Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
While the major reason is that there's a little 11 month old girl that takes up much of my time, a secondary reason is that after my daughter and wife go to sleep for the night I have WAY too many things have entertain me from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each night. So, needless to say, I haven't had time to come up for air and write the column.
I'm not kidding. Right now I have a pile of 15 video games, 11 books and a bunch of movies too numerous to name that I've just finished playing/watching or are currently gathering dust on my shelf.
Here's a sample of the games I've been playing lately and what I've thought about them.
Batman Arkham Asylum (XBox 360): The latest addition to the Batman video game library is by far one of the best superhero and videogames period that I've played before. It's right up there with superhero games like Spiderman 2 and with some of the great action games like Prince of Persia: Sands of Time to Ninja Gaiden 360.
New Super Mario Bros. (Wii): My wife and I haven't communicated this well in years...Kidding honey. While some people might say that this is a rehash of NES Super Mario Bros. with better graphics, it's the multiplayer where this game really shines. My wife is not a big fan of videogames, but actually asks me to play this game with her. In single player, I'll agree that it's your run of the mill side scrolling Mario game. In multiplayer though, the tension is ramped up and if you don't communicate with your partner every single second one or both of you is likely to fall of the edge to your death. A great overall game.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (XBox 360): I've played only a few of the single player missions in this game and -- as always -- I'm impressed with the game's graphics, sound and most of all intensity of the game.There's nothing like a Call of Duty game to get your blood pumping and it's definitely not the run of the mill shooter that I mentioned in the Dragon Age review above.
To be honest though, I don't play MW2 for the single player mode, you're not here to read about its single player mode and thousands of gamers agree with me that it's the multiplayer mode that is truly the reason that someone would buy and burn out this game.
Multiplayer in MW2 topples all of the competition - even the vaunted Halo 3 - because of its game selection, character customization and levelling up system. I stay up past midnight way too many nights just to get a better gun. That is truly the mark of not just a good game, but an all-time great game. Highly recommended.
Borderlands (XBox 360): I had absolutely no expectations for Borderlands when I popped it into my XBox; maybe that's a good thing. After playing it non-stop a couple months ago, all I can say is that it's one of my favorite games of all time simply because it is one of the most unique games out there. From its unique cell shaded graphics to the literally hundreds of thousands of weapons in the game, it's a game that I will remember for a long, long time.
Dead Rising (XBox 360): Yes, I know, this game came out in 2006 when the XBox was in its infancy. I borrowed it from a friend back then played it for a few days and stopped around Case file 1-4 because I was so frustrated by the save system and game difficulty. I bought it for $10 a few weeks ago played it for a few days and guess where I am now. Yes, same place I was 4 years ago. I want to like this game. It's still different than a lot of games out there. But it still frustrates the hell out of me. It's worth it for the $10 I paid for it, but isn't worth much more than that.