I spent the day gaming. It was nice to say “screw it” to everything important and just take a little time to do whatever I wanted. I shut my door, grabbed a diet coke (read: 12), and just played some games.
To echo Graev’s impressions yesterday, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a great game. There are some people out there spreading compeltely unjustified hate by citing words like “repetitive” and “has issues”, but none of them are able to say how or why. I think most of them read those words in a review somewhere and latched on to them, thinking that by spreading them an denouncing a very under-promoted title that they would come across relevant or authoritative. Well, they’re wrong and they’re ignorant.
War in the North is fun. It’s full of goblin smashing hack and slashing loot finding greatness. The graphics, animations, environments, and direction are great. If you ask the question, “Should I buy it?” then I’ll respond with the question, “Do you like hack and slash games like Diablo or Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance?” If the answer is yes then my answer will be yes, buy it.
We tried to stream today but Xbox Live was giving us some issues. I had to call support (which was surprisingly helpful!) to get it ironed out. We’ll try again tomorrow.
I also played some Battlefield 3. Since before launch I thought I would be 100% against rush mode, and for a week I only played conquest. I started to feel burned out and wondering if I even enjoyed ANY of these maps. Then I jumped into rush mode and found out how much more amazing the maps feel. Some of the maps on rush mode, like Damavand Peak, actually open areas entirely unplayable in conquest mode.
Granted, none of these maps even compare to the maps coming in ‘Back to Karkand’ (ugh, December), they’re still enjoyable if you avoid doing what I did — branch out and try some different modes. Try to come up with new ways of killing people like jihad jeeping or ramming them with airplanes. Is that kosher? Nah, but it’s Battlefield.