Gaming – Q1 2010

For me, gaming in early 2010 has been like a mad rush. There are key titles for other systems I would probably be playing, Heavy Rain and God of War 3 for example, but I have a 360 and barely have enough time to keep up with my games as it is. Here’s a look at the past 3 months of gaming for me.

Borderlands – The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned
2K games really took it to the HNL for this add-on to Borderlands. This add-on has it all… new shit to kill, new bosses, humor, and zombie brain eating zombies. I have already played through this add-on more than I’ve played Left 4 Dead (and have enjoyed it more), and would have no problem playing through it a couple more times as my friends pick it up.

Mass Effect 2 – January 26, 2010
I had gotten on the original Mass Effect bandwagon late after asking a coworker why his shirt said N7. What’s crazy to me is how incredible this game is, and how many friends I have that still haven’t touched it. The universe is filled with so many details… there’s a copy of alien pornography in a shop (it has a photo of what looks like a jellyfish on the cover), there are tons of solar systems to visit and planets to land on, side missions, and crew relationships. I got through this game on Veteran and started my second playthrough on Insane in the weeks I had before BioShock 2 came out but have had to shelve it since then. I’m hoping to get back to this during this summer and wrap up my second playthrough.

BioShock 2 – February 9, 2010
Having just played Mass Effect 2, jumping back into Rapture was a nice change. The atmosphere and story were what I played this game for and I felt it delivered well in that respect. I played on the hard difficulty and it really showed in some of the combat. The most interesting part of combat to me was defending the Little Sisters. To anyone familiar with the first title, you know very well what it’s like to take on a Big Daddy responsible for a Little Sister, this time around the tables are turned. The multiplayer was also interesting in that you have loadouts of plasmids and weapons to take into battle, but I only played until I was level 10 or so. Overall, I really enjoyed this.

Final Fantasy XIII – March 9, 2010
I’m about 55 hours deep into this game at the moment, and am pretty close to finishing the main storyline. Oddly, my impression of the game has changed while playing it. I was so looking forward to having a Final Fantasy to play that when I first started the paradigm based combat and very “on rails” experience sickened me. The first two discs were like playing an interactive movie, a very beautiful one. Thankfully as I reached one of the last chapters I was dropped into a giant area with monsters ranging from tough battles to impossibly huge and unbeatable, monster killing missions, and a chance to grind a bit. This part of the game saved it for me, I was looking forward to just finishing it and putting it away but I’ve already found myself going back and doing missions I would have otherwise skipped. The paradigm based battle system does add some strategy to the combat but it just feels like something to do while you watch your characters battle (you can only control your primary character in battle). If the ending is nice I might be able to give this a 7 or 8, but if the ending is weak I will probably be giving this a 6. To date I feel Star Ocean 4 was my favorite RPG for the 360.

So, that’s it. I’m looking forward to wrapping up my FFXIII and starting Fate of Resonance or going back and doing Infinite Undiscovery… we will see.

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