1. My First Gaming Expo
Venturing to my first ever gaming expo is an experience I’ve desperately hoped to regale in for many years. You envision gaming expo’s in a kind of twisted fantasy, for example, my own delusional take on what a Gaming expo normally consists of, is somewhat tragic. Like the absurd notion that half naked temptresses would entice you to play Skyrim, whilst serenading you with beautifully melodic music, or the idea that the expo includes endless lines of titles that everyone has the opportunity to indulge in, without the need for queuing. But once you accept that this is a total fabrication, you begin to enjoy the rather hectic experience, and become consumed in the atmosphere of like-minded individuals, all sharing the same enthusiasm. I’m home!
2. Skyrim’s Blinding Beauty
Gazing into the vivid world of Skyrim is the visual equivalent of a chocolate fudge cake, smothered in deliciously decadent whipped cream, you know you should feel guilty about indulging, and that its somehow a sin to enjoy it, but you don’t. Who, at the games commensement, after escaping the recently incinerated town, where you narrowly evaded execution, didn’t stop and stare in gratifying awe at the prospect of venturing into this beautifully rendered land? I thought not. A truly stunning game, which exceeded all my expectations.
3. L.A Noir, Hit And Miss
I am yet to finish this title, despite its obviously gripping story, deeply immersive 40’s style, LA backdrop, that’s made even more intriguing by the dark and foreboding undertones that encapsulates the intrigues of this corrupted city. But the interrogation premise that was so unique at the games begining, soon became a repetitively, meandering experience. Couple that with the increasingly formulaic gameplay which roughly consisted of chasing down perps, interrogating them, driving to your next destination, before another criminal either initiates another tiresome shootout or chase. L.A Noir was one of my biggest disappointments of the year.
4. Portal 2, Making Me Feel Smart
Portal 2 has the uncanny ability to not only combine intricate puzzle solving and fun into one imaginative entity, but to also create the illusion that I’m incredibly intelligent, despite the painful fact that I’m as dumb as, well, it would be incredibly unfair to compare my IQ to anyone or anything. But the fact remains that Portal 2 has achieved something that most games this year, or any year, certainly haven’t, made solving increasingly difficult puzzle’s, aided by 2 seemingly simplistic robotic characters, FUN!
5. My Girlfriend Completing Uncharted 3
This is easily my proudest moment of the year, even more exceptional (or possibly sad) than myself exhaustingly finishing a play through of Uncharted 3, in less than a day. Let me first explain that my gorgeous girlfriend *that should win me some boyfriend points* is as familiar with gaming as I am with fashion, style and anything remotely popular, and watching my girlfriend attempting to acquaint herself with the controls is the equivalent of watching in proud astonishment, as your child you’ve tenderly nurtured takes his/her tentative first steps. The moment of realisation that overcomes you, when she escapes from the collapsing city in Uncharted 3’s conclusion proved that if she can do it, anyone can. I’m so proud! *wipes away tears of joy*
What has been your favourite gaming moment of the year?
My initial intention, was to offer a more positive account of video games that have been adapted for the film industry, to devise a list of titles that have been thoughtfully crafted and reimagined onto celluloid, to gift gamers and movie fans alike, a more balanced and fairer assessment of the often misguided transition….but after much research and a horribly vivid, Uwe Boll inspired nightmare (see #5), it became increasingly apparent that this noble notion was more in hope than in expectation. So I have painstakingly, re-watched, reassessed and at times regurgitated, all the gaming movie shocker’s that I’m ashamed to admit I own, at great risk to my own sanity, so you don’t have to. Trust me, you really don’t want to! *shivers*
1. Resident Evil.
“A rose by any other name” is a phrase that does tend to gnaw at me like some persistently ravenous, villager, when I recall this shamefully adapted horror behemoth, but is not a definition that I feel really bares much relevance to this misguided, monstrosity. Resident Evil wouldn’t have been a bad film, if it wasnt for the painful fact, that its called Resident Evil. If it were named “Zombie infestation” or even “Zombies, guns, rubbish monsters and even worse acting” I could have accepted that, it would have sufficed, it would have been accurate! But with the Resident Evil name attached, you couldn’t help feeling overwhelmingly, disappointed. The first Resi movie wasn’t the worst in a very lacklustre series, but this was where it should’ve been shot, dismembered, burnt, whatever, and left well alone. Now with a fifth lumbering its way into cinemas, I cant help but shed a mournful tear for what could have transpired, instead of movies that would be over in under 20 mins, if they resisted the temptation to stop slowing down every conceivable scene!!!
