Good evening, Destructoid. I hope you all had a pleasant weekend. I spent mine in an all-too-rare frenzy of gaming, finishing up some titles that have been on my stack for some time now. Most notable among these is God of War 3. Without venturing into spoiler territory, could someone explain to me wtf was up with the ending? The one after the credits roll, not the one that plays after you beat the final boss. I saw the bird etched into the ground, is that supposed to be a phoenix or something? The sequence didn't seem to make a lot of sense, and gave me the impression that I was missing something. Still, I had a lot of fun with the game and once I beat it I started up another playthrough immediately. I can offer it no higher praise than that.
I also "finished" Wario Land: Shake It! "Finished" is in quotation marks because while I may have seen the end credits roll and defeated the final boss (who despite the game's colorful appearance will have no trouble kicking your fat purple ass), there are still dozens of treasures I haven't collected, and probably hundreds of level challenges I haven't accomplished. If you're looking for an excellent old-school platformer with pixel-perfect precision and replay value out the wazoo, I can't recommend this one highly enough. And did I mention the spritework? It's worth the price of admission on its own, in my opinion. At $20 or less, this game is an absolute steal, one I'm willing to bet will become hard to find in the future.
I also did some Steam gaming over the weekend, doing a full playthrough of Serious Sam HD 2nd Encounter with my brother in co-op mode. I have no idea how anyone could beat that game solo... without the infinite respawns a co-op game affords you I can't imagine how anyone would have the reflexes to deal with the increasingly silly monster hordes. I enjoyed the game though, it reminded me very much of my time playing the original DOOM with friends over a 28.8 baud modem. IDKFA, bitches.
Finally, I finished my playthrough of Trine, which I bought during a Steam sale a couple of weeks ago. It's a very polished little game, the music and environments are both lovely. It reminded me quite a bit of the old Blizzard game The Lost Vikings, with the twist that all three players and their abilities were available at all times. However, I couldn't help but feel that the physics engine it utilizes sort of breaks the game. Still, a unique experience and well worth the ridiculously low sale price.
So that's what I've been up to. What have you guys been playing?
Lots of good stuff today, not a lot of bad. I like this ratio. Let's get to it.