Thursday, August 11, 2011

Where have all the good games gone?

The summer lull seems to occur almost annually these days. All the big developers are holding back their giant triple-A titles until the Christmas period. Nothing is being released, nothing is being announced. What can a gamer do with a distinct lack of new and interesting titles? If you’re anything like me, then you’ll be hitting the growing stack of unfinished games you’ve been accruing over the last few months. This blog post is dedicated to all the old games I’m playing at the moment that are seeing me through the dry spell until my next major purchase (Battlefield 3, Hoorah!).

Oscar Mike to the first game, The Tomb Raider Trilogy (alas only on PS3). This pack rams Legend, Anniversary and Underworld onto one Bluray Disc of glory. In addition, the former two have been given the HD treatment. Before I picked up the pack, I’d only really ever played the demos so I was shocked to find three great games for a really low price. Well worth a look for any PS3 owner!

I’ve also gone back to Mass Effect 2 to tidy up loose ends and complete all the downloadable content released in the games lifetime. One such mission, The Arrival, is designed to bridge the gap in story between ME2 and the 3rd instalment in the series due out next year. It’s been fantastic to get back into the game as it’s easily one of my favourite games ever made!

My girlfriend loves a game or two but it’s very rare we get to play together. I like driving games, she doesn’t. I like music games, she doesn’t. I like deep RPG’s, she doesn’t. But what we both like is shooting stuff in the face. Enter Borderlands, the highpaced openworld shooterRPG. The great thing about this game is the coop. We can work together if we like, or just run about shooting stuff. Many an hour has been sunk into world of Pandora and its vast amount loot and enemies with faces to shoot.

And finally, in lieu of what will undoubtedly be my game of 2011, I’ve been playing multiplayer Battlefield Bad Company 2. I’m not a massive fan of most multiplayer games as they make me angry and I REALLY hate to lose. For some reason though, Battlefield is different. It’s more strategic and team orientated than other shooters and it feels slightly more rooted in the real world. So if you lose it’s because the other team were genuinely better than you, rather than just opened fire from the hip at the right time.

Of course, as an alternative to the above, you could enjoy the summer snooze by putting the controller down and getting out in the sun. Ah hell, who am I kidding? Who needs sunshine anyway?

What do you have in your To Be Complete pile? What are you dying to have released?
Leave a comment below and let me know!


  1. Not a single mention of cod? I am disappointed @VAPH I really am.

  2. Mainly because I hate COD. I'm planning a blog about why shortly

  3. So, while i concurr about the postponment of big titles (Arkham City, MW3, BF3, Gears 3, SFxT, Saints Row 3. Christ, Q4 will be expensive) there are a couple of XBLA titles that caught my eye this week.

    Bastion, and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet are 2 very nice games. Only played the demo's so far, but both make me want to buy them!

    I, however, have also gone back to old games, and over 2 stints, did the BFBC2 campaign. Its amasing! So much better than COD...

  4. My ‘To Be Completed’ pile is huge, and ever growing in anticipation of the big releases for me of Batman: Arkham City and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

    My ‘To Be Completed’ pile is currently:
    Avatar – it’s set 2 years before the film, and having only recently watched the film, definitely does it justice and worth a bash now it’s Platinum).
    Transformers: Dark Of The Moon – im a self certified Transformers geek. Still yet to see the film, but I HAD to get this, but still finishing a second play though of Avatar before I start.
    Terminator Salvation (possibly the worst PS3 game I’ve played, but being a trophy whore, im struggling through).
    Dragon Ball: Raging Blast (purchased as an avid DBZ fan, but some camera angles make it almost impossible to enjoy).
    Mirror’s Edge (mostly a quite enjoyable, if very different, game although certain points are VERY frustrating).
    Then there’s the list of ‘Gift’ games, you know the ones. The cheaper games bought for you by family for Xmas and birthdays?
    Tomb Raider: Underworld (I haven’t played a Tomb Raider game since the awesome Tomb Raider 2 on PSX)
    Resistance 2 I've had since release date and never really picked up because of the infamous ‘To Be Completed’ list.

    On top of all these I've still got the ‘Welcome Back’ package and courtesy of a little help from a friend have infamous, Dead Nation, Wipeout HD and Little Big Planet (which at 27 years old I'm embarrassed to admit how addictive and more-ish this game truly is!)

    The wish list keeps growing and I’m trying to keep purchases to a minimum until I complete these games and do trade in’s for the bigger releases later this year.


  5. And I agree VAPF.
    MW3 will NOT be a Q4 purchase.
    Possibly not BFBC3 either.


  6. Mirrors Edge is awesome! one of my favs :) add me on PSN if you want to compare times etc. tho i dont have any on PSN yet as not unlocked all the trials as only recently got it on PS3