Summary: Some games are worth checking out just for the sheer oddity of it all. The Last Guy for the PS3 fits this bill perfectly. This little puzzler is just plain impossible for me to classify, with its overly cheesy premise, simple-seeming game play, and maddeningly addictive tendencies.
Excerpt: An innovative game doesn’t always have to have a huge presentation or a package filled with bells and whistles. Some of the most innovative games have nether. Now Sony is picking up that torch and runs with it in their …
Excerpt: In an interesting approach to a top-down (above-view) game, The Last Guy has adopted a very Google Maps-styled interface. The levels you play in are actual cities and the maps look like they may well have started as satellite imagery, then been cleaned up a bit.
Conclusion: The Last Guy is in no way a bad game. It is just too much of a love it or hate it title to recommend to all, and the best way to decide is to play the demo. It has an interesting premise and some cool ideas but is a bit too simple to really be great.
Excerpt: Sony is quickly earning the rights to be called the deliverer of zany, Japanese-centric downloadable titles. With PixelJunk Eden, fl0w, and the upcoming fl0wer, those who like off-kilter entertainment with a slightly skewed leaning have ample to choose from in Sony’s lineup.
Conclusion: It looks simple, it sounds simple, but The Last Guy's simplicity is also its greatest strength. Old-school meets HD and the result is a game that plays like the good ol' days yet doesn't feel especially antiquated on a next-gen system.
Engaging action and unique presentation mix well in this short game.
2 September 2008
Summary: Ever since satellite maps of the world became readily available online, people have been finding myriad ways to enjoy them. From personal inquiries, such as looking up a neighborhood or a famous landmark, to commercial schemes, such as creating a fake island to promote a movie, satellite maps have...
Pros: Satellite images of real-world locations make great levels, Pushes you to the limits of your abilities, but not past, Hidden VIPs add replay value, Screams of terror mix well with electronic beats
Cons: Leaves you wanting more locations, Not all satellite images are created equal