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My SO bought me a bunch of games for Christmas, so here's some quicky reviews:

BioShock
:  Intriguing story, lots of fun, but too short.  I was just starting to get into it when whammo, the game's over.

Fallout 3
:   EPIC.  This game is huge.  Not just in the number of quests, but the map itself is enormous.  It covers the entire D.C. area, plus sewers and subway tunnels.  There's tons of mods available for added replay value.  The assault on the Jefferson Memorial with Liberty Prime is the most awesome bit of game play I have ever experienced. 

Half-Life 2
:  Ugh.  I've never seen a game with this many "let's screw the player" moments.  The game was mostly OK, but there were a few parts that just sucked all the fun out of it.

Portal:  Easy.  Much too easy.  The only hard parts were the jumping puzzles, and I hate jumping puzzles.

Star Wars: Battlefront II
:  Nearly identical to the Battlefield series, except in space.  Worst team AI I have ever seen!  It only took a couple hours before I finally got disgusted at losing battles because my AI teammates were on the other side of the map screwing around.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II:  Wow, I can't believe video games used to look this crappy.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic:  Weird controls, even weirder combat system, but fun once you get the hang of it.

Team Fortress 2
:  This game makes me laugh every time I play it.  The combat can get totally silly some times, particularly on the more creative custom maps like the Super Mario-based levels.

Rabbids Go Home
(Wii):  Silly, mindless fun.  The jokes are hilarious and the levels creative, at first.  Unfortunately, it does get a bit repetitive with most mission types getting repeated three or four times.  Ripping a jet engine off an airplane and riding it through an airport terminal sucking up people and luggage is insane fun, the first time around.  The third time around, it starts getting a bit annoying.  A neat feature is that you can suck one of the rabbids into your Wii remote, then as you swing the remote he gets tossed around inside.

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 14th, 2010 11:58 am (UTC)
jkfan
> Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: Wow, I can't believe video games used to look this crappy.

hey! this was a brilliant game in 1997, graphics don't make a game, gameplay does and if you weren't there then you probably can't understand now, personally a lot of new games, say post 2002 even with "good graphics" are some of the worst games I've ever played or while playable were disappointing. JK did well and looked fine while running on a wide range of low end graphics cards.

Dark Forces II and MotS had hours of gameplay, even more hours were spent on the MSN gaming zone (lobby system for people hosting jk games which was shutdown after 2-3 years) where the modding scene was highly active, we played custom maps and dozens of variations on custom mods.

Also, if you are playing the steam version, that is a letdown because the CD music composed by John Williams isn't included.

/rant :)
captpackrat
Feb. 14th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Re: jkfan
I had the original Dark Forces when it came out and spent many hours playing it and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. The graphics back then were fantastic compared to the Nintendo Entertainment System, which was a remarkable step up from the Atari 2600.

10 years from now, people will play Crysis on their AMDtel Athtanium 64-core computers and comment on how lousy the graphics were compared to Unreal Quake 2020.
pholph
Feb. 16th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Half Life 2 is practically a Tech Demo for the Source engine. While there are a lot of "lets screw the player" moments, play it on a computer that can handle the "high res" texture settings, and a decent framerate/resolution and it is to me one of the best -looking- games I've seen in a long time. Just the fact that you can spend hours in an alleyway tossing trash around and playing with the see-saw...

Portal: Ah portal. Three hours of some of the most satisfying gameplay in the history of ever. Jumping puzzles are a staple of gaming it seems, but as things go, portal was a blast.

TF2: My current gaming crack. Loads of fun to play, but ONLY when you get on a good server with great people to play with. I have a configuration set that I've called "baby". With the new baby, I've found that I can still play -some- classes of TF2 with her in one arm and the mouse in the other... Play with fun people, and this is a blast. Play with UBERSERIOUS people, and this can suck horridly way too quickly.
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