July 24th, 2009
G’day, I’m back. Don’t you just hate it when you return from a rather taxing holiday only to have responsibilities lying in wait at home? I certainly do. I’ve gotta update some passport stuff and prepare for my trip back to Shanghai which I’m hoping will happen this year, just before the new year. Once I finish my uni work, I’ll be doing a one month intensive TESOL (teaching English as second (other) language) course right up to Christmas and then start working possibly weeks after that!
That’s not for months yet, although uni’s starting monday which might slow down the posts a little. Also, if you didn’t notice, my new column went up on GameSetWatch, it’s called Memberships, Hierarchy and Lore of the Gorons. Originally I wasn’t very happy with the article – felt like I was grasping at straws, but after some extensive renovation I’m rather pleased with it.
Lastly, just before my break, I downloaded a number of demos from PSN, of the 6 or so titles I was most impressed with the experimental puzzler Trash Panic. I’ll probably download this one today as it had me hooked pretty bad, as for everything else though – including previously played demos – here’s some mini-impressions.
Ridge Racer 7 – very early PS3, can’t launch into slides easily
Everybody’s Golf – just like Mario Golf ‘cept the camera is a little more difficult to control and the new (optional) power-bar-less mechanic lessens precession in shots, still Mario Golf was beaut
Sega Rally – too floaty, I don’t like these sorts of games
infamous – haven’t played
Riddick – reminds me of Doom 3 with less colour and more headspin, demo makes it difficult to appreciate
Killzone 2 – argh, didn’t like this one, great graphical showcase tainted by unenjoyable realism, like Call of Duty 4 but unforgiving
Burnout Paradise – cars don’t feel as good as the amazing Burnout Revenge, I would probably warm into this title if willing to give up the blind faith
MotorStorm Pacific Rift – awesomeness, however all vehicles lose out to the bikes, full game would be sweet if it was overloaded with short cuts and destruction
Mirror’s Edge – refreshing but needs oiling
Crash Commando – maybe if I’d played Soldat I wouldn’t think much of this, well…I haven’t played Soldat, but enjoyed this thoroughly, needs more weapons and quicker drop ins though
Marvel Vs Capcom 2 – need time to understand the nuances of the fighting system, inflated sprites looks yucky