Archive for February, 2013
The PS4 was announced last week, as many of you may already know. There was a brief look into the ” ‘supercharged’ PC architecture” , a couple games shown from established PS-exclusive franchises, nothing too exciting. But as a PC gamer, I wondered how this would affect the landscape that I play games on. Simply put, nothing bad should come out of the PS4 for us, only good.
There is only one word to describe this game: Bliss. Pure platforming bliss, in it’s most refined, clear state. I have yet to play a game that exceeds or even matches the insane level of quality that Yoshi’s Island provides. If you never played this game on it’s home console, the Super Nintendo, or even some platform like the DS, you are missing out, and this is why you should play it.
At the beginning of this week, on Sunday, Jason Jones, the co-founder of Bungie, said this:
“We did a bunch of ambitious things on Halo deliberately to reach out to people. We limited players to two weapons, we gave them recharging health, we automatically saved and restored the game – almost heretical things to first-person shooters at the time. We made the game run without a mouse and keyboard. And now nobody plays shooters the way they used to play them before Halo ’cause nobody wants to.”
And in a single fell swoop, Mr. Jones lost millions of sales, if not hundreds of millions of sales, and he alienated us all.
According to David Cage, the guy behind Heavy Rain, games need to grow up, be more mature. They need to have meaning. In his viewpoint, every game must be serious and act like his own game, Heavy Rain.
Sigh. Mr. Cage, hate to break it to you, but your game wasn’t even all that good, and not all games need to have some sort of socio-political undertones. In fact, many games do better without taking themselves seriously. I would even go so far as to say that most games do better without some bulls%#t meaning injected into them. Games can be, and often times are meant to be, stupid fun.
I consider myself to be a PC gamer tried and true. I feel that, in all blunt honesty, PCs are for the most part phenomenally better than consoles. But do I hate consoles? Do I think they’re holding us back? no, not really. Sometimes I hear from PC gamers that they feel that console gamers are “not real gamers”, or that consoles are “inferior pieces of technology that are stuck in the past”. I don’t think so.
Starting today, and continuing for the next 4 weeks, I will be listing my top 5 favorite games I have ever played. These games are games I always manage to come back to, and what I feel are the best of the best. This will be in no particular order. First up on my list is Just Cause 2. Holy s%@t this game is fun. It was an under looked gem, nay, DIAMOND, of this generation. And this is why you should play it.
I viewed a post a while ago on Reddit about a father (mother?) who did a video game themed party for their 9-year-old child. The games featured were Minecraft, Portal, and The Binding of Isaac. Wait, The Binding of Isaac? Well, apparently, yeah. And while a heated discussion of the choice of the parents to allow their child to play BoI, I wondered, where does one draw the line?