Is there some secret to handling/getting rid of -the awkward, jerky camera feel- that's always ruined Dead Space for me. I was literally getting physically sick in the first one. Kept playing here or there but never could finish because of it. Got to try a bit of the 3rd and the movement is very irritating/unnatural. Beyond me not liking 3rd person, it's about the worst camera I've tried to put up with. I can't get through a game that way! Is there something out there that gets you around that issue that I just don't know about? (Have friends that would love to know the answer too!). (I've played/completed other 3rd person shooters, this one is just different).
This will be a shorter blog than last time! Q1 has been fairly busy so far and I've been able to play a few newly released games. Here are my impressions of some 2013 games.
Dead Space 3 came out in early February and thankfully it is pretty good. It's not quite the atmospheric, tense and well paced experience that both its predecessors managed. But its still an enjoyable game with more action, longer campaign, excellent weapon crafting and co-op. I played the game entirely through with co-op after single player. It introduces some minor changes here and there. Like Carver having visions, or short cut scenes with Clarke and carver. It's very easy to play in co-op and I replayed a some of the chapters many times.
My review of Dead Space 3 (external link)
Awakened just came out, not a bad little DLC although does reuse areas of the main game and doesnt introduce much new. The cult leader fight and last puzzle are fairly good though. It continues the story of Clarke and Carver with quite a bit of dialogue, sadly no Ellie. It's only just over an hour long but good quality. It ends on a big cliffhanger.
Aliens Colonial Marines is a game I wasn't going to buy. My love for the movie series, especially Aliens, forced my hand. Luckily I got it fairly cheap, because Aliens CM is one of the worst games I've played in a long time. About the only thing I liked about it were the constant references to the movie, Bishop perhaps the standout. Everything else was so below par it would have me shaking my head. Even the shooting is quite poor. It's so disappointing to see an awful game come from an intriguing universe.
Just to give you an example of how bad the game is. One sequence has you unlatching three fuel nozzles from a drop ship on the planet surface. The area is fairly open and of course Aliens come. Once you enter the nozzle animation (press E to unlatch) the aliens will run up behind you and slash at you multiple times. Because you are in the animation you cannot be damaged or killed. So rather than watching your surrounds for aliens and picking a moment to unlatch, you just run to the nozzle and press a button. After you remove each nozzle, you can turn around and see 3 aliens lined up behind you who have been slashing at you.
Crysis 3 also released in Feb, it took the graphics crown pretty easily. It is simply stunning in places and looks as good in multiplayer. C3 is my least favourite of the series. It's still a decent sci fi shooter, just nothing great or spectacular. I had a lot more problems with AI than before, spawning enemies annoyed me esp with the visor. The bow seems overpowered and other weapons felt imbalanced. There really isnt a good sandbox vehicle experience either. Story wasnt that interesting and it just felt quite underwhelming by the end (aside from graphics). The multiplayer is great fun, as in C2, although I havent played much because I feel like Ive done it all before. Cevat may call it gamer fatigue. I think Crytek could try harder.
My review of Crysis 3 (external link)
Tomb Raider is a reboot to a franchise I have enjoyed in the past. It changes a lot of things, most notably the combat. It also reduces puzzle and platforming so it's just a fun game to play. There are problems with the survival stuff they introduce early on. More puzzles would have been nice too. Once I ignored the pointless attempts at survival realism, I enjoyed the rest of the game very much. Actually I've been playing more and trying to find all items and having great fun. Love how the game repopulates the area with a few enemies so I can stealth them or just play with the combat. It has certainly brought a fresh new spin to the series while leaving room for improvement.
Bioshock Infinite in 10 days, looking forward to that! Keep watching the skies!
Might check out Tomb Raider one day: Nice to hear good things about it.
BioShock Infinite... What a game. :)
Have your thoughts changed after you got the game from your impressions?
Why was tomb raider even rebooted? will there be an aliens:colonial marine reboot?
I agree with your synopsis of Dead Space 3, Crysis 3 and Tomb Raider. I still need to give the co-op in Dead Space 3 a try, although I felt I had my fill of the action the series offers by the end of the singleplayer campaign.
I didn't realize Tomb Raider let you go back after finishing the game to find missing collectibles. I finished all the tombs and figured there wasn't much more to do but only had 80% completion when I beat the game and I love the gameplay, so I might try going back to some of the earlier areas. It has certainly been a busy spring with new consoles on the horizon.
@biggest_loser Haven't played multiplayer yet, it might be good enough for the game to get a 4 or 5 out of 10
I've been hesitant to buy any new games this year, at least until the price of the game drops. With the next gen consoles coming out soon, I want to see how they are going to handle backwards compatibility, I don't want to be buying digital downloads of the same game that I bought on disk in order to play with friends. So right now I've been playing my backlog of games and waiting to see what happens. The new Tomb Raider and the next Gears of War games are so tempting though.
@WalkingP Smart move, looks like PS4 will use Gakai for backwards compat but who knows how much you have to pay for it. Hopefully something about the 360 backwards compat is revealed soon. I don't think I'll be rushing into the consoles and don't have many console games to worry about back compat.