The completion list


Here’s a list of the games I have managed to complete.  I get a great sense of achievement out of completing a game, as unlike a movie it’s more about taking part, learning the controls and for the most part, facing a foe and coming away triumphant.  It’s not easy either.  Yet like a movie I prefer story driven games, and get a lot out of a good plot, interesting characters and situations.  Yet finding a game that keeps me playing to the end is tough, so the following list I also consider to be the cream of the crop of current gaming.

Nintendo Switch

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (story finished)

Super Mario Odyssey (story finished)

PlayStation 4

Assassin’s Creed Unity

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Dishonoured 2 (finished play-through as ‘Corvo’)

The Last Guardian

The Last Of Us Part II

The Order 1886

Resident Evil 2 Remake

Uncharted 4: A Thieve’s End

XBOX ONE

Battlefield 4 (finished campaign)

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (finished campaign)

Dead Rising 3

Devil May Cry 5

Gears of War 4

Halo 5 Guardians

Life Is Strange

Metro: Exodus

Metro: Last Light Redux

Resident Evil VII: Biohazard

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Sunset Overdrive

Titanfall (finished campaign)

Titanfall 2 (finished campaign)

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Watchdogs

Wolfenstein: The New Order

XBOX 360

Alan Wake

Alice: The Madness Returns

Bioshock

Bioshock Infinite

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 1, 2

Crysis 1, 2

Darksiders 2

Dead Space

DMC: Devil May Cry

Enslaved: Odyssey To The West

F.E.A.R. 1, 2

Gears Of War 1, 2, 3

Halo 3

Jet Set Radio

Lara Croft and the Guardian Of Light

Mafia II

Max Payne 3

Portal

Rage

Resident Evil 5

Splinter Cell Conviction

Tomb Raider Underworld

Playstation 3

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Darksiders

Dead Space 2

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Dishonored

God Of War 3

Heavy Rain

Hitman: Absolution

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

Killzone 2

The Last Of Us

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 3

Portal 2

Tomb Raider

Uncharted 2: Among Theives

Vanquish

2009 gaming – a reflection


I have to admit that as an XBOX 360 owner, it has been a fairly underwhelming year with many big titles originally promised for this year being pushed back to 2010, namely Bioshock 2, Alan Wake and Splinter Cell Conviction.  Saying that I have still been impressed with the likes of Batman Arkham Asylum, F.E.A.R. 2 and especially Modern Warfare 2, and XBOX Live has offered up some gems in the shape of Shadow Complex and Braid.  Yet, with the exception of Modern Warfare, there hasn’t been that much anticipated title, and nothing on a par with last year’s end-of-year killer-apps like Fallout 3 and Gears Of War 2.

I even might say that Playstation 3 has had the real big hitter this year in the form of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, a breath-taking, cinematic benchmark that really shows what the system can do when in the right hands, and proving for once it really can out-wit the XBOX in raw processing power.  It’s just a shame that the majority of titles are multi-format and designed with the XBOX in mind rather than the PS3. 

My favourite gaming moments this year are as follows:  rediscovering the comic-book art and personality in Capcom’s Street Fighter 4 and loving the gameplay, even if getting my ass kicked online all the time means I haven’t picked it up in months!  The slow-motion gunplay of F.E.A.R. 2 and the tense atmosphere, even if the game is at times not much of a challenge.  The gorgeous african-setting of Resident Evil 5 and the accomplished online co-operative gameplay.  Oh yes, and the joy of navigating the crumbling locations of Tomb Raider Underworld, something that never gets old.

Yet again, as with my previous post, this year has felt like its missing that special something, like the movies that hit cinemas – nothing really blew me away, with a few notable exceptions.  So I’m playing Modern Warfare online until something really kicks my ass and re-awakens that gaming instinct.  Maybe it will be Bayonetta, of which I downloaded the demo, and was left thirsty for more – or maybe it will be discovering the PS3 at some stage and a whole new catalogue of delights.

What I’ve been doing lately…


You may have noticed a lack of new posts in the past few weeks.  Well to be honest I haven’t been watching as many movies as usual, but for anyone interested, I have been spending my free time playing Halo 3 multiplayer, Grand Theft Auto IV (as previously mentioned) and more recently trying to complete Resident Evil 5 and also play newly-purchased game Fable 2.  Busy times you might agree, at least as far as videogaming is concerned.

I am of course planning to get back on track soon with a forthcoming review of Star Trek on cinema, and maybe even a write up on my two favourite TV shows:  LOST and HEROES.

 

More soon.

Resident Evil 5 impressions


Picked this up last Thursday and have got to grips with it a fair bit.  I have been a long time fan of the Resi franchise ever since it was the main reason I picked up a Playstation all those years back to play Resi 2 and fall head over heels in love.  On the Dreamcast I played and nearly completed (if the damn thing hadn’t busted on me) RE: Code Veronica, and then onto the Gamecube where the remake of Resi 1 wowed me all over again. 

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This game is closely modelled on the Resident Evil revamp that was part 4, where voodoo Spanish zombies replaced the generic undead and new life was given to the whole franchise, along with a new, cooler over the shoulder view point making the game more action-based than before.  This game takes that formula and sets it in Africa with voodoo Africans and possessed villagers to do battle with and now a new partner in the shape of Sheva, a tough African marine out to lend a hand.  OK, this idea was kinda introduced in Resident Evil Zero on the Gamecube, but as nobody really played that, what the hell – and here you can go on XBOX Live and get a buddy to control Sheva for a whole new experience than what you get in single player.

Gone are the type-writer save points (it now regularly auto saves), and there’s no meeting up with a wierd cloaked figure to buy items (which I do miss, to be honest) as every new chapter or new load of the game gives the opportunity to buy from an item shop before playing.  The awkward item management is still there, but this is small potatoes when everything else is so finely tuned.

Quality stuff.

Gaming goodness!!


At the end of this week I hope to be in gaming heaven with the long awaited release of F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.  After a hiatus of playing games following the XMAS gaming boom where I completed both Gears Of War 2, Mirrors Edge, played a fair bit of Far Cry 2 (which is a great game regardless), I now intend (touch wood) to get back into some hardcore gaming, what with the imminent release of Resident Evil 5 in March, and I must add, have played the demo (download it now!!) and it kicks all sorts of ass.  Familiar yes, but still tha-shit.

So look out for opinions on both games in the coming weeks.