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12-09-2012, 11:51 AM
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I think your lumping of "nerds" into a single group is silly. As you hinted at, its grown into way too big a group to be grouped together. But I agree with your notion that borderlands is a mediocre single player game at best. Also, Valkyria Chronicles is awesome.
In general, I have to agree with the idea that too many games are being designed to only be played via online multiplayer. Not that they are bad games, but as I grow older I have a much harder time getting a group of friends available at the same time to really enjoy them. Its so rare that when that's the only way to play a game, its typically not worth playing. Single player games are still there, but the in-room multiplayer options are really starting to dwindle. Its basically Nintendo keeping that alive and even their games have gone downhill in that regard since Gamecube imo. But I may just be getting old.
Oh, there's no doubt that "nerd" encompasses such a large group that it's a somewhat meaningless cultural descriptor these days. A while back I was drawing a distinction between a nerd (someone who is really into any sort of mildly esoteric hobby) and a Nerd (an entitled person who obsessively consumes certain cultural products). The nerd loves video games for the sake of the medium, the Nerd loves the opportunity to put someone down for not liking the right games.
Yeah, VC is great. A ton of fun and really beautiful to look at. Even a nice soundtrack. Some of the story elements and voice acting are a little hokey but that kind of adds to the charm. I never actually finished it because I realized way way late that I was basically playing all wrong (I was taking my time but apparently you're supposed to complete the missions in as few turns as possible) and it was impossible to progress, so I gave up. (Pretty much always happens to me in RPGs.) I definitely want to go back and finish it up, even if it means using a walkthrough.
Along with Borderlands 2, I traded in Red Faction: Guerrilla (liked the PS2 installments of the series, not keen on the GTA-in-space vibes here) and Killzone 2 (my first experience with the crushing disappointment of phased out in-room multiplayer, but a decent game otherwise that I just wasn't going to play again). I was trying to take advantage of an offer of a $10 bonus when trading three items, but the latter two games were pretty much worthless and didn't qualify. ANYWAY, in exchange I got:
All Pro Football 2K8
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Ultimate Edition (Surprisingly solid single player mode so far, though I always thought the original Battlefield games worked just fine in single player even if they clearly weren't designed for it. Unfortunately the codes to access bonus content don't work on a used copy.)
Heavy Rain (About to play this for the first time.)
Basically all of these relate to games I enjoyed in high school or early in my college years. APF2K8 is basically an update of ESPN NFL 2K5, which is still my favorite football game. I loved Battlefiend 1942 and Battlefield Vietnam. Heavy Rain seems kind of like Indigo Prophecy, which I never got to play in full despite really digging the demo. (I remember having trouble finding it in stores and ended up forgetting it.) And NHL 2K7 I had for PS2 and I kind of want to see what I was missing with the PS3 version. So far it just seems like better graphics, but I always loved how the 2K series had classic teams. The first game I played was '93 Nordiques vs. '93 Jets, of course.
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