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Every once in awhile, I just like to spout off my current gaming habit...err...status. Here goes again.

1. Half-Life 2: Finished it. Did I like it? Let's just say it has gone to the top of my list of all time favorite games which is quite something. Basically, this game is a masterpiece pure and simple. No other game has captivated me like this one has. It was non-stop thrills a minute. In fact, words can't even describe how awesome this game is. I frequently made this comment to many people: You know how you're reading a series of books (the Ringworld series, the Rama series, Ender's Game series) and you just wish the author would keep the story going until the day you die? You want ever reading moment you ever have for the rest of your life to be in that fictional world created by the author. That's what Half-Life 2 feels like. Why did it have to end? Why? Luckily, Half-Life 3 is in the works (not officially announced but the ending of Half-Life 2 is left open).

2. PSP: Gimme gimme gimme now!!! I'm sorry to all the LameBoy fanboys out there, but the PSP seriously looks like the better platform. All I've been seeing is ports of old Nintendo 64 games for the DS. Any original games don't look half as good as the games I'm seeing for the PSP. However, Metroid does look good and I've played the demo. We'll have to see. However, expect me to be first in line when the PSP comes out. I'm a fan of turn based RPG's and from the looks of it, the PSP will have a lot of them.

3. Halo 2: You may have read my Half-Life 2 blurb and thought “hey, what about Halo 2?“ Well, actually I do have it, but I haven't played it yet. My wife is going back to our hometown about 5 days before Christmas and since I just started a new job I want to save any vacation accrual I have. My best friend will be coming up during those days and I'm planning on playing Halo 2 coop with him. From what I've heard though, Halo 2 is definately a must have, must buy or your a loser type of game.

4. World of Warcraft: Best MMORPG ever hands down. It has eclipsed City of Heroes on my list followed by Anarchy Online which is now in 3rd place. When I take a step back and look at WOW, I don't see much in the way of innovation. So why do I like it so much? Actually, I don't really know. Sounds strange, but it's true. It just has that certain (and I'm going to attempt to spell this French word but will murder it), that certain Je ne sais quois. The quests are varied for the most part. My lvl 19 rogue is really fun to play (can't wait until I get into a little more PVP). The world is breathtaking in some parts (like your first visit to Stormwind or IronForge). My only complaint: Blizzard! Give us mounts earlier than level 40! That seems ridiculous! I think 20 is a better level, but 40? Please lower it. In summary, buy it and give it a try. If you've never played an MMORPG, this is the best game to get you started.

And here is my list of other games I'm playing when I want something different but which don't captivate me enough to warrant a blurb:

a) Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (PS2): Think Final Fantasy gameplay in a Middle Earth setting. Fun game but I encountered a show stopping bug that made me lose a lot of progress. Not even sure I want to do it all over again to be disappointed by that bug again.
b) Call of Duty:United Offensive (PC): Not as good as the original. Doesn't really seem to have a storyline like the first one did. Call of Duty was a tremendously fantastic game, but this one just doesn't live up to it.
c) Burnout 3 (PS2): Awesome must buy game. Good if I just want to jump in and pump my adrenaline up for a few minutes.

Posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2004 10:16 AM Gaming | Back to top

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