I managed to bag myself a real bargain on this game yesterday. Deus Ex: Human Revolution for just £29.99 with a free 800MS points card at Argos (be quick, I think the offer ends on the 9th of September!). And wow, what a game!
Now I know I haven’t played through this yet so I can’t give it a review, but from what I have played so far, discussions from my friends, and reviews I’ve read online, this looks like a really special game. Right from the beginning you can see the attention to detail in how they have presented this game, the art style and the music. Sure, some of the character models and lip-syncing look a little off, but not enough to ruin the experience.
Apparently this game can be played to suit your style; you can be stealthy, or gun down everything that moves like a maniac. Personally, I keep trying to take stealthy approach, keeping to the shadows and silently taking out bad guys. At the moment, I’m pretty crap at it to be honest. I get fairly far through an area unseen, only to be spotted by someone and having to resort to shooting my way through difficult situations. I must be doing something wrong…?
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Damn, I just can’t get enough of this game at the moment. Whilst I’m not great at the online skirmishes, they are incredibly addictive.
Since I got back from my holiday last weekend (and just before I left) I have been pretty hooked on this game. Whilst it isn’t as deep as “Command and Conqueror” and other PC-based RTS games, Halo Wars is still very entertaining. For some reason it reminds me of when I used to play Warcraft 3 over and over and over again.
So, what makes it so good..?
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Every now and then I get hit by the sudden urge to play through one (or some) of my older games. This weekend I blew the dust off one of my most favourite titles, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2.
For the first time ever I got to enjoy playing this on my (girlfriend’s) HDTV. Some have said that the graphics for this game have aged, but for me it looked gorgeous! I was also really impressed that the game was still incredibly popular online. For me, Vegas 2 (and almost all of the Rainbow Six games I have played since Rogue Spear on the PC) have been one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences. I was so happy to see this old game (well, over a year old) with such an impressive online community. Most titles nearly die after about 6 months, but the number of full servers/matches was staggering.
Another element I have also frequently enjoyed with Rainbow Six games is the attitude of gamers. I’m not sure what attracts them, but nearly everyone is helpful and sporting. People work together and play as a team. In all my matches (of both Vegas 1 and 2) I have never heard anything along the lines of “I’ve pwned you nooberz!”. It’s such a refreshing experience after playing such titles as Gears of War and Call of Duty.
So here I am, back on Rainbow Six Vegas 2 and absolutely loving it! I think I will stay here for a little while yet. If you are yet to try this game I strongly advise you do. It’s a lot more tactical and rewarding than most shooters, and as mentioned previously the community is really positive (although you may still be unfortunate to stumble across pockets of unsporting players, much like in any game). If like me you haven’t played it in a while, now is still a good time to return to it. The game is still thriving online and the gameplay is just as addictive as it has always been.
I look forward to seeing you all online
At the weekend I stumbled across an offer for Too Human. After reading a number of negative reviews I still could not pass up on an action RPG for only £9.98. (especially as I was looking for another co-op game to play with my girlfriend’s son).
Not long after loading the game I could already see why people were disappointed in this game. The graphics were okay in some sections but quite poor in others (a bit like Prey I guess), the voice acting wasn’t up to much, the dialogue was pretty poor, and the combat (along with the camera) felt a bit.. broken. For some reason I stuck with it though. I died a few times (witnessing the unskippable death animation), but gradually continued my way through the first level/world.
I think it was about 1 or 2 hours into the game that I actually began to enjoy the game. There was a huge number of different items and armour types (which I loved.. I hate RPGs where all your friends characters look the same), and I was beginning to get the hang of combat.
After enjoying the delights of Fable 2 this game appears rushed and really flawed, but there is something underlying that is quite addictive. something I can’t quite put my finger on. I managed to try my hand at the co-op mode (with my girlfriend’s son) and this is where I have had the most enjoyment so far (the camera in this mode is a big improvement over the Fable 2 online co-op settings).
- Fun Co-op with a friend (better than Fable 2)
- Lots of weapons and armor (that actually looks different rather than just a new skin)
- Ability to create weapons and armors from blueprints
- Quite challenging, but not too much
- Barely any loading screens (I don’t think I’ve noticed any actually. Although I’m sure there is one or two somewhere)
- Cannot skip the death animation
- Combat with the right analogue stick feels unatural
- Story is a little.. boring or slow?
- Not enough variety in the enemies
- The game’s instruction manual isn’t very helpful with explaining some of the ingame options