Friday, August 31, 2012

Games Completed

I’ve previously stated I’m really bad about not finishing games, I tend to burn out fairly quickly. However this past Steam Sale I made a concerted effort to finish a few… and I did! Maybe even more than a few. Bear in mind when I say ‘finished’ I mean single player campaign is over with credits rolled, I generally have no interest in any MP as I suck.

Crysis, Crysis Warhead and Crysis 2
That’s right I finished all three. Crysis and Warhead are just about perfect and I highly recommend them to anyone with a passing interest in shooters. Crysis 2 is an odd beast. It’s obvious it was dumbed down a bit to work on consoles and doesn’t quite stack up to the original. However, mission structure aside, there were vast improvements to the nanosuit controls that make it hard to go back to Crysis. Let’s hope Crysis 3 keeps the control improvements with the original’s more open world. And doesn’t require a new video card.

Transformers: War for Cybertron
Was a fun game though I do think a few of the fights can be a bit cheap. I might suggest a run through on easy to prevent some aggravation and still get the story. Lots of shout outs to old school Transformers. I remember distinctly seeing one level where Warpath was a playable character and wondering if he shouted POW. Yes, damnit, he does!

Portal and Portal 2
I’ve had Portal forever but was stuck. Well I broke down, watched a youtube video and finished the game. And Portal 2. Now I get the potato jokes from last year. Yay!

Battlefield: Bad Company 2
This was actually of Origin, they had a 1 year anniversary free game and I picked this. Graphically looks great and I thought they did a great job with the squad dynamic, for the most part. The squad is useful without doing everything for you. There are a few points where you really get a sense of how squad tactics work when your buddies lay down covering fire and you move to flank.
There were two things I did not like though. One was weapon selection. The rifle you start out with is just about perfect and I rarely felt any reason to change to one of the other 20 I picked up. There was one level I thought might shake things up a bit. I was stripped of all weapons ‘cept a pistol with a single clip. Well, one dead enemy later and there was a friendly supply crate giving me full access to my entire arsenal.
Also, after being the freakin’ Predator in Crysis it was jarring being a regular ol’ human. A few bullet holes and they drop dead quite quickly. Often deaths felt cheap with seemingly random explosions and bad guys that seem to spawn from nowhere.

Well those are what I finished. I’ve been also playing Saints Row The Third. Game is an insane sandbox. I think I may have burnt out on doing random crap. Little of the story has actually been done.

I’m pondering what to do next. Assassin’s Creed, Dead Island, Dead Space maybe…

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