Sleepless Slumber

It’s all poetic and stuff. And yet so very true. So I haven’t updated in a long, long time (that’s the slumber part), because I have been very, very busy (that’s the sleepless part). I had an intense semester, so that’s my excuse. I literally submitted my last assignment just now. I’m going to be updating more often this summer. To prove it, I’m going to be posting a three part series within the next couple of weeks. I don’t know what I’m going to name the series, but it’ll be witty and clever… terrible and stupid. Anyways, here’s what is to come.

Part one will deal with games that I played throughout this semester. Yes I was busy doing homework, yet I found time to play a few games. Part two will deal with the big games that came out so far in 2011. There’s been a lot. Will part one and part two have some overlap? Maybe. Part three is a look into the future: the second half of 2011. I’m thinking of waiting until after E3 to do this part, but I’ll probably be yammering about E3 during E3. E3 is the first part of June, by the way. So that gives me a month.

The point is, don’t give up hope for this site. I’m going to try, but I know that the fall semester is going to be another intense semester. Keep checking back.


Level 1 – 2010

The site is finally done. Welcome to version 1.0. It’s a blog with Gamers Blogging About Games and the video game industry. Since it is a blog, there isn’t a lot of pages, but let me give you a tour. The Home is your standard home page. Has excerpts from the latest blog posts, poll, and a video game release schedule for the month. The Blog is what you are probably reading now. Contributors will publish blog posts about various video game stuff. The Forum is a nice place for other readers of the blog to chat. Contributors are also members of the forum so you can ask them questions, chat, or add them to your friend’s list. The About page has information about the blog as well as stuff about the contributors. Right now I am the only contributor but I am in the early stages of recruiting people. And finally the Links. It has a bunch of video game related links that we enjoy and want to share with you.

With that out of the way, I would like the first post to sum up 2010 for me. I will go over game that I played in 2010. It will give you an idea of what kind of games I like. I didn’t want to do a game of the year type of thing, or awards because everyone else does that anyways. I’ll give you a link to the games Gamespot page, in case you want more information, and I will give a little blurb on what I thought about the game.

Darksiders – I kicked off the new year with Darksiders. I really liked this game. It got some great reviews, and some not so good reviews, but I thought it was great. I liked the Zelda/God of War feel to it. I liked the art style. I highly recommend it.

God of War III – I’m a God of War fanboy, so of course I liked it. I think it is an exceptional game. It hard to beat fighting on top of a titan, or looking from the first person view of Poseidon as Kratos beats the crap out of him. Another highly recommended game if you don’t already have it.

Deadly Premonition – I bought this game on the premise that it was so crappy, that it was good (much like Earth Defense Force, which was so crappy that it was fantastic in my opinion)… I feel lied to. Deadly Premonition is just a bad game. Crappy controls, crappy graphics, crappy gameplay, crappy everything. Sure it had some humorous dialogue, but I don’t want to shift through that much crap to get to it. To be fair, I haven’t seen anything my David Lynch, including Twin Peaks (which is apparently good?).

Transformers War For Cybertron – I thought the game was good. However I haven’t beaten it, and I haven’t played it since July, so my opinion is still up in the air. What I have played, has been fun and enjoyable. A good licensed game.

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 – I know this game came out in 2008, but I hadn’t played a Rainbow Six game before 2010. I have to say that I love this game. It is so much fun. The campaign is great, and playing the terrorist mode is loads of fun with friends. It’s 20 bucks now so there isn’t much excuse for you to not to get it.

Red Faction: Guerrilla – I got this game for 5 bucks since I bought Darksiders. I thought the first Red Faction game was alright. I liked this game. It’s fun to destroy buildings. The party mode to create as much destruction as possible in a certain time limit is a blast (hehe. Puns). It’s an open world game, which is new to the series. I thought the game was more enjoyable on easy, to be honest. That was the first game that I switched to easy about half way on my first play through (I play on easy sometimes when I’m replaying games for story like when a sequel is coming out soon). It was more fun killing enemies quickly and destroying buildings. I hated being in the middle of nowhere, just destroying some stuff and all of a sudden some marauders came up and attacked and killed me. The game is like 20 bucks and I recommend it. Plus a sequel is coming out this year and it isn’t open world anymore and sounds even more awesome.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 – I loves me some Mario. The sequel builds upon everything that made the original Galaxy great. If you loved the first Galaxy, you’ll love the sequel and you probably already own it.

