Currently gaming: God of War 3, Final Fantasy 3 (DS remake), Dissidia: Final Fantasy, LittleBigPlanet, The Conduit, Wario Land: Shake It!, and thinking of exploring more in Fallout 3. Think I’m overdoing it? I really wanna leave work and play.
Games Tried & Borrowed
My fiance and I were at our friends’ place yesterday to watch the latest episode of Caprica (good show, by the way) and while we were there we got a glimpse of Ghostbusters running on XBOX 360 and Scribblenaughts for the DS.
I’ve been curious about Ghostbusters for a while now but never got around to playing it what with new games coming out multiple times a month and older games being lent to me often. The part I played in the original demo was the library level, which I found dark, clunky and a bit annoying. Our friend showed us the Times Square Stay Puft Marshmallow fight, which I have to say looked like much more fun. He played on Professional and was lassoing ghost fools all over the street, toasting marshmallow demons and cracking possessed gargoyle statues with witty Ghostbuster banter in between (“Are you kidding me? A haunted laundromat? Come on!”).
It looked awesome and I’m excited again to give it a try at some point. This version is of course vastly different from the cartoony Wii/DS/PSP counterparts, so I can only really speak on the 360/PS3 game (though I can see how the Wii pointer would be very fun).
Scribblenaughts did not go over quite as well, though it entertained us plenty. We were all trying it for the first time and upon trying it I can see why critics took such a disliking to it. Though it boasts about having a large vocabulary of physical objects you can write into existence in order to help you collect Starites (essentially sparkly stars), the interaction with these objects are largely nonsensical or don’t work at all. For example, one level had the main character, a boy named Maxwell, approach a lumberjack. The game tells you “Help him do his job.” There’s you, a lumberjack, and a tree. The logical way to win would be to create an axe or chainsaw and cut down the tree. That works fine. But if you’re going for creativity there are other ways to do it. For the record, setting the tree on fire helps no one. Blowing it up with a bomb pisses off the lumberjack and kills Maxwell. All logical. However, if you get into a bulldozer there is no way to interact with the tree to push it down. My fiance tried this, and, frustrated, decided to summon lightning. Unfortunately you can only create physical objects that can be touched and held and can exist on their own, so it did not recognize “lightning” and asked if she meant “lemming.” Blown away by the absurdity of being able to call forth a lemming (because in what case could a lemming ever be helpful in accomplishing a task?) she chose it, and as it appeared on top of her useless bulldozer she decided to grab it and try to throw it at the lumberjack. This didn’t work. The lemming would not be thrown. You can, however, “interact” with objects, and in this case it meant tickling and chasing the lemming - a disturbing image. In the end she created a chainsaw, which the lumberjack promptly snatched and cut down the tree with. The greedy bastard.
On other levels I opted to use a laser gun wherever possible, i.e. to shoot bees or flies. Note: Typing “laser cat” creates a regular black cat for some reason. Wings, jetpacks, and helicopters work well. And it turns out firemen aren’t smart enough to climb a ladder to save a cat from a roof. You have to climb the ladder yourself and pick the cat up while the fireman you summoned stands there like an overpaid asshole. Not like real firemen whatsoever. There was a garbage fire across the street from my apartment a few weeks ago and the firemen put that out less than five minutes after I’d made the call. Scribblenaughts is insulting to the intelligence of real people. Though you’ll have quite a laugh over the nonsensicalness of it all.
Lastly, I’ve been playing God of War II, part of the God of War Collection (PS3) I’d borrowed from a friend. It’s a great game, but often shows its PS2 roots in movements, and environmental interactions. I also can’t figure out why deadly gears are in ancient Greece, but I suppose those are required prerequisites for any action/adventure game that involves jumping, exploring and beating up people simply because they’re there and they’re angry. Most recently I’ve climbed Atlas after tearing the wings off of Icarus’ back. All very epic. I’m probably 2/3 done with the game - I’m at the Palace of the Fates - but I may take a break to play the newly delivered No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, where nonsensicalness makes perfects sense within context. That’s the kind of sense I like.
Netflix Coming to Wii this Spring
Netflix’s streaming content will finally make its way to the Wii this spring, utilizing a disc-based system like the PS3’s version. Though the Wii cannot output HD content, this is a great step in pushing more internet content, TV shows and movies onto the Wii - a system without the capability to play even DVDs.
Preorder your Wii Netflix disc now.
No More Heroes 2 Gameplay Trailer
I’m a sucker for Travis’ cat, Jeanne. =)
My Holiday Gaming Wishlist
Note: Not all games I want are on here, as I plan to borrow several from friends.
LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition
God Of War Collection
Prince of Persia
PS3 Dual Shock 3 Controller w/vibration
EDIT: I forgot to add Brutal Legend
Final Fantasy Dissidia
GTA: The Chinatown Wars
Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles
Dead Space: Extraction
Muramasa: The Demon Blade
GTA IV: Episodes from Liberty City
Halo 3: ODST
The Last Remnant
Magna Carta 2
XBOX 360 Controller
PSN, Wii, or XBOX Live Gift Cards