Posts Tagged ‘video games

26
Aug
09

the perfect nerd storm. [batman: arkham asylum.]

All accounts point to the possibility that I may explode soon. The reason for this impending doom is that it appears someone has found a way to bring my nerdy infatuation with Batman and my nerdy love of good video games together in the new game “Batman: Arkham Asylum.”

I’m wary of most super hero games, far too often they suck (Marvel: Ultimate Alliance being one of the more notable exceptions in my book). So, a few months ago when I got wind of this game I assumed it wouldn’t be that good.

Yet, I have been given reason to finally get excited. To say reviews of the game are glowing would be an understatement. Best of all the news I have come across regarding the game is that it is insanely fun, is deeply rooted in a passion for the source material, and that it focuses a good deal of Batman’s detective abilities. Sometimes Batman’s status as “The World’s Greatest Detective” is left out of popular manifestations. The fact that the sleuthing plays a primary role in gameplay is quite exciting to a nerd such as myself.

That being the case, it may be too much for me to handle, thus I may blow into bits, or at the very least spontaneously combust. I need that sort of thing this summer, so I can’t wait until I can afford to get my hands on this bad boy. However, if I disappear, never to be seen again, you’ll know what happened.

batman_arkham_asylum

04
Aug
09

another mighty return of ‘five things.’ [8.4.09]

I know, I know, the blog has been really short on writing of late. Well, that’s a trend that is going to continue today. I’ve missed the old ‘five things’ posts, but haven’t had time or energy to write them. So, I’m going to compromise, I’m return to five things, but without the normal amount of writing. I’ll share with you what I’ve been enjoying lately, but with very little explanation. However, I’ll make up for it with pictures and videos. Plus, since I’ve gone so long without it I’ll try to do it more than once a week.

1. Regina Spektor – Far

Regina is back up to her beautiful old tricks again. Lovely.

Far

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2. Gears of War 2

Visually stunning, addictively enjoyable, and twistedly satisfying in all the ways a video game should be.

Gears of War 2

By the way, I love this trailer!

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3. True Blood

True Blood

The first season of True Blood was more of a guilty pleasure for me. I wasn’t always wowed by it, especially with the distractingly bad acting by Anna Paquin (sorry Anna), but for whatever reason I always wanted to keep watching.

Season Two is not a guilty pleasure, it’s just a pleasure. It’s painful when an episode ends and I know I need to wait an entire week for another installment. Soooooo good.

In addition, when did Eric become my favorite character? That really snuck up on me.

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4. M. Ward

My love affair with the music of M. Ward is nothing new, it’s just been particularly intense of late. He climbs a little higher into the ranks of my favorite artists all the time.

M. Ward

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5. Prototype

Yes, another video game. In this one, you’re basically a super anti-hero with unimaginable power that continues to grow throughout the game. I haven’t had time to get very far into the game yet, but so far it is a brutally good time. It even comes complete with zombies. What more could you ask for?

Prototype

A brief caution, the following cinematic is for mature audiences only. Just thought I’d give the heads up.

01
Jul
09

mambo, italiano. [assassin’s creed 2 trailer]

I don’t get much time to play video games, but last night I was finally able to sit down and beat Assassin’s Creed. In celebration of that I offer all of you a lovely glimpse at the trailer for Assassin’s Creed 2. This time around we are transported from the Crusades to 15th Century Venice.

It looks like the sequel will be as slick, beautiful and addictive as its predecessor, and I would imagine they have plenty of tricks up their sleeves as well (such as the fact that it looks as if this time we get to play with guns). Ugh, November can’t come soon enough!




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