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Preview: Blur

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Mario Kart and Burnout Just Had a Very, Very Sexy Baby
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It's been a while since I've played and really enjoyed a racing game. Wipeout HD came close, but it was definitely Burnout Paradise; the mayhem and arcade-like controls worked for me. I always preferred the crazier racers over hyper-realistic ones like Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport. After playing the multiplayer beta of Blur, I think I may finally be hyped for a new racing game.

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Assassin's Creed II: Bonfire of the Vanities

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Not a Vain Affair: Ezio's Story Comes to an End with This DLC
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Yesterday, Ezio's missing memories came to a searing finale with the Bonfire of the Vanities DLC pack. It's a smooth transition from the closing events of The Battle of Forli, continuing the developments that lead to Ezio's recovery of the piece of Eden from Girolamo Savonarola (The bad guy in black). So is Ezio's less-than-ideal homecoming a blazing triumph or a grease fire?

Yesterday, Ezio's missing memories came to a searing finale with the Bonfire of the Vanities DLC pack. It's a smooth transition from the closing events of The Battle of Forli, continuing the developments that lead to Ezio's recovery of the piece of Eden from Girolamo Savonarola (The bad guy in black). So is Ezio's less-than-ideal homecoming a blazing triumph or a grease fire?

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Aliens vs. Predator

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One Would Think That Shooting Aliens Would Be Fun
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Aliens vs. Predator is a game without a single excuse for its utter lack of quality or ingenuity. I’ll admit it is pretty; that’s about all it has going for it.

I’ve come to the conclusion that this game was designed to hurt me. A bit egomaniacal I’ll admit, but nothing explains the pain this game has brought me. Nothing else explains failure of this kind.

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Going Old-School with Nethack

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"No! It's too strong! I ... oh, damn it, the f*cking troll killed Carbomb."

"What the hell are you talking about?" asks my wife Charlotte, who with a quick glance toward the little bed perched on our window-shelf can see that our cat, Carbomb, is still totally alive and sleeping peacefully.

"Oh," I say. "I set the game so that if I start with a pet cat, the cat's name is Carbomb."

"That's a game?"

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