I’m back! Well, I never left (even though it seemed like I did), but I’ll try my hardest to make this a weekly event again. After all, stuff is actually happening now. Like…
Platforms: PS3, Playstation Vita
Release Date: August 7, 2012
A soundtrack in a game is usually a peripheral part of the experience, usually just augmenting what is already there or just being outright forgettable. On top of that, it has been increasingly difficult to create a memorable soundtrack in recent years. Old school bleeps and bloops sometimes have more staying power than cookie cutter orchestral scores. Sound Shapes is on whole other turntable. Coming from the minds of only a few creative visionaries, Sound Shapes is a colorful game that fuses its musical scores seamlessly with its platforming mechanics. Both of the systems feed off each other to create a game worthy of both bobbing your head to the beat and grinning from the fluid mechanics.
In our long journeys across foreign lands and demon worlds, our heroes always are in need of supplies. Our attache cases might be running dry after a long battle or maybe we’ve just exhausted our last health potion while exploring lengthy dungeon. Who is there for us to resupply? When times are tough, there is always at least one person that has our back: the merchant. He may only like us for our pesetas, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about our well-being. So here is a digital toast to the best who’ve always been behind us… except when we have had insufficient funds.
Release Date: June 12, 2008
Around four years ago, the gaming press and fans alike were almost ubiquitously mesmerized by Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots when it released on the PS3. Hyperbole was tossed around like a pigskin on a Sunday afternoon and it wasn’t long before it was topping lists for the year, if not of all time. I’m not distancing myself from that crowd, as I was definitely part of it. However, standards quickly change along with the presence of looking back at a once good game with a newly found disdainful disposition. With a brand new patch to enable trophies and full install option, jumping back into Metal Gear Solid 4 not only will bring players back, but it might also welcome a chance to step away from the hype and view it in a more critical light. Strangely enough, even after stepping off the hype train, Metal Gear Solid 4 is a rare game capable of not only being a timeless entry in the series, but significantly upping the standard of gaming as a whole.