It’s been pretty quiet around here lately, for witch I apologize. But, I have a good excuse: I’m preparing to move, and not just down the block. No, my family and I are moving to a whole ‘nother country next week, and I’m frantically trying to close all of my accounts, cancel all of my services, and sell all of my belongings. That hasn’t left a lot of time for horror games, though I did recently put some time into Siren: New Translation and (I am somewhat ashamed to admit) Escape from Bug Island. Also, my brother hooked me up with The Darkness and F.E.A.R., so I have a lot to play.
But I’ve also been playing some non-horror games lately. Shocking as it may be, I actually try to interleave my horror games with my non-horror games so that I don’t get too burnt out on any particular genre. I thought I’d talk a little bit about the non-horror games I’ve been putting some time into:
- Assassin’s Creed – This game got pretty slammed by reviewers, but I can’t figure out why. The game’s a little repetitive, yes, but that’s ok because the stuff that is repeating is fantastic. The art, particularly the animation, is fantastic, and the game really succeeds at making you feel like an awesome ninja killer dude. The controls are a little wonky and I don’t totally understand how to be reliably stealthy yet, but I’m very happy with the couple of hours I’ve put in so far. This is an interesting game with an interesting theme and I’m extremely impressed with the cohesiveness of its presentation. In my day job I work on animation systems programming a lot, and the animation system in Assassin’s Creed is really, really cool.
- Pure – OK, so I’ve only played the demo, but I really enjoyed it. Pure is SSX on ATVs; the mechanics of jumping and performing tricks to get boost is almost exactly the same as SSX. However, SSX was awesome and Pure seems like it works very well too.
- Earth Defense Force 2017 – This is an ultra-budget game by D3 publisher, the hard-working folks responsible for classics THE Zombie VS Ambulance and THE Onneechanbara. 2017 is pretty budget-looking, but it was recommended to me by a friend as being “hilarious fun,” and I have to concur with that assessment. The controls are fairly bad, the story is beyond terrible, the graphics suck, and yet I’ve played this thing for several hours already. On level one they give you a gun that blows entire buildings up! You can’t go wrong with this formula.
What are you playing lately?