It’s one hell of a week for shooter fans, especially PS3 owners who have to pick between two huge games – both of which are shooters with amazing companies behind them. In addition, RPG fans will be able to get their hands on that time-travel game I hyped up a few weeks back.
‘Bulletstorm’ is one of those games without pretense. It doesn’t try to be art or a serious attempt to reinvent the experience of gaming. It does away with all of that, and instead focuses on allowing players to have fun. It’s a crazy approach.
As you know if you’ve played the demo, ‘Bulletstorm’ is a somewhat mindless shooter that rewards you for killing people in fun and interesting ways. You may also have heard about it if you pay attention to the reactionary 24-hour propaganda channel that I won’t invoke by name for fear that it will appear like the Candyman – only, you know, white, paranoid and angry.
The demo is a blast, though there’s definitely a question about whether there’s enough there to make a full game. I’d give ‘Bulletstorm’ a rent before picking it up unless you’re already sold on the concept.
Killzone 3 (PS3)
The PS3 isn’t the most popular system on the market, but that’s fine with Sony. The company didn’t build it to be the everyman system or something that families could get behind. The PS3 was built to be the Ferrari of videogame consoles. Whether Sony succeeded or not is an argument for another day.
The “best of the best” mentality is clear with ‘Killzone 3’, a game that embraces not only Sony’s Move peripheral, but 3D technology as well. Again, whether Move and 3D work well is something to debate elsewhere, but you have to give Sony credit for making the push at least.
Sony’s ‘Killzone’ series started a bit slow, but praise for the second game in the series was high, as are expectations for ‘Killzone 3’.
Radiant Historia (DS)
I said plenty about ‘Radiant Historia’ in my preview of the game a few weeks back. I can’t stress enough just how much I’m looking forward to this game. While there are plenty of handheld RPGs out there, ‘Radiant Historia’ has the advantage of being fairly unique in its presentation and its battle system.
Again, I can’t stress enough just how good the clips I’ve heard from the soundtrack are. It’s a shame the full soundtrack isn’t being released in the States. I’d be more than willing to shell out for more Yoko Shimomura.