Video Games I’ve Been Playing
Lately, I’ve been spending time playing video games. So I though I should share a list of what I’m playing.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
I really don’t need to say much more. There’s a lot to do in this game, and that’s what makes it fun. If you’re still at the beginning and can’t see why anybody would want to play it, keep playing. As you grow more powerful, new side-quests and adventures open up. Many of these are far richer than the main story and give you a lot more to do.
Normally I recommend you buy games like these on Steam, but Skyrim is such a large game I would assume it’s not an easy download, and you’ll want to play it as soon as you buy it, so I recommend you buy a physical copy at a physical store, or get it off of Amazon, where it’s actually about $8 cheaper than anywhere else right now (as of 5:40 PM on January 8, 2012).
Alice: Madness Returns
This is a really creepy game. Set in the universe of its predecessor, American McGee’s Alice, this game is a creepy interpretation on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. If you enjoyed the original as much as I did, this sequel will be welcome. The controls feel slightly old-fashioned even when using a modern Xbox 360 controller attached to the PC, but it’s still worth playing if you like creepy games just for the atmosphere and breathtaking graphics (this is a screenshot from gameplay).
I’ve played this one before, but I decided to take a second look after a friend (Erty Seidel) mentioned its similarity of Jak 3. Having at this point gotten fairly deep into a replay of it, I can totally see where he’s coming from. This was a good game, but not great. I felt the cel-shaded graphics were vulnerable to a lot of aliasing even at the highest setting of anti-aliasing (at which this screenshot was taken).
Buy Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition on Steam. (It’s absolutely worth getting the Game of the Year Editions when you can.)
Yeah. I know. I can hear it already. “All the new Sonic games are terrible! They fail to capture what was great about the original.” Normally, I would agree with that statement, but not with Sonic Generations. This game captures what was right with the series from the beginning: the sense of speed. I’ve had a lot of fun with this one and there are some super tough levels, too.