Monday Gaming Diary: Hodgepodge
Normally I have some sort of theme going on for a week where I play one type of game or just one game over the course of the week. This last week was perhaps more all-over-the-place than my gaming schedule for E3. So what constitutes a hodgepodge of games? I believe its very definition consists of playing Prototype 2, Game of Thrones, Dragon Quest VI, and Resistance: Burning Skies. If that’s not a hodgepodge, I don’t know what is. (Also, I like the word “hodgepodge.”)
Despite how hard it is not to look at Prototype 2 and instantly think inFamous-ripoff, I’m having a lot of fun with it. It’s definitely not a game I would recommend to anyone over inFamous–unless you don’t own a PS3–but it’s fun in its own right. Story-wise, the game has me torn in my moral leanings. While I agree it’s horrible to use live, unwilling humans as test subjects for horrible experiments, I also have issue with outright killing all of these scientists. It’s the whole take-justice-into-your-own-hands thing…never been a fan of it morally, so I often feel guilty about what I’m making Heller do. At the same time, I have zero issues killing off members of the Blackwatch, but that’s mainly because they always shoot at me first. And they like murdering innocent people. I didn’t say I wasn’t contradictory, for the record.
I’m rather mixed on Game of Thrones and Burning Skies. Burning Skies plays like another Resistance game to me, albeit short and very unpolished. I had heard that it was short, but I had no idea how horrifically short it was until I perused the trophy list. Six chapters? Really? It only took me an hour to get through the first two chapters, so that doesn’t bode well. I’m not one of the doomsdayers out there who decry that Burning Skies was supposed to save the Vita and it has failed to do so, but it’s very disappointing that Sony didn’t push for a more quality product on one of its exclusive franchises for a handheld that isn’t doing well. I have a feeling that I’m also going to have to pull a Comic Book Guy and look up the dates set in this game to make sure they match the lore.
Game of Thrones…I’m not sure what I’ve gotten myself into. It plays a lot like Dragon Age, yet I don’t feel like I have as much control as I did in Dragon Age. Also, these people talk way too much. If I wanted that, I’d re-read the books.
One last note before I actually try to make some money today…do not download Pocket Planes for iOS. It’s Tiny Tower crack all over again.