The rest of the VGA 2013 announcements

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I didn’t post these yesterday because I didn’t run into these higher quality trailers. (I didn’t want start linking GameTrailers’ videos again)

So here I am with another day’s worth of trailers excluding The Last of Us because of my self imposed media blackout on that game.

Dark Souls II (PS3, 360, PC)
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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow PS3 Review

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was one of the most narcissistic and conceited games I’ve ever played.

Mercury Steam and Kojima Productions were obsessed with the game’s looks. It’s gorgeous — technically and artistically — but their vanity got in the way of the game itself. It caused many frustrations and annoyances ranging from performance to pacing.

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Checkpoint: F1 2010 Championship Edition

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The Formula 1 2010 season came to an end earlier today and from it came the youngest F1 champion ever: Sebastien Vettel.

Dude’s got talent! 10 pole positions and 5 victories! Must have been a great feeling! And as a cherry on top, he’ll be appearing in Gran Turismo 5 which will finally debut on November 24th!

Yeah, I doubt he cares about the latter.

But enough about that.

I’ve completed a couple of games over the past week. First it was Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on PlayStation 3 and then it was Amnesia: The Dark Descent on PC. I’m writing the review for Castlevania now and I’m almost done.

As for my next game? It’s Call of Duty: Black Ops’ campaign. For some reason, the low resolution isn’t bothering me as much in the campaign. On multiplayer, it’s an annoyance though.

I’ve also started Monkey Island 2: Special Edition. It’s amusing and much more intuitive remake compared to the first “Special Edition”.

Checkpoint: Halloween 2010 Gaming Edition

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I don’t normally do anything for Halloween. I’m part of the contingent of people who simply enjoys the cheap candy on November 1st. But this year is a bit different. I’m actually playing some horror themed games in celebration of this “holiday”.

Thanks to digital distribution sales and other October releases, I’m playing three games which could be considered Halloween games.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – It’s growing on me. The second chapter was rough, but I’m enjoying it more and more as I march forward. It still has issues, but it also has vampires, werewolves and ghouls which makes it thematically relevant. It’s not very scary though.

Limbo – I didn’t want to pick this up so soon. I wanted to wait for an Xbox Live! Arcade sale. But my bro wanted this game (along with Lara Croft & the Guardian of Light and the Alan Wake: The Writer DLC) for our “2400 MS games list”. It is a creepy game. Minimalist and gruesome.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent – I picked this up at GamersGate’s $9.99 sale. This is one of the most unsettling games I’ve played. You don’t see many monsters here; it’s all psychological. If you’re a fan of being scared by what seems like “nothing” then this game is for you. It sends shivers all over just thinking about it. (If only it would stop crashing.)

And those are my Halloween games! From thematic to moody to scary. Lots of variety this year. Who knows? Maybe this will become and annual thing for me if more games like these line up.