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May 4, 2013 2:13 PM
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Recently Finished:

- Bioshock Infinite - "Neverending Stooorrrryyyyyyyy...." Now I really want to avoid talking about the game's ending here but honestly it is what it is and it got it's point across and let's just leave it at that. In my first impressions post of this last month I was about halfway through the game and for the game's 2nd half seemed to not really match up to the amazing set pieces and enviroments that you come across in the 1st and the game seems to loose it's steam, especially after the 2nd major "time change". There was also a forced stealth area that seemed really out of place although getting through it isn't too difficult. Until you get to the final area on Comstock's airship then that's where the action really ramps up. The final battle isn't really a boss fight but just a multi-wave horde battle where you can actually fail and have to start over if you let the nearby power generators get destoryed (usually Elizabeth can revive you if you perish). I even got to the point where it's was almost down to the last speck of energy left before I defeated all of the forces and would of been impossible if it weren't for *spoilers* to help you out. Overall it was an enjoyable shooter but it still doesn't have the same feel as the other two Bioshock games and seems to be more of a straightforward action experience like the Halo or Call of Duty games. At about 14-15 hours of gametime with this the game has some great ideas for its story with some of the most artistic visuals I've seen in recent games but the gameplay seems to fall flat mostly in the 2nd half and with an ending that can leave some head scratching but I'm sure most can figure it out. I personally cannot see myself playing this game again and even with the new DLC that is planned (Irrational is even considering adding a new AI companion for it) but a worthy game experience to enjoy, definately at least try it.

- God of War: Ascension - AKA: God of War: The Scrapped Ideas Collection. After finishing the game I will say this right of the bat, this does not live up the to the other GodoW games (not including the PSP ones) and seems that this is a collection of ideas and designs that might of been good to have in the other games of series but have been left on the cutting room floor, that is until this game came out. I'm not going to say the material in this is really bad, I still thought this was still a pretty fun experience overall, especially in the part of the flashback story were Kratos rebuilds a huge stone and metal collosus and powers up a magical lantern. The final boss fight of course didn't even come close to matching the epic fight between Zeus and Kratos from GodoW III and was hardly even a fight at all, mainly just a test of reflexes in order to hammer through the multiple quicktime events and actions to get to the end. Actaully the real final fight is the three-wave battle challange at the end of the collosus area that puts all of your upgraded skills to the test and if you don't have maxed health and magic by this point then I'd say good luck brother. The battle was so hard for most players that even Sony had to patch this to make it easier (they added health orbs after finishing the waves), luckly it was patched when I came to this point but still kept me on my toes for most of it. I did try some of the multiplayer after finishing the story and I will say it's kind of fun, albeit chaotic. There are four gods you can align with (with one more to pick left blank but I guess that will be in some future DLC) and each as their own powers and skills, I choose Hades only for it's life-draining powers. For weapons you have either a spear, hammer or sword as well as slots for one magic item, magic skill and a relic for passive powers. The most popular MP mode is 4x4 team "Favor of the Gods" where it's practially team deathmatch with zones to control and is defiantely the most fun out of all the modes. Too bad there's only four large-scale maps (with three small ones) but I'm sure more DLC packs will make it more worthwile to play. It's defiantely no Halo or Call of Duty but an interesting multiplayer diversion from the usual norm. Again even though the main game doesn't live up the the other three it's still fun to go through at least after you've conquered Kratos' quests in the other titles but newcomers should avoid this (even though it's a pre-quel game) and stick with the older titles (which older PS3 collections can be found for cheap).

Still trying to finish:

- Dead Space 3, which I should later this month, I need to get back to my alien boot stompin'.
- Tales of Graces F, now that Tales of Xillia will be coming out to the states later this year.
- L.A. Noire, another game that has been on the backburner for a really long time and eventually like to finish before the newest Grand Theft Auto game comes out later this year.

Games to buy this month:

Nothing on target but there are couple to maybe consider:

- Resident Evil: Revelations (05/21) - A HD remake of a previous 3DS game which got a lot better reviews than the last major release of RE6 and if the reviews of this are good then will place my money on it.

- Fuse (05/28) - The newest game from the Ratchet & Clank and Resistance people over at Insomniac Games but it seems to more go for a four-player online co-op experience. So practually it's their version of Gears of War 3. Again will see how the reviews fair over this.
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