Archive for the Games Category

Z is for Zelda

Posted in Games, Wii, Zelda with tags , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

Yup, another Legend of Zelda post.  The “damsel in distress” isn’t the correct way of looking at the girl the series is named after. Sure, she’s been captured, had a sleeping spell used on her, turned to stone etc etc. But Zelda is a kickass hero in her own right. The best example is the mysterious character of the Sheik in Ocarina. The Sheik helps out Link  a lot in the game, giving him information and teaching him songs. Of course, Sheik is really Zelda in disguise.

In Wind Waker, Link has to deal with a scrappy pirate named Tetra. Sure Tetra helps Link, but she’s sarcastic  and snarky towards him. It’s later revealed that she’s Princess Zelda, although she only learns of this when Link does. At the end of the game, she’s seen with her crew of pirates, ready to start a new adventure.   In Spirit Tracks, Zelda’s body is stolen and her spirit helps Link restore peace to Hyrule. She’s with Link through the whole game.

Zelda is a powerful character in her own right. The stereotypical “save the princess”  scenario doesn’t fit in the series. And if you ever played the Super Smash Bro series, Zelda’s one hell of a fighter, especially as Sheik.

Again, this A to Z challenge as been amazing and so much fun! Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog to check me out this month!

V is for Video Game Replay Value

Posted in Games, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

I think replay value is extremely important in games.  It sort of sucks when you realize you never want to play that game you were so excited for again, especially when they’re so expensive. I remember my disappointment with the Star Wars Force Unleashed game. I love Star Wars video games, but when I finished this one, I couldn’t find a reason to go through it again. The game was too linear, too short, and really had nothing worth revisiting.

But just because a game is short, that doesn’t mean it has no replay value. Look at Portal and Left 4 Dead.  The L4D games are short. Although, multiplayer is a blast. The campaign never gets boring, either. The Call of Duty games have short single player campaigns, but the multiplayer is one of the best.

Whether the game is long or short, the best feeling is never wanting to leave the world the game created. That’s the most important factor to me.

More games with great replay value

Games with little replay value

T is for Terrible AI Teammates in Video Games

Posted in Games with tags , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

In some games, we have AI teammates. This should be a big help, right? A lot of the time, it’s not. Some AI are downright terrible.

Right now, I’m playing Mass Effect and wow do your teammates stink. They like to randomly shoot at walls during a fight, wasting the ammo charges in their guns.

Left 4 Dead probably has some of the most frustrating AI. In fact, it’s a game best played with at least one other human.

There are other crappy AI teammates like in  Halo that make you wonder if they’re actually on your side.

For a complete list of my favorite terrible AI teammates go here

R is for Resident Evil

Posted in Games with tags , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

Resident Evil is one of those franchises I absolutely love. Two new RE games will be released for the 3DS and I’m looking forward to them. (But first, I would actually need to own a 3DS. lol) I’ve been playing RE since the beginning and I still enjoy  busting out the first every now and again. I love shooting zombies (or the not zombies like in RE4 and 5) in the head. A lot. I also love puzzles, so RE, especially the older ones are a perfect mix for me.

While I don’t dislike RE 5,  there is a part of me that wishes the series would return to its roots. Hell, I wouldn’t mind tank controls. Or game saving that requires ink ribbon and a typewriter. Or little ammo and no place to store it. Call me weird. Perhaps I’m just being nostalgic.

Maybe RE 4 was the best mix of innovation and old school. It’s certainly one of my favorite RE games and probably one of my favorite games ever. Resident Evil, to me, is something that should make you think. Not only about the puzzles, but the strategy of how to use your limited amount of supplies to your advantage. I remember in Code Veronica when I got to the Tyrant in the plane part. How I died and died some more, until I rethought how I was approaching the situation. There are many similar situations in the RE series.  Sure, it sounds frustrating, but what a feeling.

I hope when a new RE game is released for home consoles, it will remember its beginnings, if just for a bit.  This is a series that means a lot to me and maybe I just want to be stuck and frustrated again.

