A few weeks ago I had a look at Puzzle Agent, a game quite similar to Professor Layton series on the DS in construction – a point and click adventure game with brain-teaser puzzles. The original was very short and had some implementation issues that tarnished the experience a little bit, but the narrative was well delivered and overall I really enjoyed playing the game.
The sequel landed on the 30th June, and I’ve now played it through. Unfortunately, Puzzle Agent 2 is a disappointing sequel, let me tell you why…
Proun is a little indie number that came out for Windows on Friday 24th June, it’s an “abstract racer” and I highly recommend taking a look. It’s been released on a “pay what you want” model (including free!), so there’s really no excuse not to try it.
Let’s have a closer look…
I’d never touched upon the Assassin’s Creed series, but luckily for me Steam came to the rescue with some stupidly cheap prices during an offer week, so I managed to pick up the first two games nice and cheap. I’ve already played through the original and posted my take on that a few weeks ago, and if you don’t want to read all of that review, here was my final thought:
The environments and animations are top notch; the gameplay is essentially fun, but progression gets a little repetitive by the end; and the narrative would be much more interesting if the delivery wasn’t so disjoint from the gameplay. But overall, Assassin’s Creed is a good enough game, and one that I’ve enjoyed playing through – but it’s a good job it ended when it did; if it was much longer I suspect I’d have got bored before reaching the end.
Lets see what the second game of the series has to offer.
About a year ago TellTale Games released a game called Puzzle Agent, as the first release on a new “pilot program” they were trialling – a way of delivering new gaming concepts at low cost and minimised risk, to see how they perform in the wider audience. The idea being those that are successful can then be promoted to received a fuller release.
Obviously Puzzle Agent must have received a reasonable amount of positive flow for them, as they’re releasing Puzzle Agent 2 at the end of this month (30th June 2011). I decided to take advantage of a recent sale and pick the first Puzzle Agent up, to see what it was all about. Lets have a look:
I’ve never touched upon the Assassin’s Creed series, in fact I know little about it other than a few friends have told me it’s “good”, although I’m not sure if they mean the series as a whole, or a single game, or what. To be honest, I’m not really sure why this one slipped entirely under my radar.
Luckily for me, Steam came to the rescue again with stupidly cheap prices during an offer week, so I managed to pick up the first two games nice and cheap. Let’s see what they’re like…
Yes, apologies for the cheesy title, but well, it sort of works…
OK, I’m writing this section having not yet played the game. The box is here on my desk – and apparently it’s the “special edition“, which is nice, but I’m fairly sure I only ordered the base game [Actually, I've now checked, and I did only order (and more importantly only pay for) the normal version, so apparently that's an extra £3 of random unlocks for "free"...]. Anyway, it’s waiting to be opened and pushed on to Steam, but the release date in the UK is tomorrow, so I’ll probably have to keep waiting.
Let me just say that at this stage my attraction Brink confuses me. Prior to release I’ve been quite excited about it, but this is strange, as I’ve “gone off” the FPS genre over the last few years. I can’t really put my finger on it, but they just don’t really attract me any more. Sure, I’ve played the Mass Effects and Fallouts, but there the shooting there isn’t really the main focus, so probably the only full-on shooter I’ve played any time recently is Team Fortress 2, and I don’t think I’ve even played that for a months. But, something about this game has grabbed my attention, I can’t now put my finger on what that is right now, hopefully after I’ve logged some play time.
Out of interest, I had a look at some reviews of the game on the web, and they seem to be slightly mixed. A week after the US release, and the PC version was scoring 72 on MetaCritic, which is not bad, but hardly excellent. It’s fair to say that since reading the reviews I’ve been a little bit apprehensive, but will have to wait until tomorrow to try it out myself (and seriously, what’s with the staggered global release dates? Especially when the game’s PC version is Steam only. It just feel’s so out-dated).
I’ve played FarCry at some distant point in the past; mostly multiplayer at a LAN party if I recall. I didn’t finish the single player, but I’m not sure why now as it was quite a long time ago. It’s probably because of this that I completely ignored Crysis when it was released in 2007. The game’s sequel was released recently, but the original was on offer stupidly cheap on Steam last week, so I thought I’d pick it up.
On release, the game was known for requiring something akin to a small cluster of super computers to run on the highest settings, so one clear advantage of first visiting the game four years late is that these power requirements are now easily surmountable (thank you Moore’s law!). My current machine is a 1GiB GTX460 on a 4×2.3Ghz AMD Phenom with 4GiB DDR2 RAM – not exactly top-end gaming hardware, but hardly shabby – and seems to run the game smoothly (although, I haven’t actually measured the frame rate) at a full 1920×1080 with 4×AA and everything cranked up to the highest setting. So, I get the best the game can offer, and because it started with such a high bar, it has aged well so far.