Tuna Fish RIot's Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
| [January 19, 2007 07:25:52 PM]
| I don't know what to think of this game. It seems that the "chillin' with your homies" scenario is only part of the beginning, and later comes this whole bunch of weird stuff. The main hero, Carl Johnson, is betrayed by his friends and forcefully works for the corrupted cop, Officer Tenpenny. More stuff happens such as dating some psychotic, hispanic girl that has an obsession with robbing stuff. Right now, I'm located at San Fierro, GTA's equivalent to San Francisco. I'm setting up my new headquarters at some garage/warehouse place.|
There were many annoying missions that I had to do earlier, but I finally finished them after so many tries. Those missions included racing missions, racing missions, and more racing missions. The controlling of cars in GTA is very loose and free, so turning and navigating is not a problem. However, the camera system is very bad. Instead of keeping the camera fixed to where you set it to, the camera decides to sneak its way down and back behind your car, so you can't see what is ahead of you. The only way to drive properly is to keep on tapping the second analog stick so that your camera can constantly bounce up and down allowing you to catch "glimpses" of the view of the road ahead. Not doing so will resort you in driving off a cliff and into a river that you can't see. Yes. Off a cliff and into a river... during a race.
Right now, I'm helping, or was helping some nerd in a mission that required me to kill people riding bikes. The way I had to kill them was to radio-control a small toy helicopter and gun down these guys. In conclusion, the controls sucked so bad that it led me to quit this game. That's right. I'm through with this game. It was good while it lasted, but I don't really have the patience to try to master this sort of thing. As I have mentioned in my previous post, this is one of those games I play a bit and then quit.
Graphics : 7.5 (not great graphics, but works really well with GTA)
Gameplay: 9.0 (when not annoying)
Controls: 8.5 (when not doing those annoying missions)
Story: 9.5 (reminds me of home)
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| [January 19, 2007 03:53:04 AM]
| What can I possibly say? Thugs are funny. The one major thing that I found most appealing about this game are the cast of characters. Nearly everyone you encounter is a person to be remembered. The dialogue is not excessively obscene, yet not too fictitious and has a spin of humor. Coming from Los Angeles, I've encountered many of the stereotypes represented in this game. The way Rockstar portrays the people in GTA is superb and keeps me lauging all throughout my gameplay.|
The challenge level has been mildly easy, but from my past experiences with the previous GTA games, I know it will get harder. One thing I dislike is that you must finish all your missions at some point in order to progress. Some of these missions can just be plain annoying. Some take a big chunk of time, so that if you mess up, it forces you to start all over each time. Many missions can drive you crazy if you are not skilled in doing certain tasks. For example, if you absolutely cannot control a motorcyle with grace and ease, then many parts in this game will result in you and the breaking of your controller as you smash it onto the floor for the 13th time or so.
Music is good. Exploration is good. Controls are alright. Overall, this is a game I play when I'm in the mood for... this type of game. This is a game I'm sure that I'll never finish, just as the previous ones. I enjoy the game, but it's not a game I take too seriously. A good time-waster to play while your friends watch. There will be a lot of talk.
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