The Lorenz

My blood for games

Today the world is overwhelmed by web. I once played the vanillaā€¯ Deus Ex: Human Revolution on Xbox 360 and was pretty stoked at what the game delivered considering I knew next to nothing about it. Never had a computer powerful enough to play the originals and was only going by recommendations from friends who acted like it was Metal Gear Solid’s second coming. They certainly were not pulling my leg and I was all but enamored by the level of depth this game went to. Multiple ways of getting through the various stages, dialogue options that were not long winded and kept the story flowing, and even the option to NOT KILL A SINGLE ENEMY if I wanted to. Something that is very rare in games these days (or at least it was before this game). The shooting wasn’t perfect but it worked well enough to make those moments where sneaking wasn’t possibly survivable. The ability to complete some side quests before they even begin is hilarious as well as brilliant. Hell the game HAS side quests, that’s a plus in my book already.

I guess if i had to change something about the game, it would be that sometimes while in battle mode I tend to do mistakes. The controls are not very helpful, and while you can undo moving, you can’t undo other actions like attacking a specific grid (setting a monster trap), or defending. If I would be able to undo these two actions, the game would have been better I think. I absolutely love the graphics, but maybe inputting voice sound to some conversations would have been better, not that I do not mind reading dialog, but it is much convenient to have them talk. Half-life created in the year 1998 holds the number one spot. The game had one of the best story lines and allowed gamers to play as a character named Gordon Freeman fighting monsters and completing missions.

Don’t get me wrong – I am not the kind of parent who will allow my son to spend all day playing Xbox games. I can and do turn it off myself when my requests to stop playing are conveniently ignored. I frequently resort to turning off the Wi-Fi connection downstairs, to angry protests, which puts a stop to any socialising on Xbox Live. When I have really had enough, I hide all of the controls – in the tumble dryer amongst the washing (not when it is on!), in drawers, in the kitchen cupboards with the saucepans – I will put them anywhere. I confiscate them for a time I see fit, if I really feel tried and tested, though I have fallen short of getting rid of it altogether. He learns his lesson for a short while, promising exemplary behaviour upon its return. But then it starts again. And, of course, when there is no Xbox available in his own house, he goes off to someone else’s to play there instead. It truly is a problem compounded by the society we now live in because, unless we move to somewhere in the middle of nowhere, there will always be an Xbox close by.

I’ve always maintained that certain genres work better on PC – and strategy or RTS is one of them. And these two series rank among some of the best ever released for said platform. C&C tells the story of a distant future that mankind inhabits, where two rival factions, NOD and GDI, battle over a resource known as tiberium. Red Alert focuses on an alternate reality where WW II never took place, due to Einstein travelling back in time and erasing Adolf Hitler ps3 from existence. So the Soviets, still at full strength since they were not subjected to any sort of Nazi tyranny, decide to wage war directly on the Allies instead. And these events eventually lead up to the occurrences that take place in the C&C universe. Also consider that when people play Clash of Clans, they are encouraged to simply press a button to invite all of their friends from Facebook to join them, which brings Supercell even more money.

The much anticipated sequel of the father of all first person shooters, Wolfenstein 3D, is hard to exclude from a top five list. The game is essentially a reboot of Wolfenstein 3D from the early 1990s, but offers a very modern take on the classic that still keeps up quite well with what more modern offerings have to provide. In it, players assume the role of Blazkowicz who must escape from a Nazi stronghold and investigate the secret paranormal division that’s around him. It is a linear FPS experience that doesn’t deviate from what players might already know from the original video game. We had our Wii for at least a year I think, before I was even aware there were down-loadable games available. But there are, and they are known as WiiWare. There were about 250 games available, last time I looked. Not a lot I know, but there are some good ones. One I’ve played that’s lots of fun, is World of Goo. I think the average price is around $5 to $10.