Mindless Mini Reviews: Pac-Man, Red Dead, AC Brotherhood and more
There were a whole bunch of games that came out during 2010 but since I was in school all year I didn’t have nearly enough time to review everything I wanted to. So to make up for it I’m going to do several mini reviews on a couple games that I feel are worth mentioning.
If you looking for a solid RPG with a great sense of humor Costume Quest is definitely worth a look. It’s Halloween and you control one of two twins. Depending on who you are the other is mistaken for a giant piece of candy corn and gets taken away by some monsters. So it’s up to you to save your sibling or face being grounded if you fail.
The writing and humor is great in Costume Quest more than once I found myself laughing out loud over some of the dialogue.
The rest of the game plays like your typical RPG, but with a Halloween theme. Instead of random battles you go door to door trick-or-treating not knowing if a friendly face waits for you, or a menacing ghoul. The battles are turn based but every action you perform has some sort of context sensitive aspect to it so it makes the combat a lot more involving.
The real treat is seeing how the various costumes transform when the enter battle, what might be a crappy cardboard robot, turns into a giant mech towering over the town when you enter battle.
Costume Quest has a great RPG with an amazing sense of humor, and it’s definitely worth a look even outside the Halloween season. 8.5/10
Assassins Creed Brotherhood
Ezio Auditore da Firenze is back in the sequel to 2009’s Assassins Creed 2. Ubi Soft did a great job of taking the formula from AC2 and building upon it to make another great entry to the series. New additons like building your own brotherhood of assassins and sending them on missions is easy, but very rewarding to do.
Multiplayer was also added but I never ended up trying it, but from what I can tell it seems like playing tag, but with stabbing.
The story picks up right after the events of AC2, and just because this isn’t a number sequel doesn’t mean the story is any less important, if you think you can skip this and play AC3 you’re dead wrong. 9/10
Red Dead Redemption
When you take the GTA formula and set it in the wild west you get RDR. With a beautiful open world environment to explore, and a good story with an interesting set of characters RDR is easily the best game that Rockstar has but out to date.
Though the story and environments are really well done the combat could use some work. The game makes you become really dependent on using the Dead Eye system that slows down time so you can hit multiple targets at once. With it combat becomes really easy, but without it some of the targets are moving way to fast to hit so you the game really makes you use it.
But even with the combat issues RDR is definitely worth checking out. 8/10
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
This game is CRACK… I mean it.
The people at Namco somehow found a way to concentrate crack down to video game form and that game is Pac-Man Championship Edition DX.
It takes the basic Pac-Man formula and give it a new twist. Featuring a variety of mazes and game modes the object in PMCEDX is to eat all the dots on a path, as you finish up one path another path of dots appears and you keep going until time runs out.
There are also a lot more ghosts this time around where as usually there are only four, this time around you can have up to 30 ghosts chasing you at once in a nice little conga line. It’s hard to describe how satisfying the feeling is when you grab a power pellet and turn the tables on a mob of ghosts chasing you.
The game is all about trying to get as high a score as you possible can having and having online leaderboards really pushes you to want to do better and better.
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is extremely fun, and very addicting. Highly recommended. 9.5/10
Enslaved: Odessey to the West
I’m going to go out an say Enslaved is the best game I played this year that nobody else did. Ninja Theory’s second game is a great story with a fantastic cast of characters that really steal the show.
Monkey and Trip are two of the most believable characters I’ve encountered in a video game in a long time and that is no doubt do to the fantastic motion capture performances and some of the best facial animations anywhere. All of these factors combine to make two characters you really end up caring about.
The gameplay is a bit of a mix of Uncharted type climbing mixed with God of War type combat system but not as deep as either. You can upgrade your abilities as you go to open up combat a bit, but not to much.
Despite a few short comings Enslaved is still a really great game it’s one a highly recommend. 9/10
It’s a mature Zelda, but you play as a horseman of the apocalypse, with art direction by Joe Mad. I think that sums it up nicely. 8.5/10
So there you have it, a slew of some of the best games from 2010 that I didn’t have enough time to mention earlier. Coming up next a review for Mass Effect 2 on PS3 (spoilers it’s awesome!).