I got Civilization 4: The Complete Set or something like that, and Half-Life 2. I love both games so very very much.
My brother recently got a new PC, along with Spore, SimCity Societies, and some Age of Mythology game, not sure which. So I'll be mooching off of those games once in a while.
I also tried starting another game in Shenmue II yesterday, but I couldn't get back into it. Story-based games are boring if you already know what's going to happen.
Awright! Sonic: Unleashed! Great fuckin' game!
- Watch the intro before pushing start. SERIOUSLY!!!
- The day stages rule! That's when Sonic is in his typical form! Best part of the game!
- At night, he's a were wolf. Those stages ar OK. The fighting is awesome but the level as a whole can be crap.
- PLAY THE GAME! IT IS FUCKING AWESOME!!!
Red Faction 2
Now I was quite the fan of the original game, but since the first one was one of the very first games for PS2, the graphics and some mechanics left something to be desired. The campaign was absolutely brilliantly done and the multiplayer was revolutionary for its time.
I had very high expectations when buying this game. At first, I was a bit disappointed because there is BARELY a connection between the first and second one in the story. The only connection is that the Red Faction still exists however many years later. That's about it. Completely new characters, completely different plot. Shoot, it even took place on a completely different planet (it wasn't on Mars anymore so there was no point in the Red Faction still having the "Red" in their title). The Ultor mining company is completely dissolved and all in all, this game has VERY little to do with the first.
That being said, however, the gameplay stayed very true to the formula that made the first one such a classic. You can still blast through walls and you can still pilot amazing vehicles. It actually seems like they just took the original engine and beefed up the graphics, which is exactly what they should have done. If they had strayed too far from the formula, it would have been a disaster. Fortunately, the producers knew better and didn't want to pull an "Unreal 2: The Awakening" by basically destroying what made the original so marvelous.
The storyline, although completely irrelevant to the original plot of its predecessor, is very gripping and quite well done. The producers clearly made the focus the gameplay because the huge plot twist in the middle of the game took place in about 30 seconds, and all of the bosses died in a very anti-climactic way. There are lots of moments where you think to yourself, "Oh. I guess I'm done with this part." In retrospect, however, the original did this same thing, but certainly not to this point. Despite the somewhat awkward cutscenes and very anticlimactic ending, the story was satisfying overall.
The multiplayer, however, is where this game really shines, just like the first one. I haven't had a chance to try out too many of the maps, but they seem to be pretty well laid-out. Of course, just like the original, the weapons are absolutely brilliantly executed and mix in with their environments quite well. If you don't know what this means, then play either the first or this one and it'll make sense.
In the end, my only complaints involve the plot of the campaign mode and a few mechanical things that could have been refined a bit more (such as how a very large portion of the game was poorly lit and required the night vision goggles a bit too much). The graphics in gameplay were actually MUCH better than in the cutscenes, which I'm sure no gamer will really complain about. If you are looking for a straight-up simple "shoot 'em up" game, then I highly recommend Red Faction 2 to you. ON the other hand, if you prefer games with a strong plot and character development in your FPS, then I also recommend Red Faction 2 to you. If you haven't played the first one, however, I STRONGLY urge you to go out and buy that game before even coming close to this one.