2. Super Mario Brothers
This trailer tells you everything you need to know……I cant stop laughing!
3. Max Payne
Why Rockstar, why. It’s truly misguided, with vague similarities with the games original concept. There are many elements that make Max Payne such a catastrophe, the needless, overused CGI, the one-dimensional characters, the fact that Max Payne is an obvious Jason Bourne knockoff, and a truly awful narrative that plodded along at a similar speed of Justin Cronin’s “The Passage”. It made you not care that his wife and daughter were brutally murdered. Not a mistake Rockstar will repeat, hopefully?
Do you remember when you were a kid, and you sat there, blasting all the hellish demons, and gleefully sent them straight back to, well, hell?! As you watched in helpless anguish, when blood began dripping from the eyes and nostrils of the face of your character, as you hurriedly searched for a blue keycard, ammo and your mummy, and thought to yourself “Man, this would make a great movie?”. No, me neither. I can only assume that this was some rogue Cacodemons idea of a hilarious joke. Well I guess it worked? It was funny.
5. Alone In The Dark
Is it the fact that Uwe Boll’s direction abilities, makes Michael Bay seem like Coppola? Is it the shameful acting, writing, directing, CGI that’s so heinous, that you would rather asphyxiate in your own urine than watch Alone In The Dark again? Or is just the reality that Tara Reid plays a *snigger* archeologist. It’s just another one of life’s great mysteries, like why does my female neighbour bear an uncanny resemblance to Mick Jagger? Alone In The Dark failed to adhere to the games style, story and enjoyment and essentially transformed into cinematic excrement, and the definitive reason why video game adaptations, just don’t work.
Let me know what would make your top 5 list.
Resident Evil 4, Ico, Shadows of the Colossus are just a few titles that have benefitted from the HD extravaganza that has swept across the PS3, and at the same time, has helped generate fans for games that may not of gained the recognition they originally merited from their primary release. So in honour of the HD revolution, I have devised a list of games that I would like to see given the same visual treatment they so richly deserve.
1: Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City and San Andreas.
What a mouth-watering prospect this would be, and the absolute definition of addictive gaming. In my opinion, these are the 3 defining games in the explosive series and a fantastic chance for fans of the series to witness the progression that each installment advanced over its predecessors, and to also remind everyone that GTA used to have a sense of humour.
2: Need For Speed: Most Wanted.
The majority of Need For Speed games have been underwhelming at best, but Most Wanted was by far the most entertaining adrenalin rushes that the series had to offer, and one that I feel the series has never quite fully recaptured with its disappointing sequels. The high-octane races fused with attempting to evade the cops in high-speed pursuits, as you gradually climb the Most wanted list is some of the most ludicrous, but satisfying feelings I have ever experienced. Not to mention Celldweller’s hugely influential musical contribution.
3: Resident Evil 1,2 & 3.
I’m torn when it comes to this trilogy, because on the one hand these titles are single-handedly accountable for my now, constant gaming addiction and responsible for torturing my dreams with thoughts of decimated cities, undead policeman who look suspiciously like Will Smith, and 7 ft tall creatures who just won’t leave me be! But its been a long time and my fear is that these classics may not live up to my very high expectations. My vivid memories could become tainted.
4: Ratchet & Clank 1,2 & 3.
Arguably the most enchanting gaming duo on the Playstation and a more than worthy gaming collection to warrant an HD upgrade. Best that we forget about Ratchet Gladiator though, oh, whats that? You have, well good.
