Fresh off of completing Broken Sword, I decided to continue my point-and-click adventure gaming with The Longest Journey. Like Nico from Broken Sword, April Ryan of TLJ has one of those early nineties reverse mullet hairdos, short in back and long in front, but that's about where the similarities between these two games ends. TLJ is far more epic in scope with your standard video game "you must save the world from certain doom" plot. The game is massive, but it is broken up into smaller digestible chapters that could generally be completed in one sitting.
My primary gaming device these days. Technically any computer can be called a "PC" but this category is specifically for Windows/MS-DOS based games.
Broken Sword is a point and click adventure game from the ninties. You will spend most of the game playing as George, the bumbling American tourist who unwillingly gets entangled with murder mystery involving clowns, dirty handkerchiefs, The Knights Templar and a photo journalist named Nico.
Mass Effect 3 is the satisfying conclusion to the Mass Effect trilogy (ME1 & ME2). The Reapers have finally come to reap and it's Shepard's job to unite the galaxy against them. Along the way you meet up with old allies (the ones you didn't kill last time around), fight with all sorts enemies and hide behind a lot of cover.
Alan Wake was developed by the same people who made one of my favorite games, Max Payne. Unfortunately, there is no equivalent to the awesomely addictive bullet-time shooting mechanics of Max Payne. Instead, the main gameplay hook is that you shine a light on the bad guys to wear them down before you can hurt them with your gun. It's not a horrible system but it gets old really fast.
I've had this game for quite a while now and have been waiting until I complete it before writing about it. Man, I suck at Jamestown. I don't know if I will ever finish it, so I guess I will say a few things about it now. Despite my inability to finish the game, Jamestown is great.
Dear Esther is a noble little experiment that pushes the notion of video games as art. The problem is, it isn't much of a game. You walk around a beautifully rendered desolate island in first-person view. As you move along you are fed bits and pieces of a narrative involving a car accident and a woman named Esther. The story slowly comes together as you approach your goal but remains vague and feels unfinished even near at the very end.
Sword & Sworcery is a bit more art than video game. In fact, the game itself is more of a container for the synth-heavy soundtrack and pixel art animation. The art style is a cross between the blocky designs of early Sierra 3-D adventure games and the limited color palette and vistas of Another World. A lot of reviews describe the sound track as being "prog rock." It's not. It has much more in common with a mid-eighties Golan-Globus action movie score (Rob Walsh's Revenge of the Ninja OST comes to mind) than Yes.
I liked the original Dead Space well enough. The sequel is just more of the same endless dark hallways, jump scares, limb shooting and occasional weightless environment. This makes for some mindless fun, but, like the first game I was just yearning for a little variety.
I have just been plowing through the sequels of nineties FPS's lately. This time it was back to Castle Wolfenstein for me... although, technically, I am not sure if that castle in the distance is actually the Castle Wolfenstein, you know the one I escaped from (with the plans) back in 1981.
The original Duke Nukem 3D was perhaps the best of the first wave of FPS games. I also really liked Rise of the Triad and, of course, Doom but Duke was filled with tasteless humor, pop-culture references and a richly interactive world. For some reason Duke Nukem Forever has only a 53 Meta Critic rating and I can't for the life of me see why. Sure its was released about 8 years too late and it doesn't really bring anything new to the genre, but everything that was great about the original game is still here.
This is the game that forced me to update my video card last year. I remember playing the first Far Cry and thinking that that was about as close to reality as games could ever get. The sequel leaps and bounds ahead of the original in the looks department. Unfortunately, the game-play does not match the quality level of the visuals.