his uncanny ability to survive while everyone around him dies. For Max it's more like a curse since he keeps losing his loved ones. But the gameplay itself amounts to little more than shooting wave after wave of armored goons and gangsters with an incredibly tiny recticle until credits roll.
Mega Man Legends
Jump Springs, get! I have a feeling these are going to make Mega Man's life easier. [Cardon Forest Sub-Gate]
Updated about 3 weeks ago