5: Onimusha 1,2 & 3.
Seriously! Was I the only one who played this game?! Probably the most overlooked Capcom title ever. Having the opportunity to wield a sword in ancient Japan and slicing hordes of demons and briskly condemning them back to the Underworld, before absorbing their souls to improve your weapons and stats was infinitely gratifying. An absolute classic, that few recoil.
What would you most like to see in HD? Let me know what you think, cheers.
Since acquiring my PS3 back in 2008, I have steadily accumulated a copious amount of titles and various differing genres. From the open plains of the old West depicted in the absorbing world of Red Dead Redemption, to the truly epic exploits of the unluckiest (or lucky, depending on your outlook) explorer, Nathan Drake. Open-worlds, racing, sports, RPG’s, FPS’ and any other acronyms you can think of, but with such a vast array of admittedly impressive games, coupled with my notorious lack of patience, I have left many games uncompleted and shamelessly banished to the deepest recesses of my room, where they will likely remain incomplete for all time. So I have devised a list of my top 5 games that I’m certain will remain in an incomplete state of flux for the forseeable life of the PS3.
1. Assassins Creed
I picked up assassins creed cheap second-hand on the back of the plaudits brandished to brotherhood, and was immediately disappointed. From the very beginning of this game I was left feeling bemused by the frankly inconceivable narrative, but when I entered into the ancient civilisation of Italy, I felt increasingly disappointed. How can playing as a 16th century assassin become as boring as a night out with Chris Martin? I’m sure there is fun to be had here somewhere, but it’s impressive how well Assassins Creed conceals it.
Excuse for incompletion: Boredom.
2. Star Ocean: The Last Hope
Firstly, Star Ocean is possibly the most vibrantly, stunning and visually appealing games I have ever played, but is equally frustrating in its execution of it’s rather unique premise of space exploration. This isn’t a bad RPG, it’s just that it isn’t that good either. Star Ocean is constantly bombarding you with clichés, poor dialogue, familiar plot points and uninteresting characters. Battles are repetitive and require little or no tactical awareness to overcome enemies, and for me, felt like a missed opportunity.
Excuse for incompletion: Better RPG’s to play.
3. GTA IV
Before you misinterpret the inclusion of GTA, let me explain. I thoroughly enjoyed almost every aspect of GTA IV. Although it’s a little more mature than previous iterations, it still retains much of the quality gameplay that has been integral to the success of the GTA series, it’s just the conclusion that let’s this instalment down. I didn’t run down, assassinate and unscrupulously kill masses of people just to be faced with the unenviable dilemma of deciding whether Kate or Roman will perish. The induction of a moral situation that can’t be won simply didn’t appeal to me. I have now restarted this game 3 times, and have yet felt compelled to make the game changing decision at that pivotal moment.
Excuse for incompletion: The moral ending.
As much as I enjoyed electrocuting hordes of insipid thugs and regaining small percentages of the city as I attempted to re-establish power to the ravaged locations, the novelty of being a superhero eventually wore off, as did the repetitive nature of the brawls and the increasing difficulty of said battles. A great premise that never gained enough momentum to really capture my imagination.
Excuse for incompletion: Repetitive battles.
5. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
I have never completed Oblivion’s main story arc, and do you know what? I’m glad, because I think if I had, I wouldn’t have experienced the world of Feralden in all its beautiful glory. This is by far the most compelling game on the list, and one of the only titles where completion of the story really isn’t essential, and for me, is something of a hinderance when approaching a game of this scale. You become so overwhelmed in other more mundane exploits that the main quest simply becomes redundant. I became consumed in purchasing various housing throughout Tamriel, gathering a small fortune and creating potions rather than thwarting the constant threats from the Oblivion gates. I guess I was just too busy to save the world.
Excuse for incompletion: Became engrossed in the world of Feralden.
What games in your collection do you think will remain incomplete? Let me know what you think.