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Recommendations of the Week: 10-28-11

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Posted October 28, 2011 by Brad in Features
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It’s that bitter sweet time of year for gamers, when a wave of fantastic releases floods the market and all we can do is brace ourselves (and our wallets) for the incoming storm. Unfortunately, with games costing sixty bucks a pop, we can’t always get our hands on everything we have our eyes on. In this week’s edition of Recommendations of the Week, we’ll take a look at three of this month’s best releases. If you can afford all three, go for it! If you’re planning on only getting one, this article will help you decide which title is best for you.

 Forza 4

Forza’s newest release has taken the lead, solidifying it as the top racing game currently on the market. The realism of Forza, its beautiful visuals and new lighting system, pulls you onto the track and behind the wheel. From breathtaking mountaintop views to vast grassy plains, the environments provide complete immersion. The cars themselves are stunningly detailed, crafted with careful and loving precision.

The beauty of this game is not only found in the graphics, but also in the sheer amount of content. RPG elements such as gaining experience points and credits, hundreds of available vehicles to drive, multiple modes- online and off- make for an addicting experience. Of course, none of these things mean much if the gameplay is no good. But Forza never disappoints. With realistic control and tight handling, you’ll feel the horse power rumbling through your controller, totally absorbed in every race. The game is a blast.

If you are a gamer that thirsts for the thrill of the race, this is a must-get.

 

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham Asylum established itself as the best comic book-based game of all time. That title has now been passed down to Arkham City. With familiar but excellent combat, multiple styles of playing, an open world to explore, and a plethora of goodies to collect, Arkham City takes all that was good about the Asylum and kicks it up a notch.

The fluid controls and animations allow you to feel powerful, while well implemented voice acting and an interesting story will pull you one level deeper into the game. You are the Dark Knight. You can almost feel the tights gripping your skin… They’re about as comfortable as you’d imagine.

If you’re looking for a game packed with excitement and plenty of lasting value, don your masks and capes and get ready to kick some henchmen ass.

 

Dark Souls

Dark Souls has been the subject of much discussion over the past couple of weeks. Some love it, some hate it. I, personally, love it. The main focus of debate is the punishing difficulty of the game. Sure, Dark Souls is no walk in the park, but its difficulty does not hinder it from greatness. In fact, it only makes it more rewarding to play.

The focus should instead be placed on the game’s elements of mystery and exploration. Environments are beautifully dark and twisted, as are the enemies that inhabit the disturbing world. Every time you encounter a new creature- a figure lurking around the dark corridor- your grip tightens on the controller as you inch towards it, shield raised. Every time you cross the threshold into a new area, your heart pounds with anticipation. Every time an incredibly massive boss emerges from slumber, your eyes widen in fear. These sensations are what make Dark Souls a beautiful experience.

While it is a struggle at first, you begin to learn how Dark Souls works with time. It is then that you learn to enjoy the game, and to appreciate its artfulness.

If you’re looking for a deeply rewarding experience, and ready to invest some time into a game, Dark Souls is the pick for you.

Whichever game you choose, you’ll be a happy camper. Even if you can’t afford them at the moment, keep an eye out for price drops, and get a hold of these spectacular games. They should not be missed!


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  • Cornel du Preez

    hell yeah brad. hell yeah.

    • Brad Beyea

      Haha, Cornel! Thank you, sir.

  • Jmroya1493

    Great post Brad! I can definitely second Forza being great. Arkham City should be great indeed, if it one-ups Asylum. Asylum is a great game that’s even fun over multiple plays (I say this because it’s hard for me to be motivated enough to play a single game twice). And Dark Souls looks like an ultimately rewarding experience, although I’ll need a friend to comfort me during the harder moments…

    • Brad Beyea

      They certainly are all great games!

      And I’ll be there for you through thick and thin if – when – you pick up Dark Souls, my friend.

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