Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Out With the Old, In With the New

Finally beat Red Dead Redemption this week. I put probably 22 hours into it and, looking back, it feels like it took forever. Not in a bad way, but with work and other obligations, I feel like I've been with that game for a long time. All in all, it was a pretty incredible play through and it made me really start looking forward to "L.A. Noire". I've always had an affinity for classic detective stories and film noire, so this looks to hit the spot. Red Dead was amazing, but I'm still calling Mass Effect 2 my game of the year.
Also, last night I started "Alan Wake." They are definitely hitting the "Steven King" tone hard and mentioning him pretty blatantly. The game sets a nice tone, but I'm catching myself being overly critical of the character animation (probably because I just came off of Red Dead). Usually I'm not such a stickler for that sort of thing (at least in a technical way), but the mouth animations and facial work is pretty horrendous. Long stretches of dialogue come out of these characters with just a few mouth flaps to represent them.

I'm looking forward to playing more and have decided to try and limit my play time to a "Chapter" a night. I waited to get the game on sale do to its reported short play time, and I think this might help me appreciate it more.

I'm also hoping to finish the next chapter of my XNA book tonight, I'll post after I do.

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