To say I’ve been playing a lot of games lately would be a huge understatement. I’ve been practically breathing them, and I am loving each and every wiff taken. Not all of these games are hot off the shelf brand new but that doesn’t make them any less fun, despite what some may think. Here are my impressions of the games I’ve been playing lately.
First off, I’ll start with Mass Effect 3. Having played and liked the first two games, I pretty much knew exactly what to expect from the third game’s single player portion. I mean, it’s still mainly about Shepard traversing across planets and killing bad aliens. The choices made in ME3 felt like they had more weight in previous games though, which I think will leave me with quite the impression looking back. I was satisfied with the end of the trilogy, even though this is likely not truely the end.
Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City is certainly a game about shooting people, and I guess I was expecting a bit more out of this one. Not that it’s bad or anything (at times I thought it was actually pretty good) but it could have used probably another year or so in the oven. The game has some strange graphical glitches, and it just overall has a strange, unfinished feel. The tie-in story to RE2 and 3 has some nice throwbacks (romping through the RPD was neat) but in the same vein, the interactions with Leon and Jill are entirely forgettable and mostly non-canon. Still, a fun game that is best played in co-op and in short bursts.
Moving on, Battlefield 3 was a game I should not have liked. I hated the beta, and felt that it was probably representative of what the final product would be like. I was wrong, and I’m not sure why I was so hesitant in the first place. My favorite Battlefield game up until this point was Battlefield 1943, mainly because of its tight vehicle integration (Note: Yes, that’s usually all it takes). Battlefield 3 is a blast, and so much more fun than 1943 in so many ways but I love it because of the class system (harkens back to my Wolfenstein pedigree) and the vehicles that control as smoothly as possible. Doesn’t hurt that I also have a lot of friends playing it, too.
For the last part of this blog post, I just want to mention Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. I have played a good couple of hours of the original Dead Rising 2, and found it to be a bit fun but also feeling that it didn’t do enough to distance itself from the first game’s shortcomings. Mainly, its save system and lack of sandbox mode. Off the Record fixes one of those things and brought in Sandbox mode, with online co-op. That I was not expecting but it is welcome now more than ever. Mowing down zombies with whatever contraptions you can think of is pure bliss, and I can hardly wait to see what happens next. Controlled chaos is probably one of my favorite things about video games. Oh, and the save system is exactly the same as in previous games but with a comforting twist: if you die, you don’t have to start over or lose progress, you’re simply brought back to your latest checkpoint (usually only a few minutes apart). I’ll say this: it’s about time.
This isn’t even the half of everything I’ve played, so consider this to be more of a ‘highlight reel’ of sorts. I’ll be back soon enough with more.