Sure, Dragon Age II came out a week ago, but we’re only now having a theme week – which, of course, is the most important thing.
Nah, I’m kidding. But we are going to talk about Dragon Age II this week, which should be a fun time – seeing that many people already have some strong opinions on the game. Such as Yours Truly.
Yeah, I’ve been playing it. I know I haven’t been around here much, but I have been playing videogames, so that counts for something. I’m only ten hours in at the moment (shameful, I know) but I’ve certainly played enough to form an opinion. For now I’ll say that I’m enjoying it quite a bit – but, many of the complaints about the game echoing about the interwebs are, indeed, valid.
Except for the ones about the battle system. It’s awesome.
In other random news, Angry Birds is strangely addictive. This morning I woke up to find that my electricity had been shut off (which inspired no small amount of rage) and even after I paid the exorbitant sum in order to turn it back on, I had to sit in a dark apartment for at least an hour. With no electricity, I had naught for electronic entertainment aside from my lovely iPhone 4 which I love. So. I finally decided to give Angry Birds a try. It’s fun. I always feel kinda dirty playing such candidly casual stuff, but I won’t lie: I enjoyed it. So there.
I know I’ve been on a roll and it’s Smugleaf Week, but I’ve got a pretty packed weekend planned. I’ll try to get some PokéParty Updates going, but it won’t be the barrage you were just treated to. Or probably not.
Current crisis: Do I get rid of Smugleaf or Zebstrika to make room for a Water/Ghost-type? I’m serious. And those two are my favourite two in my party. They’re just single-types that are both good against Water, so I need to cut out the redundancy. It’s killing me. Thoughts?
I don't really even care about Batman, but I'm excited for this game.
Well Riddles got his chance to write about Back to the Future: The Game, but only came up with a video of his friend playing it. So I’m moving on.
This year is fucking insane for us gamers.
This is the calm before the storm. Quite literally. Because next week both Pokémon and Dragon Age 2 will be released, then Infamous soon after, then the 3DS, Team ICO collection, then nonstop blockbuster AAA titles until all of our faces fall off.
This week – at least – I will talk about the games I have unbridled excitement for (see: Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3, Pokémon White, Batman: Arkham City). I will talk about games that I am excited for with hesitation of varying levels (see: Uncharted 3, The Last Guardian, Infamous 2) and games that I am tentatively excited for (see: Skyward Sword).
That last category probably wouldn’t even exist without the latest gameplay trailer for Zelda. I’m all for a little context sensitive swordplay, but based on that trailer, it looks like the entire thing is motion gimmick after motion gimmick. It’s like Nintendo hasn’t realized that their controller sucks and is really, really old. Even with the expensive fix.
There’s actually a lot more I have to say about that, but I’ll leave it to the specific article. I hope to write one for at least each of the games I’ve already mentioned. Can you feel it? Gaming is going to give a hell of a year before the 2012 apocalypse.
Yup, like Riddles said, in honour of the PSN release of the Telltale Back to the Future game, it’s Back to the Future Week. But although Riddles announced the week, I had to make the banner, so that’s all you get. Riddles has to do the rest. In the meantime, enjoy this classic image of Doc Brown.
Well after Riddles and I got personal, insightful, and extremely wordy in our most recent dive into Handheld Gaming, we’re going to take a lighter approach this week before actual games start coming out this year.
This will just be a time to sprinkle various Video Game Confessions – short or long, big or small – throughout the week. And who knows, maybe we’ll see a return of some staple features? Some scattered staple features? Some STORMY staple features?
It’s crazy up in here!
Oh, and because it’s been so long since Riddles deserved his Best of Lord Riddles Awards, I’m dreaming up something big. I’m also dreaming up something big for Spam Comment Roundup.
Welcome to the mother fucking year of Riddlethos.
Ethos’ Confession #1: I’ve never played a Half Life game.
2010 was an interesting year for Riddlethos. We experienced a bunch of growth in terms of readership and structure of the site, but at the same time our second year was a lot like a band’s follow-up album. It’s just difficult to match the excitement and response of the initial effort. We had highlights in the occasional packed Theme Week and addition of Lameish, and lowlights in the form of far too many bursts of less content and diminished inspiration.