Q is for Quality in Video Games

Posted in Consoles, Games, PS3, Xbox 360 with tags , , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

How weird is it that I wake up to news of PC gamers complaining about the quality of Portal 2? My Q word was always going to be quality, but now it’s taking a different twist.

What’s all the fuss about? Apparently, PC gamers are mad that they can purchase DLCs on day one. Yes, I have rallied against pre-order bonuses including DLCs, but I think what’s happening with Portal 2 is different. This downloadable content includes stuff like skins for Atlas and P-body. Yes, people are complaining about having the ability to change the color of the co-op  characters.  Does any of this DLC change the game? No. Is a fancy Atlas better then a regular one? Nope. This DLC doesn’t actually impact the quality of the game.  Also, from what I understand, all these skins and costumes can be earned by playing the game anyway.

Valve has given free DLC to PC gamers in the past. The DLC that actually counts for something. When the Passing DLC was released for Left 4 Dead 2, PC gamers got it for free. I shelled out cash for it, cause I’m on the Xbox 360. But, I didn’t mind because it was new content, a new level of the game.

Another complaint is the quality of the graphics. Now, I can only speak for the version of Portal 2 I played (PS3), but the graphics are really great. In fact, they blow the first Portal out of the water. I have not played it on the PC yet, although I will.  The game also  runs smoother then the first. In Portal, controlling Chell was a bit clunky. Just this past Monday, I died while playing Portal because Chell would not back out of a door in Test Chamber 19 and I got hit with a missile. (This is the 360 arcade version, btw)

Yet another complaint is the length of the game.  The first Portal is short.  Portal 2 is a stand alone title, with two different campaigns. I haven’t finished the single player, but I’m about 3 hours into it. And I know I’m nowhere near finished. I haven’t even touched the co-op yet. If I get about 7 hours from single and 5 from co-op, that’s a decent amount of time. Plus, I replayed the hell out of the first one. A lot. So even if the game was a mere 4 hours, I know I’ll replay it cause it’s fun.

I don’t see what the big deal is. Just because you’re offered new skins, that doesn’t mean you have to buy them. They don’t change the quality of the game. Portal 2 is not broken, it’s a gorgeous looking game that’s entertaining. And that’s all that matters to me.

P is for Portal

Posted in Games, PS3, Xbox 360 with tags , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

*bounces* It’s finally here! Portal 2 was released today! To celebrate, I feel compelled to post a song I don’t think I can get sick of:

Not only is there a new single player campaign, but there’s also a c0-op campaign. Good-bye social life for awhile. Besides the mind bending physics of the Portal gun and the puzzles,  the new gels and other tricks like the panels,  you still have to deal with GLaDOS. I’m so excited to hear her taunting in Portal 2!

In the original  game, she was helpful at first and down right murderous at the end. Then you go and destroy her.  She turns around and sings during the credits about how she’s “still alive”. In the second game, you still play as Chell.  Aperture Science is in a state of severe disrepair, but that doesn’t stop GLaDOS from rebuilding the facility.

I expect the sequel to be awesome from start to finish. The first Portal was an amazing experience, from the weighted companion cube to learning that “speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out.” While it’s hard to top the unprecedented success of the short game wedged into the Orange Box,  I have faith that Portal 2 will be just as good, if not better.

O is for Older Kids and Video Games

Posted in Games, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 with tags , , , on April 2011, by residentgamer

When it comes to picking out video games for older kids or *tweens* (I don’t like that word), it can be hard even for gamer parents. Personally, I throw the ESRB ratings out the window and use them only as a last resort. I know what my son can and can not handle. I also know a basic overview of recently released games. But what if you don’t really know much about games? I have written about what games I think are appropriate for the almost teen boy.

There are some really cool video games releasing soon or that just came out. Portal 2 will be here tomorrow and it’s rated E10+. The Lego games like Star Wars are awesome. My son and I love them. In May, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean will come out. And if your son watches WWE, he can play the new WWE All Stars game.

I admit, during this time in their lives, it’s difficult to absolutely  say what ESRB rating  older kids fall in. Yes, there’s E and E10+, but there are  many T (like WWE games) and even M games (like Halo) that I think the almost teen kid can handle. It’s all about knowing your child and knowing what the game is all about.