Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Games Played 05/21/2009

Guild Wars - PC*
Infamous Demo - PlayStation 3**
Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders - X-Box

*I really want to see the high-level content of this game so I started playing it again.

**Didn't know this was going to be an open-world game, GTA style.
All I ended up doing was killing those innocent people roaming the streets. I like
the graphics and the lightning mutant power a lot but I wish it was more structured.


Way of the Samurai (2002)
Developer: Acquire
Platform: PlayStation 2
Purchase Date: 2002

And the winner of The Most Devastating Personal Insult of the Year Award is...

Way of the Samurai is an action adventure game that really focuses on open-ended play and non-linearity. You play as a wandering Samurai who arrives in a small town that is on the verge of a bloodbath amongst its conflicting inhabitants. The game takes place within the confines of the small village and its surrounding landmarks. The game is also framed within a 3-day timeline before it is completed. These descriptions don't sound like the game is worth much until we discuss about the game's branching storyline. There are many decisions that you have to make throughout the short adventure and each will alter the game's storyline to a degree. When you first play the game, everything that is happening around you may not make much sense until you have played it multiple times through and learn the details from the alternate portions of the tale that you haven't encountered before. I really like how this is done because as that wandering Samurai, you really shouldn't know anything about the situation that you have stumbled yourself into. This really adds a flair of realism and drama to the game's atmosphere. There are costumes to unlock and weapons to collect to make your subsequent adventure less repetitive. The main problem with the game is that the character conversations are slow and going through them again just to see what other events you haven't seen before require a huge amount of patience.

LIBRARY STATUS: 3 out of 5

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