Kind of a big week if you’re hoping the viral marketing out in California will give it a rest. By viral marketing, I of course mean sinkholes. frbygtfsru7. That sentence courtesy of Stephanie, the drunk chick who just walked by and pressed a few keys on my keyboard. She also hugged me. It was kind of weird. Anyway, on with the games!
Gears of War: Judgement (Xbox 360): I’m a fan of the Gears of War games in all of their brotastic glory. The characters do carry around that sort of meathead persona, but I still felt like they did a pretty good job of making them feel like people in the latter entries. I thought the (SPOILERS) death of Dom was really well done and was a point where the game actually pulled some emotion out of people. The series has also lent itself to the ridiculous with things like the Carmine family. Much like Halo, I’ve always felt that, while the games haven’t done the best job of telling the story, the universe they’ve created is pretty incredible. It also introduced Horde Mode to the world. That’s worth mentioning. That all being said, I can’t seem to get excited about this game. My good friend Chuck continuously expressed his displeasure with the fact that Baird, arguably the worst character in the series, would be the center piece of this new game. Chuck can be a bit of a harsh critic of games in general, especially when it comes to story elements. So, when I got this email from him (after making a joke about how the California sinkholes were just a marketing campaign for Judgement) I knew the news I was about to break to him wasn’t going to go over well.
If the Locust Queen returns (from one of these sinkholes) as a zombie to marshal a force of zombie locusts, I’m going to be pretty pissed at the direction of the new GoW franchise.
He didn’t know it was a prequel. The Locust Queen is still alive. Upon relaying this info he immediately regretted his pre-order decision. He was willing to give Baird a chance if it meant moving the universe of Gears forward. I think this is something prequels struggle with in general from a hype standpoint. Sometimes it’s hard to sell the origin of a story that’s mostly considered finished. Then again, I’m the guy currently balls deep in the Halo: Forerunner book series. So, maybe I don’t have as much problem with that kind of thing as I think.
Oh, and let’s not forget this series also brought us the Cole Train… WOO!
LEGO City Undercover (Wii U): I’ve been a huge fan of the LEGO games since the Indiana Jones series. I tried the early Star Wars games, but they hadn’t really worked out many of the bugs at that point and the games were really hard to play and enjoy. It was hard to figure out what all the 10 year old kids were so hyped about. I figured they were just dumb because they were, you know… 10. But, by Indiana Jones, they had really hit on something pretty spectacular and fun. If I can fit in into my schedule, I’d like to pick this up. Plus it finally gives me a reason to turn on the ol’ Wii U again. My run with Funky Barn Was some time ago.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS, Wii U): Speaking of turning on the ol’ Wii U again, I’m curious to see who all in my Wii U army is going to keep their promise on this title. The few of us suckers who bought the Wii U at or near launch have all talked about this as a game we’d like to grab because the multiplayer sounds like it would be genuinely fun. But… it’s the Wii U. I’m worried it’s going to fall into that same place that the Wii did after a little while where, though a game sounded fun, it wasn’t going to get played because it was on the Wii and fuck turning the Wii on. So, I guess if any of you guys I’m talking about read this, hit me up. We can hunt some monsters or something.
Dead or Alive 5 Plus (VITA): About a month ago I bought my dad a new desktop computer. He hadn’t called to ask any questions about it, so I was happy he was enjoying it and that everything seemed to be working well. Last night I finally got a call, and immediately got into a mental tech support mode. His question?
What can I do about missiles?
Of course, he’s talking about MechWarrior Online. The answer isn’t super easy because of lot of it comes from just playing the game enough to learn how to avoid being a target. There are countermeasures such as and anti-missile system (AMS) which can destroy some of the missiles as they approach your mech. ECM is another way. It helps jam targeting computers – reducing their range and making you harder to lock onto. The best way, though, is to simply not become the target. Stay in cover. As soon as you hear “incoming missile” from your warning system, get behind something. Getting behind cover kills line of sight and will often break the missile lock. If you don’t have AMS on your mech, go hang out next to one who does. Missiles will set it off anywhere in the vicinity, even if they’re not specifically targeting the mech carrying the AMS.
Keep in mind that AMS isn’t a perfect system. It will destroy as many missiles as it can as fast as it can, but some always make it through. Gabe learned this the hard way the first time he loaded up his mech with it. He charged bravely forward into a barrage of about 100 LRMs. I think he may have destroyed about 20 of them. The other 80 were more than happy to make his acquaintance. It ended pretty poorly for ol’ Gabe.