Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Slightly Redder Red: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I decided to theme this post on cowboy movies, because...

The Good: Westerado

Fucking WOW. [adult swim] never ceases to amaze with the quality of the free games they put out to the masses via the internet, and with Robot Unicorn Attack hitting the mainstream and the really shitty state of the industry where mobile/flash games are all rehashes of themselves, I didn't expect them to publish something as good as Westerado. You play as a cowboy whose family is murdered by a ruthless bandit, and you and your six shooter are out to get revenge. Literally anyone in the game can be the killer, across the large map, and there are dozens of quests you can do to unravel the mystery of who killed your family. Think Carmen Sandiego but with cowboys and a permadeath system. That's right, you get one life to make things right in the old west, better be quick or be dead. 

The Bad: THQ Asset Liquidation

So THQ, one of the last good publishers left, has filed for bankruptcy and has sold their properties to multiple other publishers. I'm sad. THQ published Darksiders, Metro, and the new South Park game I was interested in, and I'm sad to see them go, and even sadder to see where some of them are headed to; South Park is headed to Ubisoft, and Metro is headed to Koch. Ubisoft makes really good products, I won't lie, but their flat out annoying (but not intrusive a la Origin) DRM uPlay, which even appears on console versions of their games, just doesn't sit right. Metro, which is one of my favorite shooters of all time, and who's second installment is hitting stores this year, is in awful hands. Koch is the publisher of the acclaimed Dead Island games, which I enjoy, but at the same time are buggy messes which are dirtier than New Vegas on release day. They also publish several licensed games for TV series like Prison Break, which just lowers my confidence further, I have less respect for cash grab license games then I do for people that partake in Gangnam Style flash-mobs. Oh, and Crytek bought Homefront but who honestly gave a hoot about Red Dawn: The Game. The Darksiders property was mysteriously missing from the list, so I truly wonder where the series is headed. I wish good fortune upon those who lost their jobs due to the liquidation, and wish them a bright future.

The Ugly: Nostalgia Critic's Return to Reviewing

Internet reviewers, I have a love hate relationship with them. James Rolfe is off in the desert spending his fans' money on blow and Rolling Rock, Spoony is spiraling into depression because some white knights kicked him off of Thatguywiththeglasses for making a (funny, yet awkward) rape joke, and Thebestgamers went on hiatus again. So Doug Walker, the Nostalgia Critic, after realizing his cameo in the sonic fanfilm wasn't going to get him any street cred (, has decided to make more videos as of yesterday. I just can't see any good coming out of this. It's a dark time for internet reviewers while juvenile Let's Players like Tobuscus and PleaseDiePie dominate the market (even Smosh is doing video games now), so I hope he's doing it for the love of the craft. I can't expect anything good as of now, and I figure he'll either 
A) Pander to the lowest common denominator and make poop jokes, or 
B) Have a shaky, yet okay return to reviewing. 

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