Monthly Archives: June 2008
These days, my other gamer friends are getting more and more surprised whenever I tell them I still haven’t gotten around to playing Bioshock. I’m a bit surprised myself, considering one of the reasons the game was so highly praised was its method of storytelling. As far as I can tell, it’s learned from the Half-Life school of putting the player in the body of a voiceless protagonist and never withdrawing. No cutscenes, just scripted sequences. Since I consider the Half-Life series the current pinnacle of narrative gameplay, you’d think I would have grabbed Bioshock as soon as possible, right?
Platforms: PC, 360
Given a choice between two similar games, I’ll always go for the one that has a sense of humor. My favorite adventure games are the early classics made by LucasArts; hilarious games like Monkey Island and Full Throttle. I prefer Serious Sam to Painkiller, Portal to Halo, and Team Fortress 2 to Call of Duty 4. It’s to its advantage then that Penny Arcade’s new adventure-RPG hybrid On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness is so genuinely funny, because it adds an attractive sheen to the dull gameplay.