Posts Tagged ‘Dark Souls’

Are there no other games out there?

August 12, 2012

I’ve been ranting on and on about how I only will buy two games this year. Guild Wars 2 was the first one, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been my second one which I got for “free” thanks to an affiliation program. And since Dota 2 is a free game, that pretty much closes my wallet for video games for 2012. But does that mean that there are no other interesting titles coming out? Of course not.

Borderlands 2

This could be a great game to play with three friends during the Christmas season while it’s snowing outside and you are inside blasting the wastelands in style with your friends. If you are into shooters with a little extra depth and replay-ability this is something you might want to check out.

Sleeping Dogs

GTA in China or also known as Yakuza copy or something there in between is what you could call this game. I tried it out briefly at the UFC fan expo as Georges St-Pierre did the motion cap for the fighting moves for this game. It was like I said earlier, it felt like GTA in China and that’s a good thing. I’ve long wanted something like this and since I was an Xbox exclusive console gamer I never got to experience Yakuza and this is the shot for those people. The PC version is the superior one it seems with DX11 support and much more detail and horsepower. If you like GTA or Yakuza, check this out.

Hitman: Absolution

They promised that only a small percentage of the players will be able to beat this game on hardcore. It will go back to its roots and extend the classical beloved Hitman gameplay. Just PR talk or will they deliver? I don’t know, honestly. But if they do deliver, this game is one to look out for. I still remember when I played Hitman 2 and it was amazing. Can Absolution bring back that joy?

Assassin’s Creed III

Be an assassin in America when history was at its busiest with war and more war. Sea battles. War. Revolutions. Awesomeness. I don’t need to say anything else. This looks like it will be the best AC game by far.

Other worthy mentions: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Halo 4, & Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition.

So there are games out there that are promising. I just won’t be picking them up as I am too busy with Dota 2 and soon to be busy with Guild Wars 2 as well. And on top of that I’ll have Battlefield 3 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to keep me entertained. And I don’t foresee that becoming boring in at least two to three years at earliest. I’ve always been a PC gamer, because of the value you get for the games. Comparing most consoles that last around 10-20 hours with a PC game that lasts for years and you see why I prefer the PC. Guild Wars 2 for $59.99 will give me hundreds of hundreds hours of entertainment. And I am nearing 600 hours with Dota 2 and have no desire to stop playing it. PC ❤

Which games are you buying this fall?

If Dota 2 does come out of its beta state this year, I don’t foresee any other game beating it for the Game of the Year crown.


Dark Souls impressions

October 16, 2011

Even though I haven’t bought the game myself, I’ve experienced probably around 30 or so hours of the new RPG Dark Souls. You know, the sequel to what many people consider to be the toughest game ever released on consoles. And with a reputation like that, I just had to give the second game some of my time even though I’ve packed my Xbox 360 and abandoned the console world.

Dark Souls is indeed a challenging game. Sometimes it might be too repetitive for my taste, but that’s only because I am no longer the gamer I used to be. Graphically speaking, Dark Souls is sometimes impressive and sometimes the framerate is suffering pretty bad. But the atmosphere and mood of the game is beyond question. It’s fantastic and it really offers some nice levels and bosses, even though the way of killing them is kind of fun (you stab them from behind). My only real worry about the game is the story and that the animations are non-existing in terms of interaction and conversations, but then again, the game is about death and challenge and not story.

So, is this game really that challenging and difficult? It’s hard to say. It’s definitely significantly harder than most games out there, by far, but I expected it to be a little more difficult. Essentially what makes Dark Souls so difficult is the frustration that arises from repetition. You die perhaps 20-30 minutes in after killing tens and tens of enemies only to spawn all the way back, having to kill all of them again. To me, that’s not really difficulty but rather annoying and an unnecessary road block. Don’t get me wrong, the game may be centered around the same main area, and concepts, but it does offer stern, stern, but fair challenges as well. Like you might get a curse which lowers 50% of your health unless you pay an excessive amount of souls or do a lot of things to get it remove. Now that’s a very interesting concept that makes you think twice before just charging in.

It’s clear that the world that is Dark Souls does not like you as a player. There are traps, ambushes, and cheap enemies in almost every corner. And that’s a nice feeling to have when you are looking for a challenge. The game is definitely out there to punish you. I got a feeling that a lot of players will quit in rage over this game, and again, I think it’s not solely based on the difficulty of the game, but the fact that you have to repeat so much and do so in frustration. But when it comes down to it, nine out of ten times your deaths are fair. But considering how much back you spawn sometimes I can truly understand and feel the players frustration.

