The Icebox

The Cake is a Lie

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So, a whole bunch of games have been released recently, so here are some brief thoughts on the ones I've played. I'll try not to drop any spoilers, but I make no promises

Halo 3
Its a great game, approximately 52 billion times better than the first 2 (which I didn't like so much). There are only a couple of frustrating areas in the game, and there were lots of very cool moments. That said, it was hardly the best FPS I've ever played, and is definately way WAY too overhyped for its own good. None of that really matters though, as Halo fanboyism far outweighs common sense in most cases.

Half Life 2 Episode 2
Fantastic all the way through. It almost justifies the rediculous amount of time they spent working on it. Almost. I enjoyed Episode 2 much more than both HL2 and Ep 1 combined, and hope they can pull it off again for Episode 3. I just hope it doesnt take them another 18 months or whatever to do it.

This is just a lot of fun. Its hilarious, has great puzzles, and a nice ending, although it is pretty (read: very) short. There's a challenge mode in addition to the main game, so theres probbaly plenty left to do in it, but I've not taken a look yet.

Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions
A remake of the Play Station original, the game feels pretty dated. That doesn't mean its bad, but there are some quality of life issues that they definately could have taken the time to fix while they were remaking it for the PSP. It also starts off pretty slowly, but once you get into things, its pretty good. Also, the new cutscenes are great. If you picture the character animation from hotel dusk, in 3d and full colour, you'd be pretty close. If nothing else, It's made me look forwards to Final Fantasy Tactics A2 all the more.

I picked up a PS3 yesterday, for a couple of reasons:
1 - GAME had an awesome deal which basically nets you 2 free games, which combined with the price drop that occured this week makes for some good times.
2 - Eye of Judgment is out at the end of the month. If you aren't familiar with it, feel free to google for some videos, as any description I give you will either make no sense, or simply not do it justice. Anyway, I played it at PAX, and I was sold right there. My only fear is that I will spend all my money on booster packs!

Anyway, with my PS3 I got Resistance: Fall of Man, which I played shortly after the PS3's release, and it was quite cool, and Heavenly Sword. Heavenly Sword is a nice game which is fun to play, if a little mindless in its button bashing (infact, at one point during the 'tutorial' phase, it specifcally tells you to mash buttons). That said, it can't hold a candle to Devil May Cry or God of War.

That's all for now!



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