I knew at an early age that I wanted to make a career out of writing about games, and now I have. You'll find most of my stuff right here on HonestGamers, of course, but don't be surprised if my name pops up elsewhere. Living out my dream keeps me very busy, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
So, I decided to give Braid a shot since I've been hearing a bit about it.
Right away, the game interested me. The title screen is playable. You can walk off to the right and into the level hub without ever really leaving the menu (though text scrolls away).
The game itself, once it begins, is platforming/puzzle action. The hero reminds me of the character from "I Wanna Be the Guy" and controls similarly. The art style here is a lot more detailed, though, with lush locations and a beautiful score to match.
I will be posting a review for Etrian Odyssey II on Tuesday. It's already written and such, but I want to sit on it for a day or two. In the meantime, here's the preview: the game is really neat for hardcore RPG fans.
Seriously, if you like old school RPGs, you owe it to yourself to check out the game. I hope that you'll read my full review when it goes live and that some of you will buy the game. It definitely isn't for everyone, but I think a lot of you would really enjoy it.
I've been superstitiously refusing to talk about my luck with my Xbox 360 because I don't like saying "My Xbox 360 has treated me well, knock on wood."
"Knock on wood" is such a stupid, superstitious expression that makes no sense at all when you consider its roots in the occult. Anyway, I haven't been wanting to say that and so I haven't talked about how lucky I'd been with the Xbox 360.
Today, that luck ended. I was playing through the opening tutorial in Operation Darkness and the game froze. My first thought was "Wow, this isn't a very polished game if it freezes in a tutorial." My second thought upon booting it back up was "Oh, crap. Four red rings!" My second thought was wrong, though. It's actually three red rings, which apparently is even worse.
Well, I'd been planning to churn out a bunch of reviews over the last few days, since I certainly have a lot of games sitting around that I need to cover. However, my job has been robbing most of my time and it looks like I'm lucky to manage one game a week!
This week, that game is Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 for the Nintendo DS. I realize that I'm a few days late to the party with this (we already have a user review posted), but of course I wanted to play through the whole thing before reviewing it.
At work, our schedules come out on Thursday. I always look so that I can then plan out my game/site time for the next week. Yesterday, we were so busy that I didn't even have time to slip back and check a second time, since they were late posting it and didn't have it up when I checked the first time.
So today I checked it, thinking on the way back that "Boy, I hope they don't schedule me on Sunday or something stupid because that would mean 6 consecutive days of work for me!"
I'm a suspicious person, I guess. Last night at work, they hadn't scheduled nearly enough people to handle the predictable holiday rush. There were only two or three cashiers scheduled in our huge department (which for most practical purposes is about half the store, and I'm talking about a store along the lines of a Super Wal-Mart). There were also only three clerks scheduled for most of the evening--myself being one--and one supervisor.
Then disaster struck: one of my co-workers called in sick.
Recently, a moderator on Eurogamer ignored his non-disclosure agreement and posted on the forums to say that Too Human--a title he was only able to play because he signed a legally-binding NDA indicating that he would not discuss the game until a date sometime in the future--is the worst game he has played in the past five years.
There are a lot of regulars on that site who are praising him for doing the right thing and breaking the agreement. It got me wondering how some of you feel about the matter. Should non-disclosure agreements be honored? Do you think more of someone who breaks them to report exclusive news ahead of his competition? Less? Do non-disclosure agreements interfere with the free market system so many of us value?