There’s a lot of gaming-related stuff I want to talk about, but not enough time to write it all down into well thought-out and extended posts. Instead of falling behind the times, I thought I’d try and tackle the stuff I wanted to talk about in small, concise chunks.
If this format works out and is something you’d like to see more of, I’ll try it again. Hope you enjoy!
I Got Games!
As the lucky boyfriend of the best girlfriend ever, I received a few games as gifts. One of them is Kirby’s Epic Yarn, which I’ve been excited to play. I’m hoping at some point Steff and I will get a chance to play through that game on co-op. The other game she got me was the new Mortal Kombat, which is comically on the opposite end of the spectrum from Epic Yarn. I have beaten the story mode and spent a few hours honing my skills, so expect some impressions on that game to appear on the site soon!
Gaming’s biggest release this week is L.A. Noire. This 1940s-era crime drama game has scored some serious good will among the gaming press, and I’m genuinely excited to play it. On the way home tonight, I’ll pick up a copy. Usually, when it comes to multi-platform releases, I pick up the XBOX 360 version. However, I don’t like the idea of having to play L.A. Noire across 3 discs, when the PS3 version will have it on 1. Unless news comes out that the PS3 version doesn’t perform as well as the XBOX 360 version (which in this case, I doubt), I’ll probably buy a PS3 copy of L.A. Noire tonight on the way home from work.
PSN is Back! Sort of…
After 20 some-odd days of “It Only Does Offline”, the PlayStation Network is back…with some catches. For one, it’s not back everywhere just yet. If you’re in Japan, you may have to wait a bit longer. Also, while you can sync your trophies and play online, you have no access to the PlayStation Store, which won’t be up for a while longer. If you bought a copy of Mortal Kombat and have yet to cash in that online play code, you’re still screwed. I celebrated the return of PSN by playing some Super Street Fighter IV. I managed to actually get into the StreamingLiveJTV lobby, where I went 3-3. My last match was against New York tournament player Auto Demon. It’s cool to say that I fought a higher-level tournament player that I recognize by name, but I’m so salty about how I almost beat him and choked! I have the replay saved, so maybe I’ll write it up as a Jett Vs. post!
Mass Effect 3 Will Allow Players to Have Same-Sex Romances
Considering the fact that BioWare’s Dragon Age II allows for same-sex relationships, it was only a matter of time before Mass Effect allowed players to do the same. Well, if you’ve ever wanted have your male Shepard to get intimate with Thane or Garrus, this is wonderful news! Though I have quite the man-crush on Thane, I have enough issues to resolve with Liara and Miranda that I’d like to deal with before exploring a more manly romance. In all seriousness, I’m glad to see game developers grow their products with the audience and the times to allow for players to make these types of decisions. What choices you make on that front are none of my business, but I’m glad that those choices are there for us all to make.