Tag: Activision

Prototype 2 Review

An Evolutionary Dead End

Prototype 2 Screenshot

HIGH The Prototype characters are ├╝ber-badasses.

LOW Outdated mission and world structure, repetitive tasks.

WTF The eleventh-hour attempt to humanize Heller.

Nobody’s Hero, Part 3: What it was for

H.E.R.O. Image

I didn't think about H.E.R.O. in general or my record specifically for a full month after that long night. Then, due to happenstance, I found myself cleaning out some boxes from my mother's home over Christmas, ruthlessly disposing of anything I'd ever been graded on. Near the bottom of a box of sundry tossables, I came across this…

Nobody’s Hero, Part 2: I beat H.E.R.O., which, unsurprisingly, does not lead to me becoming one

After a few false starts over the course of a week, getting my score into the 3-4 hundred thousand range, then getting controller-throwingly furious at abruptly losing half an hour's work when I got myself killed, I was almost ready to give up. After a particularly dispiriting series of losses I had the classic "1 more game" moment at Midnight on a Wednesday. This would, naturally, prove to be an unbelievably stressful decision.

Nobody’s Hero, Part 1: A tale of obsession on the most insignificant scale

H.E.R.O. Box Art

So, some background to start. H.E.R.O. was an especially beloved game from my childhood, largely because it was my game. I'm sure anyone with siblings will recognize the phenomenon of shared game consoles and playing time, and the special joy that comes from having a game that is not only one's own property, but that holds no interest for siblings, so playing it offered a safe haven free from fights over controllers.

NASCAR 2011: The Game Review

A Dart Without Feathers

NASCAR 2011: The Game Screenshot

HIGH Going from last to first over eight laps at Darlington.

LOW Getting spun out in turn four at Martinsville and receiving a pit road speeding penalty rather than a caution flag.

WTF Bump-drafting at Martinsville? Kevin Conway winning races? Jeff Burton taking the pole every week? What bizarre alternate universe is this?

Singularity Second Opinion

A Present from Uncle Joe

Singularity Screenshot

HIGH Raising "the Pearl."

LOW Running out of oxygen because I didn't know to jam a door from the top.

WTF It's 2010, is it too much to have the Russian characters speak Russian?

Blood Drive Review

Dead Sinking

Blood Drive Screenshot

HIGH Watching zombies fly to pieces as giant buzzsaws cut through them.

LOW Being unable to find a zombie to use said buzzsaw on.

WTF The single-player events are two hours long. Without save points.