Tag Archives: Shooter

Hawken, Dance of the 2-ton Figure Skaters

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Sometime, many moons ago, a trailer for Hawken hit, unveiling a sleek mech game, and people were immediately wowed. Since then, things have sort of snowballed. Hawken has a graphic novel, an upcoming live-action webseries, and even talks of a movie. But despite all this fanfare, Hawken still isn’t technically out yet. But it has been in open beta for a few months now. So here are some thoughts.

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Planetside 2

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War is hell. Unless it’s Planetside 2, in which case it’s totally rad. The battlefield is teaming with tanks rolling about, aircraft zipping through the air, foot soldiers hiding behind rocks, the occasional person shot in the back of the head by a friendly, or run over by an allied vehicle. See? Fun. Few games offer battles as large-scale as Planetside 2, and even fewer of those games are free to play. Sure, sometimes you’ll be reenacting the Alamo. But even those moments are thrilling.

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Warframe, it’s going places… maybe.

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Warframe has the potential to be great, and considering this third person co-op shooter is still in closed beta, maybe it’ll reach its potential. Warframe feels like a great proof-of-concept; what’s there is a lot of fun, but it’s still lacking in actual content, more than I’d expect a game in this stage of development to be.

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Far Cry 3, it’s like a tropical getaway. Minus the part where pirates want you dead.

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In Far Cry 3, you can be strolling through the jungle when passing enemies notice you flaunting your stuff. They don’t like that one bit and attack immediately. Before you’re able to blow their heads off, a random tiger rushes out of the underbrush. Suddenly, another patrol emerges from the jungle, attracted by the gunfire. Then a group of rebels, also lured, roll up, and a three-way arises between your enemies, the tiger, and the rebels. Then, once everyone is dead, you, having not lifted a finger, grab one of the abandoned vehicles and drive off into the sunset, cheerful island music playing on the radio. These unscripted, emergent moments make Far Cry 3.

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The Darkness II

The Darkness II is rather awesome, and I’m not just saying that because I grabbed it out of a virtual bargain bin. I say it because there’s a surprising amount of fun to be had in eviscerating your enemies with a pair of tentacles resembling eels from hell.

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