Hey, everybody. It’s been an awesome couple weeks for games. First Gamescom and then PAX. It’s too much to take in at one time. Not to mention the release of one of the most anticipated games of the year: Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
Augment Your Life with Deus Ex
I picked up the Augmented Edition of the game, because I love soundtracks. I wasn’t sure at first, but I think, in the end, it will be worth the money. I’m not going to spoil anything, but the game starts off a little slow, as games are want to do these days. It seems like almost every modern game I sit down to play needs to hold my hand for an hour. I’d like to ask the developers a question, though. Just who are these tutorials supposed to be catering to? Casual gamers are not going to pick up a game like Deus Ex and play it on the hardest difficulty, so why not cut out the crap in the beginning and just include a digital manual inside the game? That would free up a lot of design space and make for a better game overall. Hard-core gamers DO NOT NEED tutorials to figure things out. Within a few minutes of experimenting with the game, they will intuitively discover how to move and what each tab in the menu is for. Anyway, this discussion is really for another article.
What really matters is that Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a damn great game. If you have access to a console or suped-up PC, go buy it now. The best version is obviously the PC version, but not just for looks. One of the most annoying parts of the game on the PS3 is that you cannot change the control scheme, and the built-in control scheme is stupid. Why can’t people understand that the FPS layout HAS BEEN DEFINED? It’s set in stone. We’ve already discovered the perfect layout. L is for aiming, R is for shooting. There is no excuse for going against the norm and NOT including alternates. End of rant.
The Rest of the Deluge
I’m swamped by games right now. Every time an enticing sale comes up on GoG or Steam I just have to have it. I even paid six bucks for the Humble Indie Bundle 2 (if you didn’t, you missed out). So, if I can’t finish any games right now, I might as well tell you which ones have my attention at the moment.
Deus Ex is my first priority.
Minecraft is getting updated soon, so I expect I’ll be spending a lot more time on it in the coming month. You can find some new information from PAX about the update here.
I just bought Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor: Overclocked for the 3DS and the game is surprisingly fun. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to utilize the 3D very often, but that’s not such a big deal.
One of the most exciting games on GoG just came out, and that is the legendary Dungeon Keeper 2. It is absolutely a must-play and I was thrilled to buy it for a measly six dollars, DRM-free. Going back to it is like putting on a well-worn, comfortable pair of sneakers.
I also rebought Demon’s Souls, because I just couldn’t live without it anymore. After I finished the game the first time, I didn’t want to play it anymore because I’d seen everything the game had had to offer. Maybe I’m just getting caught up in the excitement of Dark Souls, but I think I want to platinum Demon’s Souls first. I don’t know if I will, but I do know that I’ll greatly enjoy going back to it. It’s definitely my favorite game of this generation and possibly the best action-RPG.
In addition, I’m still working my way through Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, which is still charming. I’ve meant to play more Black Ops, but my PS3 is having trouble with the update and I don’t care to spend time messing with it right now.
Finally, I’m still working on Let’s Plays and getting those onto YouTube. I have half of my Donkey Kong Country Let’s Play up already and the first part of my Mega Man X Let’s Play is as well.
Whew. That’s a LOT of games! And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
A Day in the Life
A few readers may know already, but I figured I should tell the rest of you. This week, I’m moving into my first apartment ever in Iowa City. I have a feeling it’s going to be a long, drawn-out ordeal, so I may not be posting much this week. But after this week I will have a LOT more time on my hands to do what I want. A little of that time should boil down to more blog posts.
I should also inform you that I recently acquired a Tumblr account. I like it so far, I just haven’t put too much work into it. Still, if you’re interested, you can find me at Nick Tumbles.
That’s a Wrap
Pretty exciting week, eh? Stay tuned.