Sunday, November 22nd 2009

Finally got around to playing some games

I meant to play Killzone 2 when it came out, which I think was a good long while ago, but just never got around to it.  Finally rented it with Gamefly and have been playing the single player a little bit and man, I don't know if I have fun playing it.  There's just something that's off about it and I don't know what it is. 

I'm about to write a bunch of comparisons to hopefully clear this up in my head =P

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    Voice Acting Comparison
    This is such an easy win for Uncharted that it's not even funny.  We'll, it kind of is.

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    This is such an easy win for Uncharted that it's not even funny.  We'll, it kind of is.

    Killzone 2 has some of the worst voice acting I have heard in a while.  The soldiers have totally empty dialogue whose whole purpose is to make you think "man, these guys are tough".  They swear a bunch and say a lot of tough guy things, but they do it very unconvincingly, as if there is a convincing way to do it?  Anyway, I've learned to ignore practically every word that comes out of any characters mouth because it probably will only annoy me.

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  • Borderlands is better than Left 4 Dead 2
    Multiplayer Comparison
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    Borderlands coop gameplay is simple, but for some reason, I just love playing it with friends.  L4D2 is fun too and also simple in its own way, but it's definitely not a relaxing game.

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    Multiplayer Comparison
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    Everything is going all nice and good and, whoops, a witch gets hit by one of your stray bullets.  We'll don't you feel stupid now.  Or how about accidentally getting trapped in a corner with a tank and you lose almost all your health.  Or maybe I'll use my medpack now but oh wait, I should have just died and let someone revive me.  Stupid me. Accidentally get stuck outside with the horde?  Ain't that a shame.

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  • Portal is better than Braid
    Overall Comparison
    This is actually a really hard comparison.  Both games brought something new to gamers and both were and are a lot of fun to play.  Both take a new angle on the puzzle-solving game and made it fun. ... more
    This is actually a really hard comparison.  Both games brought something new to gamers and both were and are a lot of fun to play.  Both take a new angle on the puzzle-solving game and made it fun.  Braid has a lower price point, but price point really doesn't matter.  What really tips the scales to Portal is one simple thing.  Portal has personality that Braid doesn't quite have.

    Throughout Portal, GLaDOS talks to you as you complete the levels and it's hilarious.  I'm sure some of the driving force behind some people finishing the game was just to hear more from her.  And not to mention the finale of Portal during the credits, which will probably go down in gaming history as one of the best songs ever written for a video game.  I hate saying broad statements like that, but that song really was something special.  It fit the personality of the game perfectly and left me with something I'll never forget.

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  • Braid is better than Killzone 2
    Fun Factor Comparison
    Braid is just incredibly refreshing to play.  Killzone 2 is, at best, a totally typical FPS game.  It's a good one, but we've all played a game like that before.  It doesn't bring anything new to the... more
    Braid is just incredibly refreshing to play.  Killzone 2 is, at best, a totally typical FPS game.  It's a good one, but we've all played a game like that before.  It doesn't bring anything new to the table.

    Braid is all new.  We'll, it did come out a little while ago, but it's fresh, just like when Portal came out.  Totally new way to play a game.  And totally awesome.  Worth the 15 bucks to play something unlike anything you've ever played before.  Try to find a friend that owns it though, because once you beat it, you're done and probably won't touch the game again.
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