Thoughts on Gears of War 2

I wasn’t all that impressed with the first Gears of War, so I didn’t expect to be impressed with Gears of War 2, but boy was I wrong. I was afraid I’d get bored of playing the single-player campaign by myself, but I’m slowly making my way through it. The occasional quips from my AI teammates are more clever than what most real people would say in the situation.

Everyone and their mother is going on about Horde mode, but it really is one of the best things about the game. Facing wave after wave of enemies really forces your team to cooperate in order to get survive till the last wave. When I first tried playing, there were match-making issues, but those seemed to be ironed out by now.

I’ve had a couple of boring games with crappy teammates, but when I get on a server with mature people who know how to play as a team, it’s magical.

Thoughts on Mirror’s Edge Demo

I’m hyped for Mirror’s Edge after playing the demo tonight. It’s about time that games start to feature strong female characters who have realistic boobs.

Even though the game features more on platforming and parkour action instead of combat, I’m pleased to see that combat isn’t as stilted as it looked in early trailers. Despite the lack of combat, my heart was still pounding during the demo thanks to its “Oh my god, something is chasing me” dynamics.

Some people said that the setting and graphics in Mirror’s Edge are too sterile, but that’s the whole point. It is a dystopian society after all. I for one, love the crisp setting and the blue tone of the entire game. It just looks so futuristic without looking too sci-fi.

If the demo is any indication of the full game, I can’t wait till mid-November.