Friday, October 30, 2009

Iphone / Ipod Touch Games (October)

This month's goodies.

Mr. Mahjong Touch -- Mahjong match fun.

Undercroft -- retro-style turn based roleplaying game. Anything by Rake In Grass is good nowadays.

Turn Episode 1: The Lost Artefact -- yes, the developers spelled it that way. So if you are looking for it in the appstore, it is this title. Very cool, but battery draining turn-level puzzle game.

Borderlands (PS3)

Borderlands is a cell shaded FPS RPG set in a post-apocalyptic-like planet. The game is being compared to Fallout 3, but unlike that game, this one's more action and less roleplaying.

The other thing that is said about this game is that it is "Diablo with guns". After playing it for a few hours, I agree. It's the sort of game that is not very deep, completely unrealistic and sometimes totally ridiculous, but you just can't stop playing it. You just can't stop opening every chest and cache because there might be a better gun or shield device out there. And it's really fun to try out the different types of guns, check out the different scopes and firepower.

The map areas are quite big. On some of the maps, you can spawn a vehicle and drive around, and it comes armed with a cannon or a high-powered machine gun. And you can use it to run over your enemies -- it's insta-death.

Creatures and bad guys do respawn but only after a reasonable amount of time has passed. They don't reappear the instant you turn your head (like in Farcry 2). Treasure containers do get refilled.

It is a beautiful game, too bad there's more than a few incidences of graphical glitches -- usually when you're looking at the area map or when a cut scene is playing. And it could really use a few more varieties of enemies per map.

And there's the long loading times when the game is loading up a save or a new area.

Despite the glaring flaws (which is a big pity), the game is fun, packed with tons of good action and is very addictive.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Games for the next month or so

When it rains, it pours...

1. Fallout 3: Game of the Year edition (PS3)

Gonna get this one. I got the core game when it was first release but this edition contains 5 add-ons available earlier this past year or so, so that's gonna be another 100 hours or so of gameplay.

2 Borderlands (PS3)

To be honest, I haven't read up much about the game. But it sounds good. It's supposed to be "Diablo with guns". It has the loot system of our favorite Blizzard hit, so I'm all for that.

3. Dragon Age Origins (PS3)

An RPG from Bioware. Should be an epic. Should be excellent roleplaying fun.

4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

My Favorite FPS. It's the only FPS series that I like and care about. Playing this is like being in a Hollywood blockbuster action flick.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Scribblenauts DS

Scribblenauts is a puzzle game where you solve a level by making items appear. And you do this by typing in the name of the item which makes it appear in the game, which you can then give it to an NPC, or use it to interact with other objects in a level to solve it.

The puzzles are very easy to solve in the beginning but it gets progressively harder as you unlock more worlds. The stages get bigger and the conditions for victory get more complicated. You can also repeat levels, repeating levels are challenging because previous items cannot be reentered and used again. There's quite a good list of achievements to aim for and extra stuff to unlock.

The sheer number of possibilities is what is so amazing about this game. Want to cross a river, you could use a boat, or ride a submarine. Need to turn a dinosaur into food for a caveman, create a lightning storm. (I tried keying in GOD, and true enough a wizen man in white appeared and killed the dinosaur) The game has a pretty big dictionary. The clues can be vague at times and sometimes it can be puzzling why the level isn't solved when you seemed to have fulfilled all the requirements for solving it.

The main frustration is the controls. Sometimes you can't drop an item where you want it, or things just won't move where you want it too. It would be nice to be able to ask an npc to move or to pick up something -- but they are basically not in your control at all and they can kill themselves at times. Still, it's so cool that you can type just about any kind of item to make it appear in the game, you'll just keep at it. It's a great game to talk about with friends, because it's interesting to hear the different solutions they come up with to solve a level.

Conclusion: Innovative, unique and quite addictive because of all the possibilities you can play around with.

Edit: Updated with more comments on gameplay.