I’m still playing catch-up this year with a few console games, namely the three in the subject line. Spec Ops: The Line is one of those surprising titles you get for free from the PSN store by being a Plus member, expect it to be complete shit and end up being blown away. I really dig how the Dubai setting turned out, the over-the-shoulder view and the complete mindfuck of a storyline, but I still have another chapter or two to finish before the review goes up.
I just picked up Tomb Raider last night while I was out pre-ordering Bioshock Infinite and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. All I can say is that I expected the game to be good but it ended up being great. My girlfriend and I are approximately 6 hours in and it’s been a breakneck pace the entire time. The only time the game slows down is when you venture off on your own to search for hidden treasure. My only complaint so far is that we encountered the same bug as a lot of other players during a key part which caused us to have to reload our checkpoint to proceed. For all you achievement hunters out there, there are also no story-related achievements aside from completing the game, so be prepared to put in a lot of extra time collecting and exploring everything (it *is* Tomb Raider after all) and dragging ass through the multiplayer for about 15 trophies. Expect a review here in the next few days.
Finally, DmC – Devil May Cry was going to be a game that I passed up on because I didn’t really like the direction Ninja Theory was pushing for. The new Dante just came off as a punk kid who was trying too hard to be noticed and the combat definitely looked slower than the 60FPS of DMC4 thanks to their use of the outdated Unreal Engine. Still, after looking a bit in to it I became quite interested and Gamestop had a price drop for about $30 with my discount card. Once I finish up Spec Ops, this is next on my list.