Infinite Excitement

Booker Dewitt is in debt. To people that you don’t want to owe money to. Next thing he knows he is given a box and a message “Bring us the girl, repay the debt”. The year is 1912 and Booker is taken out on a rowboat to the middle of the ocean. Dropped off at the lighthouse he finds an elevator and takes it…Where it leads is Columbia: A city in the sky, a Utopian society floating above the earth. He soon finds the girl he is suppose to bring out of Columbia, Elizabeth who has strange and mysterious powers yet has lived in a tower her whole life. Catch is that she is protecting by the “Songbird” a giant, mechanical, winged beast intent on keeping Elizabeth in Columbia and away from Booker. Not only that but the people of Columbia are split in a war against “Outsiders” to the city.

Who is Elizabeth? Who does Booker owe? Why do they want her? Why do the people of Columbia hate her?

Those are a few out out a million questions to be answered in Bioshock Infinite. The game is out this Tuesday (March 26th) and is one of my most anticipated games of 2013. The original Bioshock was set in Rapture: an underwater city and is one of the best games ever made. This is a game to look out for.

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“A Survivor is Born”

 

Lara Croft is back….well was a week or two ago. In a reboot to the old Tomb Raider franchise we got to see Lara’s origin…and what made her the treasure finding, gun shootin’, platforming pro we know her as.

When the game starts off your on a boat. Boat crash (Rip boat), and  your stuck on an island. When you wash to shore your kidnapped by a hobo and tied up in a cave somewhere on the island. Like I said this is an origin story and one of the coolest things about it is that you go almost an hour into the game before you even handle a gun. When Lara finally does have to pull a trigger its in a life or death self s\defense moment and it effects you just as much as it does her. It does move on a lot faster after that point with Lara shooting people with a bow and arrow left and right though. The island Lara’s stranded on is huge and beautiful. Tomb Raider is probably one the best looking games on PS3 right now and there are some moments that make you step back and just take it all in. 

On the flip side the story isn’t quite what it wants to be. The characters (except Lara) are all rather one dimensional and stereotypical. Its also pretty predictable to the point that you’ll figure out the twist at the end halfway through the game and everything else leading up to it will have you sitting there saying “right i know lets move on.”. Lara’s character on the other hand is handled masterfully. With some really fantastic voice acting and events that take place you genuinely care about what happens to her. Besides looking pretty she is never presented sexually or objectified in any way. In fact after your seen her get washed down a river, fall into an abandoned airplane, grab a parachute while falling through the windshield, crash into a tree, fall to the ground, and then subsequently trip on a rock and hit the ground as if the game is saying “OK that’s enough.” you can’t help but cringe at the pain. The best (and worst) part about this is that directly following this she doesn’t simply shrug it off. You have to stealth your way through the next sequence because your so battered you can’t jump. Lara’s character is handled so well that its a shame the others weren’t given as much attention.

The biggest part of any game is the game play  And Tomb Raider is a blast to play. There really isn’t much to say about this other than giving an example. You zip-line down to the ground from a tower and walk into a shack. All of the sudden your foot is caught in a snare and your pulled upside down while enemies approach. You have to shoot them while upside down and then shoot yourself down. Once your down you take cover behind a boulder and find a roll of rope. You use it to create “rope arrows” that you can use to create a grappling hook effect. Suddenly you realize that you can reach areas you never could before without those rope arrows prompting you to backtrack just to play around. The game really doesn’t let up…ever. You’ll be interested and your blood will be pumping from start to finish and you’ll wish you had more of it to play.

 

9.4 out of 10 for Tomb Raider from this guy. With so much of a focus on this being an “Origin” I can’t wait to see what Lara does next.

 

MISNOMER: The game IS “M” for violence. There are a few VERY graphic scenes in the game that are pretty cringe worthy. Check “commonsensemedia.org” for a family friendly low-down on what’s in the game

The Legend of Zelda Explained

A fan of Zelda? Of course you are. If you have 30 minutes to burn Gametrailers released a new installment of “Timeline”. That’s right. Turns out EVERY Zelda game is part of a timeline and has a specific order. If your a fan of the lore its definitely worth your time. I give you…Timeline

inFAMOUS Second Son

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I’m a huge fan of the inFAMOUS franchise. If you haven’t played the first two installments then I recommend you stop reading this immediately, go play inFAMOUS 1-2 and come back. I’ll be waiting. If your too lazy to do that i’ll give the rundown. Cole McGrath is a bike courier in Empire City. One day he delivers a package and gets a call telling him to open it….BOOM and explosion levels 6 blocks and he is the only survivor. Not only that but he can control electricity. Now Empire City is under quarantine and multiple factions (gangs, cults, etc) are vying for control. Its up to you as a player. Will Cole be a Hero? Or will he become Infamous. That’s as much as I can tell you right now without spoiling the amazing narrative.

During the reveal of Sony’s PS4 they also released a trailer for “inFAMOUS Second Son”.  

Second Son takes place 6 years after inFAMOUS 2 and whether you were a good guy or bad guy stuff went down to make people angry. Cole McGrath’s story is more or less finished and we are getting a new hero. “Delsin Rowe” is a big underacheiver. Till one day he saves some children from a burning bus. After the fact he somehow has the power to manipulate and “phase” into smoke. How did he get his powers? Who is responsible?

 

Regardless the Government is cracking down on anyone with powers in an attempt to wipe out any threats…and that’s all we know. Seriously. Play inFAMOUS. Play inFAMOUS 2. And get a PS4