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Checkpoint: Killing Time Edition


My copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution ran into some trouble. It may not show up until this coming Tuesday or longer. In the meantime, I’ve decided to start last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and some downloadable titles.

I haven’t given these downloadable times enough words on this blog, so I thought it was about time I did so. Consider these mini reviews if you wish.

Pac-man Championship DX

Pac-man Championship DX has become one of my favorite downloadable titles which can be a bit surprising when you consider it’s my first Pac-man game. I’ve tried playing Pac-man game in the past, but I never connected with any of them. They always seemed plodding.┬áThis game is anything but.

The pace ramps up, the better I perform and at the beginning that’s something of a struggle. With a bit of time, however, I quickly realize that’s the pace I want to be at because this game is not about survival, it’s about collecting pellets and ghosts for points. The faster I collect those things, the more points I will have at the end of the time limit. points are added to my final score at the end.

What I enjoy most about this game and games like this is the amount of time it takes to hit that rush of competing against others. Games like Super Stardust HD are fantastic, but I don’t feel like I’m competing for a high score until 10 minutes or so into each game. And if I screw up just when things are about to get good, I have to start all over again. In comparison, I can finish a Pac-man Championship DX in 5 minutes and as a result, screw ups aren’t that big of a deal.

I adore this game. It’s visually and aurally pleasing with core gameplay that I can pick up in 5 or 30 minute chunks.

Tetris HD

It’s Tetris in HD. Playing with a PS3 controller takes a bit of getting used to because it’s quite sensitive. I’ve never had that problem with Tetris on any other controller, so it’s curious as to why I’m having this type of trouble with this version of this classic game.

There are many different variants to the Tetris formula. They’re all interesting in their own little way, but I don’t feel compelled to return to them after a handful of visits.

I’ve tried the multiplayer mode and it could be a lot better. The matchmaking is iffy at best. Coming from something like Tetris Friends, it’s actually quite disappointing. Competition at that site was actually fair for everyone involved.

The slick presentation of Tetris HD is nice, but I actually prefer Tetris Friends’ light hearted approach. Tetris Friends’ also had a whole bunch of customization options and even an announcer. All those touches were missing from Tetris HD.

What I really wanted from Tetris HD was Tetris Friends on the console and I didn’t get that. I enjoy Tetris a lot and being able to play it with 5.1 surround sound is awesome. But I wish it was more of a celebration of Tetris and not a cold technological enhancement of a gaming classic.

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