Bad internetSince I love in East Of Jesus Nowhere, Pennsylvania, my internet can be in pretty rough shape. For the past two weeks, I haven't been able to log onto X-Box live. It doesn't bother me too much, since I've mainly been playing Minecraft and Dragon Age, neither of which require Live to really enjoy.
All I know... ...is that it's a good thing... ...My Console... ...DOESN'T REQUIRE ALWAYS ON!!
THAT'S A GOOD THING, ISN'T IT MICROSOFT AND SONY! BECAUSE IF IT DID, THEN I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO PLAY AT ALL! BUT IT'S A GOOD THING NO ONE HAS EVER THOUGHT ABOUT DOING THAT! BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE JUST PLAIN STUPID!
Goodbye FridaySince I got my X-Box 360 a thousand years after everyone else, I've been going back and playing old games that I find to be pretty cheap at Gamestop. So, I went and picked up Dragon Age: Origins...
...at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
...and it is now midnight. Thank you, Dragon Age. I didn't need that Friday anyway.
Moving on Post-TekkoshoconTekkoshocon X-2 was an amazing experience which marked my one year anniversary of doing the con circuit. While Otakon was massive and KuroKiiro had a wonderful charm about it, Tekko will always hold number one in my heard, and this year was certainly no exception. A huge thank you goes out to everyone at Pittsburgh JCS and the DLCC for putting on a fantastic show. I can not wait until Tekko XII!
Tekkoshocon X-2Really looking forward to Tekkoshocon 2013 this weekend in Pittsburgh. Tekko last year was the beginning of my convention experiences. I am really looking forward to seeing what this weekend brings.
And for those of you wondering, no. I will not be cosplaying. That would be...frighting.
Tomb Raider, first impressionsKeep in mind, I am about 25% into this game, but I feel like I am far enough into the story to comment on my gaming experience. When I saw the first Tomb Raider trailer, it looked like a fun game. During a trip into Gamestop one day, one of the employees convinced me to preorder the game. The reviews started coming in, and I started to get more and more hyped. So, am I disappointed?
This game is utterly fantastic. There are two reasons I have fallen in love with this game. Reason number one is the overall gameplay. The old Tomb Raider games, while fun, focused on puzzles and platforming. The combat that did exist was very basic - hold down button, kill enemy. You rarely could sneak, and you didn't have much variety in combat style. This was especially true with the Tomb Raider game I played the most - Legends. In the new Tomb Raider, combat is as much, if not more, a part of the gameplay as the puzzles and platforming. You're not just hoping around, looking for treasure - you're SURVIVING.
Which brings me to Reason B for falling in love with this game - Lara Croft. The NEW Lara Croft. For those who don't know, the old Lara Croft was generally an emotionless badass - she would take care of her business and hop away without having much character development. I knew as much about LAra in the first game as I knew in Legends. In a way, looking back at it, Angelina Jolie was the perfect person to play those roles - though it could have easily been played by Kristen Stewart with how much that character lacked emotion.
This new Lara Croft has character development. She's trying to survive. She's thrust into a difficult situation, and you can see the Lara change through the actions you take. Game developers seem hesitant to make the main protagonist look remotely human - everyone needs to be Solid Snake. There is a market for that, sure, but games where the character is vulnerable, in my opinion, adds depth to the experience.
Overall, I give the game an A. It would be an A+ were it not for two issues I had with it - multiplayer (unnecessary) and it's use of Quick Time Events (they go away later in the game but are important early on). It is my early candidate for Game Of The Year, for sure, and would recommend to anyone looking to pick it up.