Let’s Talk Metro 2033

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One of the few ways draw me towards a game is an impressive game engine. A great looking (and running) console game speaks volume about the game as whole.

4A Games’ Metro 2033 definitely has the tech behind it, but what about the game? It’s a first person shooter with survival horror,  stealth and role playing elements. An ambitious array of elements to say the least.

It’s a post apocalyptic game where the people now live underground in the subway systems. It’s also based off a book of the same name. And did I mention it was made by Ukranians?

It’s such an interesting title for me and one that I will be “Power Trading” for tomorrow. Metro 2033 will debut March 16, 2010 for the Xbox 360 and PC.

Checkpoint: Not A Graphic Whores Edition


Crytek and Epic are predicting 2012 or 2013 for the start of the next console generation. As I read through this thread, with keywords such as ‘Crytek’, ‘next-gen’ and ‘console’, it was just a matter of time before the petty bickering erupted.

However, it did dawn on me that I am not a “graphics whore”. Any true “graphics whore” sports at least a 1080p monitor with the beefiest PC hardware to run their games with the highest levels of anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing. I am not like this now and I don’t believe I was.

For awhile, I thought I was. During this time I believed it was PC gaming or bust. Then the seventh console generation arrived and I found myself satiated. I realized that I wasn’t a “graphics whore” at all, I just wanted to play games at a decent resolution. I mean 1280 x 720 is a decent resolution.

But that wasn’t the only reason.

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Killzone 2 Campaign Review

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The problem with having played so many first person shooters is that when a game like Killzone 2 comes around, it becomes increasingly difficult to surprise and woo me. I curse myself for having played what preceded it. Guerilla Games’ meticulously crafted diamond isn’t a particularly unique gem. Its cut doesn’t distinguish itself from the pack, but its the polish and its precision will undoubtedly attract onlookers. And that’s not to say that I see Killzone 2 as merely another first person shooter – I’m actually quite fond of it.

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Resistance 2 Review

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I found Resistance: Fall of Man, to be a competent shooter. I didn’t think it was terrible, but it wasn’t a mind blowing experience either. Insomniac Games’ Resistance 2 was poised to improve over its predecessor in every way, and for the most part, it did. An improved single player campaign, a more robust cooperative element and an impressive 60 player online multiplayer component was crammed into a single Blu-ray disc. Despite all of that, is simply being better than Resistance: Fall of Man enough to warrant your hard earned dollars? It depends.

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