However, above these hardships rises the ridiculous, opinionated, unique, and unstoppable nature of Riddlethos. Riddles and I love our baby and its new, unexplained, deformed growth named Lameish.
With this – the most masturbatory of all weeks on the internet – the three of us look to honour the best and worst of this year in Riddlethos.
And who knows, maybe the pat on the back will just be enough to break the sophomore slump.
I don’t have a schedule for the awards, and to be honest, there probably won’t be anything significant until the weekend, but just look at last year to get a basic idea.
Yes, the name is unwieldy, but aptly descriptive. This week will be spent examining the recently-concluded sixth season of the FX sitcom, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It’s one of my favorite shows on television, and if you don’t like it, then you’re just lame.
Nah, I’m kidding. That was harsh. But yeah, it’s Always Sunny Season 6 Week, brought to you exclusively by me, Oliver “Riddles” Motok. I know that my sole contribution last week was an odd little aside where I talked largely about books and sandwiches, but I’m ready to step it up this week, and bring you some meaty, satisfying content. That’s what I’m good at doing, dont’cha know.
Well. Anyway. While I’m here… how about them VGAs, huh? Not that I actually, like… watched them or anything. Partly because I don’t have cable, but also because I don’t particularly care about the awards themselves. All I care to see are the epic game announcements accompanied by equally epic trailers. And, all it takes to see those is a quick hop over to GameTrailers.com.
As of now, I’ve seen the trailers for Arkham City, Uncharted 3, Mass Effect 3, and Elder Scrolls 5. Since I’ve never played an Elder Scrolls game, I only really care about the first three. (Plus the Elder Scrolls trailer was hardly informative, or even interesting to anyone unfamiliar with the franchise lore, I presume.)
First off, Arkham City. The trailer was super-slick, and looked fantastic. But it was all CG. No gameplay. Regardless, it was intriguing enough, and reveals the apparent main villain of the game: Hugo Strange. For those unfamiliar with Batman lore, (I had to consult Wikipedia myself) Strange is a longtime villain of Batman’s, and his only apparent powers are that a) He’s a mad scientist and b) he knows Batman’s true identity. Seems like an obscure choice to me. Makes me wonder what sort of role The Joker will have.
Next? Uncharted Fucking 3, baby. Uncharted 3. A shame the trailer’s a bit on the wankerish side, at least for the first half or so, with Drake monologuing about dreams and whatnot. However, it ends strong – and it has Sully, which gets major props. Oh, and it’s set in the desert. Ethan’s already whined about the desert thing in a voicemail he left me some days ago. I actually just listened to it today. I tend to let messages sit for days before actually listening to them.
And then Mass Effect 3. Wooo boy, did this one look good. Short, slick, and fully CG once again, but awesome nonetheless. In yet another phone message that I listened to today, Pipher complained – once again – about the setting: Earth. Yes, Mass Effect 3 will take place – at least partially – on Earth. And I think that’s pretty cool, actually. We’ve seen the far-reaching effects of our exodus from earth in the first two Mass Effects, and personally, I’d kinda like to see how things are going back home.
Oh, yeah, and I think the desert thing is cool too. So. Ethan, seriously. Just get over it.
I know this because Gamestop called me last night to remind me of my pre-order.
Also, apparently, the internet has this sort of information.
Anyway, this unfortunately is not a title that I secretly got early to surprise you all with a day one review, despite my interview with Warren Spector.
But luckily that means that I can provide impressions throughout the week about my experience!
I’m a little antsy to play more Sly and to dive into my PS3 version of Fallout 3, but that’s what the Christmas break is for. Playing games nonstop. Last year I wasted it on Dragon Quest VIII. But was it a waste? WAS IT?!?!
Anyway, I’ve gone on for about two paragraphs too long. Look forward to impressions at some point. Expect me to complain that I’m not getting trophies and that it’s not in HD.
I’m following through on my promise. Perhaps I have yet to beat and review Donkey Kong, but if that happens, it’ll be the only thing I have to post about the game. More important is Gran Turismo 5. The 5 stands for announced 5 years ago.
Okay, it doesn’t, but it’s been that long. It’s releasing tomorrow, I hope it rocks. I think Forza 3 was really good, so Gran Turismo has competition for the first time.
Refresh the page, enjoy the new banner, and look forward to cars and shit.