September 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
This is the first of a semi-regular dive into the murky, strange and often non-nonsensical world of the mini-game – those daft little puzzles developers use to emphasize a semi-skilled action or make a humdrum activity interesting. Some are good, most are downright idiotic, but all are games in their own right. I shall be picking my subjects from both new and old games, and attempting to give an honest opinion on the merits (or madness) of these, the most humble of all modern gaming quirks.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a superb game; the combat is fast and brutal, the story wonderfully convoluted and the whole thing drags those of us old enough to remember the original way back to the heady days of throwing plant-pots at people and hanging around women’s lavatories. The future-imperfect world we are thrust into is both bleak and gleaming with a plastic and chrome sheen – a world of artificial people, and broken ethics; it’s the perfect backdrop to the conspiracy-strewn plot that meanders back and forth along the lines of morality and humanity like a drunken crab. Of course, as with all broken futures, Dell seem to be having a good decade, and secret-stuffed PC’s are everywhere. The problem? Everybody seems to be forgoing standard encryption methods for security, and relying instead on a mini-game that no-one could possibly beat! Yes, Dell are doing well but it seems the chaps at Norton have died a death… « Read the rest of this entry »
September 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
Yes, I know I haven’t been around for some time, but in fairness – I now have enough shiny pennies to get my car its MOT. A week of night-shifts followed by more than a few late nights have cut dramatically into my wordy-output (but boosted my penny-count, so it’s not all bad), although I do have a heart-felt review of Bastion over on the lovely GamingDaily.co.uk. Go read, and I’ll wait till you get back…
Not bad, eh? Bastion is a very special game, in that it ticks so many of the boxes us older, jaded gamers have forgotten were even on the document. And being a twitch over a tenner on Steam, I honestly can’t recommend it enough. It stands as a shining example that, even when a game started out on Xbox Live, it still may have merit… the only example I can think of at the moment, but a good one. Go buy.
That’s all from me for the moment. I am very chuffed to be back at my crusty old keyboard, contemplating such works to make Tolkien choke on his cornflakes, so expect some spanking new stuff of the lettery type very soon.
Thanks for reading.