Video games come out every week, and I’m going to tell you a thing or two about them. Really, that might be the most I can tell you. I won’t be covering every new release. That seems like a fool’s errand. Besides, I’m way too lazy to make sure I find every game. If I can’t be informative, maybe I can at least be entertaining.
Over the weekend I spent a lot of time at Comicpalooza here in Houston. MechCorps is in search of a new home, but in the mean time they’re on a pretty aggressive convention schedule. Comicpalooza was their most recent stop, and I was there to help out the best I could. The convention didn’t offer me much outside of hanging out with my MechCorps buddies (which is always more than sufficient). I just never read many comics growing up. It’s not that I ever had anything against them, I just never knew where to jump in. Many of the worlds seemed super interesting to me, but by the time I was old enough to afford a new hobby, I already had too many damn hobbies.
I guess I should get to the point of this whole weekly fiasco. This week brings us a new entry into the Resistance franchise, another chance for Batman to be a total asshole, a “revolution” in online gaming and super racist chess. Shall we?
Resistance: Burning Skies (Vita): I’ve only played the original Resistance.When I bought my first house, I decided to get a PS3 as a housewarming gift to myself. There wasn’t exactly a lot out on the system that I didn’t already have for my 360, so Resistance it was. I recall it being fine for about 5 hours. But, I think it was about a 10 hour game. I slogged through the rest and eventually saved the day. At least, I thought I did. Two more games were made in the series, and I assume neither of them were encompassed in the first hour of Heavy Rain. Pouring orange juice and playing with your kids doesn’t seem like a direction you’d want to take any FPS franchise.
I’m not sure if I’ll be grabbing Burning Skies. I’d like something new for my Vita, but I’m not sure if even a super worthy game on the Vita would warrant a purchase from me right now. I’ve got too much in the backlog. Amalur really stalled all gaming progression for me. I finished it Sunday night. I’ll get to that in a bit.
Batman Arkham City – Harley Quinn’s Revenge (Xbox 360, PS3, PC): Two of my very good friends got engaged over the weekend. Clint and Brandie, congrats! So of course, the weekend was filled with celebration including a Pedal Party. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a mobile bar where each bar stool has pedals. Here, maybe it would be easier to just show you:
OH, and some Batman: Arkham City DLC comes out this week. Apparently you get to play as Robin. My guess is that you rescue Batman, and then he tells you to to go fuck off because he “totally had this.”
End of Nations (PC): I had not heard of this game until I saw it on the list of releases for this week. I went ahead and took a gander at the trailer, and I can say with a high degree of certainty that it is, in fact, a real-time strategy game. That’s an RTS for those of you who never bother to find out what the acronyms you use daily mean. What I found most interesting was the description from GameSpot. It says, and I shit you not:
“End of Nations takes war to an unprecedented scale, bringing the real-time strategy genre into the online world of connected gaming.”
I’m sure the Korean Starcraft 2 servers had nothing to say about this. Mostly because they can’t stop playing Starcraft 2 in an online world of connected gaming.
Pure Chess (Vita, PS3): Do you like to mix your chess pieces with your checkers… or maybe even Chinese checkers? Maybe you’ve got chess pieces sitting around with the thimble from Monopoly or the cars from Life. Well, that just won’t fly here. This shit is pure.
Games I’m Playing Instead of Any of Those:
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning: Yep, I’m still playing this. But, fear not, I’ve finally completed the story and I think I’m pretty much done with the game. I’m still pretty disappointed we likely won’t be seeing anything more from the universe. Being done with the story means I can talk about it a little bit. The game basically starts with you waking up from the dead. From that point on, it’s a lot of trying to figure out how you died and who you were. I thought, at the very least, that the story was pretty interesting. A lot of things your character does in the game is because well, he’s there. It’s the same reason any of us do anything in a video game. I think the fact that the protagonist had no idea who he was kind of helped bring him along for the ride with the player.
Chrome Hounds: I picked up Chrome Hounds a long time ago. I played a little bit of the campaign and then moved on to other things. It wasn’t because I hated the game or anything, I just had other things to do. The game came up Sunday evening when we were recording the podcast, and I was reminded that I hadn’t really played as much of it as originally intended. It’s not a great game by any stretch of the imagination, but I also don’t think it’s a bad game. They made some weird design choices, like not having a reticle out in front of your Mech, or Hound, as they’re called. It’s a 3rd person view, and there is a small camera window in the top right corner of the screen. This actually shows what you’re looking at with the appropriate amount of zoom for the weapon you’re using. So, if you happen to be using a sniper cannon, the window in the top right will be zoomed way in. It’s just strange that the only way to tell if you’re looking right at something, and by extension, if you’ll hit that something with your next shot, is to look in the top right corner of the screen. It’s my understanding that this game had a pretty huge cult following when the multiplayer servers were still up. I wish I would have had the appropriate circle of Chrome Hounds enthusiasts around when that was still going on. The stories I’ve read sounded like it would have been something right up my alley.
Music to Listen to While Playing Metroid Prime: Fans of the podcast might remember when Javi confessed to listening to Avril Lavigne while playing Metroid Prime, completely ignoring the amazing soundtrack that game had. If you’re going to make such a ridiculous move, might I at least suggest something awesome? Like this:
I Apologize: I didn’t have any terrible Photoshop work in this week’s post. None of the games really struck me in just the right way. Maybe next week? Since I failed you so miserably, I’ll do what I do every time I need a random funny picture. Here’s My Little Lando: