Thursday, October 4, 2012

The bigger they are...

Borderlands 2 is done. Whew.

Everything you have heard about the last boss is true. He isn't very difficult, but he isn't very interesting either. I can kind of see where they were going with him, but it was much to easy to run around and avoid his attacks while taking pot shots at his glowing weak points. This is made worse by how much health he has; not difficult to figure out what to do, just tedious to do it as many times in a row as is required.

In spite of the last few hours becoming a grind Borderlands 2 was a good game. It did not have a good story but what was there was helped along by a well written villain. The shooting itself was not exceptional but the wealth and variety of weapons made killing what was offered enjoyable. The driving was terrible, but, well, there is no saving that one, the driving was just terrible. From a technical standpoint the graphics were not very good but stylistically I liked it. The world was consistent to itself which is all that really matters.

So, how do you make it better? Borderlands is already a Frankenstein's monster of a game, throwing together a shooter and ARPG loot fest, it just needs to be a little more careful about what games it steals from. Take the shooting and driving from Rage, use the loot system from Titan Quest, discard the entire quest system in favor of something more organic, say from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (the first one, you know, the one you could almost play), simmer the while thing for a few years and launch it on the new hardware.

Boom, it prints money.

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Giant shooter bosses always make me think of Painkiller and its terrible sequels.


That's how you do a giant boss. On October 31st Painkiller Hell and Damnation comes out. If I read correctly, it is simply a remake of the first game and its expansion. This is something that I want. My problem is that my aging computer could not run Serious Sam 3 to my liking so the odds of this working are slim to none. Consolation prize: Serious Sam 3 is coming out for XBLA later this year. That will be the second time I buy the game and the first time I actually get to play it at a reasonable frame rate. I assume.

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Demo Friday is going to be a little different. First of all I may post it tonight as I am not going to be near my computer or Xbox tomorrow. Secondly, there were no new games on Wednesday and the two Friday releases are re-releases of Sonic Adventure 2 and Nights in Dreams. I will play those next week. This week I will run back a few more weeks to a few games that I have never heard of.

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