Enslaved: Odysey to the West – This game didn’t sell well so I need to tell you that this game is fantastic and you should buy it. It is a great story driven game, with simple, but fun combat. It isn’t a button masher, and you can upgrade your weapons. The platforming is alright… you really cannot mess up the platforming so it’s not hard. The story is really where this game shines. Also the voice acting is first-rate. The guy who played Golem in the Lord of the Rings plays Monkey, the main character. There’s also a nice Prince of Persia Sands of Time vibe going on between the main character and Trip, the person who “enslaved” Monkey. Highly recommend this game.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – the game sold better than Enslaved, but it isn’t selling great… probably good enough to warrant a green light for a sequel. I thought this game was great. I’m not a big Castlevania fan, but I did enjoy a few of the games. This one was a reboot of the series, so it’s not original canon. In fact, throughout most of the game you will be wondering why they called it “Castlevania.” However, you will understand why once you finish the game. I liked this game and would recommend this game to anyone new to the series, and people who are fans of the series to check it out and give it a chance… you might like it. I’m really hoping for a sequel because the set it up to be as epic as the original series.

Starcraft 2 – I also loves me some Starcraft. I was still playing the original up to the point the sequel finally came out 10+ years later. The story is great, graphics are great, game play great, controls great, just everything about the game is great. I freaking hate 2.0. It is the worst thing to ever happen to a blizzard game. However, it is a necessary evil to play Starcraft 2, and I still recommend the game to anyone, even if you have never played an RTS, or are a veteran RTS player.

Deathspank and Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue – From the mind of Ron Gilbert (Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion) came these two games just released about two months apart (Thongs of Virtue was in development side by side with the original). These games are hilarious. All the dialogue is voiced, which is a plus in my book, especially since there is a lot of it. The names and descriptions of the items are also humorous. The game has simple game play, but it is still fun and funny and I go back to it when I’m feeling in the mood something like that because there isn’t much like that. Really recommend these two titles.

Batman Arkham Asylum – I know this game didn’t come out last year, but I didn’t buy it til 2010. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, so when Steam had it for 20 bucks, I bought it. Don’t regret it at all. I haven’t beaten it yet (Starcraft II stole my attention) but it is a great game and recommend it. It also has a sequel coming out this year.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit – I’m not a big racing fan, or Need for Speed fan, but I love the Burnout series. So when I heard the Criterion, the people behind Burnout, were making the new Hot Pursuit, I bought it. This game is definitely a Need for Speed game, so if you are a fan of NfS, then you should buy this. I enjoyed this game as a Burnout fan as well, but it feels more like a Need for Speed game, which is how it should be. Highly recommended to arcade race fans out there.

Goldeneye: 007 – I have memories of playing the original for the N64. This game makes me nostalgia. It has elements of what made the original fun, but it also modernizes it. The team that made this game walked a thin line, but the did a perfect job of remaking the game, in my opinion. I don’t know if anyone who doesn’t nostalgia at the through of Goldeneye will like it, but I know I did. I recommend it to people who played the original.

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – I loves me some Assassin’s Creed as well. I enjoyed this game and loved playing it. However, I would have been happy if they had not released another Assassin’s Creed just one year after the second game. I would have been happy with it in 2011. That’s a discussion for another post, but let me say that I had to choose between Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and another game, and I passed on the other game because of Brotherhood (I had a back catalog of games I needed to play and low on some cash). Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood perfected what AC2 started, The additions are great and it is a fantastic game. Continuing Ezio’s and Desmund’s journeys was fun and exciting. One thing that felt wrong was Rome… just the flow when you were running through it seemed to be interrupted. You were always getting stopped by something. Still receommend the game.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 – I liked this game. I haven’t really played any military shooters before. But Bad Company 2 Ultimate Edition was only 30 bucks so I bought it. I loved the game. The story was a good action movie story and I was kinda in a mood for that. The controls felt great. The dialogue felt real among your company. I haven’t gone online yet, but I am not a big online player so we’ll see if I do.

There’s probably a few games that I forgot. This was more about the games, but the DLC for Borderlands, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx was great. If you own the game, you must buy that DLC. 2010 was a pretty good year for gaming, and 2011 is looking better. I’ll probably end up highlighting the first half of 2011 of games that I am looking forward to in a segment I like to call “Games To The Video.”