Sunday, September 5, 2010

What Have You Played This Week?

The News was fairly constant this week, but I knew if I was going to play Final Fantasy XIII I would have to do so how ever busy it got. I feel happy with how much I played and don't think I could have done much more.

Football Manager 10 – PC – I managed to beat Chelsea 3-2 to reach the FA Cup Semi Final. I didn't get too much further though in the league as I didn't play this much this week.

Final Fantasy XIII – PS3 – I had been putting of playing this game after the range of comments it received when it came out. But I am glad I have started playing it as i'm enjoying it. I'm around 20 hours in and I haven't found it that difficult. In the beginning the battles started to get annoying due to how easy they were, but as the Paradigm system has expanded and enemies have got to a decent level of difficulty, battles have become fast and fun. Graphically, the stuff that looks great really does, but there are some things that look average or worse. I personally don't like the skin on the characters or how It looks in in-game cutscenes. Clothes, faces, and main bits of backgrounds tho can look stunning. The story is hard to discuss because what appears to be gaps have, so far, been filled in later with flash backs. But, some parts do feel edited/cut/rushed over which overall is hard to ignore. The only thing that's been pointless so far is the weapons. With the addition of a upgrade system, there's been no point to buying/using new weapons as the updated weapons are far superior and you don't get enough money to keep buying extra things to upgrade with. I'm looking forward to how to goes, some of the story has been predictable, but I still want to see how it unfolds.

Naruto: Rise Of A Ninja – Xbox 360 – I've been getting into Naruto a lot recently so I looked for some Naruto games I could rent. This is the first game on the Xbox 360 and it covers the story upto the conclusion of Naruto Vs Garra. The main surprise so far has been how good the game looks. For being how old it is, the art style they used really stands out. Everything looks as it should. I've downloaded the Japanese voice pack, and other free DLC, to add authenticity, and turning on subtitles. If it wasn't for the achievements and arbitrary quests this game would be over quick, but neither of those is a bad thing. The game oozes charm and its fun being back early in the Naruto story. The story is not told exactly like it was in the Anime, but the changes they made fit fine. I'm having fun and can't wait to complete it.

Vanquish – PS3 – Demo – this game has intrigued me since it was announced. I'm keen to see how it differs from other 3rd person shooters. Graphically the game looks nice and has a good style to it. It still has some common 3rd person shooter things about it, big burly guys with big guns, but the action can be a lot faster. The controls take some time to get used to but it is possible to get through most of the demo with just knowing how to aim and shoot. The big boss at the end forces you to be more manoeuvrable and to use new weapons, but it is fun seeing how your character finishes it off.

Did you manage to play more games than I have over the week, or do you have any comments on my experiences or questions about the games i've played? If you do, feel free to add them in the comments section.

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