I Heart Mass Effect
Someone might have actually mentioned to me that Ryan was talking about getting a tattoo based on his latest obsession. I felt an intervention was in order. The result was a comic strip. I don’t actually have a tri-force tattoo myself, but the possibility has come up in discussion before. It will probably never happen because I have a perfectly rational fear of permanent alterations to my appearance. I have never shaved my head, because I am afraid that it would not grow back the same way, or at all. I won’t get piercings because that is only the first step on a slippery slope to becoming a cyborg. It might also have something to do with my mild distaste for sharp and pointy objects. That is a small consideration.
Injury has kept me mostly at home for the past few days, so for the weekend I decided to investigate PSN as a source for a gaming fix. I notice they have a “Gamer’s Choice” voting platform up, by which their customers can choose their “favorite” game among nominated titles and various categories. Voting unlocks some themes, and the winners will be discounted at some later date. I put “favorite” in quotes earlier (and again just now) since the incentive is more to vote for a game you don’t own and want to play, so it will go on sale. It wouldn’t really make sense to vote for a game you own and enjoyed.
I pray that nobody voted for Plants vs. Zombies. Sure, it’s a good game, but is a port of an online flash game really worth $15? And is it really worth anything on a console in which the controls actually slow down the mechanics of the game? You have to slide a cursor around to pick up items and place plants, rather than just pointing and clicking with a mouse. More to the point, I don’t think you can really compare a simple tower defense game with something like Infamous: Festival of Blood. These just aren’t in the same league.
Of all the categories listed, Best Indie Game seems to be the most important, since those are the titles that most justify the platform. I played Limbo a while ago, so I can already vouch for how amazing it is. Ryan and I played a little Dungeon Defenders at PAX Prime last year, and it was pretty good, but not as refined or stylistic. If you were to choose between the two, it would really come down to which you enjoy more, solving platform puzzles or beating up monsters in RPG style tower defense. I didn’t have a frame of reference for PixelJunk Shooter 2, so I downloaded, luckily before the 14 hour PSN outage. It’s a fun top down shooter with some puzzles, but the solutions are not quite as satisfying nor the problems as difficult as in Limbo. Some levels are fun and interesting, but much of the game feels repetitive. Of the three Indie choices, I would go with Limbo.