Archives for May 2009

First Impressions (Riddick and Sacred 2)

I’ve had a chance to spend a little time with two recent releases on the 360. Here are a few initial impressions. Two Minute Reviews to follow shortly.

Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

RiddickI usually enjoy a good stealth game. I loved the early Splinter Cell games and am always up for a bit of sneaking around. That being said, Chronicles isn’t doing it for me. At least not yet. So far, I’ve only played the remake of Escape from Butcher Bay, but I’m not feeling it. At times, the sneaking around can be exhilarating. Other times I want to hurl the controller. I’m willing to give it some time, maybe I need a little practice. If it gets too frustrating, I’ll be moving on to Assault on Dark Athena.

Outlook: Shadowy

Sacred 2: Dark Angel

Sacred 2Sacred 2, on the other hand, is an unqualified success for me so far. I compared it to Diablo 2 in the preview, and that’s exactly what has me enthralled. The process is simple: press the lever (mash the button) and receive a tasty treat (loot). Rinse, repeat, and then repeat again.

It’s a little unpolished and the map is pretty poor, but that hardly detracts from the experience. So far, I’ve whiled away six or seven hours. That may not sound like a lot, but each time I’ve had to force myself to turn off the 360. As I’m typing this, I wish I was home so I could fire it up right now.

Outlook: Quickly leveling up

That’s a short round up. I could go on, but perhaps this would put it more succintly — given the choice, I find myself wanting to play Sacred 2.

In My (Electrified) Hands

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I sank about 3 hours or so into this last night and I didn’t want to stop. We’re doing something a little different around here though. Nat is going to be a goodie-two-shoes and I’m going to go full bore EVIL. Await our stories of fame and infamy in the coming weeks.

Preview – Sacred 2: Fallen Angel [Xbox 360/PS3/PC]

sacred_2_ba1Sacred 2: Fallen Angel

Genre: RPG
Website: Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
Developer: Ascaron Entertainment
ESRB Rating: M for Blood and Gore, Violence
Release Date: May 12, 2009
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(As we have been doing recently, we are posting previews of games we have been provided a review copies of)

Here’s the deal: Sacred 2: Fallen Angel is an action-RPG. The press release will tell you it’s, “unlike anything you’ve ever played!” Not true. As much as it pains me to compare it to Diablo 2 (which I think is a cop-out comparison, but I’m making it), Sacred 2 has a strong Diablo 2 vibe. This is not a bad thing AT ALL. Diablo 2 is probably my favorite all-time PC game ever. If a game can emulate Diablo 2 while bringing something new to the game, I’m all for it. Sacred 2 has a lot to offer and does just that. Hundreds of monsters, two campaigns and six unique character classes. Sacred 2 combines hack ‘n slash gaming, roleplaying and story in a magical world.

That’s pretty much all I need.

(From the press release) Key Features:

  • An epic adventure in a massive game world that guarantees countless hours of enjoyment across two amazing campaigns
  • Six unique characters that you can customize with new skills, spells, equipment and loot
  • Join your friends through seamless drop in cooperative and competitive play on the same console or online for up to four players
  • Hundreds of monster types to challenge your character’s magical powers and fighting prowess
  • Stunning graphics in true HD-quality
  • A powerful soundtrack featuring music from renowned Heavy Metal act Blind Guardian

Ehergheiz will have a crack at Sacred 2 and will be reviewing it shortly. If you’d like to check out character models or screenshots, have a looksie at our Sacred 2 Flickr set.

King of Kong – The Rematch

King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a documentary about video game records. It’s an amazing documentary. Period. Maybe one of the best I’ve seen.

In it, the challenger Steve Wiebe squares off against Billy Mitchell for the Donkey Kong world record. Actually, Steve does a lot of playing and Mitchell does a lot of – talking?

What’s the big deal now? Steve is going to try and break the record at E3 on June 2nd. A bigger deal? Twin Galaxies (how far can you throw them?) will be there to verify it as well as G4TV. I think G4 will be there to verify Twin Galaxies.

Anyway, if you’ve not seen the documentary, you should. I felt for Steve. Teared up with him as well.

Here’s hoping Steve and Billy get their dues. My guess is Billy won’t even be there, but he’ll make a statement.

Preview – The Chronicles of Riddick: Assualt on Dark Athena [Xbox 360/PS3]

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The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

Genre: First Person Action
Website: The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Athena
Developer: Starbreeze
Release Date: April 7, 2009
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Here’s the deal: You’re a prisoner. There’s a wallet in your back pocket that would make Jules Winnfield proud. You sneak around a prison, stab and punch your way out while shooting any number of guns at numerous bad guys. You break out. (In fact, you broke out a few years ago. Now the break-out is in HD.) All in a sneaky, shadowy way. Then you eschew the shadows for blazing guns during an the Assault on Dark Athena.

The game has been out for a little while now and has been mostly well received. Yahtzee didn’t hate it, so that’s got to count for something. We’ll have a review coming soon.

You can see a trailer video at the jump. We’ve also posted a set of screen shots over at Flickr.
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