It’s been a while since I talked about what I’ve been playing, so I decided to do a quick update of what I’ve been playing over the past few months:
Sleeping Dogs – Xbox 360
I did a review of Sleeping Dogs for AltDotGames, and talked about it in detail there. It’s a fun, but flawed game. Most of those flaws are technical ones, such as brief drops in frame rate.
Retro City Rampage – PC
Retro City Rampage is great at pulling on nostalic heart strings. Unfortunately it has the same uneven and sometimes cheap difficulty that NES era games are known for. I’ve been enjoying it, but the difficulty of certain missions is frustrating. I wish that the game was better balanced, or had multiple difficulties to choose from.
Beyond Good and Evil HD - Xbox 360
I never played BG&E in its original iteration, so the HD release on the XBLA is my first experience with it. I try not to buy into excessive hype for games. I find that this is especially useful when it comes to classic games, as they sometimes don’t stand the test of time very well. Fortunately for me, BG&E is still pretty amazing. The camera control is pretty goofy at times, and I found it inexplicably shifting on me periodically. It’s pretty annoying, and makes stealth sections more frustrating than necessary.
Civilization V – PC
I just got Civ V recently, along with the Gods and Kings expansion. Civ V is a super addicting, lengthy strategy game. There’s a ton of content and nations to play as. I’ve done the tutorial and a main game, and it took me about 12 hours in total. I’m really looking forward to diving into the multiplayer, since I haven’t tried it out yet.
Theme Hospital – PC
Theme Hospital is a fun classic sim game from 1997. You have to diagnose and treat patients in your own hospital while keeping the budget balanced and expanding your hospital grounds. It’s pretty easy to jump into. There’s a good bit of humor here too, and Theme Hospital never takes itself too seriously.
Civilization Revolution - Xbox 360
Civ Rev was a great game on the DS, and the 360 version is no exception. Civ Rev has taken the Civilization formula and simplified it, and even made it more cartoony. Take a look at the character designs for Cleopatra and others from this game, and compare them to others from previous Civ games and Civ V, and you’ll see what I mean. While it’s certainly not as in depth as the other entries in the series, it’s an interesting side note, and I hope to see it continue some day.