Games I’ve been playing lately (And you should too!)
- Borderlands (PS3) - The absolute most fun co-op game around. Two of my buddies and I have put hundreds of hours into playing it, and we’re still finding weapons we haven’t seen before. I am more excited for Borderlands 2 than I have been for any game since the release of Devil May Cry 3. And, while we’re on the subject:
- Devil May Cry HD Collection (Xbox 360) - But mostly just for DMC3. DMC is good, DMC 2 is bad, but DMC3 is Devil May Cry for me. Two angsty teenage brothers both fighting for their own desires coupled with fast, fluid combos, massive boss fights, and numerous power-ups. I have beaten this game 20 times at least, and will likely beat it another 10 times before I’m finally finished playing it. I sincerely hope the new Ninja Theory reboot of the series doesn’t let me, or any other fans of the series, down.
- Crackdown (Xbox 360) - An oldie, but a goodie. I originally bought this game simply because it contained the beta code for Halo 3 multiplayer, but I ended up getting so much more. There is almost nothing more fun than leaping entire skyscrapers and looking to your right to see your buddy doing the same thing. The game is decent solo, but it really shines when played co-op.
- Bastion (PC) - I’m actually still on my first play through of this one. I bought it during the Steam Summer Sale, and have been playing it at a very leisurely pace. The gameplay is fine, nothing out of the ordinary for a hack-and-slash rpg, but where the game really stands out is the soundtrack and scenery. Great western tunes, lush environments that rise up beneath your feet as you walk, and possibly the greatest narration in a video game, or any other media for that matter, make it such an interesting game. Especially because the narration is reactive. When you equip a certain weapon, or you fall into a pit, the narrator responds to exactly what happened.
- The Legend Of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo DS)- I recently bought both this, and Spirit Tracks because well, I love LoZ games, and my DS had really only been collecting dust for a few months and needed some love. I’ve always been really wary of DS games, because the touch/dual screen gimmick always seemed like just that. Boy, was I wrong. Phantom Hourglass incorporates the touch screen in ways that are so fun, that I actually found myself going out of the way to use boomerang. I’ve played a ton of Zelda games, but never before has the boomerang tool been so fun to use. This is another game that I’m still on my first play through of, but so far I’m absolutely loving it.