In this post I’m going to go over some of the games that I’m currently playing but haven’t finished. I’ll do a full review of these games when I’m finished, but I think it would be awesome to see my initial impressions at the start of a game and my final thoughts on the entire game.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Xbox 360)

I waited on this game for a while. I’m a huge Star Wars nerd. I know every line to the original triology, I often think about distances in parsecs, and to be totally honest I used to play the Star Wars Customizable Card Game. In fact, I still have my entire collection of cards just sitting at my parents house. So I was very cautious about this game, since I knew it took place after the events of the bad trilogy and before the events of the good trilogy. I played the demo cautiously and found the controls to be really wonky. It felt like they were trying to be more complicated than they should have been. But my brother talked this game up to me and convinced me.

So recently this game came to me in the mail through Gamefly. As of right now, I’m only on the second level (not including the prologue.) I have to say that it took a good bit of time to get used to the controls but I’m really liking them now. I think the hardest thing for me was using the force to pick up large objects and throw them at enemies. It seems like one of those things that you just have to keep doing to get it. I like the force point system even though there isn’t any interface for displaying how many you’re receiving as you play the game, other than the graphic indicator you get when you level up.

The combat is nice mix of fun and challenging. Your enemies are all low level grunts and the occasionaly tough droid or guy with a repeating blaster. Running into bigger enemies also seems to mark your progress. So far I’ve battled AT-ST walkers and Junk Titans at the mid and quarter points of the levels. Each level concludes with you fighting a different jedi master. These battles usually take place in what I thought could’ve been a more substantial set piece, but really the camera just shifts and stays relatively fixed unless you move drastically. These battle are tough, but often only because you either can’t stop your opponents special force attacks or because the camera angle is wonky.

This game has been fun so far. More to come on this when I’ve finished the main storyline.

Burnout Paradise (Xbox 360)

Burnout Paradise came out at the beginning of 2008, more than a year ago! Now, when I played the original demo of this game I wasn’t impressed. First of I’m not really that interested in driving games, cars, or Guns ‘N Roses. So initially I discounted this as another game that I was not going to play. Until I started hearing about the large amounts of FREE downloadable content being pumped out and then the subsequent revamp of the entire game. I hear other reviews about how good this game was from people just like me.

Last week I picked up a used copy of this game since the price was right ($17.99 and I really just could’ve bought a new copy for $2 more) but I’ve been super impressed so far. I’ve only put maybe 4 or 5 hours into the game, but it’s impressed me graphically, technically, and contextually. I must say that even though it’s a pretty repetitive game it ends up being fairly addictive. Each event win chalks up another point on your licence. Once you get a new license, you get a new and better car. You’re also able to drive better, faster, and more powerful cars along the way. The promotion of discovery for the sake of convenience and advantage during races is excellent. Each car seems to handle differently from the next and the turbo like power ups for each vehicle vary from car to car as well. I’m going to forge ahead with this game and let you know how it turns out. I’m not sure if I’m going to be a completionist about this one or not, but that goal seems pretty accessible so far.


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