So will I give Dark Souls my time? Not a chance. It’s a great game, no doubt, but it’s just not for me anymore. Singleplayer experiences are nothing for me any more. I know for certain that I wouldn’t have the energy to play through multiple deaths over and over again and having to grind the same monsters countless times just to progress for making a minor mistake. But also, that’s a part of the games charm I guess. Maybe the game likes to troll you? Or maybe Asian developers don’t know how to appeal to the western market anymore? Either way, I would encourage those looking for a challenge unlike any other to give Dark Souls a try. Even if you haven’t had the opportunity to player the first game. You will die. I guarantee it.

The infamous giant spiky vagina boss.

Perfect tens

July 17, 2011

There are a lot of nice games coming out this year. Around 20 maybe, I’d say. But the number of those that are potential 10/10 is significantly lower than that. Here are some of the ones that I believe have the potential to be that perfect match for you.

Rage, Id Software

Coming out for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 this beast promises to be the “best looking console game ever” and runs at an impressive 60 FPS. Hardcore gamers know of course, that if this game will be that good-looking on the console, it will be even more unreal on the PC. Rage looks to be a relatively fresh breeze in the FPS genre with focus on vehicle racing in multiplayer and like I said, fantastic graphics and soundeffects. If Id Software truly work hard on the multiplayer and make it stern, stern but fair, I have no doubt this game will be a blast. Here’s hoping that we finally get a decent FPS with amazing vehicle combat online.

Dark Souls, From Software

The sequel to one of the toughest games to ever hit mankind will be even harder than its predecessor. Sounds good, right? Add improved graphics, co-op gameplay, and so much more and you begin to see why this game has a lot of potential to clinch that magic ten points on my review scale. Just the thought of running around being a Knight and slaying monsters, dragons and invading other people’s games with my friends is getting me hard. I have no doubt that Dark Souls will be one of my most played games on the Xbox 360 this year.

Battlefield 3, DICE

Though Rage might be a graphical beast on the consoles and the PC as well, Battlefield 3 looks like the graphic king. It is without a doubt the best-looking game that I have seen in my life. Add to that that it will support an impressive number of 64 players online and have that world-class Battlefield online quality to it. Real authentic weapon sounds and a deep and engrossing singleplayer campaign and Battlefield 3’s greatness is obvious. Modern Warfare 3 honestly looks like shit compared to this behemoth and it is undoubtedly my most anticipated game of the year, that is, unless Diablo III gets confirmed for this year. I would be shocked if it turns out that Battlefield 3 doesn’t become my most played game of the year and crowned Game of the Year.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Eidos

It certainly looks like Deus Ex franchise is back and stronger than ever. Impressive graphics, gameplay, and a lot of cyber goodness is packed into this baby and it will be interesting to see what it feels like being a badass in the future feels like. Players looking for that complete singleplayer experience with stealth or guns blazing will get their fix in Human Revolution and the amount of detail they put into this game to make it feel like a real world in the future is amazing. You bet your ass that I will be playing this game.

Xbox 360 – Most Anticipated

March 17, 2011

The title says it all. Below are my top five most anticipated games for the Xbox 360. That means that the multiplatform games such as Rage and Elder Scrolls V will be played on the PC and therefore are not listed below.

5. Portal 2

Portal was an amazing tech demo for a game and now that Portal 2 is meant to be an actual game with co-operative play, I cannot wait to get my hands on it. I will be playing the Xbox 360 version of the game instead of the PC, which means I’ll probably be missing out on free downloadable content, but hey, that’s life.

4. Metal Gear Solid: Rising

It looks mindblowing. It really does. The very definition of impressive gameplay with innovations and precision beyond anything else that we have seen. I am confident that this will be a masterpiece to remember for a long time and that will change the third-person action genre forever and set the bar at the very top of the sky.

3. Gears of War 3

Despite the massive disappoint that was Gears of War 2, I am hopeful and positive over Gears of War 3. I think that Epic learned from their mistakes and will not deliver a buggy, fairly lame, and flatout horrible online experience with Gears 3. Also, I would expect to see 4 player co-op this time in the campaign, otherwise that’s another major disappointment that will cost points on my grading scale.

2.Los Angels Noire

The best animations ever seen in regards of lip syncing and atmosphere. L.A. Noire looks masterful and one-in-a-million game that undoubtedly will shine a lot this year. My time back in Los Angeles will be violent and I will be stern, stern but fair.

1. Mass Effect 3

It is time to finish the greatest space saga in history of gaming. With Mass Effect 3 we end the long journey and this time Earth is in danger and guess who is the only hope? That’s right. Shepard. Hopefully there will be threesomes available in Mass Effect 3, as it’d be fitting considering it’s the third game and… well, you get the point. Threesomes would definitely boost the score.

Dark Souls just missed my list because of my fear that it will be “too Asian”.