Greetings True believers!!
For my first D-toid C-blog post, I thought I would share my thoughts on the games I played at the Eurogamer Expo which happened today. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get any cool freebies like a PSP-GO as I was a miserable 4th in the queue...
In any case, here are my thoughts on the games I played today. It's pretty much a copy and paste job from my post on my personal blog, so it's a little wordy!
Next time, I'll try and add more pics. Honest!!
The organisers wisely chose to only display the 360 version at the show. Unfortunately, it was just the First Climax demo which has been available for a few weeks already so I already had my fill.
# Assassins Creed 2:
Pretty much more of the same. Controls have been tightened and the number of moves have been increased, but all in all, itís very similar to the original. Those who likes Assassins creed will enjoy it while haters wonít have their minds changed. Those on the fence might find that the tweaks are enough to persuade them tho.
# Tatsunoko vs Capcom
: Managed to have a go with 2 of the new characters, Tekkaman Blade (VOLTEKKA!!!!) and zero from Megaman X. Both seemed to fit in well with the established characters but zero was harder to get used to than I expected. And I still think the wii isnít suited for the game.
: It was pants!!! The game was pretty much you solving a problem which releases someone from a deathtrap and then moving to the next while picking up clues from jigsaw. The graphics were poor, the game repetitive and the puzzles far too long to keep your interest. One to miss.
: As a game, MAG was very generic and almost forgettable, but the underlying tech was pretty amazing. I only played on a small-ish portion of the game map but I could still tell that the map was damn large and fairly busy, even when compared to other FPS but I never noticed any lag or control issues!! Not sure if I would buy it but it does give plenty of food for thought!
# Lost Planet 2
: Got a chance to play some competitive multiplayer at the Expo and the game still plays well and solidly. But I get the feeling that itís the co-op on which the final product will live or die!
# Left 4 Dead 2
: The Expo gave us a chance to try out the new ďchargingĒ multiplayer mode, where the human team need to collect petrol tanks to feed a generator to keep it running and the zombies at bay while the zombies need to do their usual killing. The mode works pretty well, with a best of 3 format and the teams swapping over. The team which collects the most tanks by the end, wins! Extra time is added with each tank and thereís a ďsudden deathĒ rule where the game will continue until the humans no longer carry a tank among them.
Overall, itís still very fun but it doesnít have the impact of the first game last year and the itís very hard to justify this game as being a full blown sequel. Itís an add-on pack at best really, so I can see why some gamers are annoyed by it. Not sure if it warrants a full pricetag. Maybe valve should take a page from Capcom and their handling of Super Streetfighter 4!
# Danteís Inferno
: God of War Lite, which brings me neatly toÖ
# God of War 3
: Simple, engaging and ridiculously visceral and graphic. If this was an action/horror movie it would be one from the late 80ís where they used dodgy special effects to make incredibly fake but incredibly graphic death scenes! Like the one with the Cyclops or Hermes! It was still good fun tho and I think I will buy it when it arrives in March next year, just as soon as I play through the first 2Ö
# Aliens VS Predator
: The bigger they are, the harder they fall. I was really looking forward to playing AvP and I got a chance to play as an alien in a deathmatch and also a predator hunt, where everyone bar 1 player is a marine. The odd one out is the predator and he scores by killing marines. If a marine kills the predator, he becomes the next one. Simple.
There are 2 main issues I had with AvP. The first was that the game felt a little sluggish with the controls. I think it could do with being a little more responsive. The other issue was the complete lack of balance between the 3 races. In deathmatch, if you are a marine, you may as well paint a target on your back and wave a white flag as a weapon. Aliens and Predators have access to what are known as stealth kills, attacks on the back of enemies which kill in a single blow. They are very easy to abuse and the only weakness is that it leaves you open for someone else to come in and stealth kill you! But the reward outweighs the risk so you just end up doing them anyway. Add the predators long range weaponry which is still stupidly powerful and can be used indefinitely and itís easy to see which race is the strongest by a large margin!!
# Dark Void
: Disappointingly average. The Jetpack gimmick doesnít really add much to the game and didnít really open up many new possibilities for combat, but that may just be because of the early settings in the game. One thing which really annoyed me, however, was the fact that ledge climbing was context sensitive! You were not allowed to climb up to the next ledge unless the game thinks that you are in the right area to allow you to press the button. It meant a fair amount of endless shuffling just to be allowed to climb up cliffs!
# New Super Mario Bros Wii
: A bit of a surprise hit here. 4 of us had a go and we had a right royal time playing the game as we helped/hindered eachother to progress in the stages. It was basically LittleBigPlanet with 4 players, 4 bluetooth mics and zero lag if you were playing online and with a group. With 4 controllers 3 mates and lots of booze, you could have a hell of an entertaining night, but on itís own, it doesnít cut the mustard.This game lives and dies on itís ďmore than 2-playerĒ multiplayer and given the difficulty in making the ultimate setup, while it entertained, none of us felt as though we would buy it!
# Heavy Rain
: Out of all the games I played today, Iíd say that Heavy Rain impressed the most. It was rather refreshing to play a slower paced game than what I have been getting used to recently. There were 2 scenarios present, the FBI agent at the car workshop and the Private investigator in a convenience store. The FBI agent was the longer of the 2 and showed off combat and more timed scenarios while the investigator was more about character interaction and dialogue.
Contrary to what the developers have been showing (and demoing) about heavy rain, these 2 scenarios were incredibly linear. No matter what you did, it always led to specific events and either a resolution or your characters death. That was a bit of a shame but it was still sufficient to give players an idea on how the game system works. How the characters move and investigate their surroundings as well as how to choose options and how the game handles QTEs were all on show and they all worked pretty well and kept the player engaged.
Kudos should be given to Sony for having the balls to release a title like this as itís not a type of game you see nowadays. Itís a slow burner and a thinking game more than an action one. Without the instant access and gratification of action games in it, Iím not sure how well the game will be received but Iím looking forward to learning more about the origami killer!