|Random Video Game Chatter
||[Jun. 6th, 2010|04:00 pm]
I've been playing a lot of video games lately. I'll give some brief thoughts on some of the stuff I've played.
I was thinking of retiring from GTA IV's multiplayer to move to Red Dead Redemption.
11 days, 1000g later, and many fits of cussing and 1 thrown controller later, I conclude that Red Dead Redemption sucks major donkey balls. What a fucking disappointment. IGN and Gamespot should be ashamed of themselves. The game looks stunning, and that's fine. But the story is abysmal. I can't stress this enough. I almost quit playing 40 percent into the game, in Mexico. Every fucking mission was this long trek across the barren countryside, inviting you to pull your hair out at the inane chatter the PC and NPC carried on, while staring at the beautiful nowhere. Every fucking mission. The game died in Mexico. Your playable character was uber-trash, too. John Marston was an unbelievable idiot. For all the super-human shit he pulled off in missions, he was a real dolt when it came to the cut-scenes. How many times do you have to ask random NPCs why they should expect your help, John? It's painfully fucking obvious that you have to do what you're doing because these people can help you get your former gang buddies, and you're doing this because the government held your family hostage in order for you to do it. The audience didn't forget that fact the 1st time it was discussed. 15 times later, I wished some fucking enemy would just end his ass permanently, since I was really fucking tired of hearing John search for different answers with the same questions.
Red's multiplayer is lame, since they built around free roam, which was the most worthless mode in GTA IV. The FFA and Gang Matches are all trash, but the seven gang hideouts that you could play by yourself or co-op were neat. That wasn't enough to care about multiplayer, though. Again, the graphics are amazing, but I really don't give a shit if I ride around on the first realistic horses, shooting at people, and wildlife. That's not enough.
This game is more like a 5 or 6 out of 10. It's overrated, and the glitches and little annoyances (can't exit out of a picking-flower or skinning-animal cutscene, not even if bears are about to attack you, or you're being shot at) were too much. The little things, lame multiplayer, and the beyond-shit story killed this thing. I traded it into Gamestop and got $37.50 for it (normally 25 but they have a 50% trade-in bonus running right now). I never sell my games. That's how fucking bad this is. The worst of the little disappointments? The one vehicle you use in this game, a rendition of the Ford Model T, can be found in the section of the map called Blackwater. Can you take it out for a drive? No. That's really lame, coming from a company who made its name from making neat renditions of IRL vehicles, for you to steal for a joyride. Grand Theft Horse? How about no.
In January, I received Fallout 3: GOTY Edition for the 360. That is one of my most favorite games of all-time. To contrast with Red Dead, Fallout 3 is how you do a story. That game has over 200 hours waiting for you to explore its vast wasteland, and the difference is, their wasteland doesn't feel so barren and worthless. The random shit that happens in that game is amazing, compared to Red Dead. The glitches in Fallout 3 are forgivable, compared to Red Dead. Fallout 3 is a masterpiece of gaming and story. Red Dead is neither. Some time this summer, I'm going back to Fallout 3, just to finish up a story run-through so I can create a perfect character (all skills and attributes maxed-out). If you're looking for a summer game, and you never played Fallout 3, try it. Get the GOTY (Game of the Year) Edition, though. It has all the add-ons, which would cost you a lot of money if you got them separately. It's the best value as GOTY, by far.
Valve's Orange Box is a nice cheap game you can pick-up, if you haven't already. It has Half-Life 2, HL2 EP1, HL2 EP 2, Portal, and Team Fortress (a multiplayer-only game) available all for about 20 bucks. I enjoyed myself, although I'm beginning to realize Valve loves to program levels that require you to be lucky more than skilled, and at times, surviving a level or getting an achievement because of a Christmas miracle proves somewhat annoying. There's tons of stuff to do in each game, though, so you'll be finding yourself going back and re-playing each offering.
Speaking of Valve's miracle-minded programming, I didn't like Left 4 Dead all that much. The idea of the game was great, though. It plays like 4 different zombie action movies. The programming of the enemies, however, was cheap as hell. It was way too easy on any difficulty to get randomly screwed by a surprise event, thus wasting the last 45 minutes you may have been playing, trying for one of those ridiculous achievements where you can't die (you die a lot in the game). This one was one I borrowed from my cousin, so had I purchased this with my own cash, I'd probably feel a lot more irate about L4D.
I am looking forward to Fallout: New Vegas. I hope it'll be at least as good as Fallout 3.