2009 has been good to me for the most part and I hope 2010 will be better and a promising year for me. I missed quite a lot of good games last year which I’m very disappointed. I missed Uncharted 2, Modern Warfare 2, Assassin’s Creed II, Killzone 2 and many other games that probably ends with the number two. However I did play Batman: Arkham Asylum, Resident Evil 5, Left 4 Dead 2, Ghostbusters, Cryostasis and The House of The Dead: Overkill and I had a blast playing each game.
Arkham Asylum sticks to me as not only the best game of 2009 but also the best Batman game by far. Way better than Dark Tomorrow :P. Everything about the game is so picture perfect and highly detailed from the characters to the backstory to the storyline and to the environments. It’s completely seven heaven from beginning to end. I look forward to the upcoming sequel. The next game that I had a great time is Ghostbusters: The Video Game, the very sequel I’ve been waiting for for a long time. Ever since the last movie they made in 1989, I eagerly awaited for next movie to come up but after a dead silence or almost a decade, I began to lose hope. But when it was announced that an official sequel will be made in a video game format, I was speechless. Who would thought a cult classic franchise will be making its return not as a cinematic picture but as a video game. And guess what? It was good.
I was initially skeptical with the game’s choice of letting you play as neither of the Ghostbusters members but as this new rookie. The thought kept lingering in my mind but after playing the game, it wasn’t that awkward after all. I bought Ghostbusters for the XBOX360, PC, DS and the PSP because I love the game so much. It’s a real treat for a Ghostbusters fanatic like me.
The following game that I was glad and happy to play is Resident Evil 5. I played the PC version because I don’t have my 360 with me at the moment but the experience is still the same I think. The graphics and the plot is pretty damn good as it follows the same mechanics as Resident Evil 4 but like the previous game, the gameplay can get really boring later on as you are to upgrade weapons, buy new stuff, slash boxes with your knife and maintain your inventory slot over and over again. I kinda miss the old fashion Resident Evil with its fixed camera angles, item boxes and most importantly zombies. I don’t understand when people complained about the fixed camera angles because it never occurred to me. I love it! The other thing that I don’t understand is the racism issue with 5. I’ll say it again and I’ll say it clear: Resident Evil 5 is not racist! Seriously, it’s not. Even the voice actress of Sheva Alomar said so. It just so happens that the viral outbreak takes place in South Africa and all its inhabitants are infected. That’s it. So what’s the fuss all about? Resident Evil 4 took place somewhere in the rural areas of Spain so how come you don’t hear anyone complaining about a guy killing spanish people? It’s all about popularity bullcrap. Just because you heard someone is talking about it you decided to join the club as well. It’s ridiculous. I think the reason the public went on to an outcry with Resident Evil 5 is because of the screenshots they saw before the game was released and assumed the worst.
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There are two things I like and dislike about Resident Evil 5. The positive side is the (SPOILER ALERT!) final demise of Albert Wesker. When he died in the game I was like “yeah, finally! It’s about goddamn time that sonnafa bitch dies.” Don’t get me wrong, I like Albert Wesker but when an antagonist slips away more than three games in his career, it gets pretty silly and you just grow tired of seeing him getting away repeatedly. On the negative side, it was sad to see Excella Gionne, Wesker’s partner in crime, gets killed in the game. I thought she was a great antagonist for the Resident Evil franchise with her evil looks and devilish talking but unfortunately she died too soon. I was hoping for Capcom to use her as a replacement for Wesker but sadly, they don’t see it my way. Oh, well.
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Another great game I had fun with is Overkill. It is called the best game in the series by fans and the worst by the other party. If you asked me, I love Overkill. The plot and the humor is well done and I love watching the cutscenes. I even have all the cutscenes in my iPhone right now and watch them whenever I feel bored. That says it all. The performances for each character is well done especially Agent G, Isaac Washington and Papa Caesar. Their constant swearing and hatred towards each other is priceless and some of their quotes like “what does a brother have to do to pacify a bitch” still lingers in my mind to this day. I love that stuff.
If there’s one game I wished I could play is Brutal Legend. I only played the demo in a gaming convention and I wished I could play more. My disappointment with the game is that it’s not been made available for the PC. Previous Tim Schafer games have all got games for the PC fanboys so I was surprised that Brutal Legend didn’t have any PC port. Hopefully there shall be one someday. Other than that, I really don’t have any regrets of missing other games like Dragon Age and Demon’s Souls since I’m not a fan of RPG and Online play.
Now for some updates on music. Aside from video games, the next thing I love in life is music. Though I focus my attention more on Heavy Metal and Rock, I’m generally a universal listener and listen to all kinds of music. I stop listening to radio for a few years now because I really don’t have much love for today’s music. Today’s music has evolved into something really commercialized and too mainstream which hurts me in some ways. Music nowadays has evolved into new age R&B, strange mix of alternative pop and rock, clubbing and god knows what else. Majority of the new songs don’t leave an impression on me anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love pop music and I like R&B in some angles but today’s music lack soul, melody, body and control. There’s no love to them anymore. It’s all about fame, boobs and fortune. I dig good beats but when it comes to today’s R&B and clubbing music, they feel so empty.
I also don’t watch music videos on TV nowadays because it’s all dominated by clubbing scenes and soft porn materials which has become extremely excessive and very misleading. I miss the old music videos where it’s about stories, dancing, humors and fun. That is why I now stop listening to the new stuff and begin listening to the old stuff. I literally start listening to a lot of music which I grew up with and slowly make my way back to the basics. As a guy who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, I started listening back to good ol’ music that these decades have to offer including pop music. Yeah, other than Metal, I also listen to pop music like boy bands stuff. Yeah, it might not be cool for some people but whatever man. I don’t care, I grew up with that s**t. I also listen to old influential artists like AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Twisted Sister, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Megadeth, Motorhead and more. For dessert, that would be hip-hop and R&B like RUN-DMC, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Beastie Boys and a whole lot more. Basically, I’m going all the way back rather than forward and it feels good.
So that’s my honest opinion about today’s music. If you love them to bits, good for you. But if you hate ’em, then sign me up. But having said that, I do like one or two of them. I hate to admit but Lady Gaga is pretty cool. Sure, her music is very clubby and such but there are some pop elements in them which I dig so overall, Lady Gaga just barely makes it out of my hate list. Nothing else to add except I also hate emo! Speaking of music, I enjoy video game soundtrack and I have a whole bunch of them in my iTunes right now. My favourites are Metal Gear stuff, Biohazard/ Resident Evil stuff and SIlent Hill stuff. Akira Yamaoka is the bomb but I’m disappointed that he officially left Konami in December of last year. What a tragic news. What will ever happen to the Silent Hill series now?
Well, that’s about it for now. Hope you all enjoy reading my long blog.