I’ve gotten pretty behind on a lot of things lately and really need to catch up.Â Not only on several games I’m playing but also in Dark Fall.
I was out about a week and have only been able to pick the game up recently, so my time with it pales in comparison to my brother’s.Â To be honest, I’d say I’m probably jaded these days when it comes to MMORPGs.Â I’ve been playing them along with my brother since I was a little boy and I’ve probably gotten a little sick of them with each new iteration.Â Fortunately for me, Dark Fall seems to be a gigantic step backwards, and I don’t mean that in a negative way.Â The game feels very much like a throwback to older titles and it feels refreshing to see something so different than what is available today.
However with the good comes the bad, right?Â In my short time I haven’t encountered any noticeable bugs, but I’m sure others have.Â The game doesn’t look horrible, but it’s not exactly pretty either.Â For the most part the graphics are fine, butÂ most of the animations are awkward and you almost feel embarrassed when you see them.Â This type of thing doesn’t really bother me as I’m used to playing some pretty bad looking games, but it could be a turnoff for a lot of people.Â And the UI is kind of odd.Â I really don’t like the game’s quest/guild/whatever menus.Â They seem to load like webpages and it just bothers me.
I can’t give much of an impression of the game yet, but I’d really like to once I can sink my teeth in.Â It might be slightly interesting to some people when I do, as I plan to make crafting my priority in game in contrast to my brother’s more combat oriented experience.
What I’m currently playing
Right now I’m in the middle of a few games and I’ll make sure to point them out.
KILLZONE 2 – I made some initial impressions about this game and I still think it is spectacular.Â I’m probably halfway through the single-player experience right now and really love it.Â Hopefully I can make it to the online section soon.
HALO WARS – I really liked the demo for this game and decided to pick it up.Â I’d usually be among the people saying RTS games don’t work on consoles, but this really seems to.Â The controls are comfortable and the game was designed to be played on a console.Â It’s not a PC port.Â I’ve only put in limited time on this one, so I’ll have to get back to you.
STREET FIGHTER IV – I was in the middle of writing an impressions post on this before I was indisposed, but I must say I really like it.Â I’ve always been a sucker for fighting games even if I’ve never been very good at them and this game is no exception.Â I really appreciate how it is strictly two-dimensional gameplay in contrast to most fighters these days; Strafing and walking around your opponent always made me dizzy and confused.Â I really hope I can get good at this game.Â Right now I’m a little scared of poking into the online component because I know I’ll just get wrecked.
Things I’m looking forward to
These are games that I really have an interest in:
RESIDENT EVIL 5 – This should be a great game.Â It comes out Friday or something like that.Â The demo was good fun and the rest of the game should be as well.Â I still believe Dead Space has better controls, though.
CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK: ASSAULT ON DARK ATHENA – I think this looks great and I really liked the demo, too.Â I thought the movies were fun to watch and figured the games should be good, too.Â I don’t believe I owned an XBOX back when Escape from Butcher Bay was released, but it was heralded all over as being an exceptional title.Â Fortunately for those who haven’t played Butcher Bay, a remake of it is included in Dark Athena.Â Aside from that, the multiplayer component looks pretty sweet.
SACRED 2: FALLEN ANGEL – I love isometric RPGs and I probably wouldn’t have picked up the PC version of this, but lucky for me it’s coming to consoles.Â Now normally I have a policy of not going late into a series unless I’ve played the prior games, but I think I can make an exception this time seeing as it’s a prequel taking place 2000 or so years before the first game.Â I think I should be safe.