I’ve been taking a somewhat spontaneous break from World of Warcraft, and MMO’s in general of late. I didn’t even realize I was doing it until my wife mentioned that something she sent my character came back to her, which meant it had been a while since I had logged on.
What I HAVE been doing lately is playing several single player games thanks to a great sale on Gamersgate. I didn’t even know about this site until I read it mentioned on a blog somewhere right when the week 1 sale started. I figured that since I’ve been playing all of these games, some of them older, I’d give a rundown of what I bought and what I think of it so far, and maybe a few games I’ve just been playing through again.
Mass Effect: 26 Hours (Since I installed Raptr): I’ve owned this game since it came out. I played through the game in it’s entirety back then and uninstalled it when I needed the room. When Mass Effect 2 came out I reinstalled it and, lacking a save file, played through the entire game a second time, then carried that save into Mass Effect 2. Last week I played through the game a third time, this time as a girl renegade to get a drastically different view on the story once I import it into Mass Effect 2.
Alien Swarm: < 1 Hour: This is a free game from Steam. I downloaded it and played it for about 30 minutes while I was waiting to go to school. It was fun and I’m looking forward to playing some more. Primarily a multi-player game, it is surprisingly fun to control one of the marines from a top down view. The best way I can describe it is a Left 4 Dead with aliens and a more top down/strategic view. I think I’ll really enjoy playing this one with my wife and two random people.
Red Faction: Guerrilla: 5 Hours: I’ve played this game off and on since it came out and never really gotten past the first “zone”. I finally buckled down and really blasted forward with the campaign and it’s getting interesting and holding my attention a little more. Once the “Reaver” type people are introduced it’s much more enjoyable.
Transformers: War for Cybertron: 11 Hours: I bought this due to the multiplayer preview on Xbox live. Of course I bought it for PC since I will almost always do that given the choice. I was sad to find that while the multiplayer combat was extremely fun, second only to Modern Warfare 2, there was only one match type with ANY people it it, and it had about 10 on average. This is really depressing for me. Luckily I very much enjoyed the single player campaign. At about 10 hours the single player was the perfect length. I decided to follow the Decepticon Campaign first, then head into the Autobot Campaign and I’m glad I did. When the game came out the developers were raving about how you could play either campaign first and enjoy it and that is true. Just as you can watch any of the original Star Wars first and enjoy it. You may not have any frikkin clue as to what is going on, but you COULD do it if you wanted.
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: 10 Hours: Again the perfect amount of time for me for an action shooter. I enjoyed this game once I realized that stealth was pretty much useless and pumped all of my talents into brutal murder. Killing people by kicking them off a platform, having them land on another enemy and force another to stumble into a wall of spikes never gets old. The story is pretty much fantasy trash but it’s enjoyable in it’s own way. The ending was anticlimactic but it was worth the $3 I paid for it.
More games are coming on this list, and I want to go into more detail on Mass Effect and Transformers, so keep an eye on the blog and I’ll be posting again soon.