PS3 Game Change
I finally tried the demo to Nascar ’08 last night on my PLAYSTATION 3, and man, that game is crap. Then I tried the demo to Stranglehold, and quite enjoyed it until I had to stop playing for a “previous commitment”. It got me thinking about the games in my PS3 library, and how good they were. It also got me thinking about what I would have improved. So here’s my take on some games I have, and what I would have done differently.
While this game is a lot of fun, there are some big glaring problems with it as well. First of all, the paucity of tracks. It really needs more tracks. The fact that they’re selling an extra track online now makes me think that they shipped an incomplete game and are now trying to gouge us for what should have been in the game in the first place. Second, the game really needs a “Quick Race” mode where you just choose your track, your opponent AI level and vehicles, and RACE! And lastly, the game really does need a splitscreen mode.
This is really quite a good game. But I have to admit that the symmetry of so many of the levels is really quite annoying. I know that they did this to make it fair for each team in team-based objective games, but I don’t care. The symmetry boring-ifies the levels to a large degree. There are ways to make a level pretty fair without making it symmetrical. Second, and I know they did this on purpose, but I don’t like the 50’s newpaper colour palette. I don’t like how everything is all washed out. It makes the game less visually appealing. And I like to actually enjoy seeing what’s on my HDTV’s screen when I play a game.
This is a great game too. I just played some more last night. But like MotorStorm, this game could really use more content. And by “content”, I mean “levels”. I hope that they release some new levels for this game on PSN, for free. Also, this game could really use a tutorial level to get you started.
- Need for Speed: Carbon
I like racing games, so I picked this one up at launch. I don’t play it. The whole city looks the same. It doesn’t matter which route you choose to take, it all looks the same. Boring!
- Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom
Bugs bugs bugs. This game is very buggy. It would be heck of a lot more enjoyable if it weren’t for the bugs.
- Call of Duty 3
Sit down and play Resistance for a while, then go play Call of Duty 3. Notice how in Resistance, it’s a lot easier to control your character and make him do what you want? CoD3 needs that. I don’t know what it is, I can’t say this or that needs to be changed. But anybody who’s played both knows what I mean. As well, there are only a few really good levels in this game. It could use some more. Like, say an expansion pack. And it could use headset support. Both of these are on the 360. Grrrr.
This is a fun game and it took me a while to think of a criticism. But then it struck me. There are a ton of maps in this game, which is great. Unfortunately, the time of day is strictly tied to the map. It would have been really nice if we could choose a map independently of the time of day. I don’t like playing the night games because I can’t see a thing. And there are some really nice maps that take place at night/dawn/dusk that I don’t play because I can’t see. Which is my loss, I know. But I wish the game would have given me the option.
So that’s my take. What do you think?