Are you a gamer who loves buying video games, only to play them briefly and then store them away, never to be played again until the mood strikes? Are you always behind in the video game scene because of work, life, or both? Then, you’ll probably relate well to these articles I call, Cached Gaming. What makes my Cached Gaming rants so unique is the fact that I don’t update you on the latest and greatest games all the time. Sometimes I’ll go back to the past and dig out that old game I never got around to playing. Or sometimes I’ll talk about that game that’s the talk of the town… if it was a few months ago. Or sometimes I’ll tell you about the spontaneous game purchase that ended up on my shelf, still shrink wrapped. Either way, the goal of this section is to highlight noteworthy games that you should be playing right now that you could have played ages ago. Enough of the introduction – let’s get started!
Have you ever played the Devil May Cry series? Holy crap, what an awesome series. The latest nextgen outing, Devil May Cry 4, boasted stylish and challenging gameplay with a new character in the front lines – Nero, the impetuous kid with the Devil Bringer, a demon’s hand that gives him some new abilities and a unique spin from just playing Dante (although you can still play as him midway through the game). However, DMC4 was released early last year, and while I’ve had more than enough time to finish this bad boy, I just haven’t gotten around to it. In fact, I loved the game so much, I even bought both the PS3 and the XBox 360 versions. Talk about good, eh? So, why haven’t I been playing it? I don’t know, but I want to play it now! I only ever finished the first DMC, so I should buckle down and play the 2nd and 3rd ones through… but I probably won’t anytime soon.
Out this week is an interesting, unique, challenging (and unforgiving, as previews have said) platformer for the PSP known as Prinny – Can I Really Be The Hero? That’s right, the wisecracking, expendable penguin characters from the Disgaea series finally have their own game, dood! That’s awesome, because I totally love the Disgaea series. And when I say the Disgaea series, I mean the manga. I never actually got around to finish watching the anime series, let alone play the games (although I own them all, even the PSP remake of the original). Now THAT’S procrastinating! Obviously, I have to buy this game. I have no choice!
A new game from Korean MMO giant, NCsoft, is coming out with a game to destroy our social lives even further, known as Aion: The Tower of Eternity. Gee, yet another fantasy MMORPG – what else is new? Well, did I mention sick gameplay, aerial combat, and multiple targets? Don’t just listen to me, check out the gameplay footage on their site. Looks like a game that will finally cure my woes of ever having Diablo online. Just like most MMOs, it may become yet another game in this genre that I play for the first handful of months, forget about for a month (thus wasting the monthly fee), and then unsubscribe from. My friends know me so well, and yet they insist on hooking me on these damn things!! Speaking of which, thanks for this one, Colin (sarcasm).
Finally, there’s Metal Gear Solid 4. This game has been out for almost a year, and I have to admit – even non-fans would like this game. It just reeks of coolness, with a cinematic feel that hearkens me back to the good old days when video games tried to incorporate live action cut scenes. For example, take Wing Commander III, Noctropolis, Phantasmagoria, and Under a Killing Moon. I would add the Command & Conquer: Red Alert series, but they actually never stopped doing it (and the newest iteration includes an all-star cast including hotties Jenny McCarthy and Gemma Atkinson). Out of all these games I mentioned, I only ever completed two of them, but I digress. MGS4 is one of those immersive games where you can watch the game more than playing it! Seriously! It’s more of an interactive CG movie than anything – but it’s no slouch when it comes time to pick up the controller. Never did finish playing this one, but I will… eventually. Actually, that could be considered a lie, I don’t know if I’ll ever finish it – it’s so freaking hard. >_<
That’s all for now. Until next time!