I thought about this since I first thought of doing this 30 Day project, back in August. As you’ve seen by reading previous entries, I have a diverse group to pick from and there are more I haven’t even talked about. It’s hard to pick one favorite. I would say a game like Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is very high on the list, as well as Twisted Metal 2 and Black.
I talked SO… MUCH… CRAP about EverQuest 2. I was so bitter and jaded, based on my experiences in EverQuest 1. I was especially bitter and cautious due to the early hardware problems I ran into, which delayed my entry with the guild that was forming from a bunch of people I met on a forum. As it turns out, I was probably better off not jumping right in. The early version of the game didn’t sound that great. From what I hear today, it wasn’t. Sometime in early ’08, I would get an email from a good friend I made on EQ1, inviting me to join an EQ2 branch of their guild. I gave it a try and I loved it. I made some more friends. Unfortunately, there was also more drama, but that’s to be expected. Today, I mostly play on my own, but that’s more due to my free time. I hope to get back to some grouping and maybe even raiding after things settle down in the real world.
Westwood (now Petroglyph) and Square (-Enix) come to mind as possibilities for this post. Singletrac is the big winner though. These guys made most of the vehicular combat games I played on PlayStation (Twisted Metal 1&2, Critical Depth, Rogue Trip). I also played some of their other games, like Warhawk and Jet Moto. That group would later become Incognito, who would resume the Twisted Metal series and make the PS3 Warhawk. That group would later become Eat Sleep Play and Lightbox Interactive, making more Twisted Metal and the recently released Starhawk.
This one was easy. The first scene that comes to mind is one of the first epic cut scenes I ever saw: the intro to Final Fantasy VII. A couple short & sweet minutes set the scene and the tone. Before you know it, it’s go time.
We’ve come a long way from this, haven’t we? It’s a little tough to judge something like this nowadays. Any major game with a story to tell has a cast of voice actors and they generally do a good job. I went more for the amusement value on this choice and I have to give another nod to Saints Row: The Third. Again, I loved the multiple main character voices adding their varied flavor to the game. It helped add to the replay value, as I’ve gone through the story on a couple of voices. They even poke fun at some of the bad acting from the old days. Little things like that helped it stand out as not being the typical delivery of a story. The overall cast was pretty good. I had no clue who was in it beforehand, so I was surprised when I saw Hulk Hogan in the credits. I didn’t recognize his voice as he’s usually yelling into a mic. :p
I love the new design and the bundled items that come with it. My only disappointment with this is it took them all this time to come up with a better tray system. That’s what the original should’ve had instead of the contraption that quit on me some time ago. Of course, that disappointment is wiped away, when I think about my procrastination on fixing said original system. I also considered purchasing one of the more recent slim models to replace my fat, but I slacked on that too. I could just slack more and wait for PS4. The rest of my Fat still works, so I can play downloadable games. I still need a blu-ray player, though. Decisions, decisions…
I plan on playing whatever Chris Roberts is cooking up. I’ve been dying for some good space action.
In the more recent future, I’m looking to try out Dust 514, the MMOFPS tied to the EVE Online universe. I was never a huge fan of EVE, but the concept of having these two games interact with each other sounds very cool.