I’m currently sitting here staring at my TV screen debating on whether or not to go ahead an purchase the Borderlands 2 season pass. Most of the DLC is out, and it would give me a ton more content. Not to mention, I’d have some more delicious achievements to consume. I’m just going to think on this a bit. But, in the mean time I guess I can write a little something for you.
We’ve actually got a few quality offerings this week. Also, one game that couldn’t have come at a worse time given our current political climate. Is the Angry Birds box teaching your kids how to be murderers?! Maybe. You’ll have to proceed to find out.
DmC: Devil May Cry (Xbox 360, PS3): Every time I see “DMC” it takes me a good while to figure out what game is being talked about. As I mentioned before, I never owned a Playstation before the PS3, so I never really played any of the Devil May Cry games. I’m a fan of complex fighting systems, and that kind of seems to be the hook here. I’ve never been terribly good at complex fighting systems, but there’s a lot of reward when you pull off a combo on purpose instead of just mashing things until dudes die. I started to pick up a lot of the combos in Darksiders 2, mixing the main and alternate attacks. Darksiders also seemed to multiply damage if you were able to string together combos that used more than one button. I honestly don’t know if that’s true, but it really felt good and felt like a reward for proper use of the combat system. If Devil May Cry can deliver anything like that, I think I’d be on board. Javi wrote a whole bunch of stuff about the demo. He seems to approve. Everybody knows we have the exact same taste in games. Also, any time I hear this franchise brought up, this is all I can think about.
Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt (Xbox 360, PS3, PC): This is probably the most surefire thing on the list this week, and this is coming from somebody who is yet to pick up any of the Borderlands 2 DLC. It’s not that I don’t want to keep playing, I just don’t know that it’s the best place to put my time. A few months ago I reacquired a bookshelf that had been sitting at my parents’ house since I left for college… that was over 12 years ago if you were wondering… for the sole purpose of finally getting more shelf space to place games. It wasn’t until a few days ago that I actually moved those games from the various flat surfaces around my house onto the shelf. I placed a divider between the games I had finished and the games I had not. There were a shocking amount on the “not finished” side. To help remedy that, I picked up somewhere in the middle of Dead Space 2 last night. Remember when that came out in 2011? I think Sir Hammerlock can wait in line for a little bit.
NRA Practice Range (iPhone): I can already see the headline: iPHONE IS THE NEW MURDERDOME SIMULATOR FOR YOUR KIDS.
Over the weekend I ended up playing more GameCube than anything else. Javi had been talking about Luigi’s Mansion a lot, and I had never actually played it. I just used to watch my roommate and his girlfriend play back in college. Turns out, that same roommate still had his copy, and was kind enough to ship it my way. So I dove in, and I’m not sure what I think of it. It can be hard to walk into the conventions of old games when certain things have started to become taken for granted. For instance, I lost my first hour of gameplay because I forgot to walk back to the game saving toadstool and have a little conversation. Auto-save is a beautiful thing, people. We didn’t used to have it. I forgot about that. I was also drinking while playing. I basically played until degree of difficulty and level of intoxication intersected at the point where it becomes reasonable to stop playing lest I just walk in circles for hours. I then put in Metroid Prime and worked my way to that same intersection. I plan to finish both games soon. We have some ideas for the video I captured with these older games. Hopefully we can put it all together in a timely manner.
I’ve been considering getting into coffee lately. I never drink it. I tend to get most of my caffeine from shitty diet sodas. I just don’t know where to start. I don’t have a coffee maker, and I don’t want to buy one until I’m sure about this whole venture. Since getting this itch, I’ve stopped at McDonald’s on the way to work a few times with every intention of ordering a coffee. It seems like even the biggest critics of the McDonald’s menu have good things to say about their coffee. But, once I get up to order, I’m almost scared to order the coffee. Like they’ll know that I’m trying something knew. In my mind, there’s some kind of super secret way to order the coffee so that they know you’re legit. Is there a handshake performed at the drive-thru window? I HAVE NO FUCKING CLUE WHAT I’M DOING. Anyway, I just end up ordering a large diet coke and moving along. Maybe one day.
Oh, and my beloved Texans are now out of the NFL playoff picture. But, I still want to leave you with this.
We may have to just straight up jack this idea with presentations at E3 or something.