Friday, January 31, 2014
MDK 2The first MDK was one of the coolest games I've ever played. It was pure action, and pure fun. At first glance it would seem as though the game was just another mindless third-person shooter, but after playing it, you'd come to the realization that there was also a very healthy mix of puzzles along the way as well. This mix was quite possibly the best mix of thumb-reflexes and mind-binding in any game ever. It was also unique. The concepts were truly original, which is great to see with games nowadays.
There's good news: MDK2 features that same great mix, and even more originality.
NHL 2KNHL 2K has been the subject of some rather harsh reviews since its release. The main fault of this game seems to be that it isn’t NHL 2000 by EA Sports. Give EA credit, they invented the genre of sports sims with the first Madden football, and then they extended that concept to every sport imaginable, including a fantastic treatment of hockey over the years. My favorite hockey game of all time was NHL 95 on the SNES. The graphics looked downright horrible compared to any 32, 64, or 128 bit hockey game, but the actual gameplay was dead on. NHL 2K combines the great gameplay of that ancient EA Sports title, with visual splendor never seen before in a console hockey game.
Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver
Not from carpentry, weightlifting, fixing, or other tough manual labor that will give you callouses, but from playing Crazy Taxi. I kid you not, I have a callous on my finger from playing Crazy Taxi.
Crazy Taxi is virtual heroin. After you play once, you have to play again.... and again, and again. It calls you. As those of us who have played this game in the arcade know, just about the only thing that stopped you from playing Crazy Taxi in the arcade was the lack of tokens. Worry about tokens no more, my friend, because Crazy Taxi has hit the DreamCast... in a BIG way.