Monthly Archives: July 2011
Get the sand out of your eyes, two new downloadable titles are coming to PS3 and XBox this year and are must plays for anyone looking for wide open worlds to explore.
Limbo has been out over a year now so there’s little reason to review it for its entertainment value. Besides, there are plenty of websites that’ll give you a score or grade for you to evaluate if that’s what you’re looking for. Instead, I’m going to try and explore what Limbo seems to say from a creative standpoint. You’ll never see a number or letter judging a game here so if that’s all you’re interested in you best try elsewhere. This is the exploration of gaming as an art form, so if that interests you read on. However, in order to be able to fully explore Limbo, I need to be able to discuss portions of it uncensored. So consider this your spoiler warning.
The dark and eerie distant cousin of the artsy side-scroller downloadable game “Braid” is coming to the PS3 today (soon as that damn Playstation Store updates). This is a must buy on my list, I’ve been waiting to play this since I first head of the dark themes and symbolism used throughout the game. I’m a big fan of what Braid did for the downloadable video game genre and Limbo, created by PlayDead, is often considered an equal in terms of delivering a new approach to video games. Unfortunately, Limbo has been an Xbox exclusive for well over a year, much like Braid was when it finally arrived on the PS3. This might make it seem like a lackluster title with all the new releases coming out, but I assure you, this game is worth your time.
I’m almost ashamed to have not played this yet considering the vein of interests I travel along, it’s much like not having seen “Pulp Fiction” till just earlier this year (bad hipster, bad!).
So what to expect? Well two cheers for the color-blind, cause this is a game whose rainbow of color runs shorter then your options in Rock-Paper-Scissors. The entire game takes place in black and white profile, centering on a nameless little boy who is running for god knows what reason. Something about a spider I’ve heard? Anyway, I’ll be sure to post some thoughts once I get through the game. I’m reluctant to read any reviews before I’ve played, as I’ve heard the entire game is very heavy with symbolism and abstract concepts. That inherently makes the game dividing, as every person playing it develops their own opinion of what the game’s message is. So I encourage those interested to play the game and come back afterward to share your thoughts on the matter in a future update, stay tuned!
There are so many promising games coming up that I can’t wait to play, but at the top of this list is Catherine. Out July 26th, I already have my copy reserved to be at my door that day.
If someone tries to sue Atlus over this game because they didn’t know there were “sexual themes,” I will simply direct their attention to the cover art they somehow overlooked. This is certainly not a game for your 6 year old, but it’s also definitely not a lewd Leisure Suit Larry knock-off.