What I’m Backing
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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a gaming update, but then, it’s been awhile since I’ve been at all excited about any games being released. I picked up Injustice: Gods Among Us a couple weeks ago due purely, I believe, from an itch to have a new game to play. For the record, would not recommend. I don’t know what I was thinking – I hate fighting games. O.o
But let’s not talk about my knee-jerk gaming purchases! Instead, let’s talk about the games I’m interested in trying this month! Exclamation points!
Release Date: June 4th
I’ve been intrigued by this game for a few months now. With a cyberpunk theme and a female protagonist – 2 things that always pique my interest – I’m excited to play Nilin, a memory-wiped “memory hunter” who infiltrates and alters other peoples’ memories in search of her own. This is a world in which you can actually upload and share you memories online, as well as remove any memories you’d prefer not to have – an interesting prospect. This memory sharing, however, is all controlled by a single company, “Memorise”, which naturally leads to a whole host of evil possibilities.
While roaming around the streets of Neo-Paris, Nilin searches for her old memories, fights memory-addicted bad guys, jumps from roof to roof, and, as I mentioned earlier, remixes other peoples’ memories to create new outcomes. Sound pretty cool, right?
As you can see this game was actually released yesterday (I can’t believe I missed the date on this one; it makes me wonder why it didn’t get better advertised), which means there’s already a million reviews floating around on the interwebs; unfortunately it sounds like Remember Me is coming up short in several categories. The general consensus is that the fighting gameplay is a little frustrating and repetitive as is the roof-jumping, and the memory remixing episodes are few and far-in between. This is odd, since I would’ve thought the whole premise of the game would revolve around it. On the bright side everyone agrees that the art is absolutely beautiful and the plot intriguing. Ratings range from “mediocre” to “worth playing“, so despite my concern over repetitive gameplay (I still haven’t finished Assassin’s Creed for that very reason), I’ll probably pick this one up for its interesting plot and eye-candy. I’ll let you know if I regret it.
Check out this Remember Me trailer if you haven’t heard about this game, which for whatever reason seems likely.
Release Date: June 14th
I actually made a nice long post on The Last of Us last fall, in which I raved about the fabulous game trailers and how fun the it looked with its puzzles, violence, and stealth. I still maintain high hopes for this game, what with its interesting pair of protagonists as well as it’s varied types of gameplay. Plus, especially luckily for me, I have a friend who’s willing to share his PS3 since it’s not being released for Xbox. Go team go!
A few reviews have been released for this game as well, but as opposed to Remember Me in general people seem to be eating this game up (“Masterpiece” IGN? Really?). It sounds like the game holds up as well as the trailers make it seem, and its clear grittiness even extends to the emotional impact killing can have. Emotional connection to the lives we take in gaming tends to be muted these days, so it’s interesting to see a game that occasionally reminds us of that (which, to go off on a small tangent, is something I found interesting about Elizabeth’s character in Bioshock Infinite; she recognizes that killing is actually a bad thing).
To quote from IGN:
The Last of Us does a phenomenal job of making each and every enemy feel human. Every life taken has weight and each target feels unique and alive.
Another thing I found out is that there’s real-time crafting in the game; not only do you have the option of making certain items, but you have to decide what to use your materials for (Molotov Cocktail or healing pack?) and you also have to find lulls between bouts of fighting to do so.
Some points against the game seem to do with your fairly typical annoying-AI issues (“WELP so much for being stealthy”), as well as the incredibly somber environment and general narrative. Neither of these things bother me too much when compared to all the possible positives.
Really, the worst thing I have to say about this game so far is that I’m pretty jealous this type of intriguing and inventive game is the exclusive Playstation gets, while Xbox is stuck with Call of Duty and sports games. Hashtag firstworldproblems.
Anyway, that’s what’s going on in my world of gaming this month! For anyone who’s interested I also picked up Alan Wake and Dark Souls for cheap on Xbox Live, so we’ll see how that goes. What are you excited for this month?
Oh, also – you may notice I’ve updated the comments section to be controlled by Disqus. I’m not sure how much I like it so far, but the WordPress theme I’m currently using only handles commenting up to 1 level below the OP, which for discussion purposes is basically useless. Let me know what you think so I can determine whether or not to keep it!