Topic: Review Megapost: Shooters, Future Law, Gimmicks and Hobos

inpheaux wrote:

We've been holding onto this set for awhile. It just kept snowballing, you know? Well, here they all are in descending order of quality.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
BioShock - PC / 360 - The best single-player game I've played since System Shock 2.
Portal - PC / 360 (and eventually PS3) - The second-best single-player game I've played since System Shock 2
Team Fortress 2 - PC / 360 (and eventually PS3) - For a game this outstanding, the 8 year wait was worth it.
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption - Wii - Arguably the best console FPS ever. Please ignore the Halo fans.
Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations - DS - Get your future-lawyering on in the last GBA->DS port in the Phoenix Wright series.

RECOMMENDED
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass - DS - Somehow both Phantom Hourglass and its predecessor Wind Waker left me feeling like there was like a whole third of the game that Nintendo forgot to develop. Still good, though.

NOT RECOMMENDED
Raw Danger! - PS2 - Horrible controls, disjointed plot, insane localization, clothes made from plastic bags duct-taped together . . but hey, at least it's a budget-priced title, right?

Expect the next batch of reviews in about a month, once all our wallets have a chance to recover, and we get a chance to spend some quality time with Guitar Hero 3, Rock Band, Beautiful Katamari, Mass Effect, Mario Galaxy, Unreal Tournament 3, and probably several others.

Re: Review Megapost: Shooters, Future Law, Gimmicks and Hobos

Personally, I don't think Bioshock is THAT replayable. I beat it once, got halfway it again, and then decided to fire up HL2: SMOD because I can import weapons and spawn zombies in strategic locations for maximum hilarity.

I suppose this will get fixed once 2k releases level editors and enables console commands, but Bioshock is just sitting on my metaphorical shelf for now

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Re: Review Megapost: Shooters, Future Law, Gimmicks and Hobos

i just want to second-opine, yes, there may be a lot of superlatives in this crop of reviews but it's because these are really really good games.

i'd like to give special mention to Portal, because there's really no excuse why you shouldn't be playing this game. It's not picky about system specs (which is why i haven't played Bioshock yet), it's not expensive, it won't take up 20-60 hours of your life (which, if you're old, becomes a GOOD thing) and it is absolutely everything it promised it would be and beyond. i can't even remember the last game which walked the walk as masterfully as portal. and it's so fucking original it practically makes my brain start leaking out my ears. i had very little interest at first because i thought it was a standard fps, but it's not that at all. which is great because i haven't been able to finish a standard fps since NOLF2. because, goddamn, i get bored with those things. valve may be dropping the ball on the very concept of episodic content, but it's shit like this that makes you realize that they are the dharmic balance to lionhead studios and peter molyneux's fat fucking mouth. promise a good game, deliver a groundbreakingly awesome one, and then nobody gives a shit if you went a year over schedule.

Re: Review Megapost: Shooters, Future Law, Gimmicks and Hobos

Metallian wrote:

i'd like to give special mention to Portal, because there's really no excuse why you shouldn't be playing this game.

I would more say 'shouldn't have played this game'. I didn't find it very replayable, though it was fun for a few hours.

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Re: Review Megapost: Shooters, Future Law, Gimmicks and Hobos

Loki wrote:

[I would more say 'shouldn't have played this game'. I didn't find it very replayable, though it was fun for a few hours.

i thought the second playthrough was the best part. all that crap that made my brain leak out my ears the first time was really great when i realized i had overcome so much worse and had mad portal skillz. with the commentary and extra levels it's still no more than about 8 hours or less of entertainment, but for such an original and well-done game, it's totally worth it.