I love a good game, because they’re exciting and can transport me to exotic worlds with exotic weapons. I even enjoy a bad game at times, because the ludicrousness of the problems can make me laugh. Then there’s Fuse, the third-person shooter from Insomniac Games. It falls solidly in the middle of good and bad, because although it wasn’t horrible, there was also little that I could call fun. If there’s one word I have to describe Fuse, it’s “generic.”
In 2012, NCSoft published Guild Wars 2, an MMO with an astonishing flexibility in gameplay. Here in 2013, the company will be publishing another new MMO, WildStar. And it’s clear from the three videos, below, that what I love about Guild Wars 2 will be here in WildStar. And what I love about Borderlands will be here as well.
Borderlands 2 was one of the most anticipated video games of 2012. But as of today, it’s Gearbox’s newest (for those of us in the United States, anyway; the UK has three more days of waiting time) AAA title. From all accounts, the sequel game is like Borderlands but only more so. That means more guns, more enemies, and if you can believe it, more attitude.
It’s not a secret to the people who know me: I love videogames, but I suck at shooters. I tend to die so frequently that I see the reload screen as often as I see the game itself. So when I hear that Borderlands 2 will be taking players like me into consideration and adding options that will extend my character’s lifespan from “mayfly” to “freakishly long-lived mayfly,” I’m more than optimistic. I’m practically gleeful.
The Borderlands 2 “Wimoweh” trailer is out, and there’s a lot to like, especially if you like your action non-stop and your violence both visceral and cartoony. The trailer gives us that and more.
I love a good soundtrack. My iPhone is filled to the brim with music from John Williams, James Horner, and Bear McCreary. I love the transformative power of soundtracks: One minute, I’m at the grocery store shopping for spaghetti sauce, and the next I’m on the Enterprise, under attack from the Reliant. When the cashier asks me, “Would you like paper or plastic?” I answer, “Khaaaaan! And, um, paper.”
When I spoke with Randy Pitchford, Gearbox CEO and major Aliens franchise fan, it wasn’t long before he landed the first dropship of awesome in my lap: He told me that the upcoming FPS, Aliens: Colonial Marines (A:CM), is a continuation of the first three Aliens films…and is completely canon. That’s right. This videogame is fabulously and officially 20th Century Fox-approved.