Keeping It Alive: Gaming Quickies

I don’t know what it is about the beginning of the year that spurs me to buy a bunch of games, mainly PC games. I guess I don’t want to see PC gaming die. However, I would like for it to evolve. PC games for me anymore have to be extremely accessible and not have a need for me to tweak my system in order to play. Oh, and I’ve got to try before buying as well. Here’s some short mini-reviews of what I’ve been doing since January 1 (in no particular order):

Burnout Paradise [360]: This has been our go to game almost every night. For the first time in a long time, both my son and I got the “you’ve been playing a little too much speech.” Essentially, it’s like riding bikes with your friends and playing Hot Wheels in the dirt at the same time. (I don’t take credit for that analogy).

Endless Ocean [Wii]: Scuba diving in a digital ocean should be incredibly boring. However, this title stands on the premise of discovery alone. Relaxing as well.

World in Conflict [PC]: This game has taken all the conventions of real time strategy games and thrown them out the window. I love the idea of no resource management. I just want to fight. The atmosphere of the game, another plus, is just a little to real and creepy for me.

Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends [PC]: Another RTS from a year or two ago I missed. It’s predecessor is my favorite. This game gets a bonus for a steampunk setting and a mark against it for being steampunk. It’s basically the first game with a few tweaks.

Puzzle Quest [PC]: At $10 I could not pass it up. I was easily reminded; however, that early on the game is stacked in favor of the enemy AI.

Fairway Solitaire [PC]: At $10 and the fact I’ve heard so much about this game, I’d thought I’d give it a try. I hate golf and I’m not much of a fan of solitaire. Barring all that, this game is an addictive blast! I don’t think I’ve ever put so much time into a card game.The game mechanics implore you to just play one more round, and then another, and then another…

I’m curious. Has anyone else played any PC games lately?


  1. I’m with you on the PC games in January thing. I’m the same way and I don’t know why. I picked up The Witcher and STALKER but haven’t sunk much time into either given the fact that both almost cripply my current system. I’ve also been busy playing Fairway Solitaire. Most addictive thing since Picross DS!

    I’ve been playing Blue Dragon (on Disc 3), Harvey Birdman (don’t bother… there’s more interactivity on the DVD of Season 1), Burnout: Paradise and Endless Ocean.

    I just got No More Heroes and what little I’ve played is great. Unfortunately, I spent more time trying to get a copy than actually playing it… Sigh.

  2. I keep thinking about getting Endless Ocean for the kids and I. It’s priced right and we need more Wii titles.

    I can’t think of anything out on the PC that has my attention right now. I don’t want to upgrade my system and I’m not a big fan of RTS games. The offerrings just seem to get slimmer and slimmer. I still have not played Oblivion yet, and it’s one of those titles I can’t imagine playing on a Console, so there’s a good possibility. After that? Not much else.

  3. Normally I don’t play any PC games and I suspect that will continue as my brother just bought Puzzle Quest so I’ll never get to use his computer. ><

  4. Personally – I can’t stand to play console games any more. I started off thinking of PC’s for nothing more than a sheet processing work machine. I stuck with console gaming for the function of it and as someone said before – you didn’t have to worry with the setups. Of course I am talking about a time when settings were – basic to say the least. I started my game play on the Atari 2600 and Vic 20. Now – I can’t see the use of my console other than to keep the kids occupied so I can take control of the PC for some good ol’ ground combat or air combat online if multi player action.

    The graphics are better – the interaction is better it feels less like a cartoon / arcade game.

    but then my games of choice are better suited to the PC.


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