The Mind of Andrew

That which has been thought, but never been said..until now

Top Video Game Sequel #1

Okay, I’m aware that list has taken wayyyy to long to make and I chock that one up to my fault.  Giving as I don’t really give a shit about that though, lets continue.  This last entry should probably be a surprise to no one.  It one game of the year from multiple groups and is one of the best looking and most fun games of all time.  It is none other, then Cooking Mama 2.  Haha, that game sucks.  No Seriously, it’s Uncharted 2.

Most people never played the first game, well, let me tell you, if you haven’t, go out and play it.  Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was one of those gems of a game.  No one really knew about it, but if you played it, you instantly loved it.  Coming off its success with Crash Bandicoot in the playstation generation and then the very successful Jak games from the PS2 generations.  Naughty Dog told everyone to shut the fuck up with Uncharted.  Even though it’s kinda  a closet game, it won IGN’s PS3 game of the year the year it was released.  Uncharted was beautiful and the story was engaging.  The gameplay which combines a third person perspective shooter and great platforming.  The game follows treasure hunter Nathan Drake going after the treasure of his long lost ancestor the pirate Drake.  He is followed around by a lady documentary maker as they have to hide from and fight off rival treasure hunters, including your friend who betrayed you.

This is where Uncharted 2 comes in.  If you’ve never seen this game, you need to view the graphics.  In the first game, it got critical acclaim for the water graphics when you’d jump into the water, the water would ripple and your clothes would become soaked with the water.  Well this effect is back along with it’s new snow feature.  Snow has never been so beautifully rendered.  As you walk through snow, it would pile up along your legs and build small snow banks where you walk.  The gameplay has just gotten better, more awesome platforming and awesome gameplay.  I won’t talk much about the story because it’s so engaging that you need to experience it for yourself.  I will say that this time around, it centers around Marco Polo and his journey to China.  I will also say that watching this game even during play is almost like watching a movie.  One huge new feature added to this game however is it’s multiplayer.  The original didn’t have it, but in this game, they have full on huge matches of thieves squaring off against each other with all weapons, shields, rolling through caves.  They were able to bring essentially the entire game to online multiplayer.  Kudos to Naughty Dog on this.  I can’t describe how good this game is.  It’s just hard to put it into words.  Lets just say that I put a lot of thought into this list.  And I have no doubt that this game is #1.

Seriously, here is the box art, now go get this game

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October 25, 2010 Posted by | Video Games | Leave a comment

Birth By Sleep: A good PSP game?

So this may be a little late and most people may have already decided whether they are going to buy Birth By Sleep or not.  But if you haven’t, that’s why I am here.  First off, Kingdom Hearts were originally Sony only which were great games on the PlayStation2.  Up until now though, all hand held Kingdom Hearts games were Nintendo games.  Square Enix finally realized that the PSP is fancy enough and powerful enough to actually support a good game.

First off, I’m going to talk about the idea behind the game.  This game is a prequel to all the other Kingdom Hearts games.  Putting you into the shoes of one of three characters.  Terra, Ventus, or Aqua.  In the beginning of the game, you can choose one of the three characters.  Each one with slightly different styles.  You play through the entire story with this one character, until you finish it and then start the story with the next character.  While you replay all the same levels, many of the story elements and map areas, as well as boss fights are different for each story.  So while replaying the levels can get kind of tedious, there are definite changes for each characters story.  In fact, the final bosses you face for each story are different as well.  The one problem with this system is the fact that its annoying that once you beat a story and have all these great techniques to use, you have to start all over again without any of them.  One interesting feature is that this game supports multiplayer, and while not as interesting as 358/2, it allows you to play a board game with friends, a racing mini game, or take on arena missions or fight against each other and finally determine who is the true keyblade master!

I will say one thing about this game though if you haven’t played it.  The other Kingdom Hearts games you could get through without too much of a challenge except for a few fights.  This game is the hardest Kingdom Hearts game in the series.  When the first boss cannot be beaten before some serious level grinding, there is a problem.  When you can’t beat the 4th or 5th arena mission without co-op because the bosses rape you so fucking hard that your ass is just gone.  There are bosses that pursue you relentlessly, and as soon as you try to even dodge roll, they do so much damage, your health is already in the red.  But one thing added to this game to make it slightly easier is the new abilities system.  Now, for the controls, you attack with X, jump with O, block and Dodge with [].  All returning controls from the rest of the series.  What is new is that you can put commands into a set number or blocks and use them by scrolling down with the d pad and hitting Triangle.  This allows you to throw out moves on the fly without having to select them, and these moves are much better than  just magic.  You can use magic, special physical attacks, or even giant attacks which take up 2 command blocks instead of 1.  You can level these abilities up and then combine them with others to make new abilities until after a tower of abilities, you now have some crazy ass attacks which can clear the screen in seconds.  It is one of my favorite combat systems, by far.  In fact, I’ll say it, besides the camera being wonky every once in a while.  I love these controls.

Lastly, I am going to talk about the graphics and sound.  I’ve already said that story is good, the combat is fun and hard, and the controls are great.  One thing that really makes this a Kingdom Hearts game is the music and graphics.  The first thing you’ll notice when you turn on the PSP is that , holy shit! These are PS2 graphics!  This game is beautiful, I was so amazed that I could play this on a handheld.  It was amazing.  The sound is also, while not as classic as the original games, is still pretty beautiful. So this game is pretty great, in almost all aspects.  What I don’t understand is how critics give it the scores they get, for no real reasons.  So i’m giving this game I feel it deserves.  Is it perfect, no, but is it one of the best PSP games ever made and quite frankly just a damn good game.  Yes,

This game gets a 9/ When will the next actual game in the series come out/10.

I got no smarmy comment for this one.

October 3, 2010 Posted by | Video Games | Leave a comment