During break I’ve had lots of time to get my gaming on! I bought Black Ops 2 because it was on sale….and it sounded fun. I skipped the first Black Ops and told myself I would only buy Modern Warfares, but oh well. Before I started playing it though, I had way too many games in progress. Here are the games I cleaned up in the last couple weeks.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal
I haven’t played a “fighting game” in forever…probably since smash bros on GameCube. So when this got announced, I was intrigued. I bought it for the PS3, and it was a cross buy game with the Vita. Buy it once for PS3, get it free for the Vita. Awesome. It’s similar to Smash Bros, for sure. Four people on the screen, fighting away. There are two major differences though. The first is obviously the cast of characters. These aren’t beloved Nintendo characters, but less beloved PlayStation characters. Some I recognize and like…Ratchet, Jack and Daxter, Nathan Drake, Cole, Parrapa. But some are from games I’ve never played, and don’t really care about. As far as characters go….the Smash Bros characters were more fun, probably because they were characters I grew up with. The PlayStation characters have a LOT of variation though, especially in their super moves, and this is where the games diverge.
Smash Bros was all about racking up that percentage, and knocking someone out. In stock games it was even fun to run away and be defensive. In PS All-Stars, you have to be offensive. Each character has three levels of supers, and you earn them by scoring hits on other players. Supers are the only way to knock a player out, so you want to build that super, and unleash it on the other players. The worst is when you build that super up, and then miss. Arg! It’s fun, but I don’t think the gameplay is quite as addicting as smash bros. It was an easy platinum though, which I did on both systems. I sold the PS3 disc, but I still have a digital version on the Vita if I want to hop online and play.
This game I bought last January to play with Luke as his first real videogame, and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a lot of fun to play with him and introduce him to using the controller, completing objectives, and collecting stuff. Over the course of the year we earned nearly every trophy, but I decided to sit down and get the last couple. Nothing too difficult…gold trophy every level, and upgrade all the characters (which we had almost done from playing so much). Third platinum in a week!
Modern Warfare 3
I’ve been playing this bad boy since last Christmas. First 6 months or so, all I played was multiplayer. Eventually I got burned out, and during the summer I started the single player. I beat MW2 on the harder difficulty, so I wanted to do the same on MW3. In general, I have no idea what is going on story wise, but it’s still fun. And it was a good warm-up for Black Ops 2.
Now that I have all those games “completed,” I can move on to Black Ops 2. I’ve only put in an hour or two, but it plays really well. The online ladder looks interesting instead of just the standard public matches. I’ve finally worn out my original dual shock 3. Sometimes I move, and even when the stick go backs to center, it keeps moving. I switched to my wife’s pink controller, but I do have a brand new black one I can open.
On the Vita I started Uncharted. I bought it back when I got the Vita, but the demo didn’t seem very cool, so I sold it. Since then I signed up for PlayStation Plus, and when they finally opened it up to the Vita, there were like 8 free games, and Uncharted was one of them. Starting it from the beginning makes it seem a lot better than the demo, since I’m actually getting some story. It wants to use the touch screen way too much, but you can ignore it for the most part.
I still have Heavy Rain waiting to be played, and I will absolutely get to that some day. Luke got the old Skylanders game for Christmas, so when we have father/son videogame time, that’s what we’ll be playing.