Friday, December 07, 2007

Three Headed Monster

The past couple of weeks I've been in gaming heaven with the three headed monster of Rock Band, Mass Effect and Assassin's Creed taking up almost all of my time. Sure I played a little NCAA 2K8 (for the points) and some Tiger Woods '08 (for a downloadable content review for OXM) but nothing has been more fun then rotating the big three through my 360.
The great thing about this unusual menage a trios is they all offer something completely different. If I feel like being social, Rock Band is there. If I feel like playing a sci-fi choose your own adventure with some hot human-on-alien action, Mass Effect is ready. And when I'm having a stressful day and I want to stab someone in their virtual groin, Assassin's Creed is where I go. When I get tired of one, I move on to another and with no big releases on the horizon I'm glad I have more than one game to keep me busy.
To be perfectly honest, I have to admit that of the three I'm enjoying Assassin's Creed the most and I'm surprised. When I saw it at E3 it was a big disappointment. The story didn't sound interesting and the game play felt unfinished, but now I can't get enough of it. The twist on the storyline was completely unexpected, the controls are unique to the genre and require skill but its done in such a way that it feels like a natural build up, and the game is absolutely stunning. Best of all, Creed is just a different type of game, you can't compare it to anything else out there. The 360 is littered with endless shooters and sports titles and this game doesn't fit either, not in its game play or its one of a kind setting. Sadly with Halo 3, CoD4, Mass Effect and Rock Band getting so much love, Assassin's Creed will fly under the radar just like the equally good BioShock. Don't let that happen, this game deserves your time.
So what are you playing right now? Let me know.


SeanD816 said...

I'm playing Mass Effect right now and just love it. I love the 'choose your own adventure-esque' style and being able to have my current play through of the game be different from my last.

BioShock didn't slip under my radar and Assassin's Creed won't either. I plan on picking me up a copy of Creed after the holidays.

Ub3rn00b said...

I'm not playing much of anything right now since I just moved into a new house last weekend. I don't have cable internet hooked up just yet. However, I did just pick up Metroid: Prime Corruption for the Wii. I'm having quite a bit of fun with that. Funny thing is, I nearly completely forget that I'm using a Wii controller when I'm in intense battles. So much easier than say a ps or xbox controller for fps games. Mass Effect does look pretty awesome. i will probably be getting that for christmas or somethin'. COD 4 is still my game of choice, however, not having played it in over a week now, I'm starting to think about other games to play ;)

FrostyMelon said...

...still CoD4 MP, but dabbling in Mass Effect.

Overall, I like Mass Effect, luckily the story/customization makes up for the choppy frames, clunky combat, and loading screens (oh - and the goofy elevator rides).

Eli the Mad (Beer) Man said...

So what am I playing? Not the games I want to be. I haven't touched any of the new games that have dropped in the last few months. Not UT3, not Crysis, not CoD4, not The Witcher... well, you get the idea.

What I have been playing is an ass load of MMOs: City of Heroes/Villains, Tabula Rasa, Dungeon Runners, Pirates of the Caribbean Online, Hero Online, Pirates of the Burning Sea (beta)... all for the (new) job at

I plan on changing that soon though. I need me some FPS loving. Badly.

Hey, when does your Tiger article drop? Be sure to let us know!