Sunday, September 23, 2012

What I am playing September 2012

The creative juices have not being flowing recently so this poor blog has been quite neglected nevertheless I do like to keep a record of the games I am playing so boring diary post coming up.

Driver San Francisco: The "campaign" in this game is utterly forgettable but the  driving is great fun. I dip in and out of the game every so often for a spot of high adrenaline thrills.

From: Dust: A clever God game with interesting terra-forming capabilities.  It looks and sounds very like Spore but the game play is much more limited sadly and doesn't really do the superb terra forming engine justice.

Rainbow Six Vegas2: I really enjoyed the first Rainbow Six Vegas and this squad shooter sequel is more of the same.  A minor annoyance is that the difficulty is uneven with many trivial levels and  some that are very difficult to complete without multiple deaths and progress by trial and error. Nevertheless there is good replay value in the various challenge modes once you compete the campaign.

Fear 3: Despite the title Fear 3 isn't scary at all but it is a surprisingly good shooter. Any attempt at scares is pretty much destroyed by an achievements system that constantly splashes congratulatory messages on the screen but the campaign has everything you expect in a modern shooting game: well designed levels, intelligent enemy ai, a useful selection of weapons, a good cover system and a powerful bullet time facility. It gets even better the second time around because once you complete any level you can play as the protagonists evil ghost brother. This guy doesn't use guns himself but can possess his enemies which completely changes the way you play the game. Minor complaint is that some of the levels are a bit repetitive but overall this game is highly recommended to shooter fans.

Ground Control: This 12 year old classic could have been been my all time favourite rts. It has no resource building  (which I don't like) and lots of tactical combat (which I love). It still looks fine and runs flawlessly on Win 7-64. It has one major flaw unfortunately and it is a humdinger. There are no mid levels saves at all, not even checkpoints. With challenging levels that last several hours this is a deal breaker. Over the course of last week I got about six levels into the game. Then I lost two hours of progress to a stupid ambush and I remembered why I gave up at about the same point a dozen years ago. The game was released as a free download to celebrate the launch of its sequel so if you want to try it it wont cost you a thing.

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