Brief update on my game schedule.
May 31, 2010

2010 has been a good year for gaming so far.

Just subbed my Alan Wake review. I was really pleasantly surprised by this game, and it'll probably wind up being one of my favorite releases of 2010. Hopefully my review will explain why I was more impressed by it than most.

Blockbuster was out of the new Prince of Persia when I stopped by, so I rented Nier instead, partly because I've had a friend shouting into my ear recently telling me to check it out. Has anyone else played it? It's this bizarre action/adventure/RPG that flew completely under the radar. It feels like it's trying to imitate every game ever made. It's got the combat of a post-God of War action game, the structure of a Zelda title, and the grinding and array of systems found in your average JRPG. Really weird and all over the place.

I'm seven hours in and I'm still not sure what to think of the game. Some things work, some things don't. Some parts are exhilarating, some parts are slow as hell. The production values are lousy and I'm put off by the reports that the second half of the game involves a lot of backtracking, but I'm still somewhat addicted. Anyone else played this?

I do plan to rent The Forgotten Sands whenever they have a copy, and I haven't ruled out Alpha Protocol even though the first few reviews haven't been promising. Obsidian's games aren't known for their polish, and a lot of complaints seem geared towards the cover-based combat, but then a lot of people said the same thing about the first Mass Effect and I thought it was fine.

Question for those who've beaten Red Dead Redemption: Worth buying, as opposed to renting? I'm trying to limit straight-up purchases to games I know I'll get my money's worth out of -- Alan Wake was great, for example, but it was a perfect rental because I beat it within that period and probably wouldn't play it again. Sixty bucks is a lot of money to spend; is Redemption worth it?

On the Wii front, I will be buying Super Mario Galaxy 2 at some point, and still need to check out No More Heroes 2 and Red Steel 2, both of which look cool. By then I think I'll be caught up on 2010 releases I want to play, aside from 3D Dot Game Heroes, which I can't play anyway since I no longer have access to a PS3. I'm kind of interested in it but I won't feel like I'm missing out if I don't get the chance to play it.

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Genj Genj - May 31, 2010 (02:44 PM)
With Red Dead Redemption it's a question of whether you'll do a lot of the optional content. The game is probably 12+ hours of story alone, but I spent 34 hours hitting 90.5% in single player alone. The only reason I didn't do the last 9.5% is because some of the optional stuff is frustrating & time consuming, and I just wanted to move on to a new game. All in all though it's a fun game to explore, hunt, and generally mess around in. It also has some of the best glitches ever.
zippdementia zippdementia - May 31, 2010 (10:11 PM)
Nice update, Suskie! You're way ahead of me. I'm still playing "term pape- oh wait, I already made that joke.

In that case, I'm still playing Metroid Prime Trilogy. I'm onto the second in the series, which was my favorite and most other people's least favorite. I sympathize... the back tracking blows. But I'm a sadist and that game is refreshingly HARD.
Nightmare Nightmare - June 01, 2010 (09:42 PM)
It also has some of the best glitches ever.

Did you happen to encounter the one where you're taking cover behind a boulder or wall, and when you move away from it, he still acts like he's against said object? That one was entertaining. I couldn't shoot, or even run. I was stuck, still hunched over and completely helpless like a crippled old man.

Aside from the glitches though, I loved the game and would definitely say it's worth buying. It lasted twice as long as a lot of others I've bought--like God Of War III.

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