Whats up Destructoid?
My name is Sean McLoughlin and I've been sent from the futurepast to march with my fellow robots to victory. For Niero!
My favorite games can be numerous (as I'm sure is true of most here at Dtoid), but my all time favorites are Final Fantasy VI, Diablo II, Bioshock, Braid, Demon's Souls and Metal Gear Solid. I never rent games and I rarely trade in or sell the games I buy so I have a pretty massive game collection. For the sake of space I'll just list the consoles and portables that I own: NES, SNES, Genesis, Game Gear, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Advance, Playstation, N64, Playstation 2 (one original which is broken and a Slim), Dreamcast, Gamecube, Xbox, Neo Geo Pocket, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, PSP 2000, Xbox 360 (red-ringed once), a fully backwards compatible Playstation 3 and a Wii.
I'm a video game designer and an RPI graduate with a degree in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences. When I'm not working with my development group Darkroom Games or gaming you can probably find me reading a science fiction/fantasy novel or something on Cracked.com. My favorite authors are George RR Martin, Terry Brooks, Garth Nix and Terry Goodkind. I'm also a big fan of movies, my favorites right now are The Departed, Smoking Aces and Crank, although my all time favorite movie/director is Reservoir Dogs/Tarantino. I don't watch much TV and if I do its usually Discovery channel or Science Channel. I love Professional Wrestling, Y2J SAVE US! My favorite band is obviously The Grateful Dead although my musical tastes are quite varied. I listen to everything from T.I. to Metallica to Toby Keith. Also, MC Chris FTMFW!
BEHOLD! A whole 24 hours before its scheduled release date, I am the proud owner of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition (was this named by Capcom?)! Yep, I was one of the 1,000 lucky gamers chosen to review the new release from CD Projekt Red! Is there anything better than getting free games simply because you love games? More things in life should be like that! If I didn't already love CD Projekt because of GOG, I would love them now for this promotion.
Speaking of the promotion, I'm willing to bet that a lot of gamers who were chosen to review The Witcher 2 won't fulfill their end of the bargain. Hell, I even saw one guy on 4chan claim he was just going to sell the copy he won since he doesn't even own a 360. Like a digital Batman, I intend to make up for this miscarriage of justice by doing a whole series of blogs on The Witcher 2 here on Destructoid. Currently you're reading my Pre-Review of the game, where I gush about how excited I am to play the game. In a few days I will post an impressions blog. Once I've completed the game (for the first time) I will give it a complete review. Upon completing the game a second time I will give a Post-Review blog where I sum up my overall feelings on the game, sans a review score.
Let me tell you why I think you should be looking forward to my series on The Witcher 2:
1) I've never played The Witcher or The Witcher 2 on PC. Not even for 5 minutes at a friends house. I am going into this game completely blind, so my opinions will be totally fresh.
3) I am a RPI graduate with a degree in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (see sidebar) so I will not be looking at this game objectively, like most reviewers, but from the critical eye of a game designer with a passion for games that push the industry forward with innovative game mechanics interlaced with quality story telling.
So please do look forward to my next three blog posts and let me know what you think I should expect in the comments below. No spoilers please!