Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A job is a job

So, there are other games out there right now besides Skyrim, it's just that none of them are as good.

For example, I am trying to take every other day off and keep working on the backlog, as November has tripled its size. I am usually successful, but then people start talking about how awesome King of Fighter XIII is and I begin to break out in a sweat. I have to work, I have to eat, I have other family related obligations, how in the world am I going to pick up another fighting game to be bad at? It may or may not happen; I played a little of XII and the netcode was ass, though there have been many assurances that this one is better. At only $50 it is tempting...

I am also trying to work by way through Lord of the Rings: War in the North and am happy to say that it is nowhere near as bad as some of the reviews will lead you to believe. It is just a loot dropping hack and slash game very much in the vein of Dark Alliance (but from the wrong perspective. Isometric for life, yo!) Enemies to grow in power at roughly the rate your equipment does, and the special moves are rather plain, but it plays the Lord of the Rings fan service card rather well for not being attached to a movie. I enjoyed wandering around Lothlorien talking to members of the fellowship before they started out, and Bilbo sitting alone on a bench, writing everything down so he doesn't forget them as he swiftly ages, was just a little touching. (I could have down without the Legolas cameo, but what are you going to do).

The voices were off and the a few of the faces were terrible, but I get what they were trying to do. They couldn't inject new characters into the Lord of the Rings story proper, so they created another conflict in the same general area. It works, and it just engaging enough to keep me from thinking about just how many times I have mashed the X button over the last few hours. Reminds me of the short time I attempted to play Marvel, hiyo!

Of course it is not as good as Skyrim, and it does indeed occupy some of the same mental space, to the point that I started worrying my armor degrading while I was fighting a dragon last night, but it is not a bad distraction. Skyrim is almost a job. A good job, to be sure, one that includes thieving and murder and intrigue and dragons, but a job none the less. So many people what my attention that I tend to pick a direction and wonder off, spelunking and looting until I can relax again.


  1. My honest opinion about KoF 13: Its a fantastic game. In the one lobby I played in so far (just got the game) the netcode was as good as AE's, with very rare lag. I was playing a friend in the same city as myself but I've heard similar things from people around the country.

    Its a fantastic game but its really hard. There's no equivalent to blanka in this game. There's no comeback mechanic and there's a lot of technical things to keep in mind at all times. I'm coming to the game with zero KoF experience so maybe it will be easier for you... but I'm going to have to put a lot of time into the game before I see any rewards.

    I'm looking forward to it though!

  2. I swear, if I had more time, I would buy it.

    I might buy it anyway.