Tuesday, November 29, 2011

3 game special Part 3: Alice Madness Returns for the PS3 and 360

I have been playing a lot of unique games this year, with Portal 2 and L.A. Noire being the two big hitters for me. Sadly, I think I just hit the wall with unique games to play for a while. I say this since this next game is American McGee’s Alice: Madness Returns for the PC, PS3, and 360. I know this is a bit sudden for me to announce the game I am reviewing, but I have kind of had enough of playing unique games for now due to this game. I have a love-hate relationship with it. I love it for specific reasons, but I really hate it for technical and other specific reasons. I don’t like to scream and rave and rant about a game so early in the review, but that is how I feel about this game. Alice Madness Returns is a flawed, but interesting experience brought by American McGee to the gaming world. So, let’s dive into the madness of Alice: Madness Returns. Before I continue I just want to say this is my opinion and if you don’t like it, that is fine, just make your own review of it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

3 game special Par 2: L.A. Noire for the PS3 and 360

Sometimes, it is nice to play something different. I mean, it seems like the industry is buried in Call of Duty games, Street Fighter 4 games, and thankfully, no more music games. I like to see companies break out of the mold and do something different. I think the company I am most proud of is Rockstar. I have played their Grand Theft Auto franchise, but I don’t really see the big deal about the games. I can understand their popularity and well thought out story to some extent, but it really isn’t my kind of franchise. That is why I was pleasantly surprised about Red Dead Redemption. I mean, yeah, the story dragged on near the end, but it was a very solid game and definitely worth the Game of the Year award. Personally, I would have chosen Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Mass Effect 2. When I heard Rockstar was doing a game where the setting was the 1940’s and you were a detective, I was intrigued and when I saw the trailers, I was excited. Some of the review scores for this next review can be a bit biased and overblown, but it is definitely worth playing, rather than games like Bullet Storm or Gears of War 2. The game in question is Team Bondi’s first game and hopefully not their last, L.A. Noire. Like I said, this game does have its share of faults, but they really aren’t that big. Besides, I have to talk about the game first and not just say all the bad things first. So, put on your nicest suit from the 40’s, this is my review of L.A. Noire

Friday, November 11, 2011

3 game special Part 1: Portal 2 for PS3, 360, PC, and Steam

I love to be surprised by games that everyone loves and I just didn’t get. Portal was one of those games that I just didn’t get. It seemed like some first-person puzzle game that was going to be hard to push to the gaming public. It also didn’t help that it was part of the Orange Box with Half Life 2 and Team Fortress. However, it got a lot of good reviews, and besides being short and having some clunky mechanics, somehow won Game of the Year Award from a couple of publications. Personally, in 2007, Super Mario Galaxy was Game of the Year for me, but we need to move on. After working on and milking every PC and Xbox360 gamer out of their hard earned cash with Left 4 Dead 1 and 2, I heard they were going to make a Sequel for Portal that came out this year. At first I still wasn’t impressed and just pushed it aside for other games that were coming out. I then decided to see what Valve had to show by watching all the trailers and footage they had of the game, and then I got a little interested. Portal was a game you had to play to get what people were talking about, and I bet this game was going to be like that too. I had it on my Gamefly list and got it about a week after it was released, and here I am today to talk to you about Portal 2 for PS3, 360, PC, and Steam. I was very surprised at how good this game was, and I could see why this series has received so much respect. It’s different, unique, and no one can match it. Let’s dive right into Portal 2.