Friday, August 31, 2012

Knee Deep.

I finished Sleeping Dogs yesterday and I must say it's pretty darn good. The martial arts combat is great, the graphics with the high-rez texture pack makes the game look amazing, the voice acting is top notch and the story is so good. I found myself invested in the story and the characters within the game, that's how I know I am enjoying a game.

Sure there are some issues with the game. Like the gunplay, it's not the best, Performance can be spotty at times, I had a couple of crashes for some unknown reason, and as great as the combat can be it suffers a bit in large group fights. Oh, and the cars take some getting used to with regards to the handling.

So I did finish the main story but I am only at about 89% completed, so there's a few more things I need to do including getting myself some Steam achievements. It's unfortunate that there's really little replay value in the game, even so it's still a great game.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Let Me List The Games!

I've got a friend coming by work today for a little visit and the topic of what we've been playing games wise will come up as it always does. I know what games I'm playing now, but this got me thinking about what games have I played and which ones have I finished lately, or even since the beginning of the year.

Currently I'm on a quest called the backlog meltdown which is proving to be tougher than I had anticipated. When I originally accepted the quest, I decided that whatever I had installed currently would be gotten to first and I would hold off installing anything new till then. But thanks to a Windows reinstall the other day, that idea unfortunately went out the window. See what I did there!

Truth be told, when thinking about it, it doesn't seemed like I played a lot of games. Yes I've gamed a lot, but if you take away the MMO's and the online shooters, I haven't finished a whole lot. One thing is for sure, I have a terrible memory when it comes to stuff like this.

So in the style of bullet points, let me list the games!

  • Batman Arkham Asylum - Played through in preparation for the sequel.
  • Batman Arkham City - Played through the story, collected and finished all the Riddle trophys.
  • Rage - Highly underrated game that I played through twice, missing only a couple of achievements.
  • Syndicate - Super good game, very underrated. Loved the gameplay so much I finished it three times!
  • Darkness 2 - Awesome game! Very surprised at how great this game is. Only Steam game I've collected all 50 achievements.
  • Serious Sam 3 - Technically I didn't finish this one as I raged quit on the unnecessarily hard final boss fight. Really sad this game turned out to be a turd.
  • FEAR 3 - I really like this game. It's not great, but the gameplay is pretty good. Played through bot Point Man and Paxton Fettel, meaning I've finished the game four times!
  • Max Payne 3 - My personal Game of the Year choice thus far. After setting this one aside thanks to some launch issues I finally took the time to play, and I'm glad I did. The game is awesome in every possible way, even the multiplayer is fun.
  • Diablo III - Almost forgot about the biggest launch of the year thus far. I love this game. Issues aside, the gameplay is phenomenal, it's everything I had hoped for and more. Finished twice so far as a Barbarian and Wizard.
Well there you have it, these are the games that I've finished so far this year. At least I think so, there could possibly be a game or two slipping my mind, but I don't think so.

So what's on the horizon? Right now it's Sleeping Dogs, next will be Binary Domain with some Max Payne sprinkled in. After that I'm not sure, Boarderlands 2 is coming really soon all the while playing some League of Legends and various MMO's as well. A quick glance at my Steam library shows me I've got plenty to keep me busy, and that's without making another purchase for the rest of the year.