35 points, 3 votes
MattD: I can’t speak for the single player campaign, as I generally only play RTS titles for the competitive multiplayer. It’s the same game it was a decade ago, and it isn’t – there are more options, tricks, tactics and polish, but the gameplay is still fast, tense, rewards intensive macro and micro level decision making / planning, and causes severe levels of stress and cardiac palpitations when played at the peak of my skill level. Which is why I stopped, because progressing beyond that point would take an inordinate amount of devotion and probably give me a heart attack. But there’s no RTS out there that has such broad appeal or is so accessible yet rewarding. It is possibly the best way to earn the grudging respect of the teenagers your friend teaches; by 2v2 tandem 4-gating them into the dirt over and over and over again.
35 points, 3 votes
zappi: biggest surprise was Nier, has huge flaws but i loved the world & the way it kept switching up the gameplay – at one point it even becomes a text adventure!
abanana: decent plot, decent fighting, fast walking speed. that’s good enough for me.
polyphonic: Nier is reminding me more of Deadly Premonition than I would’ve guessed.
“Nier does many different things at such a high level of sophistication and accessibility that I cannot think of another single game of recent years that more faithfully represents the sheer intellectual breadth of modern video games.”
40 points, 2 votes, .5 TOP GAME vote
HIDERE: After WoW, this is my other main source of crack. I play this constantly as I travel. The concept is simple enough: shoot a bullet that blows up circles it bounces off of, which then turns into a circle itself. Each circle must be hit a certain number of times to be blown up. The addition of Supernova mode, with the ability to aim shots and blow up nearby circles, make this the most involving handheld game I’ve ever played. I can’t wait until I break 500.
CraigG: I shouldn’t have decided to give Orbital ‘a quick try’ at midnight last night… Current high score on Gravity: 18! 😦