In the last month I’ve been busy with other things like my 2014 Game of the Year awards to where I wasn’t updating on what I was playing. But don’t worry yourself too much because the Now Playing article for this last month is here to let you know the dirty details.
After last month’s fun romp back into the Yakuza series territory with Yakuza 3, I tackled one of the suggested original PlayStation games from the group I received previously from folks on Twitter. It’s in celebration of the system’s 20th anniversary. I went with Strider 2.
Strider 2 is a very fun direct sequel to the Capcom’s original beloved arcade game. It’s definitely on the easier side of things when it comes to the default difficulty, but I look at this as a good thing. Controls are a breeze to get accustom to and guiding Strider Hiryu through the environment is not a chore whatsoever. There’s a number of cool unlockable features. The best ones are an extra level to play for Strider 2 if you complete the arcade classic, which is also available on a separate disc, and the ability to play as Strider Hien upon beating the sequel itself. A number of other bonuses make Strider 2 a worthwhile recommendation to fans of arcade style action games! Thanks @Monodo for your suggestion!
I was planning on continuing with PS1 games, but I wanted better video output. So while I waited for component cables and a TV to use them on that didn’t have the signal cut out on me I played the 2013 release of Tomb Raider.
As suggested by @herviross, this Tomb Raider is the Square Enix-deemed sales failure of over 3 million copies. The game is your standard third-person perspective action game fare these days. The story tries to have an emotional connection with the player in how they relate to Lara’s beginnings, but I think it failed in this endeavor. Don’t get me wrong, though. I don’t feel Lara goes abruptly from shocked about her first kill to Rambo mode like I’ve heard others mention. I think that was handled well because there’s only so many people she can off before she gets used to it and the shock of it all wears off.
Otherwise, it’s the usual style of game where there are items to find, upgrades to Lara’s weapons and her own abilities, and tombs to raid. Speaking of the tombs themselves. Where as in past games you adventured into tombs for the majority of the time playing, they’re very small and all are optional here. The puzzles inside were very easy to solve. This was a bit disappointing as the very name of the game itself was pushed aside. At least that’s how I felt.
Another disappointment was in the area of graphics. For a 2013 game I didn’t think it looked all that good. I was kind of surprised when I thought the game already didn’t hold up well to the ravages of time. The fire effects were especially bad when Lara was moving with her touch lit.
Upon finishing the game I had a 96% completion rate, found all hidden (and not so hidden) items, and acquired all upgrades. I didn’t bother with the online mode and I had earned 57% of the trophies. It’s worth playing, but it won’t blow you away.
The current game I’m playing is Omega Boost. That’s right. It’s back to the those games suggested for the PS1. This game came from the mind of @usagi704. I just started it so expect my thoughts on this game in the near future.
Thanks for reading and have a good one!