Travis4

Joined 01/23/2012

Web developer and all-around geek.
https://travisnewman.me

449 Posts

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If you have an Android phone, this is a great time sink. They've recently opened up microtransactions, which is annoying, but you can ignore them. It's very basic gameplay, you just tap and hold to dive, and you use that to control where and how you land and how far it makes you fly. Very addictive, very fun, very frustrating.


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Yes, I actually own this game. All I can say is, watch the Angry Video Game Nerd review it. He's spot on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkNvQYiM6bw

(Jon, if you read this, does standard HTML code work for making links? I don't want to try it and break the layout).


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If you haven't played this game, you're missing out. I'm not sure how well it holds up, though. Going back through my games to plug them all into the site made me really want to get a Windows 98 VM up and running to play a lot of these old games.

One thing you have to say about LucasArts, they have solid, polished games. The cinematic nature of this game was pretty much untouched at the time. Even with some glitchiness, the immersion was high, and the mechanics were great (again, for the time).


This site is making me reminisce a lot. Who else remembers staying up til 4AM downloading .WAD files over crappy modem speeds just to play bizarre Doom mods? There were some clunkers, but there were some true masterpieces too. I played a Star Wars total conversion, complete with light sabers, that was incredible.

This was the second PC game I ever played, I think, and I still play it occasionally. Even the keyboard controls have held up, or at least my fingers still remember it. iD may have sunk a bit these days, but they're still one of the almighty developers in my eyes.


Where's episode 3 already?


One of the first games I heard being touted as proving games can be art, and with good reason. The platforming is solid, the time manipulation mechanics work exactly as expected, the puzzles are challenging but satisfying. But the true stars of this game are the story, which is very thin but compelling at the same time, with a hell of a twist-ending, and the artwork. The game looks like nothing else, and has inspired a new sub-genre of artistic platformers. This is easy to knock out in just a few hours, so it's great for a Sunday afternoon with nothing to do.


This is my previous favorite game of all time before this generation changed my mind with Fallout 3 and then Skyrim. I must have played through this at least ten times on PC and Xbox 360. The atmosphere and genre go from sci-fi (obviously) to war, to horror, to driving, to puzzle seamlessly. The Source engine blew me away at the time, and even though it was the first iteration of the engine, it still holds up well graphics-wise today.


Portal 2 is second place for me for Game of the Year 2011. The gameplay we all loved from the first game is back, with far more puzzle elements. The humor is more prominent this time around, there are a few iconic characters to carry the narrative, and the addition of co-op (which I was skeptical of at first) is brilliant. The controls for the PS3 version are probably the best first-person controls I've played. I have only played a puzzle or two of co-op, so anybody who has this on PS3 or PC and is interested, feel free to add me. When I'm done with Skyrim (or when it's done with me) I'd love to play some more co-op.


I'm not quite sure what I'm doing yet, so I'm starting with a micro-review of Skyrim. To put it simply, this game blows me away. I'm over 125 hours into my second playthrough, and I can see myself playing this again and again. Bethesda games are buggy as hell, always have been, but the bugs are so easy to overlook when the world is so vibrant and the storyline(s) you make for your character are so compelling.


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