I was excited for Borderlands. Thousands of weapon creations? A nice graphical style! Sounds AWESOME pause not.
Somewhere, something went horribly wrong.
The concept of the game was nice. The Execution, terrible. Here's why:
1. Little character customization. I can overlook this somewhat for it being a shooter, but if it's going to let you pick a character, why not one you create?
2. Everything spawns in the same area everytime. This is SO friggin ridiculous. And if I misspelled than, then MS office failed me again. Anyways, Yeah. It gets ANNOYING. When you start off, after a few plays lasting 30 mins each, you can close your eyes, snipe, and kill 3-10 skaags because they all spawn from the same caves everytime, and the poop spawns in the same place every time too. The money spawns in the same place.
3. Bosses (Nine toes, for example) come back to life. And you can kill them again and re-loot everything they had. That's cheating, because everytime you killed Nine toes, you got like $4000, and kill him several times and you can buy the vault.
4. Repetitive Gameplay. The Borderlands formula is like this
x= object, X = Enemy
"Kill X -> Find x -> Buy x -> Kill Bigger X -> Find more x -> Buy better x".
Prove me wrong Dtoiders!
5. It has expansion packs. When you make a crappy game, you can't build onto it. Just look at Alpha Protocol. They realized "Whoops, we sucked" and gave up THEN AND THERE. I respect that. That's logical thinking. But so many gamers were impressed with the mediocre game that it gets expansions.
6. This has the same story line of One Piece.
^^^ He's going after a legendary treasure too. And it's hidden! Probably in a vault somewhere..
7. Claptrap. People are like "He's cute/funny/cool". He's not. He's basically the "I try to hard to be appealing" robot. He's all liek, "Check me out, I'm Dancing! I'm Dancing!"
WOW. THAT'S SO F***ING FUNNY! I SEE WHAT THEY DID THERE!
He's not cute. He's a robot.
Want a Good robot? Look at Marvin from "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". He's unintentionally hilarious. Great success.
8. Guns...aren't that exciting.
Sure, they have good uses. Burning people, poisioning them. Jolly good times. But so? It fires like a normal bullet. I like to see some showing-off when I blast a incendinary shotgun shell into Nine Toes.
For Example of "Showing-off", see Metroid Other M "Power Bomb activation". Well it's not showing off, but it makes one POWERFUL move look POWERFULLY epic. Rather than a gun that goes pew-pew.
9. This game is so terrible, it made my MS Word go to double spacing without consulting me.
10. This game overall is terrible. It's like a T-bone without meat. It's got the basic foundation of a game we all would love to play, but has nothing new or good about it. It's the same thing every time. A hard piece of hardened bone marrow that I myself shall never play again.
Also, I'm glad Windows 7 Ultimate wiped Borderlands off of my HDD last night. Yes, I got Windows 7. I'm a bit late. I BLAME BORDERLANDS ARHGHASFMNALGNASg
Believe it or not, I got a copy of Metroid Other M for being so fantastically awesome. If I went into detailing about how I became so important in the gaming industry, I’d have to kill you.
Now I realize this is a quick 2-blog session for me, having two appear at such a similar time..but I just... have to say something. I was reading over the Metroid Other M Review’s comments here on Destructoid, and I was very disappoint how SO MANY PEOPLE accepted the man’s opinion as a FACT and said stuff like
“Thanks a LOT Team ninja”
“Wow, bad to see they goofed”.
Destructoid is very reliable, and I agree with a LOT of stuff they say. But don’t accept one’s opinion as your own unless you are 100% sure that you yourself believe it, done research on it, and accept it.
So yes, I have played Metroid other M. The issues with switching from NES-style to Metroid Prime-style were VERY annoying. That was an issue. Also, pulling off some finishers was a bit sluggish. Everything else is fine, playable, and enjoyable. The game feels fast-paced but lacks fast-paced action. You’ll be running to awesome music, with gun charged, but no need to use it unless it’s a bug at your foot.
It also has some hilarious, unintentional scenes, like the one I dropped an elevator on myself. I know one of you are going to do the same, if you actually buy the game.
Bottom line: Don’t accept a reviewer’s opinion because they said it. Go play it for yourself. Honestly, I think it’s worth a buy. If I were to rate it, I’d say 8.5-9.
WARNING: I AM NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT THE LOW REVIEW SCORE. I RESPECT NICK AND HIS REVIEWING ABILITIES AND OPINIONS. HE MADE A LOT OF GOOD POINTS.
Dear Developers, I know it’s been a hard while for you lately, seeing people like EA close down several pieces of itself due to not having money. I’m gonna let you all in on a little secret. And it will pay off. Trust me.
Make games simple, yet original.
Obvious? Maybe. Makes sense? Definitely.
We’re reaching a point in the gaming industry where some games are just trying too hard to be successful. And it makes such big screw ups. Now don’t get me wrong, a “Hardcore”/ “Advanced” game is good every now and then, but if you can’t pull it off or have trouble doing so, then stick to this idea. Here are a few games to base your ideas off of:
Left 4 Dead
Simple on the outside, highly advanced on the inside. This game has like 3 things on screen. Your ammo, health, and your gun. There’s about 5 or so buttons. WSAD for walking, Left click to shoot, R to reload, 1-5 to change weapons (I won’t even count that as a button seeing as it’s so easy it’s proving my point anyways).
The idea; Shoot stuff.
It’s simple, yet pulls off very well. Pulls in casual players with the simple controls and gameplay, and pulls in hardcore gamers with special infected and other game modes.
