Yes, my yearly drive to start blogging again has started, we shall see how long it lasts this time. Just to dip my toe in I am going to talk a little bit about what games I am playing at the moment.
Deathspank – X-Box Live Arcade
Produced by Hothead games (Penny Arcade Episode’s 1 & 2) and with games consultant Ron Gilbert (Monkey Island 1 & 2), this game plays like a generic light role playing game in the same mould of Diablo. You are sent on quests, collect items and continually level up and upgrade your abilities and weapons. What makes this worth playing is the humour and style of the game. The quest are very generic, kill this many creatures, collect this many things however the way the story is delivered and presented to you as the player engages you and overides the fact that you have probably done these same quests many times before in all sorts of other games. With a heavy does of influence in gameplay from World of Warcraft and storytelling from The Secret of Monkey Island, this game is well worth playing.
4 out of 5 stars
The Secret of Monkey Island 2: LeChucks Revenge Special Edition – X-B0x Live Arcade/PC/iPhone
A re-make of the 1993 classic graphic adventure by Lucas Arts again with Ron Gilbert being the main designer. This version has updated graphics which are beautiful, spoken dialogue using the same voices as the other games in the series including the recent Tales of Monkey Island on the Wii and PC. The Monkey Island games have long been a favourite of mine and could possibly be my favourite franchise of all time. The storytelling is awesome and the jokes of pitch perfect. The puzzle are ingenious and if you don’t give in to checking hints, it will have you scratching your head and then smiling from ear to ear when you work out what to do next. All I would say is if you haven’y played any of these game before, start with The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition also on the above platforms, as it is slightly easier and will give you a great introduction to the genre and the story
4 out of 5 stars
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker – Playstation Portable
I am a great fan of the MGS games, but the problem is I am not very good at them. The last MSG game on the PSP I just got frustrated with, especially the mechanic they had in the game where you got people to enlist in your army and help out. They have simplified this for this version using a helicopter to air lift them out rather than you have to carry them to a truck. This along with all research and upgrades you can do and the variety in the missions makes this a really deep game that keeps you coming back for more. The only sticking points are the bosses which take the form of tanks in the early game, but once you have got your head around how to defeat them, you soon progress. This is one of those must have games for the PSP and there aren’t many of those.
4.5 out of 5 stars