oof. hasn’t the last few months brought us a lot of awesome shit in the gaming world? we’ve had assassin’s creed 2, infamous, uncharted 2, god of war 3 – pretty much more blockbusters than we can handle. of course, that’s only ps3. there’s also xbox 360’s mass effect 2 and super mario bros for wii. plus there’s the scores of games on the mac and pc platforms, with mobile app games too. all these games are blockbusters, get a lot of ink, have a lot of (rabid) fans. of course, the clever folk among us know that these blockbusters come with bloated advertising budgets – which ultimately equate to blockbuster prices. frankly, if i had bought something like bayonetta at $70, i would have done horrific things to the first idiot i caught from the dev team. now, something like fallout 3? i don’t mind paying $70. the message here isn’t another penny-pinching gamer rant, but value for your dollar. i’m fortunate enough to have more than enough funds for my purposes. i just hate rewarding people for something awful.
anyway. my real point here is that myself, along with little_nerdxo started playing the saboteur over the weekend. if you don’t have it, get it. it’s literally got something for everyone, and almost seems to draw inspiration from everything, blending in a WWII storyline. its cutscenes remind me of the godfather 2, the viewpoint synching is like assassin’s creed 2. the fast-paced action? almost like the uncharted series. plus the whole disguise thing is sort of like hitman. and the driving is a mix of the first godfather and grand theft auto 4. even better is that there’s an unmarked area with a pigeon shooting area [ for the ‘pigeon parfait’ trophy] that’s freakishly similar to the old-school NES cult classic ‘duck hunt’.
phew. it’s like it took every awesome game and mashed it together. the storyline is excellent, and the elements i just mentioned makes it seem like you gathered a bunch of your favourite people in a room and let them bond together. the one thing that’s bad? the voice acting. all of the characters sound awful. aside from that, it’s a great game. certainly not worth the $70 when it came out, but well-worth the $20 or $25 you can get for it now.