Story can easily drive people away from video games. Which is what some developers are oblivious to. Some just want to aim, shoot, walk. Which makes Left 4 dead so amazing. Zombies are here. Story over.
Plants vs. Zombies
There are pacifists out there. They don’t want any games that involve killing people. Like my father for example. He used to be a non-pacifist in the good ‘ol UT 1998 days, but now he’s against killing game characters. Although he does play Chicken Invaders 3. Christmas edition. Easter edition is for ****ies.
That’s what Plants vs. Zombies does. Makes the game violent, but in a cartoony/funny/not-so-bad kind of way. And the game has ONE BUTTON. Left click.
Also, no story.
This is probably the best example of the idea “Keep it simple, yet original.” The game has one button, no story, no real violence, and is very original.
Mentioned on my last blog, this was the prime example of simple and original on the PSx. Two buttons, excluding directions. Destroy boxes. Destroy Green boxes. Green boxes eliminate anything in a 3x3 box. Don’t destroy black boxes.
This game has the least amount of story than the other two.
“How did these killer boxes get here and WHY THE HELL AM I ON A FLAOTING STACK OF BOXES IN A BLACK ABYSS?!”
Which also makes it more interesting to come up with your own story. Maybe the guy’s dreaming. Maybe he’s in the purgatory? Maybe he is tripping off acid? Maybe he’s having a mindf*** after reading one of Jim Sterling’s troll posts.
[i]Again, I have no problems with Advanced games and I love them. But occasionally, try this out for size.
Nation, I’ve heard so many people wonder “Is Metroid Other M gonna be good?” The answer is a DEFINITE…
Anyways, this is a bad mind-set. Thinking something’ll be terrible/bad/awful/Borderlands makes you focus on that negativity the whole time you play the game. It’s why 99% of blind dates don’t work. Someone is thinking “I’m so afraid, this might be terrible!” because then they start the date and they focus on “Might be terrible” so much that it becomes worse than it might be.
So before you even spend a moment thinking, “I’m afraid”, get that thought out of your head. Think more like “It’ll be as good, as it truly is.” Because then you won’t focus on the negativity.
This has been a helpful hint from your truly.
*Peut-etre means “Maybe” for all of those not knowing French.
“Mathew,” they’d say. “What’s a good game I haven’t played?”
Usually, I’d respond “Parappa the Rapper”. But that’s not the case here.
There are two games I don’t think many have heard about. Both for the PSX, they were games hidden among other greats that got more attention then they did. (Like how timesplitters 3 > Halo 3, but no one ever paid attention to that!)
This is the first huge diamond in the rough no one really thinks about when you say PS1, PSX, Or Sony PS. They think “FF VII”. Usually.
Anyways this game was a fast paced, arcade-style game that nailed everything it aimed for. Multiplayer was sluggish, Story wasn’t good. But hey, this is the PSX times. This was when having a story wasn’t as big of a deal as it is today. The gameplay more than makes up for it.
I don’t endorse piracy, but my motto is “Doesn’t matter if it’s not sold anymore”, relating to console or games. Because then they’re profit-less anyways. So I don’t care if people pirate SNES, NES, PSX, or any other system. So here’s your reason to. The makers of this game are no longer making any profits from it. GO EMULATE IT!
This game is worth every second of your PS. Well, this, and…
This is a very simple game. Destroy blocks. Don’t destroy black ones. Destroy Green and destroy extra. Simple, yet addictive and challenging at the same time. This game I wouldn’t be bothered if other pirated it, because I believe only 3 copies of this game were actually released. I’ve done my research. No one in this world has ever said “I’ve played that RETAIL game”. All I’ve seen on websites were “I’d play that demo 9001 times! Then the demo broke. CRUNCH! I’ll add it to the heap.”
In fact, this game might be a myth. Maybe ISO releasers of it just finished the game for the developers. Who knows? Either way, this game is great.
Nation, I’m sick of hearing about this. Fox News pushed me to make this blog purely about how Medal of Honor isn’t doing a bad thing here.
I know plenty of people are pissed about this, and for some of you it strikes home. But no matter what, a War game will "strike home" for somebody. So I’m not telling you “Don’t feel bad, don’t be bothered”, just don’t make such a ruckus out of it.
WW II games have existed for so friggin long. I don’t remember any games where you play as the Nazis, true, but the feeling is still there. WW II was still such a tragic time for discrimination and scapegoats. Although you don’t see it in WW II games, the feeling is still there. And because you can’t just “see” it, people don’t complain. It’s making a game out of a serious, violent event. Yet let’s ignore that, because that doesn’t matter. It’s not happening now.
I’m not a big fan of South Park, but they occasionally make good points. For example, they say that it takes time for something to lessen the seriousness of it.
So if MoH was making this game in the future, after the war, a LOT less people would complain. Guaranteed. But still, all in all, it’s just a game! It does take influence from real-life events, and it offends people, but what war game doesn’t offend Someone? Even Halo offends aliens and humans.
Playing as the Taliban wasn’t the smartest move for MoH, but for such an…extinct series of games, what better way to boost sales? Although everyone talks negative about it, everyone knows about it by now. So if you walk on a street and say “Medal of Honor Taliban” hundreds of people will be like “Yeah, I heard about that”. And there are still plenty of people like me, who don’t give a shit, and realize that it is just a game.
Now if playing as the Taliban meant you controlled a real life Taliban and whoever you killed in game was killed in real life, then YES, WE GOT A PROBLEM.
I’m getting this game, because I feel as though it will be a good FPS, because I’ve played some previous. Call me a demon, devil, or Taliban soldier. I don’t give a crap.