Developer: Yager Development | Year: 2012 | List Price: $39.99 | Buy from Amazon
It only took me one night to finish Spec Ops: The Line from start to finish. I didn’t play it straight through — I started around 7 p.m. and ended around 7 a.m. — but that speaks to how compelling its story was. I couldn’t put it down. Spec Ops: The Line is a 2012 third-person shooter with heavy emphasis on story, and it certainly does not disappoint in that regard. Spec Ops: The Line has one of the best-written narratives I’ve ever had the pleasure to experience in a videogame. This review is going to be spoiler-free, which means I can’t really go into why The Line is so brilliant. But I’m going to say right out of the gate that you really should give Spec Ops: The Line a go.
Developer: SCE Bend Studio | Year: 2012 | List Price: $39.99 | Buy from Amazon
Uncharted is a franchise that I’ve always found interesting and intriguing. I’ve never played any of the console games, but as of 1 a.m. this morning, I’ve officially Platinum’d the series’ handheld entry, Golden Abyss. Originally a PS Vita launch game, Golden Abyss was the poster child of its original “console quality on-the-go” slogan. While it’s no longer the most impressive game on the system, it still offers a great experience, marred only slightly by some rather annoying gimmicks.
Developer: Irrational Games | Year: 2007 | List Price: $19.99 | Buy from Amazon
I don’t often get to review big console-scale games. I own exclusively handheld consoles, with the exception of GameCube, which I don’t have a huge library for. Recently, I was interested to try some of the last generation’s big games, so I invested in a DualShock 4 controller even though I don’t (yet) own a PS4. Many limitations came into play when deciding on a good game to try. First of all, the only computer available to me is a Mac, so that limits the library right off the bat. Secondly, it is an Early 2008 iMac, so I couldn’t try any games from the last 5 years or so. Third, it had to have gamepad support, so I could try out my new DualShock. One game that I saw on every list was BioShock, released back in 2007. I’d heard lots of great things about it before, so I downloaded myself a copy from Feral Interactive’s site and gave it a whirl.
Developer: Gearbox Software | Year: 2014 | List Price: $39.99 | Buy from Amazon
Back in October, I got a PS Vita, my first and only non-Nintendo game console. It was bundled with Borderlands 2, a game which on Vita garnered a mixed reception. I had never really got into shooters, so I was interested to try out a new genre and I had heard so many great things about Borderlands in particular. I have since played the game, mostly solo, to the end of the main quest and would like to give a couple of my thoughts. The Vita version is the full version of Borderlands 2, but there are a couple of things to consider before you decide whether it’s for you.