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Quick Bits – Games Edition

Time-rich? Cash-poor?  Oh, yes – me, too.  With brevity and the saving of money in mind, it’s time for some quick gaming bits…

Speedy, but over so very quickly...

Yes, “Need for Speed:The Run” isn’t very good.  But on the upside, it’ll only take you two hours to finish…

Ezio, the kind of hoody you really don't want to tick off

Thankfully, “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations” is much, much better – if only I had the free time to get into this series.

Battlefield 3 - fond of the Banhammer...

Cheating in “Battlefield 3”, much as in life, will get you nowhere...

And…exhale.

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Charlie Brooker 4, Modern Warfare 3

Fun fact. Charlie Brooker actually looks like this in real life...

Erstwhile screenwriter, telly face and gaming curmudgeon Charlie Brooker is at it again. And as usual, he’s got a ruddy good point.

You might remember him from his various BBC series – “How TV Ruined Your Life”, “Newswipe” and his one-off special, “Gameswipe”, or in his capacity as the creator of Channel Four’s ace reality telly/zombie mash-up, “Dead Set”. He’s also one of the few Guardian columnists whose byline I actively seek in the paper, chiefly as he never loses a chance to integrate games and gaming into the papers’ general arts conversation.

His latest column tackles “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” intelligently and asks a simple question that has probably occurred to most games players at one time or another:

Why am I playing this game, when the protagonist is such a weapons-grade tool?“.

Yes, he's got a mohican haircut. In the Military FPS genre, this passes for characterisation...

So often in games, movies and novels set in this genre, we’re asked to accept at face value that we should identify with characters whose sole notable feature is an ability to field-strip an assault rifle blindfolded and to p spout inane, frat-boy one-liners largely inspired by the killing of enemy combatants, the inevitable, imminent slaughter of said enemy combatants or the destructive force of the military hardware which will be used to wipe enemy combatants from the very face of the planet.

It’s all a bit dull, really – and it’s where I can’t get excited by the “Battlefield” and “Call of Duty” games. I don’t want to be these guys, so the idea of slogging through a five-to-six hour campaign in the company of people who’ve read too many Jack Ryan novels and taken them far too seriously isn’t exactly my mug of Senseo.

I’m not saying that all game protagonists must henceforth be replaced by variations on this guy:

The bard of self-deprecating urbane whimsy

But wouldn’t it be more interesting to play one of these games with a protagonist who isn’t built like a brick outbuilding and whose sole interaction with the world is to pepper it with bullets, knife slashes and tactical nukes?

I realise the irony of saying this given my preference for the bald-headed, space marine genre of third-person action games but there again, I don’t want to be those characters, either.

If games are supposed to be offering me wish-fulfilment and an escape from the pressures of the real world, they’re doing a bang-up job on the second point and a piss-poor job on the first part.

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“Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” getting great reviews.

In some respects, this is a crap time of year to be a gamer.

Every week from now until the end of November, and into the beginning of December, sees two or three huge games franchises on release, with so many titles jostling for not enough space in the hearts of games fans that it comes as no surprise when some major series or a high-profile new IP fails to get its moment in the sun.

I’m slightly worried that this fate might yet befall “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” when it comes out next week.

How can you resist the awesome? You can't!

Sure the reviews will help  the game’s cause, but it’s a PS3 platform exclusive, so it doesn’t benefit from any 360 or PC sales to bolster the Sony’s sales in this quarter of the year.  It’s out the week after “Battlefield 3”, and has a very limited amount of time before “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” comes out, and “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” crashing through the window and stealing the hearts and minds of most gamers until some time next spring.

Where does this leave games like “Uncharted 3” or the new “Need for Speed: The Run” in the run-up to the festive season?

Logically, I feel sure that the PS3 massive is going to be out in force to support this game, but there’s a part of me that worries that the same treatment which befell the apparently awesome “Resistance 3” might affect this game.

I’ve pre-ordered it – have you?

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“Battlefield 3” single-player verdict at Kotaku. Clue? Not great.

Kotaku be trollin’.  At least that’s the impression that you could get from some of their “Battlefield 3” stories this weekend.

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It all looks very impressive…

Kotaku writer Kirk Hamilton played some of the single-player campaign at an Electronic Arts press day and came away somewhat nonplussed by its linearity, some game design shortcomings (translation – ‘it’s too much like “Call of Duty”‘), technical issues with the PC build being played and the sense that the game series’ uniqueness has been sacrificed in an effort to chase the almighty dollar of the “COD” audience.

The game’s single-player aspect is, perhaps unsurprisingly, being treated as a lengthy tutorial for players who want to jump into multi-player and the story’s framing device recalls that of “Call of Duty: Black Ops”.  In an effort to grab some of that audience, it appears that EA and Dice have gone all-out to make them comfortable, which might not please the players who’ve come to expect a certain kind of game under the “Battlefield” banner.

You can check out the game for yourself on October 25th.

 

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Battlefield 3 – HD Xbox 360 video

Over at Eurogamer, DICE/EA have video of “Battlefield 3” running on Xbox 360.

Oscar Mike! Foot hostiles! Tango & Cash! Random nouns and verbs!

Yes, it’s not quite as bananas as it looks to be on PC.  Yes, it is still looking quite amazing.

It’s hard not to see how this would find its way into the home of any gamer also looking forward to “Modern Warfare 3” this Autumn.

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