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Lists and foreshadowing

The body's drive is a strange thing. Here, I stayed up until 3:30am the night before putting the final touches on something, slept 5 hours, and sort of lost track of the amount of caffeine I've taken to combat this. Now it's 8:50pm the following day and I'm jacked wide awake. Whoops! Oh well, I've a few things to say in my caffeine-addled state.

Heavy Duty (PC)

It's been long enough, and I wanted to talk a little bit about this game again, if only to say: It looks like it could be good. Really good.

Video Caption: Heavy Duty "Interception Trailer. (Game Trailers).

Imagine having a well simulated, complete, spherical planet with deformable terrain and convincing physics. Imagine it being a game where you are put in charge of an X-Com-like organization, right down to the base building and vehicle maintenance. Now, instead of troop combat, you and your squaddies pilot fully customizable giant robots and hovercraft. When you're not in the cockpit dishing out death, you can zoom out as smooth as silk all the way to orbit to manage your empire and issue orders. The plot? An epic battle between aliens and humanity over a newly colonized world.

Part X-Com, part Battletech/Aerotech, part Supreme Commander, and the potential for complete awesomeness. That is Heavy Duty, and we don't hear enough about it. There's not even an official release date set, yet.

The Editor's Choice System.

What's a quick and dirty way to find some excellent diamonds in the rough games to try? [edit: Obviously, these aren't hard to find games, I really aught to keep an eye on where I throw that "diamonds in the rough" phrase.] How about by checking out the GameSpot Editor's Choice list?

(Yes, I know some of you might think GameSpot is thoroughly on the take now. Lets forget that whole Ghertsman fiasco or even that for an "Editor's Choice List" it's a little ironic that the editor left. I say go try to find a game that GameSpot scored high that didn't deserve it, compare it against the average industry score, and let the results speak for themselves.)

For 2008, the GameSpot Editor's Choice List is so far made up of Burnout Paradise, No More Heroes, Sins of a Solar Empire, Profession Layton and the Curious Village, Patapon, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Crisis Core: Final Fantsy VII, Okami, and The World Ends With You.

The ones I've played from this list (NMH, SofSE, SSBB) were indeed excellent games. First thing tommorrow morning, I'm going to send back Zack and Wiki in hopes of getting The World Ends With You.

So anyway, at about the point where I bring up something as obvious as finding premium games by reading an editor's choice list that is intended to give people ideas about what premium games are I've probably run out of things to say. Damn you, caffeine, you hyperactive mind killer.


josiah_august said…
"What's a quick and dirty way to find some excellent diamonds in the rough? How about by checking out the GameSpot Editor's Choice list?"

None of the games on that list are "diamonds in the rough", as that would imply that they are't well known. Each of those games has gotten massive amounts of press.

If you need to read an Editor's Choice list to find these games, all this highlights is that you seem somewhat out of touch with game news.
Well, they're certainly not "diamonds in the rough" in that they're easy to find, but if you're telling me that Okami and Patapon suck then I'm not the one that's out of touch with games.
Let me rephrase that.

It's not that the games on the GameSpot Editor's Choice list are diamonds in the rough. The phrase suggests that they're hard to find, and they're certainly not - those are big name mainstream titles.

All I was really trying to say is that there's some interesting games on the GameSpot Editor's Choice list that are mainstream but I never bothered to try.

Am I out of touch with game news? Maybe. Personally, I think game news is out of touch with me, seeing how most games these days are total crap and I'm pretty damn discouraged about it. Frankly, mainstream gaming news is for newbs.

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