Before your minds go too nuts over what I mean with this, I finished two games this weekend: Space Marine and Gears of War 2. The last time I beat two games in one weekend was also with a Gears game. I sincerely doubt that will happen a third time, as the other game in my queue is Deus Ex, and there are way too many sidequests for me to have fun with for me to finish that game within a week.
Although, to be fair, it will most likely take me longer than a week to finish Gears 3 simply for the reason that I do not want to play it by myself.
I played the first Gears pretty much alone, and I wish I hadn’t. It’s partly because I know certain aspects would have been a little easier and far more enjoyable, but it’s mostly because playing with someone else makes the game ten times more fun. I really wanted to finish Gears 2 over the weekend, and my hubby had to leave town for business, so I asked another friend if he would be up to playing. This guy has been my friend for years, I loan him games all the time, we talk about what we’re playing whenever we see each other, but we’ve never played a game together. So I was a little nervous because I’m never confident in my skills and I know he is a seasoned veteran in games, particularly shooters. He hadn’t played Gears 2 in over a year, but I was still nervous he would hate playing, he would get frustrated with me, etc.
We had an absolute blast. I told him if he was interested, I would love to play Gears 3 with him whenever he got it. When he said he had a lot of fun as well, it made my day–aside from completing the game, anyway.
But whether I play with him or my husband, I want to play with someone. I don’t think I’ll play one second of it alone unless I just have to for review purposes. It is so much more fun to talk to your partner about where you are, what you’re doing, what your ammo status is, what your plan is, etc. than pray your AI partner will follow you and not die. At least in Space Marine my partners didn’t die, but then again, it’s not like they could heal me either. Not to mention, I’m not sure they ever really killed anything either.
Speaking of Space Marine, I’d love to discuss more of my experiences with it, but it’s going to have to wait until my review gets published at Gaming Angels. I will say that if you want a fun shooter, BUY SPACE MARINE. If you don’t care about Gears 3, BUY SPACE MARINE. I cannot emphasize this enough. The game completely blew me away in terms of all of my expectations. So well done, and I really want a sequel or at least another game in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The only way this will happen is if it sells. So do yourself a favor and download the demo, have lots of fun, and then go buy the game. You will not be sorry.
So what’s on the agenda for this week? Hopefully I’ll find some friends who will also buy Gears 3 on the first day so I can play that, but if not, I have plenty of Deus Ex to work on.