Sunday, September 25, 2011

Upcoming Games - Others

So I was looking at my list of games that I'm looking forward to, and I realized that I actually covered half of the ones slated for a 2011 release just with my last post about shooters (another sign that the game industry needs more originality, more than half of the major games coming out for the rest of this year are shooters...). So instead of splitting the rest into genres, I'll just cover them all at once. Here we go!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Upcoming Games - Shooters

Alright, it's time for something different! I don't have the time to play through a new game every week to review, I don't want to keep reviewing games I haven't finished, and I think I should write more than reviews anyway. So with all that in mind, I'm going to write a bit about the upcoming games (and for today, also a recent release) that I'm looking forward to. Since I'm anticipating a lot of games, I'm going to break these down roughly by genre, which will also allow me to have things to write about in the next few weeks too! So for this very first upcoming games article, I'm going to be talking about the major shooters that are coming out in the next few months.

I have mixed feelings about the shooter genre. On the one hand, they're tremendous fun. In particular, shooters tend to be the genre that most frequently have cooperative play options, and I absolutely love games that can be played cooperatively with a friend. Shooters also tend to be the genre of game that is most frequently mixed with some other genre, which I also have no problem with. On the other hand, there's no denying that the video game industry is absolutely inundated with 'plain' shooters, and originality is starting to wane. And frankly, considering that an overwhelming number of gamers are willing to buy the newest Call of Duty game every year, it's hard to blame publishers and developers for taking the safe bet and aiming to grab a small slice of the enormous pie of shooter profits. However, while I can't make publishers/developers stop making shooters or make gamers stop buying them, I do wish that they would at least work on some new IP's, and you'll see why in a few minutes.

Friday, September 2, 2011

QUICK REVIEW- Defy Gravity Extended

This whole 'class' and 'homework' business really gets in the way of keeping up a regular posting schedule, clearly a sign that I need to learn to write faster. The game for today is a small indie game called Defy Gravity (the extended version recently released on Steam).