Since installing Steam on my Linux TV computer, I've been spending lots of time playing indie games. If you remember my Bastion review, you know that I have high hopes for this area of the gaming industry. Bastion is still an endeavour beyond most indie developers' capabilities, a sort of A+ title of the indie world. More often, indie games are springboards for future projects, testing the waters for style and substance. My review will include the three following games: Lume, a puzzle-game; Eversion, a platformer; and Evoland, an RPG/Adventure hybrid. I got all three of them for less than 15$. Sounds good? Let's check it out.
For a good portion of my playthrough, Borderlands 2 felt to me like Borderlands 1.1. I didn't really see then differences at first, until I played the first one again to compare. And that's when it really hit me. Kind of like when you buy a new amplifier for your guitar or bass, and think, "Well, it's a bit better I suppose". Then you plug in the old one and say "Holy fishcakes, Batman! How did I ever play with this crap?"
Bigger for sure, but better?
If there's something I like, it's some good inexpensive action/adventure games. I figured the Devil May Cry HD Collection would be a good bet. Three games for the price of one? From a bunch of guys who later worked on Bayonetta? How could things go wrong?
I think I just entered the wrong door.
If there's one word that comes to mind when talking about Bayonetta, it should be "wow". While not breaking any new ground gameplay-wise, Bayonetta is a game unlike any other I've played. It is completely over-the-top. There is nothing reasonable about it. No restraint was involved in the making of this game. It's as if Platinum Games made all of its employees try to out-crazy each other with suggestions, and then implement only the wackiest of the wacky. If Kitano Takeshi had ever made a video game, it would probably have been Bayonetta.
Crazy sexy, or just plain crazy?
The incredible thing is, it actually works. And given that it's going to be available on the PSN starting this week, what better time than now to offer you a review?
At first glance, Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chickens seems like just the kind of thing that would be right up my street – it’s a 2D shooter called Hardboiled Chickens for goodness sakes. A crazy story about a super-soldier chicken who fights the evil, not-so-subtley-communist penguin regime, it is a damn good set up for a quirky, fun video game. Unfortunately, in spite of great visuals and some very fun moments, this game is neither quirky, nor fun.