The very first thing I noticed about Just Cause 2 is how weird it is to have a Square-Enix logo in front of it.  The second thing I noticed is that cutscenes are unskippable.  I wonder if these things are connected.

The demo is fun, but the default key mapping (and the inability to really customize your mouse) is kind of dumb.  Hopefully the final game will be patched a bit better.

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If you liked previous Ace Attorney games, Edgeworth is good!

…that’s really all I have.

It’s a point and click, but not particularly involved in either.  It plays like the other games, but with an emphasis on investigating, while changing it up to be fun.  Cases are still beefy and interestingly written and the new characters are just as good as Phoenix’s troupe.

Here’s eight or so minutes near the beginning of the game.  It doesn’t show much, but with this kind of game, you really don’t want to see too much.

If you’ve never played the other games, this isn’t a bad place to start, but it’s no better or worse than starting with the first game.  For series veterans, here is your hit, crackheads.  Try not to twitch too much.

Mass Effect 2: Jack Off

February 1, 2010

Mass Effect 2 is a really good game I could probably nitpick to death.  That’s not to say it doesn’t have flaws, it has a lot – a lot – but the whole is greater than the sum.

But it’s still a Bioware game, so it still has hilarious glitches.  Watch what happens in the very first fight I bring Jack in to ever.

Way to earn your place, dumbass!

Found this girl playing in Denerim.

If this is a skill, I demand to learn it.

Assassin’s Creed was not a good game.

It burned me in ways few games have.  I spent a lot of time thinking – and saying, loudly – that it was the first example of a real “next-gen” game.  Something that uses all that extra power for something beyond graphical fidelity.  And it kind of did!  It just sucked.

This is why I was incredibly surprised to try Assassin’s Creed Bloodlines for the PSP, expecting it to be a terrible version of the game I already didn’t like, but it turns out the terrible ideas that made up Assassin’s Creed works fine on the PSP.

The graphics are really mindblowing.  Outside of Square-Enix, I have not seen anyone get this kind of quality graphics out of the PSP.  Even Little Big Planet Portable (see yesterday’s post about it) doesn’t come as close to matching its console brother.

The things that drove me crazy about Assassin’s Creed – the mission structure, the simple combat, the unused and unnecessary space – work fine in a handheld structure.  City sections are broken up in sections, making finding mission objectives easy.  Combat is simple, which is good because you don’t want to spend a long time fighting, and the mission structure lends itself perfectly to simply putting the PSP in sleep mode when you get bored of it.

It’s not amazing, but they managed to make Assassin’s Creed work.  Maybe I’ll be delightfully surprised by Assassin’s Creed 2, as well?  Or it could turn out to be the disappointment the first one was and more?

We’ll see come next year.

Today, Borderlands decided to fuck up my save. I had to use file directory trickery to roll it back a few days.

It was not a fun glitch.

This is, though.

If I could play the rest of the game like that, I would.

Have you ever been playing Mega Man 2 and thought to yourself, “This game is great, but what it really needs are little girls”?  If so, you’re probably going to get arrested.  Also you forgot Roll.

For those of you just curious to try a PC freeware platformer that is Mega Man 2’s skeleton wrapped in the skin of adorable little girls, there’s Mega Mari.  And it’s really tough.

Supposedly the characters are all from the Touhou license, of which I know nothing about.  But if you liked Mega Man 2 and want a cute little platformer to play in your free time, might as well give it a shot.