Well over on that crazy Giantbomb site, I do a little semi-weekly, semi-post whenever the hell I want blog where I say my thoughts on the games I'm currently playing and give weekly ratings to the TV shows I watch. I'll start posting them on Destructoid now, obviously, starting with PT. 4! Why not part 1? Because that's not the one I selected to copy and paste, you little whore. Anyways:
Smackdown vs. Raw 2010
and I still like TV
Smackdown vs. Raw 2010
The Smackdown vs. Raw series has, according to many people, been on a downward fall of bad games, while I disagree with that but do strongly acknowledge that the games have not been as good as I wanted. Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 is here to change that, and it does. Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 is fantastic, and one of the best games in the series to date. Of course the huge addition to this years game is the story designer and it's near flawless. The only real complaint is that you can't pick how many characters you want in a scene as they all have a locked in amount. That is only a small screw up that will be annoying sometimes but most of the time, you won't even notice. The rest of the mode is damn good and something that any wrestling fan, or people that just likes to reek havoc, will enjoy.
SvR 2010 added a couple more matches, the Championship scramble match and a new and improved Royal Rumble. I'll start with the worst of the two, the Championship Scramble. In real life, I actually enjoy the scramble, it's a lot crazy things going on at once but putting that into a game is a bad bad choice. The Scramble match is a match that starts out with two people in the ring, then 3 more people come in over a certain amount of time. The catch is that every pinfall someone makes isn't the end of the match but the person that pinned is the new champion and if they still have the latest pin when the timer runs out, they win. Onto the game's version. It's near impossible to win when you're not the first two in or the champion because everyone will constantly barrage you with attacks the first second you pin someone. Also, what's up with no entrance music when a new person enters? It's very...not exciting what-so-ever. The Royal Rumble on the other hand is good, despite having it's own little quirks. The match feels like a brand new game in sorts because there is so many new animations and some move changing so that at the end of the move you push a person to the ropes to try and eliminate them. You eliminate people by doing 1 of 4 button presses. This is when one of the quirks happen. The mode is very very easy. I got through playing as Edge, starting at number 1, not feeling like I was about to lose until the very very end. The other mess up is pounding on buttons to eliminate someone is fun...for a while but doing that around 15 times in one match is annoying and starts to feel like a burden.
Overall the new Smackdown vs. Raw is a great game that makes some bad choices and some good choices. When those good choices work out, it makes for a very impressive gaming experience. If you're a fan of Smackdown or WWE at all, pick this up. If you're not, give it a rent and try it.
Iddy bit of Operation Flashpoint!
I said I was give small thoughts on Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising and that's exactly what I will do. If you really want something like that, crazy realistic shooter that makes you feel bad about yourself, get this game. But for me, I don't enjoy being constantly punched in the balls so I couldn't get through the first hour. In all seriousness, like I said, if you like this kind of game, buy it, it seems fantastic for you. If you're scared to pick it up, rent it and tell people your story of dying...a lot.
So yea, Trine was finally released on PSN this week and since my computer is garbage, I have been that guy
that has been waiting and waiting on this game. Admittedly though, while Trine is still good, I was a bit underwhelmed. Mainly because the look of Trine is not as 'superb' as I was expecting. Everything seems to have some ugly rough edges that I never saw when a good PC was running it. That being said, if you can get past that, Trine looks good enough. The three character's of Trine are all interesting and most do control well, but there is something that I can't really pinpoint about the Mage that is frustrating. It may be the fact that making squares is much harder than it should be but I'm not for sure. Trine still does have those mind binding puzzles and is overall a fun game to sit and play for short bursts, but only for short bursts as it got me frustrated over a long period of time. If you have a good PC, get that version, if not, try this out because of the fun puzzles.
Borderlands claims to have a bazillion weapons and while that's not true, it comes through by still giving us a shit-ton of them. That sadly is one of my complaints though, most of the weapons are just trash that I wouldn't think twice about using. The only good thing about them would be maybe giving them to one of your low level friends. You'll more than likely do like me, find a really good set of weapons and keep that set for around 8 levels. That's not too much of a problem though because the combat is so damn fun. Going into a combat situation with people of equal or a little higher level is crazy. The enemy can hit you and you go flying 50 feet away or they can just go crazy and rush the hell out of you and make you piss yourself.
I've heard many complaints from people saying that Borderlands should only be played in co-op and I couldn't disagree more. I have played with two characters, one in co-op (Got to level 13 with a Siren), and one by myself (Currently level 18 with a Hunter), and of course co-op is funner, single player is still fantastic. One reason being that feeling you get when you see great loot and immediately think "This is all mine!" instead of having to share. A thing that shocked me about Borderlands is the look of the game. Sure there is pop-in textures when you load up the game, but when it's all loaded, the game looks beautiful. Everything has a great animated style to it that is so incredibly pleasing to the eyes.
I have to address my biggest complaint with the game, the driving. It just feels terrible. I don't fully understand why they couldn't just map the driving to the triggers and be a normal driving game instead of using the sticks and making me frustratingly navigate around small rocks that my car should just run over. But the one redeeming factor is running things over with your car, that's something you have to see to believe. Borderlands is something I've been waiting for, for a while and I've finally got it and I couldn't be more happy. While it has it's problems, it's all problems that I can easily look over and enjoy this time-sucking, beautiful, and pure exciting game. Buy for all.
Cleveland Show: Birth of a Salesman- B+
Dexter: Dex Takes a Holiday- A+
Community: Advanced Criminal Law- C-
Glee: Throwdown- B-
Modern Family: Coal Digger- A
South Park: W.T.F.- A-
The Office: The Lover- A-
Survivor: This Is The Man Test- D
Bored to Death: The Case of the Lonely White Dove- B
The Hurt Locker- A
I know I will have Saw and Uncharted 2 as I have them sitting here right in front of me.
That is currently all I have planned right now. Any questions, ask them below!
Until next time: