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Army of Two: The 40th Day

If you like fist-bumps, a ravaged Shanghai, and hints of beastiality, do I have a game for you. Hunter and I started playing AoT:tFD when it first came out (January of 2010) and finally beat it. It’s a fictionally preposterous game and a relatively standard shooter with cover mechanics otherwise. The things that make it stand out – the moral choices, the gun customization, the mask customization – are more satisfying the more emotional investment you put into them.

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Transformers: War for Cybertron

Played through the co-op 3-man online campaign on Easy. Transformers: WfC was a fun shooter with some really interesting levels and a strong thematic element. I wouldn’t have picked up WfC and played it myself if it weren’t for a certain Transformers-obsessed co-worker of mine.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

When I borrowed this game from work on Friday, I didn’t expect to beat it this weekend. But beat it I have.

I was relatively excited to play through this, as I had enjoyed The Force Unleashed despite its shortcomings. And while the strengths of TFU are still evident in the sequel, I feel like the game has now overstayed its welcome.

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50 Cent: Blood in the Sand

I played this game because a co-worker friend of mine has an unhealthy love for it and it supports 2-player online co-op through the entire campaign.

I’ll admit that I thought this game might be bad. That’s not the case. It’s a decent shooter with some interesting ideas, but nothing that’ll win any awards – except maybe an award for weirdest juxtaposition of spoken dialog.

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I actually finished this game the same day I finished Puzzle Agent, but didn’t feel like writing two summaries in one day so I put it off for a long time. I’m backdating this entry so it falls on the correct day I beat the game, but having waited a good three months, I’ve forgotten most of my impressions right after finishing the game.

In general, I remember never being disappointed in the game.

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Puzzle Agent

I bought this game only a few days ago on Steam as part of a heavily discounted indie bundle. It was a game that I had had my eye on for a short amount of time; after all, I enjoyed Telltale’s Sam and Max games (back when I played them on Gametap) and I’ve gotten to spend a bit of time with their new Monkey Island games.

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Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain is an interesting game. I almost hesitate to call it a game, but that’s me being a little bit snarky and not giving it its due. It is a game. And there are points where it is really gripping and emotional and – dare I say it? – fun. But then there are points where the game becomes tedious and dull and somewhat inexplicable.

The game bounces between three types of scenes: intriguing choices (the most fun), quick-time-event boss battles (fun at first, but get kind of old), and mundane “normal” tasks (which get old really fast). In terms of story (what I would consider both the game’s greatest strength and its biggest weakness), I found that the first 75% of it was entertaining and interesting.

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Red Dead Redemption

I’m always a bit skeptical when games score as highly as Red Dead Redemption did on Metacritic, especially because I was not a huge fan of the critically lauded Grand Theft Auto IV. To add to my doubt, RDR is by the exact same studio that brought the world GTA.

So maybe my expectations, despite the game getting nearly perfect ratings, were lowered. In some ways, the game was exactly what I imagined it to be. In others, it completely exceeded what I expected.

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2

I finished the single player campaign of BF:BC2 last night. It’s the first game that I’ve beaten since Simon’s birth (although I’ve been playing several others) and I have mixed feelings about it. I’ll start by saying that I loved the first Battlefield: Bad Company game, so my expectations of the sequel were pretty high. And overall, I enjoyed the game. A lot. Had I played this game first, I might have enjoyed it more.

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Dante’s Inferno

Not a very long game, I finished Danteís Inferno late last night after about 10 hours of gameplay. I unlocked a few bonus features, as well as the ability to play through the game again with all of my powers, although I donít know if thatíd be enough for me to rent it again.

Iíll say this: I had fun. There were parts that made me a bit squeamish and there was definitely what Iíd deem excessive amounts of nudity and gore, but the actual button-mashing combo-unlocking gameplay was exciting.

Spoilers after the break.

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