As I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I’m not much of a gamer myself. I dabble here and there with hack and slash and casual games, but I’d have a hard time describing myself as a “gamer”. However, my beloved is and I’m sympathetic to the lifestyle, so I end up spending a good amount of time watching him play games. So, here is my critical opinion of two games he’s been playing lately, from a spectator’s point of view.
Rick’s been a fan of the Fallout franchise forever and made me promise months in advance to let him have the evening off the day New Vegas came out. But try as I might to get excited about it, I just. Can’t. I’m sure exactly what it is about Fallout that isn’t capturing me, but every time Rick fires up the Xbox I start wondering if there’s some laundry I should be doing (and for the record, I hate laundry). Maybe I’m just spoiled with the new generation of “cinematic” games or maybe the game is just too spread out. Either way, watching a game where the player can choose to make his life more difficult by needing to constantly searching for water or addictive drugs just seems kind of tedious to me. I understand this is an entirely personal thing and that if I were playing the game myself and getting wrapped up in my stats and my character I might have a very different opinion of the game. But I’m not, and I don’t.
2 Nekos out of 5
Super Meat Boy
On the complete other side of the spectrum we have Xbox Arcade title and PAX 2010 winner, Super Meat Boy, a retro styled, delightfully gory, kawaii platformer. I love watching Rick play this game, not least of all to hear his frustrated cursing as he dies over, and over, and over again. It’s also great to be able to high-five him when he finally passes a particularly punishing level. And best of all for my gnat-like attention span, most levels need to be cleared in 5 mins or less. There’s not much to it, you get from one side of puzzle to the other without dying, but it’s fun and it’s fast and it appeals to both my horror-film gorehound side and my retro-cutesy girl side.
5 Nekos out of 5