Wednesday, November 23, 2011

First Thoughts on Skyward Sword

It's no secret I'm obsessed with the Legend of Zelda.  I'm not even sure how to organize my thoughts exactly. I've been playing like a manic and I'm not done yet. So here's some things I know I'm going to be writing about once I can pry myself from the Wii without my brain screaming "go play Zelda."

The motion controls: I don't know what the problem is there. They work perfectly for me and they make the game more interesting and challenging.

The strange reviews: Oh boy have there been some special reviews written.

How it stacks up against other Zelda games: So far, in my opinion, there are three perfect Zelda games, the original, Ocarina, and a Link to the Past. I have a feeling Skyward Sword will make that list, but I can't say yet.

There are some things about Skyward Sword that I'm hoping are expanded later in the game. I still feel like I'm at the "beginning"  even though I've put many hours in. I'm not complaining and I like taking my time to explore. I also know there are great things to come, just by how things are being set-up.

A Zelda release is a major event for me and I know I'll be busy for awhile. Now, I must go back to Skyloft...

Friday, November 11, 2011

So Much Gears of War

So I'm on my second play through of the Gears of War 3 campaign. And last night, I got to "that part." Which is one of the most upsetting and saddest things I've ever witnessed in a video game. I won't spoil it here, but I talk about it in Best Moments in the Gears of War Series

So the Gears games have been criticized for using tough guy male stereotypes and not having much story. While I can agree to a certain extent, I have never felt a lack of  emotion for what the COGS have gone through. Gears 3 takes those moments, rips your heart out and then chainsaws it with a Lancer. 

But there are flaws with the story, don't get me wrong. In fact, I discuss some of them in this article about unanswered Gears questions. Seriously, why does the Locust queen look human? Is she half human? Does she just feel bad for them? Or as Baird so delicately put it, "did she join the Locust Country Club for shits and giggles?"

And then there's that one revelation at the end of Gears 3 that almost gets answered but then doesn't. I'm hoping Epic will give us some prequels. I know the RAAM's Shadow DLC is coming next month, so maybe that will give some answers.  I want gaming prequels, not just books, btw.

This is what I'm been doing in my spare time, playing the all three Gears until I can see the Crimson Omen when I close my eyes.

There are so many amazing games coming out, not that it's a bad thing, but there's no way I can play them all when I just want to be on Sera right now.  Well, until Skyward Sword comes out and then I'm off to Skyloft.