Wednesday, October 10, 2012

30 Day Video Game Challenge, Day 25

Day 25: A game I plan on playing


It's been over 4 years since Halo 3 launched, and I'm itching for some new multiplayer, and to go on 50+ killstreaks with a banshee.

But will there be banshees?  I don't know.  I'm not sure what kind of weapons the Promethians have... or am I?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 24

Day 24: Favorite Classic Game

So when figuring out what 'classic' exactly meant, I turned to the criteria for another favorite past time of mine; automobiles.

Classic cars are defined as between 20 to 40 years old.  So I'm stuck with games that came out before 1992 - I'm in luck.  Almost 20 years ago, I sat through a snowy Christmas day and played the Legend of Zelda, a Link to the Past until I got into the dark world (then promptly passed out).  Quite the accomplishment for a nine year old gamer that had only fantasized about playing the game after seeing if briefly at a friends house. 

This would turn out to be a memory that I had fondly looked back on throughout my life.  One hell of a snowstorm, we literally couldn't go anywhere. Christmas, as we usually celebrated it (with friends and family) was cancelled due to the ungodly amount of snow on the ground.  It was a good day, my parents were enjoying the fact that I loved a gift they had got me so much - I had been begging for a SNES ever since they got me a Sega the year before.  Sega had some good games, but it was largely recognized as a piece of shit once the Super Nintendo came out. 

Anyway, that's my favorite classic game - The Legend of Zelda, A Link to the Past.  I still think about that Christmas day every year, I miss that lost-in-a-new-world feeling that you used to get when you opened up a new game back then.  No internet, no spoilers, no expectations.  Dive in.  Good luck.

Monday, October 8, 2012

30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 23

Day 23:  Game with the best graphics or art style

Had I gone ahead with this post months ago - when I first started the challenge, I would've struggled to come up with a good game to put down for today.  Graphics or Art Style, there's so much out there that could fill that void.

I have to admit, the Assassin's Creed series was my first choice, until a little over a month ago when I picked up a copy of a little-known game called Guild Wars 2 (GW2).

My Asura Necromancer, seen here in the Capital City Rata Sum

While the overall graphics of the game are something akin from generations of games' past (World of Warcraft comes to mind, as it shares a somewhat cartoony vibe), the representation of those graphics and the overall art style of the game allows it to stand tall with almost any other game currently on the market - especially all those now claiming to be photo-realistic (along with other such garbage).

Each race is beautifully rendered via a graphics engine that, while far from optimized, does the designers justice.  It's clear that they put a good amount of time into Guild Wars 2, especially when it comes to representing the world that they want their players to inhabit.  For that, I have to give GW2 the prestigious title of "Best Art Style" in any game I've played to date.