I admit I never played Empire Earth the first time around. I was always vaguely aware there was a game called Empire Earth and that it involved commanding armies during the most violent and bloody periods of human history, but I already owned Age of Mythology and saw little reason to expand my real-time strategy repertoire at a time when my gaming budget consisted of birthday money. So I passed it over for a sweet box set of Lucas Arts games. Or maybe that was when I bought the Journeymen Project. I can’t remember. At any rate, I finally scored a copy of Empire Earth around Christmas when a Steam-like website was giving it away for free. Yep. Like Tophat I’m a bit of a penny pincher these days. It was lucky that I came across the deal because I had reached my fun limit for Age of Empires Online, Microsoft’s ill-conceived attempt to bring a RTS MMO to a world that had never considered such a bizarre concept. (more…)
As you may have already guessed my Faceplant faithfuls, rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. Instead of making new subterranean friends, or rather extracosmic friends, I’ve been locked away in a dark closet comforted only by the hum of an overzealous 60mm fan in an effort to bring you my humble opinion of a retro game I have recently discovered. As with many of my latest discoveries, this one came from r/minecraft on reddit. Someone was lamenting being away from their gaming machine for the holidays and said they found a nice alternative in Open Transportation Tycoon Deluxe. In the days when Chris Sawyer was brandishing his capitalistic prowess I was deeply entrenched in the Maxis camp. My general sentiment was why run the transportation system when I can run the whole city? I spent most of my time typing in imacheat and focusing on massive infrastructure projects. What 12 year old needs budgetary concerns? It wasn’t until I spent a few years as a political affairs reporter that I returned to the game and began to take an interest in the budget. After all, I’ve seen enough annual reports since graduating college it ought to be a breeze. Sure enough I built a large city with a balanced budget. Then I found OTTD. A whole new budget system and technology progression. (more…)
Ok, I’ll admit it. I’ve never played a Kirby game. My only experience with the little pink over-eater was in Gamecube’s Super Smash Bros. And a few rounds of Kirby golf on a ROM. So Kirby expert I am not. In fact, the only reason I picked up Epic Yarn is because I thought the game’s level design was so creative and interesting I simply couldn’t not play it. So imagine my surprise when I learned just how incredibly gay Kirby and his friends are. I have come to the conclusion that Kirby is the toddler version of Mario. But this makes his game no less fun. (more…)
A close friend and distant cousin shared my obsession with World War II airplanes growing up, but he took it a step further. He bought a joystick and a book on dog fighting moves. I just spent my time reading about the majestic P-38 and the deadly Stuka while he actually flew the things in online combat. He eventually progressed to Ace Combat but for a while he played a game that featured vehicles of World War II in addition to planes. The name escapes me but it was sort of a plane and automobile-centric Battlefield 1942. The vehicles weren’t particularly useful though because they were too far from the rival bases. (more…)
There are a couple of things everybody should know about Nintendo. First, their developers seem to derive some sick pleasure from finding new and exciting ways to kill and generally infuriate you as you try to navigate their bizarre worlds. Second, their office must be in some dark, dank basement full of cubicles designed to isolate their employees from each other and humanity as a whole because multiplayer capabilities have always been not just an after thought, but intentionally complicated if not impossible.
And yet, Tophat and I agreed to play Super Mario Brothers Wii with my wife. Somehow we failed to connect the dots. (more…)
I realize the timing of this is down right awful, what with us on the cusp of another Holiday season game release frenzy, but after you’ve woken from your New Year’s Eve (unless you’re in China. Is WordPress blocked in China?) haze stumble back to your computer and remember this article. Here you will find a few simple games that bring me sweet addictive joy. Tophat has some deep-seated hatred for indie games. Secretly I think he’s afraid they’re all games that either turn your controller into something naughty or they resemble some creepiness found under the mature tab on Newgrounds. And while those games certainly do exist, the former in abundance, personally I find the indie games section of Xbox Live Arcade to be an exciting forum for creative talent with no money and no interest in Flash. I admit, the games I selected for this post are not shining examples of shoestring budget masterpieces but I like them and I want to let other people know. I hope to bring you more of my favorite and some that make me wish there was a return policy, but for now here are two I play too often. (more…)
I think we all saw the developer walkthrough for Just Cause 2. I decided to rent the game based on that 10 minute video alone. It sounded like it had everything I love in a sandbox videogame. Over the top stunts and explosions, an expansive area to explore, and something I’d never seen before. The grappling hook looked really cool. Especially when coupled with the parachute. (more…)
I think the time is about right for me to tell you a little story. This is the story of why Enosh bought an Xbox 360. You see, as a kid I was never allowed to own a console. After all, videogames rot your brain and make you afraid of sunshine. I had of course played a good number of videogames, my best friend own a series of consoles beginning with the NES and progressing in a careening line up through the SNES, Playstation, and PS2.
By the time I got to college I was a Playstation fan and the thought of software giant Microsoft trying to wheedle its way into the market offended me. Then my sophomore roommate introduced me to the Halo and more importantly a little racing game called Project Gotham Racing 2. (more…)
Actually, this game is great for city slickers and range riders alike. But still! The co-op missions come out tomorrow, so I thought it high time I weigh in on the game that made rdr cougar an internet meme.
I feel that I am more qualified than my counterparts Elrood and Tophat to discuss this game because I actually played Gun three years ago. Nobody else knows what that game was, but believe me when I say it shared a lot of similarities with RDR. I’m a big fan of sandbox games and running around on a horse brandishing a six-shooter is ridiculously appealing to me. That being said, buying RDR had not occurred to me until the Monday before launch. Elrood, Tophat and I were playing a little MW2 or Borderlands that night, I forget which, when a mutual friend joined our party exploding with excitement about the midnight release of RDR. The buzzword for the evening quickly became posse and in no time I was making plans to drive to Best Buy the next day. As I went to bed with thoughts of train robberies duels with my friends galloping through my head, the planets were aligning to ensure my disappointment. (more…)