Borderlands, New SMB, & L4D2

I’ve been switching off game mode and back into creative music recording mode with the completion of my most recent game Borderlands. I agree with Play magazine’s assessment. It’s a cross between Half-Life 2 and Fallout 3 taking on the cartoon approach and injecting a good amount of humor. I liked the game all the way through except the ending which I felt was massively under explained and felt rushed through. “You won. You may quit when ready.” comes to mind.

I also bought an additional Wii-mote and the New Super Mario Brothers game. It is a fantastic ride into memory lane. Again, the Play magazine review nailed it. It doesn’t add anything leaps and bounds new and multi-player gets to be crazy at higher levels… but… I question the writers of that mag’s game n00bness. Part of the fun in multi-player is how ridiculous and fun it is to try and get 4 people to go in the same direction without killing one another. It’s been fun to play with the kids and it’s brought the whole family together and for that the $50 or so was worth it.

Finally, I got my hands on Left 4 Dead 2 and to put it simply: awesome. They successfully taken what made the first game a hit and expanded it. More weapons to choose from, more interesting scenarios, and great sound. They bring back all the original monsters (although the “tank” still reigns supreme) and add some new twists. The difficulty in some areas seems a little off but I am happy to get a challenge. It seems the trend lately has been to make games enjoyable over challenging.

I am looking forward to getting my hands on Dragon Age: Origins, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Bayonetta, The Saboteur, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Final Fantasy XIII, Forza 3, Valkyria Chronicles, Gran Tourismo 5, Dante’s Inferno, DiRT 2, Wet, Diablo III, MagnaCarta 2, Resident Evil 5; just to name a few. Doesn’t help that my Xbox 360 has officially died. I guess I’m not too sad. I needed an excuse to get an Elite. But still, $300. Sad panda.

I’d like to play this a bit but as I poise to post about Crystal and my collaboration, I know I am running low on time.

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