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>My favorite games: the list

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So I have not been regularly posting with this blog until now, and hence have failed to put up my ‘top games’ list. To sum it up, my fav series is Silent Hill, with Clock Tower and Broken Sword series coming in second. I love survival horror but I do not only stay in that genre, and go anywhere from good RPGS ( mostly old school, like Secret of mana), shooters ( the ones that aren’t pointless), adventure games, PC/Mac stuff…really I play all genres.

What I cannot stand are games that have no point, aka ‘I’m pissed off today so I need to shoot something, and shoot for about 10 hours straight, killing anything in sight.’ Yeah, I love the infinite rocket launcher from Resident Evil 4, I love to yield a shotgun, but only if it serves a purpose.
So this is my list, and it obviously does not include everything, but it gives a good summary.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Gamer-s-game-list/lm/RP9UZHVTMUA9/ref=cm_lm_byauthor_title_full

>Oh yes, Rule of Rose is awesome

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So I have yet to do a review of Rule of Rose, but now that Fiona has finished my shoes, I will def be doing one in the next day or so. For now, I leave you with a pic:

>Beyond Good and Evil 2: when, oh when….

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OK, so basically I am OBSESSED with BG&E. After Secret of Mana, it really could be my favorite game. Because of this, I have been waiting like a heroin addict for its sequel. According to wiki:

‘On Aug 19, 2010, Yves Guilemot, Ubisofts CEO said to Kotaku that work continues and has never stopped on the highly anticipated sequel to 2003’s Beyond Good & Evil. We were, as we are, working on the game. What is very import with this next product is that it will be perfect’

Ubisoft’s Michel Ancel has been working on the game for several years; because of poor sales, it took them a while to get it going. See, the problem is that game companies fail to give the extra funds to developers for games that are a little obscure, compared to some of the famous shooters and RPGs we all know of. Look at Winter, the game that was begun and stopped due to lack of funding. Several thousand gamers signed a petition stating they wanted to play it, but still no one has picked up the tab.
I can’t wait for BG&E 2 to come out, though I am scared of what they will do to Hillys, if the game will even be set there ( oh it BETTER be). I was so pissed with Silent Hill Homecoming having barely taken place in Silent Hill that I have still not played Shattered Memories.
We shall see, and hopefully soon….

>Bioshock 2: still the artistic stunner the first one was, and a good shooter

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While Hollywood is churning out more garbage with no soul or point,the gaming world is taking over the entertainment industry…not to distract people from their lives but to inspire, and to enrich.Bioshock blew me away. It set the bar on the creativity game designers/developers have to offer, tantalizing my mind as to what’s to come from 2k. On top of this, my Aldous Huxley obsessed self loves how the series gives a take on dystopia.
Moreover, the Bioshock series makes shooters beautiful, forcing other game producers to step it up ( hopefully…I always said Stranger’s Wrath was unique).
So how is 2 compared to 1? Different. It fixed some of the problems I had with the first ( namely, I wanted to interact more with the characters, and since you couldn’t do that with splicers, they needed to add non modified humans, which B2 did). But the plot ( and ending) was wishy washy.
Nonetheless, B2 was even more stunning then its prequel. The world of Rapture got a slight make over ( sort of) with a new cult of Sofia Lamb, the new god in town. Lambs daughter decides to not obey mommy’s rules, rejecting the dream world she inhabits. She yearns for her daddy…
BioShock Pictures, Images and Photos

The game takes you through the barnacle encrusted world, through splicers and the new Big Sister domain, thrusting you into battle with her ( and whoever else is around).
Bioshock Pictures, Images and Photos
All I can say is I hope some new bipolar psycho comes to take the reigns in this world, so we can all come back and play again.

Deadly Premonition

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We just read the perfect review of Deadly Premonition on amazon, so I felt prompted to review it myself. I loved the game, let me just say that. It is a rare gem in a flood of piece of shit sequels. However, certain things are terrible about it ( controls…I mean TERRIBLE). I don’t think fighting should have ever been used in the game; they could have just done it Dream Fall style with a little hand to hand combat once and a while, or just for the boss fights. The Silent Hill-meets-Ju-on style enemies were annoying as hell, not fun or enjoyable to fight.
Anyhow I am going to avoid the obvious flaws and go over how amazing the depth is of the characters, sets, and how the mysterious ‘SWERY’ is someone I would love to have a conversation with…
deadly premonition Pictures, Images and Photos

What I love about Deadly Premonition is the attention given to its fucked up characters. Each has a delightfully alluring quality and depth that really puts the game in a league of its own. My favorite by far is Zach/York. I have somewhat become obsessed with the aloof, chain smoking detective driven by a voice in his head he has no problem admitting talking to. Since I am a GIANT fan of detective/PI movies/shows, I can’t help adore him. SWERY has to be a fan as well, there is no way he isn’t. I keep thinking back to my fav short in the Animatrix, you know this one.
Detective Story (Animatrix) Pictures, Images and Photos
I like detectives because they are always badass and severely strange. I love that about them. York and his OCD nature, his love and need for a good cup of joe that he uses to read the future ( I craved coffee every day I played it…and thankfully I had this really good organic herb infused stuff…it was awesome).I mean fuck I want to marry him ( no offense honey…).
One of my favorite sets in the game is the hotel York stays at, along with the semi def owner. Hey, it has a great breakfast buffet…
The supposedly Twin Peaks inspired ( or it appears to some that way) red room dream sequence ( where Zach is) really took my breath away, and reminded me a lot of Shadow of Destiny ( A MUST BUY…thank you Konami, yet again)
Shadow of destiny- without eike Pictures, Images and Photos
To return to some of the major flaws in the game, the driving sucks. The map is way, way too big. It takes FOREVER to get anywhere. And with the soundtrack going on and on and York talking to himself….
The ending/plot is…meh. But again it matters not. You have to play Deadly Premonition for the artistic details, not to get your shooter on. There are other games for that purpose…many.

>Fallout 3 BEST GAME OF THE YEAR, AND MAYBE OF LAST YEAR…..

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If you haven’t made the purchase of Fallout 3 yet, you are missing out…big time. Did you think that Bioshock was engrossing? So did I. And guess what? Fallout is about 100X more compelling and immersive than that. It seems that Bethesda understands that gamers want more interaction with characters and landscapes; not only do they want to beat the shit out of some asshole wanderer, but they also want to have a shot of scotch at the local pub and chat up the bartender.
Critics are claiming that Fallout it simply too complex, with more sidequests than possible to follow ( hey, what can I say? Bethesda likes sidequests people-deal with it). My only complaint is that if one chooses to stick with the main quest, the game will def. be obviously shorter than if you choose to help some ghouls or whatnot, which of course forces you to actually take an interest in strangers that approach you for help.
One of the other points of interest with Fallout 3 is the fantastic voice over and music. Liam Neeson plays dear old pop, and Clockwork Orange’s Malcom McDowell is the ominous President Eden. EVEN RON PERLMAN IS IN IT! Nothing pisses me off more than bad voice over ( like in Silent Hill 4, which was a great game but Henry Townshend could barely emote whatsoever…it was embarassing..), and Fallout 3 is putting a lot of games to shame ( it hurst me to insult SH 4 but what choice do I have?)
Final verdict: buy it, and contact Bethesda to thank them for such a beautiful piece of work.

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