You know things are good when the only thing you can really complain about is the fact that there are too many awesome new games and you can’t find time to play them all. Which is exactly how things are at the moment. It’s been about a week and a half since I touched Splinter Cell Double Agent. I was planning to get in some quality time with the multiplayer end of the game, but Need for Speed Carbon stole my attention for a while. Just as I finished the career in Carbon, Tony Hawk’s Project 8 comes out with less than a 24 hour window until the almighty Gears of War is among us. Now that the gears are turning, everything else stops.
I thought I had cut my list of must immediately play games down and had decided not to pick up Call of Duty 3 right away. I got thinking about it and figured that the fact that it was developed by Treyarch (who did the COD console series, minus COD2) could very well mean it might not be up to par with COD2. Apparently, that’s not the case and it supposedly plays almost identical to last year’s hailed shooter. Needless to say, COD3 is back on the list, but I have to get some more time in with Gears of War before I pick it up.
And speaking of, yes, it really is that awesome. I played through the first 2 acts last night and I was hooked from start to finish. I really like how they broke it down into acts. Almost like a mini-series of sorts. At any given time, you have one main objective. You finish it and find out what your next one is and go from there. You’re not really sure what’s going to happen once you complete the objective and I absolutely love that. There’s already been a ton of awesome moments that I know will be burned in my brain for years to come.
Tony Hawk’s Project 8 has been great so far as well. It really is a skateboarding game. There’s some awesome goals like photo-ops where a photographer is at a local spot and you have to nail a huge trick/combo to achieve it. Things like doing a 360 hardflip over a rail, down an 8 set. Come, on! But one of my favourite aspects of the game is when you’re just cruising around the massive city doing runs. There’s other skaters and pedestrians all around and if they see you do something rad, they’ll stop and cheer you on. You also score “stokens” (amazing!) which is the currency for purchasing new decks and tricks. Love it so far and really looking forward to playing through it.
I know I’m not alone out there. Is everyone feeling the pinch right now? It’s good to be an Xbox 360 gamer, isn’t it? 🙂