[singlepic=35,100,75,,left] If you haven’t already done so, turn on your Wii or PC and download 2DBoy‘s masterpiece of game design, World of Goo right now. Yes, it really is that good.You may have seen review scores elsewhere: 9, 9.5, 10–and it deserves every single one of them. While we don’t do numeric scores here, if we did you could rest assured that World of Goo would get an 11. And a half. I’m sure you’re asking in your very best faux Eric Cartman voice, “But why?” Well let me tell you.
Today saw the release of Harmonix and MTV Games’ Rock Band 2 for Xbox 360 (sorry other platforms, you’re just going to have to wait!), and I spent several hours with the title–with of course some friends–to really get to know the game. Rock Band 2 starts out much the same as Rock Band 1 (even to the point of having a remarkably similar intro sequence set in what appears to be the same desert), and aside from new items such as an improved calibration utility and access to the new “Challenges” in multiplayer it never really diverges from the first game in any significant ways.
I’m going to do this a little bit differently than your typical review in that I’m going to start it before I’ve actually completed the game. The idea is that as I progress through the game, I’ll make some extra notes here, tell you about my experiences thus far, and either bitch & moan or fawn lovingly. Knowing me, probably a bit of both, so we might as well start it off right.
Guitar Hero III for Wii is fun. “No shit”, you’re thinking, all the freaking GH games are fun. Yeah, but this is more fun, and it’s that way for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it’s 10 bucks cheaper than the PS3/360 versions. What can I say, I like saving cash, and 10 bucks off the cost of entry is 10 bucks I’ll spend on addons from DLC to peripherals down the way. Second, having vibration feedback let you know when Star Power is available and then when it’s active, kicks ass. Third…
The first time I played Zuma was on the PC, where much like the Xbox 360 version, the gameplay is simple yet challenging. By the time I reached the second level I was hooked on Zuma’s addictive gameplay.
After months of anticipation I’ve finally had my first weekend with Battlefield 2. My thoughts are kind of a mixed bag while being overall positive. As a fan of the first game, and even more so its MOD “Desert Combat“, I had naturally high expectations.
To begin with, the graphics. As anticipated, BF2’s graphics are excellent, and the higher you crank your settings the more you realize just how very nice they are. I’m running it on a Radeon 9800 Pro and the game plays well, though it definitely shows the age of my card and pushes it to its limits. I was able to play-barely-at 1024×768 with all the settings maxed out, though it played more smoothly at 1024×768 and
medium detail, with a few of the polishing bits turned to high.