There’s a lot to be said about Dragon Age 2, good and bad. I hate to say it, but the too often used idiom “mixed bag” really does apply here.
Despite some of the conclusions I had probably drawn from some of the preview material and trailers, the combat had changed very little in the end. It’s generally paced faster, while still retaining all the tactics options from Dragon Age: Origins that I need. The biggest missing thing is the tactical/bird-eye view, but who uses that, I mean really. The only time I used it in Origins was at the very beginning just to see how it looked, chuckled at the novelty of it, and zoomed right back in. The farthest zoom you have in Dragon Age 2 is quite far enough for me to see everything I need to see during combat. Continue reading →
So, as the story goes, Arkham City takes place 12 months or so after the first game, Arkham Asylum. Somehow Quincy Sharp, the former warden of Arkham Asylum has successfully managed to run for mayor, and convinced all of Gotham that it would be a great idea to wall off a chunk of the city and turn that chunk into a big-ass prison. Sounds logical? Not especially, and the start of the game does a very poor job at explaining what exactly has happened between the two games. I hear that there’s some sort of comic out there that shines some light in to this, but fuck this cross-media bullshit. Continue reading →
Yep, Shadow Complex kicks some serious ass. That’s all I have to say about the game at this point. I’ve played some of it, and it’s just excellent.
Aside from the few quirks that the Unreal 3 engine has, I don’t have anything negative to say about this game so far. And even the texture pop-in is under control, only noticed it twice so far. So, excellent.
Oh yeah, Nolan North is the leading voice. That guy sure gets around these days. He is the new Prince in the PoP games, he was Forge in Halo Wars, Drake in Uncharted. Also Desmond in Assassin’s Creed, Vossler in FF12. And in a bunch of upcoming games as well.
Be quick, this deal will only last for the weekend! You can now get all the Half-Life games in several different pack configurations or as individual games, dirt cheap. Half-Life 2: Episode 2 for example is $5.09, and the Half-Life Complete Pack is $16.99. And that pack has quite a few games. So if you ever missed out on all things Half-Life, now would be a pretty good time to catch up. Head over to Steam to view the various packs that the deal includes.
Oh yeah, there is also a deal on the Valve Complete Pack, that’s 10% off. While not as big of a deal as 66%, it’s still pretty good if you are in the market for it.
If you haven’t played Braid yet, but would like to, now’s your chance! Direct2drive has it on their deal of the week, so you have until Sunday to buy it for just $9.99, that’s $5 less than the regular price. Don’t remember what Braid is like? Here’s a little reminder.
I wish I knew what the story behind this little thing is. It’s just a little surreal. Maybe it’s an accessibility option in the application. Doesn’t make it any less surreal, but hey, I try to find reason where there may be none.
Just thought I’d mention that a demo for Trine has been spotted out in the wild. You can download it from FileShack. Never heard of Trine? Well, from the gameplay videos it looks pretty much like what a current generation Lost Vikings would look like. I’m interested in this. The game will be out for PC in July 3, and hits the PS3 markets a week later.
So I heard that Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts has awesome music. You may have heard it too. Well, it took them some time, but the official Rare homepage news tells us that you’ll be able to buy an official soundtrack for the game pretty soon. Infact, Amazon US lists the release date as June 30, 2009. So, you know, pretty soon. You can pre-order it now, also from Amazon UK, if that’s your preference. Though as you can clearly read from the Amazon UK page, it’s an import that way as well. So, do whatever comes cheaper for you I guess. :D Order it! I know you want to.
Oh, right. I guess I should also mention that the soundtrack is composed by Grant Kirkhope, Dave Clynick and Robin Beanland. In case you didn’t know. Which you probably didn’t, so now you do. You can thank me later.