The Weekend Gamer
Thoughts on gaming culture, living among non-gamers, and growing up in the nintendo generation

Facts, Figures, and Tough Choices

I’ve spent enough time with the Left 4 Dead demo to know that my preorder was a wise decision.  It is immediately engaging, so long as you have friends to play it with.  As a co-op experience, it sparkles with moments of true surprise and enjoyment–they bubble up naturally and uncontrived in the shouts of shock as your team is ambushed from behind by the horde, or the satisfying explosion of your shotgun into a rotund boomer, the wave of relief when you make it to the safe room, and the laughter as your last living team mate who thought he was safe gets tackled by a hunter within sight of the that same room.

Of course, did I expect any less from Valve than a truly polished and unique experience?  This is the real zombie co-op I’ve been wanting ever since my first Resident Evil experience on the playstation.  I can’t wait to see how versus mode works.

The recent NPD figures are quite interesting–Fable II is October’s darling, but it’ll be interesting to see if it has any legs.  Fallout 3 and Little Big Planet sold less, but they only had three days of sales in October.  Pretty decent when you consider that.  I’m surprised that Guitar Hero World Tour didn’t make the list.  Perhaps parents are waiting until closer to the Christmas season, but it doesn’t bode well that the game didn’t sell as well as Rock Band 2 in its first month.

The richness of the season has caused me to make some tough choices, one of which is to delay my purchase of Gears of War 2.  It’s sickening to think that a game of that caliber got knocked off of my must buy list, but here we are.  I thought about renting it tonight when I was in Blockbuster, but what’s the point?  I’ve still got hours and hours of Fable II, Fallout 3, Little Big Planet, and Left 4 Dead to go through.  I’ll get to it once everything dies down.

–WG

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2 Responses to “Facts, Figures, and Tough Choices”

  1. you’re missing out bud. Gears2 doesnt let you down!

  2. It’s hard to ignore what I don’t have while enjoying what I do have. I’ve barely scratched the surface of three great games, but I’m still cursing my luck at having to wait on others.

    I preorded Left 4 Dead through Amazon. Yesterday, they were offering the 360 version for 10 dollars off ($50), and they delivered my last 360 game on release day… which is crazy, considering Gamestop never has my preorders until the day after.


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