Archive for September, 2008
Here’s some nice campaign-mode gameplay from Resistance 2. Very very nice! Anybody know if this game has splitscreen?
A handful of new Resistance 2 videos has come out. Below is a good one and gametrailers has several more.
This game definitely seems to have polarizing effect on the enthusiast community. This game has a very large number of passionate fans and a large number venomous haters. There are also some who are lukewarm and in between the two extremes, but in general, this game definitely seems to evoke an unusually large number of highly emotional reactions on both ends of the spectrum.
So let’s hear it: Great game with an even more amazing sequel? Or wildly overhyped run of the mill shooter?
I definitely vote in the former camp. The first title is one of the best single player shooters on the market today, based on a high variety of shooting mechanics and level design. And this sequel looks impressive: In addition to major technical upgrades, this seems like it has some very clever gameplay enhancements for single-player, co-op, and multiplayer modes.
IGN’s preview was surprisingly strong:
Although I only had a few hours to play all three modes of Resistance 2, it struck me as phenomenally deep — much more than we’d ever expected. Essentially three full games in one cohesive Blu-ray package, Resistance 2 could easily be one of the largest games of the year and definitely in contention for Game of the Year honors when it is released at the beginning of November.
- Engaging Story The story is very engaging and fun to follow. I love the way that the player plays all of the different characters in the game and gets to experience the story through different perspectives. The cut scenes are quick and entertaining and never too long or slow
- Variety The levels are all fun to play and the objectives and play mechanics are well varied.
- Sight-Jacking The split-screen aspect of this feature is somewhat annoying, but throughout the game this feature is used in some creative and interesting ways to make it very worthwhile.
- Silent Hill Like Much of the monsters and horror elements reminded me of the Silent Hill series. After playing, I read that much of the Siren dev team came from Team Silent behind Silent Hill, including the lead designer, so the similarities are very understandable.
- TV-Series-Style Trailers Each level (or “episode”) begins with a “previously on Siren…” video montage and ends with a similar “next time on Siren…” video. These really made it easier to ease into and out of a play session.
- Great Tech I’m used to playing horror games like this on PS2 (Silent Hill, Manhunt, Resident Evil), so it’s a major jump and a pleasant surprise to see this kind of game done with current technology.
- Hard to get into When I first sat down to play this, it failed to grab my interest. There wasn’t any glaring flaw, but as a whole, it just didn’t grab me. Luckily, I gave it a second chance, and played this enough to get hooked.
- Episodic Installation The user has to go through a separate download and install process for each of the twelve episodes. This really doesn’t detract from the game, but it is a noteworthy nitpick.
- Story is hard to follow The story is overall very fun, but it is confusing. The same characters keep dying and reappearing, which is obviously part of the story, but nonetheless, I feel lost trying to follow it. I suspect that in order to really understand what’s going on, you need to read the collectible trinkets and knick-knacks you find in the game, but I don’t have the patience for that.
This is a really fun, well designed horror game. This game is more of an adventure-horror game rather than an action-horror title (more like Silent Hill than Resident Evil), so if you want a game where you battle off waves of zombies, this isn’t for you. This game also does take a little bit of patience to get into, but once you get into it, the game keeps up a quick pace and holds the player’s interest very well.
No Build Up?
I’m surprised this game got almost no prerelease buzz or build-up. Most games of this size get extensive buzz and build-up for a year or more before anyone actually plays them. This game just seems to have quietly dropped out of nowhere.
I wonder how this will compare to the new Silent Hill game. Siren is a similar type of game with several key staff from the old Team Silent, while the new Silent Hill is being developed by a completely new development team with the Silent Hill license.
Rumours are swirling that PlayStation Home will be made available next month at the same time as LittleBigPlanet. So it looks like Home is almost upon us. I know Tosh has made it into the beta and has both good things and bad things to say. I, unfortunately, have not been so lucky to make it into the Home beta, and I would give up both my R2 and SOCOM beta invites for the chance (I didn’t enjoy either beta). Ah well, such is life.
The in-game launch feature requires that the game supports it if you want to end up in the game together, otherwise it’s just like launching a game from the XMB. Is this going to limit Home’s usefulness? I think so, for the foreseeable future at least. Games need to support Home for Home to be worth using!
So anyway, are you looking forward to Home? Vote in the sidebar as always.
Previous poll results:
Do you use a headset?
* Bluetooth: 45% (69)
* Will get the official Sony one: 23% (35)
* Nope: 21% (33)
* USB: 12% (18)
Total Votes : 155
Anything for you this week? In other Blu-ray news the Castle of Cagliostro will be released on Blu-ray December 3rd in Japan. This could be the start of something great. It could mean that eventually all the Studio Ghibli movies will released on Blu-ray. I would love a huge box set of all the movies together including Ponyo (not out in North America yet). If you don’t know what I’m talking about you must not like anime.
* America’s Greatest Monuments: Washington D.C.
* Animalia: Welcome to the Kingdom
* Cirque Du Soleil – Corteo
* The Godfather – The Coppola Restoration
* L.A. Confidential
* Run, Fatboy, Run
* Sex and the City — The Movie
* Shrek the Third
* Stories From the Vaults: Season One
* Sunrise Earth: Seaside Collection (Blu-ray)
* The Way to Paradise – Music Experience in 3-Dimensional Sound Reality