Currently, I have not felt like starting anything new. But that does not mean I have not been playing. On the contrary — Forza Horizon ate up the majority of my weekend. It’s one of those games where I put on a good podcast, mute the game audio, and just relax.
I would not say that I am a complete petrolhead, or that I enjoy racing games over most other genres. However, I put forth that truly great racing games have the innate ability to make anyone excited about motoring. One I got my hands on an Eagle Speedster in Forza, it all felt just sublime. What a remarkable game.
I’ve spent the last week playing an inordinate amount of NHL 12, specifically online versus play. I’m doing pretty well, winning more matches than losing them — this is in stark contrast to NHL 10, where I always struggled to win.
Except for shot blocking, which is slightly overpowered, NHL 12 is a smooth experience online.
“Very impressive. Please note that any appearance of danger is merely a device to enhance your testing experience.” (Portal)
This month is dedicated to reducing my stack of unfinished games. The two new games I’m making progress in are Read Dead Redemption and Super Mario Galaxy 2, both of which are just as good as the reviews make them out to be. Though they are vastly different experiences, they are both equally hard to stop playing – the former because of a gripping story and atmosphere, the latter because of superb level design.
Apart from new games, I’m working my way through some of the older titles in my backlog. I’m close to finishing Portal: Still Alive and Professor Layton and the Curious Village, but have only just started on Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure. As if that isn’t enough, I somehow found myself downloading Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker from PSN last night amidst vows not to buy any other titles for a couple of weeks.