Archives for May 2010

Video Game Power Rankings #5

It’s the post-Holiday VGPR:

1. (2) Red Dead Redemption – Besides watching all the hilarious glitch videos, I still haven’t tasted the sweet western nectar that Rockstar has evidently squeezed out of this game. From chats with Nat and other friends, I will be picking this up shortly. The fact that it’s readily available to me here in the states is not a luxury our gaming brethren over the pond have enjoyed. I’d say that’s as ringing an endorsement as you could get.

2. (-) Blur – Has hit the shelves and is getting mostly good reviews (except for IGN, who by giving it a “7” have basically said it’s terrible, what with their scale of 7-10) but has been, until this week, absent from the rankings. Penny Arcade says it may difficult to put down. If you have it, do you agree?

3. (3) Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Yes, it boasts no groundbreaking innovations or changes from the first game, but who cares?! This game is awesome.

4. (-) Alpha Protocol – This pains me to do this, but just one day ahead of its release Alpha Protocol makes its return to the rankings for all the wrong reasons. It is getting absolutely skewered by the gaming press in their reviews. Destructoid was particulary brutal. Joystiq calls it a “technical nightmare.”

5. (-) Split/Second – On the strength of the Beta reaction for Blur, Split/Second wasn’t going to stand pat and they challenged Blur from the get-go, dropping its price by twenty bucks to go head-to-head with the release of Blur.

6. (1) Steam on the Mac – I’m still playing Torchlight on my Mac, so I have to keep Steam on the list.

7. (6) Mass Effect 2 – Mass Effect stays in the rankings due to the news that Legendary Pictures has picked up its rights

8. (-) Back Breaker – The first football game since All-Pro Football 2K8 came out, Back Breaker has a lot of work to do to break into the Madden-ruled football game arena. Bill Harris Breaks. It. Down.

9. (-) Killzone 3 – I feel like the Power Rankings have been mostly PS3-free, which has never been my intention. To remedy that, I figure Killzone 3 is as good a place to start as any, seeing how the new screen shots are popping up everywhere.

10. (-) Enslaved – Rounding out the top ten is Enslaved, a new game from Ninja Theory. I read the phrase “Post-Apocalyptic New York City” and had to find out more.

Honorable Mention: Knights Contract, Crackdown 2.

Dropped out: The Prince of Persia, Pac-Man Anniversary, EA’s Online Pass, Guild Wars 2, Alan Wake, and (gasp!) Halo Reach.

In My Hands

It’s actually been in my hands since Saturday, I’m just now having time to actually post this. So far, so FUN.

Weekend Gaming

It’s been too long since we’ve done one of these, but with a holiday weekend ahead of us and a bunch of good games out there, I’m wondering what games you’ll be playing this long, wonderful weekend.

Me, I am very close to finishing up the single player campaign in Splinter Cell. After that, I’d love to hook up with some buttonmashers to give the co-op missions a try. I’ve heard they’re great. I also would like to wrap up Mass Effect 2, which is just sitting there, eyeing me, waiting to be finished. Oh, and there’s a new Mario game, too. The kids have been anxiously awaiting this game (and by kids, I mean me and my kids). I’ll be picking it up sometime this weekend.

What are you playing?

How Much Is Uncharted 2 Worth?

I was able to score Uncharted 2 for $11 new. Having not finished the first, but hearing good things about this one, is that a good deal?

Video Game Power Rankings #4

Let’s get right down to business:

1. (2) Steam on the Mac – As Nat mentioned, this should have been #1 last week, so in a face-saving manuever, I’m ranking Steam on the Mac as the #1 Video Game story this past week. It’s been great, but to be far it isn’t all roses. (FWIW, I’ve had the same issue with Steam locking up because it thinks a game is running, forcing me to force a shutdown. I hope this is an isolated incident). And I don’t know if it’s related, but Torchlight sales have surpassed 500k.

2. (-) Red Dead Redemption – Red Dead Redemption probably has a legitimate gripe with being #2. Everyone (and I really mean everyone) is talking about it. From its sprawling game world to disgusting hilarious achievements, this game looks to have it all.

3. (4) Super Mario Galaxy 2 – The unwashed masses didn’t get to play it until yesterday, but that hasn’t stopped everyone from talking about how great this game is. Mine should be in hand sooner rather than later.

4. (-) The Prince of Persia
– With a movie coming out later this week, the Prince of Persia is a rather popular topic. Maybe you fancy a new PoP game? Perhaps a Flash game in your browser? Maybe something a little old school? Prince of Persia never met a platform it didn’t want to release a port of its seminal platformer. (I still play my Gameboy Color Prince of Persia on my GBA SP)

5 (-) Pac Man Anniversary – This has been a week of anniversaries (Empire Strikes Back, among others) but the Google homage to Pac-Man was one of the best. Playable Pac-Man in a logo!

6. (-) Mass Effect 2 – ME2 missed the cut last week with the announcement of new DLC, but they make the list this week with the news that BioWare is going to bridge the gap between ME2 and 3 with DLC that will advance the story along. This sounds like a great idea, but I’m wary of the execution. We’ll see. There was also the title update that “optimized” the mineral scanning mini-game. This is just perfect timing — last time I played ME2 I spent a couple hours scanning planets and amassed probably more minerals than I’ll ever need. I could have used some optimized scanning.

7. (7) EA’s Online Pass – Not to be left out of the game, THQ is also going to follow the EA Online Pass model with it’s new ultimate fighter game, UFC Undisputed 2010. This is the new model. Get used to it.

8. (5) Guild Wars 2 – GW2 still holding down the fort on the list on the strength of this “Dynamic Events” post at the Guild Wars 2 site (via Tap Repeatedly).

9. (9) Alan Wake – Sorry, this is a cop-out. It’s late and dark outside and I want to go to bed, just like in the game. So it sticks around one more day.

10. (1) Halo Reach – I couldn’t let Halo Reach fall completely off the list, so I’ll mention that Halo Reach has a release date: September 14th.

Dropped out: Fallout: New Vegas and others.