Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Video Game’

RESIDENT EVIL 5

July 12, 2010 5 comments

6.5 / 10

For a game that bares the ending to one of the most popular and succesful video game franchises, it comes with great disappointment to recommend that it may be more satisfying to READ about Resident Evil 5 rather than play it. How many times exactly will this virus mutate? With these repeated mutations comes frighteningly difficult and unsatisfying changes to the Resident Evil games you’re most familiar with playing; changes that were executed fairly well in RE4, and blown ridiculously out of proportion in RE5.

The minute you come into contact with a room full of zombies unloading machine gun rounds in your direction is likely when you’ll ask yourself if this is REALLY a Resident Evil Game you’re playing. The Nemesis was one thing, but the evolution and abilities of these zombies in RE5 should have been equally complimented by a more manageable and smoother gameplay system whether it broke the traditional mechanics of Resident Evil or not.  The introduction of “Los Ganados” was an effective twist in the series, and it is partly, among other things of course, what collected such acclaim for Resident Evil 4. Resident Evil 5 introduces Majini’s; These new enemies (they shouldnt even be called zombies at this point) have improved jumping ability, and overall dominant physical capabilities, which frustratingly renders the Resident Evil engine meaningless.

While running may SEEM like it’s helpful it really isn’t. You’ll find yourself often running to safety, either because of an overwhelming battle with these new holycrapninjasuperzombies, or allowing yourself just enough time to change your weapon or use a health. Yes, RE5 does NOT allow you to change weapons in your pause menu inventory so prepare to find yourself immersed in a sea of enemies more frequently than you would like, HOPING you’ll change your weapon or click your health spray in time (good luck). Ammunition is as scarce as you remember, you’ll expectedly find yourself at parts where the knife is your only friend, and an unreliable one at that. It’s difficult to conserve ammo when it takes so damn much of it to kill these new zombies so be sure to equip your partner with plenty of extra to cover you in a tight situation.

The ever-expanding scope of Resident Evil has lost its appeal; it was more interesting and horror-filled when we were creeping down the halls of the Arklay Mansion, or wearily crossing the zombie ridden streets of Racoon City. Resident Evil 5 follows Sheva Alomar and Resident Evil veteran Chris Redfield in their tracing the trail of a biological weapons deal which, to Chris’ surprise, involves the likes of Albert Wesker who was believed to be dead. All in all it was an unecessary story to tell. Bringing Wesker back after the events in RE4  foiled a more satisfying conclusion than you’re provided with in 5, AND its a much better game. If you like Resident Evil as much as I do then you’ll be dissatisfied to experience how far RE5 strays from the roots of Resident Evil.

 

RED DEAD REDEMPTION

July 1, 2010 2 comments

 

9.5 / 10

It’s difficult to argue the fact that mass excitement surrounds almost every release from Rockstar Games. While still likely basking in praise from the popular Grand Theft Auto series, Rockstar looks to have a promising 2010. The announcement of a new PS3 exclusive IP currently dubbed “Agent”  looks to be expected sometime this year, as well as a highly anticipated “L.A. Noire” hitting shelves this fall. But for the time being it seems the majority of gamers are all talking about the same thing: Red Dead Redemption.

Red Dead Redemption comes as a creative successor to “Red Dead Revolver.” While Revolver overall received little acclaim from the gaming community, it served as a bridge to one of the best games of 2010 (thus far). Redemption is NOT a sequel; it seems our adventures with Red Harlow have been abandoned completely and we now occupy a familiar looking gun by the name of John Marston. While the game keeps track of various aspects of your decisions throughout the game, fame and heroism are attained through doing good deeds. Whether you are helping various strangers along the way or simply continuing on throughout your story every action, negative or positive, will affect the way people in the game respond to you.

Whether your accepting a dual from a stranger in a saloon, or hunting coyotes  for some extra cash, Red Dead Redemption provides you with an overhwhelmingly expansive and truly breathtaking environment to help unfold your story. And the environments really are breathtaking: you may even find yourself just sitting idle on your horse and staring at the night sky because it looks THAT DAMN GOOD. The game doesn’t necessarily encourage hunting but be sure that you do it often; it’s an easy way to build your bankroll and unlock/purchase a variety of helpful necessities from various shops, gunsmiths, and doctors, including: faster horses, rifles/pistols, survival maps, medicine, and a plethora of outfits that become specifically useful when dealing with certain parts of the game.

The mini games are only a tiny fraction of your Red Dead Redemption experience, but they can certainly prove to be a hell of a lot of fun. Between Poker, Blackjack, Liars Dice, Horseshoes, and Five Finger Fillet, you can truly find yourself getting sidetracked peculiarly often. Some take time to get the hang of; five-finger fillet and liars dice, but when you do you’ll find yourself spending more time on these mini games then developers may have originally intended.

Controls take very little getting used to. Most gamers familiar with any kind of shooters will jump right into Redemption no problem. Of course the famous “Dead Eye” feature, staple of the Red Dead series is back, and as awesome as ever. For those unfamiliar with Dead Eye, your meter allows you to slowdown time and mark your targets; allowing you to take out multiple baddies at once. Be mindful of your meter when using it, it runs out fairly quickly and takes some time to restore. Of course, visits to the shop allow purchase of various items that will instantly restore your meter, so be sure to pick flowers, hunt, and help strangers to maintain a steady cash flow for such upgrades/items.

Online Multiplayer adds a high level of replay value to Redemption. After completing Single Player you can now build your online reputation and apply your skills against the rest of the world and see exactly how you measure up. I’d recommend beating single player first and having a good sense of comfortability with controls and such before diving into multiplayer. While it’s fun there’s a certain level of annoyance in that everyone seems to have the same idea: Kill Everyone. If you’ve coordinated a party with friends than that’s really where you’ll get the most out of online, but running around on your own with no one on your side will likely lead you to repeated deaths and a whole heap of frustration.

With all the anticipation surrounding their future 2010 releases, Rockstar has proven yet again that they make quality, entertaining, kick ass games. Breathtaking environments, obnoxiously addicting mini games, and a gaming experience unmatched by any other of its genre, Red Dead Redemption undoubtedly inserts itself as a potential 2010 Game of the Year recipient.