victory baby says yay
over the weekend, i became more awesome. how, you ask? because i got the platinum on assassin’s creed 2. that’s right. a big platinum bastard of a trophy. afterwards, litte_nerdxo and i watched buried, which kind of put a damper on the whole thing. sure, i got an achievement, but then had to watch ryan reynolds get buried alive. not easy.
i am pretty stoked about this trophy. i have only ever platinumed 3 times: fallout 3, the saboteur and now assassin’s creed 2. fallout 3 was somehow less of a deal, because the game was so glitchy that i felt i had to spite it. keep at it and annoy it. also, i had to play about 4 times since it glitched at point lookout.
the saboteur was just time-consuming. free play event times a billion. ok, closer to a thousand but COME ON.
this was the first trophy i really felt mattered and i feel pretty good.
uh oh. holiday season is coming – what have you got for the gamer or gamers in your life? shopping for gamers is the easiest thing in the world. to begin with, every electronic store in the land has a sale of some kind going on. then there’s the game publishers themselves. they have been packaging and bundling all kinds of shit in time for the holidays. and retailers are eating it up.
- best buy has a category of games under $10, but to be honest, they’re mostly shitty. bionic commando is the only one worth it, although dark void is pretty good too.
- wii games – you can buy wii games on a broad scale. depending what you want to buy, you’ve pretty much got your pick. i’ve seen tenchu for $4.99 in best buy’s used section, and i think it runs around $10 or $15 new. i got my mom a pinball game for $19.99, and scored need for speed for about $20 as well.
- they favouritize xbox 360 here, holy shit! eat lead: the return of matt hazard is going for $4.99. they’ve got rainbow 6 and the saboteur for $9.99. what a bargain, i love those games. you can get alone in the dark for that price too.
- crazy enough, the bioshock 2 special edition is going for $20!
- of course, you know i have to mention the saboteur. GET IT.
shopping at best buy bonuses? the price watch feature on their web site. plus, if you have the best buy card, you get points to use for further purchases.
- the red dead undead nightmare expansion pack for $30. most games have played red dead redemption – honestly, if they don’t have it, get that game.
- here and there they have sales – dj hero 2, for example, is $50 off.
- medal of honor [xbox 360] is $20 off – meh.
if all else fails, get them a gift certificate from ebgames. ebgames has those cool little gift card boxes, usually in the shape of your
best friend console.
ugh. as good a game as the saboteur is, the voice acting, as i have mentioned, is utterly awful. of course, there are numerous other games that have this same sin. seriously, QA team: spend the fucking money on the game. it is worth it.
here’s a list from gamesradar.com about the top 7 worst fake accents. well, what they consider to be the worst accents… they don’t actually include the saboteur.
i get so many questions from new ps3 owners: what ps3 games should i get? game stores want you to buy the most possible, of course. very few big box stores will tell you that a game is a waste of your time. truth to be told, a lot are. or rather, what seems like a great idea is poorly executed. we aren’t singling you out, turning point: fall of liberty, but if you feel guilty we all understand.
now, i should say that there’s nothing wrong with having all sports titles on your shelf, or only shooters. however, in my experience, many gamers like variety. and as we know, it’s the spice of life.
what i’ve done here is given a list of games every ps3 owner should have on the shelf. most can be obtained cheaply, which is nice too. some are also exclusive to the playstation, and they’ve been marked with an asterisk.
- red dead redemption
- the saboteur
- fallout 3
- uncharted *
- uncharted 2 *
- god of war 3 *
- eat lead
- alone in the dark
- infamous *
- bionic commando
- assassin’s creed 2
- battlefield bad company
- rainbow six vegas 2
the saboteur is a winner
i kind of feel like this should be a no-brainer, but i surprisingly get asked this question a lot: godfather 2 or the saboteur?
first of all, if you don’t own the saboteur, you are to drop what you are doing and run down to your local game shop and pick that shit up ASAP. i have recommended it to everyone i know, because aside from the voice acting it is a great game and well worth the $25 or so you can get it for now. there’s a few glitches in it, but nothing that justifies passing it by. it takes place in nazi germany and nothing on earth beats killing nazis in new and creative ways.
the godfather 2 on the other hand… meh. i was playing it the other day, and little_nerdxo wandered into the room, asking why the hell i was playing a ps2 game.
then there is the matter of the controls, the don’s view, or whatever the fuck they call it. in the previews, they make it out to seem like some great big awesome control panel. you’re made to seem like a general, commanding armies of men all over new york city in the 40s. in reality? johnny clusterfuck sends sammy the half-assed bagman over to someplace… maybe. maybe you discover their skillset is lacking and have to upgrade them before you send them anywhere – if you have the money. then, of course, if they get there, they do fuck all. if you send them to some racket that’s getting knocked over because you have to deal with someone, you will arrive and find the supposed minion pouting in a corner.
this all, to be truthful, was a bit heartbreaking for me. i loved the first godfather. it was so good. it was so so well-thought out. and then along comes this thing, this red-headed bastard stepchild and RUINS the entire goddamn franchise.
morale of the story: the saboteur beats the godfather 2 any day of the week. don’t buy some shitty sequel.
there’s so many blockbusters out there, it’s easy to miss the little guys. here’s some games i have picked up recently, for dirt cheap. just to stave off all the idiots that will flock over here, this post is a matter of personal taste.
bionic commando: it’s got some ok graphics, but overall it lacks much of the flash and polish of a blockbuster title. plot-wise, it’s super cheesy, but it’s got a good rhythm. it’s got some easy trophies too, and for $11, how can you go wrong?
dark void: i have heard many people refer to this, but sadly with a scathing ‘i am too good for this’ tone. it’s not bad, actually. then again, i scored it for $10 versus the $60 it wanted when it came out.
the saboteur: said it before and i will say it again: great game. the voice acting is atrocious – really, it’s like aural napalm – but the game itself is thoroughly enjoyable.
hahaha. little_nerdxo and i have this discussion frequently. a lot of the games we seem to play have a guy fighting a bunch of other guys, and winning. this was especially true with the saboteur, when we spent hours upon hours fighting nazis.
‘christ’, said little_nerdxo in disgust after i had bombed the shit out of yet another nazi tower full of bitches. ‘i bet virtual hitler is shitting his pants right now’.
‘because i rock?’, i asked innocently, jacking a car to go to yet another ambient freeplay event.
‘NO!’ exclaimed little_nerdxo. ‘how is this possible? you are ONE man. this guy isn’t even a soldier and he is taking down the entire goddamn nazi army.’
‘regime’, i corrected.
‘fuck that shit’, scoffed little_nerdxo. ‘how does ONE man destroy every nazi? i bet hitler just spends all day screaming at these people. you know? ”sean isn’t even a soldier and you clowns can’t bring him down?” how does ONE MAN defeat people with tanks, zepplins and shit??’
it wasn’t a new thought. we had similar conversations as children playing wolfenstein 3d and duke nukem. it certainly wasn’t skill and dexterity on our character’s part either.
then i found a youtube video that explained the mystery – as it turns out, good DOES trump evil.