Plagued by delays and shortcomings, 2012 was an up-and-down year for video games. We saw triumphant returns to form, fantastic new IP’s, and some tragic farewells throughout the year, as well as some big games coming out of small developers. And as the window closes for the current gen consoles, we at HST celebrate the year that was and prep ourselves for whatever can come out of 2013. [Read more...]
Last but not least, here is HST’s list of favorite video games from the past year. And what a year it was, with huge titles coming out and an epic fall season to cap off the year. Plenty of sequels and a few new IPs to boot, so there are plenty of games to mention even without the honorable title and seat on high as the crowned favorite. [Read more...]
It is obvious why the title Rage was given to this video game. Two seconds out of the pod and some angry albino is trying to shove a knife into my chest. Clearly there is some much needed anger management on this planet. Or times have definitely changed from when I was last awake. [Read more...]
With the number of Assassin’s Creed games that have been released in the recent past, I am starting to wonder if they are trying to outdo The Sims with that series’s affinity of releasing expansion packs. Thankfully each game is a full adventure on its own, with this 3rd installment of Ezio’s trilogy within a trilogy finally bringing two characters to an end (granted we could still see them in some form in the future based on how the series has treated them so far). [Read more...]
I don’t mean to brag, but when I was little I was decent at climbing trees. I mean, I would get at least 10 feet off the ground. Ok, so that’s not that grand, but I had sensitive hands, and bark is all scratchy… The point is that for people with childhoods like mine, living vicariously through characters like Monkey (play Enslaved: Odyssey to the West if you haven’t), Altair, and Nathan Drake in all their platforming glory is the way to go. Goodness knows I don’t actually want to fling myself at a building. [Read more...]
With all of the big name games stealing the public’s attention last year, from Mass Effect 2 to Red Dead Redemption to Call of Duty: Black Ops, it’s understandable that some pretty amazing games didn’t get the recognition they deserved on the grand scale. For me, the most overlooked would be Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. [Read more...]
The sweltering summer day’s perspiration trailed down the outside pane of glass, clinging to the hope of making it inside. The scene inside was not much better. The shadow of the day cut across the wounded body of the young woman, broken and bruised from the deep cuts in her abdomen as she waits for a savior to come take the pain away.
Confession: that is me just overdramatically recreating my experience in the hospital last week post appendectomy (and much of the reason for which this review is coming late. Well, this late…), but in all honesty it could have been setting the scene for many of the cases that make up L.A. Noire. The game follows WWII vet Cole Phelps as he assimilates back into the real world as a detective for the LAPD. Full of short gunfights and car chases, the main draw to L.A. Noire is the novelty and authenticity it is able to recreate in the investigative and interrogation aspects of being a detective. [Read more...]
When it comes to science fiction, space is always presented as a pretty action oriented place, from space battles to asteroid fields to roaming cannibals (you thought I was going to get through that without a Firefly reference? Silly you, you thought wrong). But from way down here where the majority of us are standing it is nothing but a whole bunch of blackness with a twinkle here and there. Nothing but calm. That same calm usually works its way into these space adventures, but it is in games like Dead Space 2 that this calm is something that should be feared the most, because it is in these moments that something is most likely about to go terribly wrong.
Years following the events of the first game, we find protagonist Isaac Clark wrapped tightly in a straight jacket in a hospital on one of Saturn’s moons. Suffering from the mental degradation of dementia, he is still tormented by the loss of his girlfriend who likes to come to him in rather disturbing hallucinations. But she is not alone as a constant memory of the past because somewhere in this city is another Marker, bringing with it yet another onslaught of the reanimated corpses that have been changed into necromorphs, violent creatures who are out to spread the love. [Read more...]
As far as I am concerned controlling electricity is not a power I would want to possess if I had my pick because I don’t plan on forgoing showers anytime soon. Good thing this isn’t The Sims and hygiene really isn’t a concern to Cole, the protagonist reprising his role in InFamous 2.
At the end of game one I happily went about my business running around the city I had just saved from immediate danger, collecting trophies that did not unlock during the main story, gleefully exercising my leveled up powers. Needless to say I might have created a false sense of calm that did not quite fit with the actual ending of the story. So color me aghast when at the start of InFamous 2 my playground of Empire City is wiped off the face of the Earth by a human-shaped goliath of a volcano. What!? You say I was warned about the coming of “The Beast” in the final moments of the story? My bad. I was probably too busy looking at a pretty pretty blast shard in the corner of the screen… [Read more...]
For some reason back when God of War was released on the PS2 I never thought to play it, though now that I think about it there was a good chance that my system was already broken… Stupid broken systems… Anyway, now with the collection on the PS3 I had no reason not to finally give them a go, and thank the gods I did because they still hold up with the best of the games currently coming out (a lot of which God of War has acted as inspiration for).
In these games you play Kratos, a Spartan warrior with a love for soaking the ground with blood as the errand boy of the gods. In the first installment Kratos is going on a mission to bring a stop to Ares, the God of War, who is terrorizing Athens. Spoiler alert: In the end Kratos, being as BA as he is, kicks some Ares booty and is given the title of the God of War. Which brings on the plot of the second game: Eventually the other gods on Olympus realize their mistake and devise a way to take this thrown from Kratos. By doing so, Kratos is fueled to once again set out on a revenge mission to bring about the fall of the gods, and he is not a man you want holding something against you. [Read more...]
If ever there was a time to use the word “epic,” now seems mighty fitting. Red Dead Redemption offers a grand look at the days of the Old West (well… South. This is on the border of Mexico after all) without the fear of family members dying of some random disease or a wagon yoke breaking along the way (first reference to Oregon Trail 2 in the bag). So saddle up and get ready for the ride of your life. Unless you get stuck with a mule (such is the case when starting out the Free Roam multiplayer experience); then you will have to wait a little bit for the ride of your life…
With the changing times slowly effecting the disorderly, live-and-die-by-your-own-rules ways of the United States, John Marston decided to hang up his holster, giving up his life in a gang for a respectable life that his family could be proud of. Unfortunately for him, a life of crime leads to quite a reputation in certain circles, and this reputation is what leads to trouble knocking on his front door. Seeing his past as their way to spread their influence and power over the area, a group of government agents kidnap Marston’s wife and son with the promise that they will not be harmed as long as he helps them hunt down the gang that he once rode with. [Read more...]