Maybe I’m a little burnt out, or maybe I’ve been spending too much time playing stupid Facebook games.
I just feel a kind of stuckness in my mind. Kind of like when Professor Xavier (from X-Men) has his telepathic abilities blocked by his enemies.
Except that my enemy is probably just my own mind.
Or maybe it’s the Facebook games. I think they’re making me stupid.
But, at the same time, I’ve been playing CSI: Deadly Intent. I can’t be that stupid if I managed to complete the game. I’ve completed all five cases in the game and I feel slightly smarter for it.
Unfortunately, smarts have nothing to do with blogging. People want to read interesting, engaging content and not necessarily smart ones.
So, how do I make my mind think interesting, engaging thoughts again?
The problem is, sometimes, I think people don’t really want to read. They just want to see photos, as evidenced by the fact that readers often leave comments asking questions which answers can be easily found in the text.
My life as a blogger would be so much easier if I could just turn my blog into a photo gallery and just post photos without having to work on writing interesting content.
Every once in a while, a game comes along and redefines the way we play videogames. I think Scribblenauts is one such.
The gist of it is that you have obstacles between you and your goal, so you type out any number of items you think could help you, and the game gives the items to you. As the tagline says, you can “Write Anything. Solve Everything”.
If you don’t watch any more videos for the rest of the year, you must watch this demo.
A shotgun-wielding, skateboard-riding God! Anything is possible, apparently.
It wonder what the game will do if you can’t spell.
Platform: Xbox 360, PC Developer: Piranha Bytes Publisher: Deep Silver Genre: Action RPG Release Date: Oct 2, 2009
I’m interested in this game because there’s mystery, ancient temples and tough choices. You’re shipwrecked on a mysterious medieval island which you realise you can’t escape from because the ruling Inquisition forbids anyone from leaving. Spooky.
Risen has been in the news for quite a bit. For one, some famous names have been roped in to provide voiceovers, the most notable being Andy Serkis (Gollum in Lord of the Rings) and John Rhys Davies (Indiana Jones).
For another, the game has been banned in Australia for “sexual activity and drug use related to incentives or rewards”.
Platform: Xbox 360, PC Developer: Haemimont Games Publisher: Kalypso Media Genre: Simulation Release Date: Sep 24 (PC) Oct 16 (Xbox 360)
I was bored to death watching the teaser video for this game because it just featured an endless montage of cartoon people enjoying idyllic holiday destinations.
But I think I might still give the game a chance because, after all, Tropico 1 and 2 were pretty successful and the gameplay is really more interesting than simply watching families play ball at the beach.
It’s basically a simulation game where you play a dictator of a sunshine island, building the city for your people’s enjoyment. There is also humour in the game, which is always nice!
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii Developer: FreeStyleGames Publisher: Activision Genre: Music Release Date: Oct 27
I was really, really, really excited about DJ Hero. And then I saw the video and I became really, really, really fearful.
It’s look really hard! I suppose, with practice, anyone could get into it (Easy Mode, at the very least), but it still looks a lot harder than any other music games I’ve seen (and I play a lot of them).
Here’s the video. The producer of DJ Hero (Will Townsend) demos the game on Easy, Medium and Hard modes.
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, iPhone Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft Genre: Action Adventure Release Date: Nov 17
Following the wild success of the first Assassin’s Creed based on Knights Templar legends, this sequel has as its central character another ancestor of the captured bartender, Desmond Miles. The new character is Ezio, who is a descendant of the previous character, Altair.
Of course, this won’t make sense to you unless you’ve played the first game, which I recommend you start with because it’s a great game with a great storyline.
AC2 features an open world with nonlinear gameplay, as well as the added ability to drive small boats and drown city guards. Your character will even meet Leonardo da Vinci and get the chance to ride in his flying machine.
This RTS-FPS hybrid has received really bad reviews on multiple gaming websites. In fact, it’s really hard to find a good review, so I’m going to give you one, here.
I made the Goonfather review this game for me because it’s his kind of game and, surprisingly, he loved it. So, here’s what he said:
My first impression of the game was good because the screenshots reminded me of one of my favorite games, Frontlines: Fuel of War. Then, I read that it was a combination of FPS and RTS and my enthusiasm dropped. I have never liked RTS.
By the way, It took me some time to understand how to work the controls because I skipped the tutorial. Tip: Don’t skip the tutorial mission.
Raven Squad allows you to switch between FPS and RTS modes at any time. Understandably, I played through the missions in FPS mode more than 70% of the time. I didn’t enjoy RTS mode until I realised at later missions that it’s useful in getting your squads strategically positioned, especially when you’re controlling more than one squad.
Also, you get a bird’s-eye view of your objective and enemy positions, which makes you start to appreciate the mode.
Achievements (on Xbox 360) are easily attained in this game. Every mission completed gives you one achievement, at least. Helps to keep achievement whores motivated.
I was enjoying Wolfenstein before playing this and was always disappointed at how completing missions didn’t give me any achievements.
Ok, no more time for stupid reviews. Go get a copy and try the game.
I think he likes the game primarily for the ease of earning achievement points.
Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
For me, when I tried the game, I actually played through most of it in RTS mode because I really don’t like FPS. I find it a bore sneaking behind conveniently-placed barrels and aiming the stupid crosshair at enemies while at the same time trying to avoid getting shot at.
RTS is so simple. Just click on the enemy and your people will do the boring stuff of aiming and firing.
In any case, I did find Raven Squad pretty fun in the few missions I played of it.