Fable II, the Launch Party
Some people have noticed that Fable II has been spinning in my Xbox 360 lately and a ton of people have messaged me looking for impressions. Unfortunately I can’t talk about Fable II just yet but expect to see a lot of content about the game on X3F next week.
Microsoft rented out a pub in downtown Toronto to help launch the game. The funniest part about playing a game at an event like this is when people give up. What I mean is, in Fable II you can kill anyone (except children) in a town but the city guards are going to be on you like white on rice ASAP. A menu pops up and notifies you that you can pay a fine for your crimes, do community service to lessen the sentence or resist arrest — all of this information has been released in previous previews AND was an element in the original Fable. People at the launch party would murder innocents, resist, get their asses handed to them and then give up. So, when I came in (fashionably late to the party) every time I picked up a controller it was as I was getting my ass handed to ME!
This sort of thing happens a lot at press events which is why it is often difficult to get good impressions. Note to all playing games at an event who then want to write about — ALWAYS restart the demo.
Space the final…. holy shit what was that?!
For the last few days I’ve been playing Dead Space. After seething in anger because Dustin got his hands on it, I picked up a copy and jumped in. Quick impressions, 9 chapters (out of 12 in) the game is good. While Dead Space looks nice I think a lot of people glazed over how good it sounds. The audio in the game adds to the already eerie environment and really creates a cool world.
There isn’t as much back tracking as Dustin led me to believe. I mean, you do go back but often it is literally two or three rooms. I was expecting you to have to redo entire areas of the game but that isn’t the case. The creatures are cool… the first time you see them. After that you’re kinda left with a sense that they are a ridiculous blend of scabs and sharp things. The game has made me jump once or twice but it really isn’t as scary as I thought it would be.
The HUD-less design and the ideal of menu projection into the world relative to the character and not the camera is very well implemented. It’s very impressive to watch a video message from someone on board the ship and rotate the camera around to see the images stacked creating a holographic display.
Gun play is fantastic so far but that is based on me only using the first weapon — I’m trying to get the achievement, go figure.
All in all I’m impressed with the game and I think EA has a good franchise on their hands. I anticipate playing through the game a few times.
Also, the Leviathan looks like a demonic vagina.
Disappointed in Soulja Boy Commentary
Recently I posted a video of rapper Soulja Boy calling out Xbox Live gamers on X3F. Some people questioned why we would bother — the answer: It was Saturday and it was funny, get over it — and some people laughed. We thought nothing of it really but suddenly my inbox was flooded with comments that were being posted on X3F that were highly racist and used words that should never be uttered, regardless of skin color.
Not surprisingly all of the racist comments were deleted as soon as I saw them and every single person who used the racial slur typically used by bigots was banned from the entire Joystiq Network. Meaning, no more commenting for you.
I’m shocked. I didn’t think that our readers would ever stoop to that level and actually write something so hateful. I wanted to email each person and bitch them out personally but who has the time, really?
If you were one of the people who used a slur then I’m ashamed you ever visited our site. Biggotry like that is the reason for a lot of pain across the world and it will get you no where. You want to be a hater then hate because Soulja Boy has a shitty GamerScore and bad Halo 3 stats, not because he’s black.
Also, bigotry like that is why a lot of people won’t vote for Barrack Obama. Good luck supporting a Republican President, because the last eight years has worked out so well.
Honestly, does anyone want Sarah Palin within arms reach of nuclear launch codes? She can’t even name a newspaper.