Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The dead shall inherit the earth

Remember what I said about Guardians of Middle Earth? Love the license, hate the game. Not so much hate the game as do not understand the draw of the genre and am too terrible at it to put further effort into learning it. This didn't hurt too much, as Lord of the Rings is primarily a movie franchise for me and I am used to being disappointed by its games. (side note: obtained Blu-Ray extended editions for Christmas, need to find twelve uninterrupted hours).

Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, by comparison, was so offensive that Chance had to talk me down off a ledge. After All 4 One, a game that was fun but not what I was looking for, I was ready for a return to a standard Ratchet & Clank game. Contrary to some critical reaction, I was not tired of the formula and would have been fine with more of the same but prettier. Nope, Full Frontal Assault is another MOBA. My affection for the characters compelled me to try it anyway but I did not make it past the first planet. Running back to defend your home base for the third time instead of exploring new areas just wasn't any fun. Ten minutes in, I was done and my to be played stack of games was empty for the first time in quite a while. I needed something to close out the year, something worth playing. Time to check out the end of year XBLA sale.

Say, The Walking Dead episode 1 is free.

(time passes)

Those bastards.

Playing the first episode and not purchasing the next four is impossible. Thank goodness I caught this bug when they were still all on sale. This is not just another zombie game. It does what Deadlight should have done: treat the zombie apocalypse as a backdrop and focus on human interaction. I am not going to spoil anything, but this game makes me uncomfortable. Choices are never easy and repercussions can come hours later. I do think that some of the reactions are a little strained and interacting with an adventure game using a controller instead of a mouse is clunky, but these are small complaints about a big game. Game of the year? Not my area of expertise. I was certainly not expecting to be sucked in so quickly and I know that the end will come much too soon. With three episodes left I should be able to finish it up before the weekend. Perhaps I will *gasp* attempt an actual review. It has been well over a year and I really should try to write something with a little more gravitas than 'this game sucks.'

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