Monday, May 19, 2008

Games I Love

Believe it or not, I do play video games when I'm not reading comic books or posting on message boards. Gaming seems to have taken a back seat to my enjoyment of comics, but it still remains one of my favorite hobbies.

Since I haven't been able to upgrade to a Wii or a 360, my stomping grounds are still done on last generation gaming hardware. This doesn't bother me too much. I do have a Nintendo DS and I'm always done for some old-school gaming, but I really would like to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Wii Sports. But until I can afford it, I'm content with what I've got.

Bleach is one of my favorite anime/manga series so I was thrilled to discover that Bleach: The Blade of Fate does the source material sweet justice. This game plays every bit as good as it looks. The fighting is fast, stylish, and the Bankai techniques are just too cool for words. Even the Flash Step (Shun-Po) for the purists has been implemented greatly in this game. Even though I've got everyone unlocked, I still come back to earn more cash to unlock the rest of the extras, or to get a better high score in time attack mode. That, and the game is just plain fun. This game is highly recommended if you dig Bleach, or you just want an awesome DS fighting game.

Even graphic whores will have to shut up about their lust for pretty visuals when they play Geometry Wars: Galaxies. The game is on the Wii and 360, but the DS version is pretty sweet too. If you've never played GW, the premise is real simple. You are surrounded by enemies that increase in numbers as you pick them off. Some planets give you more room to move around, and some planets are really small. If you ever get overwhelmed (which will happen quiet often) you can use one of your bombs to clear the screen but more often than not, you're better off sticking things out because using bombs stops your chain and combo scores. Upgradeable drones help you out along the way and some drones work better than others depending on what planet you're on. I've played a lot of shooters and I consider GW: G one of the best games in the genre.

I'd been out of the Burnout: Revenge game for weeks but came back to it over the weekend. The Burnout series has been one of my favorites since Burnout 2: Point of Impact. I consider Burnout 3: Takedown the pinnacle of the series but Revenge is still a superb racer. Checking traffic (smashing into traffic that isn't on-coming and taking them out) is a lot of fun and the intense rush that comes from driving recklessly is still present in this game. My only real problems with this game is that there are no single player crash or traffic attack modes. Traffic attack is one of my favorite events in the single player world tour mode and the fact that it isn't accessible for solo play outside of world tour really sucks. Still, it really is hard to stay down over that when everything is so solid. And I love the developers for allowing me to turn off songs I don't like. Some of the best songs to drive dangerously to? "An Honest Mistake," and "F.I.G.H.T." Now that's good racing.


Tommy said...

If you've got a Gamecube, hold onto those controllers since they can be used in some of the Wii games and the ones you download w' Wii points.

Reggie White Jr. said...

I've also got a GameCube. I still plays Super Smash Bros. Melee from time to time. Game rocks.

And I always hang onto my controllers. =)

Tommy said...


You can use a gamecube controller for Smash Bros. Brawl, so playing Melee will keep you ready for when you get it. There are some changes here and there with the move sets and game mechanics, but that's to be expected.