Whater Ya Playin’/Doin’ #2
Hey everyone! Just thought I’d take a moment or two to fill you in on what I’ve been playin’. Which, for those of you who semi-frequent this site, have probably realized hasn’t been much lately. And I have an excuse, at least somewhat. When riding my bike to work in Grand Haven last Tuesday I got sideswiped while turning onto 3rd Street, where my work is. Not that I feel the need to defend my cycling protocol, but I was halfway across a 15 foot crosswalk when a van approaching, which appeared to be slowing down for the STOP sign it was coming up to. Instead, they decided to pull a “rolling stop” and utterly smashed up my back rim. I’m more or less alright.
Here’s the best part. The driver? One of the drivers for my workplace, the Grand Haven Tribune. I’ve spent the better part of the past two days getting an estimate or two on repairs, and running such information by my dad (he’s letting me use the bike, it’s his old racing cycle…and apparently, according to the guy at Rock N Road Cycles…there isn’t another one around for 30-40 miles in any direction). Hence the need to get it repaired.
Drama of the two wheeled cycling variety aside, I’ve still had some time to get some gaming in, which, with all the work I’ve been doing on this site, has actually been few and far between until late. I’ve beaten Brutal Legend and Lucidity within the last week. Yes, I did end up taking the bait on both Toys R Us and Best Buy’s respective “3 for 2″ sales (both had their own advantages though; Toys R Us didn’t limit their selection to current-gen systems or exclude handhelds, while Best Buy’s enticing offer to grab some Reward Zone points along with a better stocked inventory, both in sheer volume and variety, helped them out) though, to be fair, I had no idea that Best Buy would be following suit…I mean, that stupid ass giraffe.
How did I make out? Well, before I get into that, let me elaborate on the original plan: Fallout GOTY, Brutal Legend, and…whatever third game I happened to not entirely hate that was also sixty dollars. Toys R Us only had Brutal Legend (we were there on the respective launch date of both), so I settled for Red Faction: Guerrilla, ($40) and due to the not-so-wonderful stocking and inventory abilities of the Temple of the Giraffe, came across a copy of GRID for thirty, to round out my three. Actually finding a retail copy of GRID at the price that used copies usually go for was nice…having to call an audible (I like to use sports analogies, especially when referring to activities that involve little/no athletic prowess) on my planned “3 for 2″ wasn’t though.
The gaming gods showed me a bit of mercy a week or two later with Best Buy’s sale. That’s how I ended up getting their last copy of Fallout: GOTY. Admittedly, I had to make a bit of a stretch to come up with two other games that I really wanted to get my paws on (paws…really? Why do we even use that expression?). And…well…compromises in gaming integrity were made. And…excuses for such will follow. I’m not really a “sandbox” guy. But I settled for Saints Row 2.
Look. It was only ten dollars more than Saint’s Row. And I’m pretty certain Yahtzee proclaimed it as his favorite game of the year. Yes, I’m aware that I don’t even know what the phrase “Saint’s Row” refers to (though I have an inkling that it’s not theological), and that I don’t know much about gangs beyond everything I learned in D.A.R.E. and watching West Side Story.
Gun>Knife>Synchronized fight dancing. I completely understand how ridiculous it is to imagine me wearing a raggedy bandanna and flashing gang symbols like…like money ain’t a thing? Is that what they say? To tell you the truth, this image of myself was all I could think of as the cashier rung me up. I saw her eyes skeptically move from the game’s box art of pimps and gun-toting minorities (the game’s quite the step forward towards eliminating racial stereotypes) to my “I don’t tan, I burn” face, and began to regret it.
“Will that be all,” she inquired.
“Nope, you straight-up fly Honey…,” I replied.
Well…that’s what I thought. I actually said “No,” but transcribing verbatim conversations with cashiers does not tend to make for a great read.
So, despite purchasing a game that will probably have me murdering priests in confessional booths, dissecting live babies, and distracting people when they’re having their photos taken at the DMV amongst a thousand other acts I find morally objectionable, I’m sticking by it. That is, until I probably play it. I’m the kind of guy that generally expects the actual police to show up when I murder a hooker in-game. That’s the sort of innate guilt complex I have.
I might have to defend the other title a bit more though. Actually, I’ll make it short. Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard.
Why? It’s got Will Arnett as the main character and Neil Patrick Harris as the main antagonist, Destructoid didn’t give it a failing grade (as they do to about 60% of games), and any game brave enough to engage in a sort of self-effacing meta analysis of gaming has my vote.
I’m a total geek/nerd.
Check out this intro sequence narrated by Will Arnett, if you don’t believe me.