What I'm Playing, August 2010
Posted by Alex Jordan on
I actually bought an Xbox 360 because I wished to get out of the computer arms race. Upgrading computers is no problem for me - I worked for several years at a computer repair shop, and I relish the act of messing around inside a case - but I found the necessary pace of upgrades to be fairly galling, especially considering the cost.
I resisted upgrading my four year old desktop until now for this reason. But then, Firearms: Source got released and my computer couldn't run it. So, Newegg got a rush order from me. Now, I'm playing all sorts of pretty games on my new rig:
- Firearms: Source: My alma mater. It's free and they give you something like 35 guns with which to blow the living hell out of other people. Why haven't you downloaded it already?
- Red Faction: Guerrilla: The Xbox demo never really swayed me, but I couldn't resist grabbing it off of Steam for $5. I love the destruction mechanics, but the sandbox world is kinda boring and the gunplay is occasionally too punishing on the player.
- Left 4 Dead 2: Also grabbed on Steam for a song and a dance. Haven't had a real chance to play it, but I'm eagerly anticipating my brother's custom campaign for it.
- Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: I'm still a sucker for LucasArts' point and click games. However, some of the internal logic for the puzzles is flat-out infuriating. I now remember why I don't seek out adventure games that I didn't memorize/have patience for as a child.
And yes, even with the wondrous delights of a new computer, Project Squish is still moving forward.