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Tomb Raider - PlayStation 3
First of all, I would like to say that I'm very happy that Lara broke free of her Angelina Jolie image. When a colleague of mine the other day said "What's wrong with the new Tomb Raider game, she doesn't even look like Angelina!" I was ready to break down in tears and rage at the same time. Such ignorance!
This game is MUCH better than expected. It is a raw and sometimes emotional experience that explains how Lara Croft become the beloved tomb raider we all know today. Great battle mechanics, cover/sneaking system and the leveling system with salvaging is all very well done. It couldn't have been better IMO, so I say bravo!
Far Cry 3 - PlayStation 3
So yeah, Vaas was a crazy MOFO, but after all the hype about the allegedly one of the most badass villains in gaming, I expected him to be even more evil and have more screentime.
Overall, great game. Infinitely better than Far Cry 2, which had no story whatsoever. They certainly improved in that regard. You have much to do on this vast island; hunt, liberate outposts, clear radio towers etc. You have a great collection of weapons at your disposal that you can unlock by either buying or getting for free if you clear enough radio towers. It's a lot of fun trying to find out which attachments are best and the crafting you need to do to either carry more weapons, ammo, etc. Great storyline where you can choose your own ending. Citra's nipples though... Still confused.
Dragonball Z Budokai HD Collection - Xbox 360
Played and fully completed this one on PS3, so don't let the cover fool you. The graphics certainly had an upgrade, but the downside is that you can't play in full widescreen. Pity.
Assassin's Creed III - PlayStation 3
Great game, but somehow it was lacking something. I can't quite put my finger on it though. A great addition were the naval missions. Combat was improved as well as the graphics. Good game overall.
Machinarium - PC Games
A puzzle game in a very artsy world. You're a little robot who is trying to save his girlfriend and trying to get out of the city to pursue a better life together. Puzzles are fun and very creative.
BioShock Infinite - PlayStation 3
I love you Elizabeth! She's the type of character you genuinely care about and want to protect. The only thing I don't like is how she isn't featured on the cover art at all. She only appears in little size on the back. Nonsense, I say!
Gameplay was good and graphics were amazing! Now I'm not really a graphics whore, but I sure know how to appreciate it when I see it done well. I imagined how crisp it would look like on PC if it already looked this great on PS3. Story-wise the game excelled as well and of course, the ending was a big stunner that brought all the Bioshock games together.
The Last of Us - PlayStation 3
I had been waiting for this game since I saw a glimpse of the trailer. Naughty Dog always means business.
The story is the biggest aspect of the game that makes you want to continue playing, at least it did for me. The terrific voice acting helps and so does the realism of the protagonists. Gameplay was good but sometimes tedious with the cover system and AI not being very helpful most of the time. This is entirely subjective but I was kind of pissed off at the ending. I felt ripped off after bonding for so long with Joel and Ellie and somehow it just didn't feel right. So yeah, if the ending was different somehow, I would've given it a higher score.
PS: The multiplayer is heavily unbalanced. Hope they will fix that.
Killzone 3 - Move Compatible (PS3) - PlayStation 3
Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny - PlayStation 3
I'm a big Harvest Moon fan. This is actually the first time I try a Rune factory game, so on PS3 and not on a DS. Not sure if that was a good choice.
I think it would've been more enjoyable if the story was different and not about some body exchange, which doesn't make much sense at all. The battle system is in real time, which is nice, but I've got the sense that leveling your weapon skill goes too slow. Harvesting and planting the crops is done by you, and the actual job of taking care of the crops is done by your tamed monsters. It's nice and relaxed but on the other hand it takes some joy out of the experience as well. I expected better. I'm not sure if I will ever get back to completing this game.
Red Dead Redemption - PlayStation 3
This is such a bulk of a game! I have trouble getting this one finished at all because there is so much to do in this game. Not only that, good games keep coming out ,so when they do, I put this one on the shelf again. Hence the cycle continues.
EDIT: Yay! I finally completed this game! By completed I mean the story of course, no way am I ever going to do all the side quests and whatnot. I wasn't too shocked by the ending, the internets already spoiled it for me a long time ago.
Catherine - PlayStation 3
One hell of a sexy mindfuck this game is, but that makes it all the better. You are battling yourself in this game beside completing life threatening puzzles. Loyalty or cheating? I found it very frustrating to think of what to say in the text messages sometimes. When Vincent hid himself in the toilet to look at a seducing picture of Catherine, I could sense my own joy and anxiety. Some of the puzzles are very challenging, not to mention how in the world to get a golden statue for it on Hard difficulty, quite a challenge. In the past I would've done it, but now it's just too much of a hassle. I just play games to beat the main storyline and only try to 100% the game if I really love it. I don't love this game, but I sure do like it.
The ending(s) are very satisfying mainly because of the fully animated cutscenes. Hell yes.
White Knight Chronicles International Edition... - PlayStation 3
I was surprised with the graphics in this game, especially because it's a somewhat older game. It took a while to get used to the battle system, but the cutscenes and the story in general make it worth your while. Definitely pick this up if you're into JRPG's.
Dragon's Dogma - PlayStation 3
Good visuals and AMAZING character customization. Also, the fact that you can basically lend out (without actually having to miss them) your pawn to other people across the globe is very well done. The downside of this game however is that there isn't much variety in enemies. Combat gets boring when going up against the same foes again and again. There is a lot of grinding and not much to do. There aren't really a lot of interesting quests either beside the main quests, but maybe that's just me and I need to explore more.
Spec Ops: The Line - PlayStation 3
This game felt like a chore to complete, which is never a good thing. This was probably also because of the fact I was playing quite a lot of shooters at the game I played this and among the other games, this one didn't really stand out in the gameplay department. The whole ride until the last two chapters was incredibly dull. The few positive things that I noticed were the graphics, which weren't bad, and the way your character looked when he was in a gunfight. When behind cover, you could get a good look at your character (third person shooter if you didn't know already) and actually see his expression change to a more serious/angry one and see sweat form on his face.
The ending was what made this game stand out the most and that is what ultimately makes this game worth it. If you like good story and shooters, I'd say pick this one up.
Gone Home - PC Games
All games I've beaten since the beginning of 2013.
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