Wow, it’s been a while since I last blogged about gaming, but it’s been a pretty hectic year for me, and I took a bit of a break from blogging (and gaming) in general.
I just about kept on gaming because so many games in 2012 were a disappointment for me. So what did I get up to?
Gotta catch ’em all
I got the Jak and Daxter HD trilogy, but have so far only managed to play through the first game. The game looks amazing, and the gameplay is exactly how I remembered it. Naughty Dog make superb games.
Trying to collect every last Precursor is addictive, and well-worth the effort!
Back to Modern Warfare 3
I think I’m going to depart company with the Treyarch series of games. Both Black Ops and Black Ops II have been nothing but disappointments, whereas I just can’t fault the entire Modern Warfare series.
Why you ask? The usual- dropped games, errors, and the damn games freeze my PS3. That’s almost unheard of. Also, Black Ops II just isn’t as satisfying as a Modern Warfare match online. It just doesn’t compare.
I may complete a bit of the Black Ops II single player campaign, but who knows?
Continue reading What I’ve been playing: the better-late-than-never edition
Criterion Games are developing the new Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012). That’s all as I need to know. Here Criterion, have my wallet. It’s yours.
To be honest Criterion had me at Burnout 2: Point of Impact (2002), so trusting them to serve up another sublime racing game is pretty easy, and who can forget Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)? Superb.
Let’s not forget though that as far as big releases go, Criterion Games have put their ‘Burnout’ IP on ice for the foreseeable future and are continuing moonlighting under the ‘Need for Speed’ brand. I honestly don’t have a problem with this as long as the top-notch quality racing games keep coming.
However Joystiq seems to have an interesting theory: ‘Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a secret return to Paradise‘. Well-worth a read. See also: Need for Speed: Most Wanted- Official site.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) will be released across the EU on 2 November 2012. I can’t wait!
You might say that it’s been a rather slow couple of months for gaming. Of course, there’s been loads of gaming news going on but I’m not a news website and in all honesty I haven’t really been bothered passing comment on any news items.
However… I do have an opinion on the whole Next Generation Portable/PSP2 situation, but it’s going to have to wait until I get round to scribbling something for an article on ‘The future of portable gaming’.
The Nintendo 3DS is also a non-event for me as it’s more-or-less a DS but with 3D capabilities isn’t it? You can change the memory card format it takes and call it a new console, but come on. After the innovation with the Wii I have to say that Nintendo has really dropped the ball with this one. Again, I’m not going to explain why until my future article on portable gaming.
Continue reading What I’ve been playing this Winter
I like my racing games, and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is no exception; I love it! You certainly feel the sheer speed and power of the licensed motors you’re driving and if anything, it certainly feels a lot faster than Burnout Paradise if that’s at all possible.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit has been two years in development by Criterion Games, the developers of the Burnout series. Whilst this latest title in the Need for Speed series is a homage of sorts to 3DO’s original Need for Speed series in the late 90s, the game also evokes memories of Burnout 2: Point of Impact for me. It really does beg the question then: where does Need for Speed begin, and Burnout end?
Continue reading Hands-on with Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit