Mini Review Monday

After experiencing a little writing burnout from the blogathon last month I think I'm ready to get back to it.  Since I didn't post much last week I thought I'd do a couple quick mini-reviews based on my recent virtual endeavors.

 Trine is a Standout Among Indie Games I've Played Recently

A delightfully original indie game.The game involves controlling three characters that can switch in and out of the action at any time.  I love using a combination of their unique skills to overcome puzzles and challenges.  Each character plays differently but they all complement one another.  Swinging as the thief, brawling as the warrior, and manipulating objects as the wizard are all fun in their own right.  Spend a few minutes with the free demo.  You won't regret it.

StarCraft 2 Beta
The beta is coming to a close tonight and I'm so sad to see it go.  It's been my main fallback game and I've been sacrificing my time on the altar of StarCraft 2 every night.  I know I'll be playing this game for years once it's released.  I can't recommend StarCraft 2 enough to anyone who likes RTS games, strategy, or competition.  The multiplayer gaming on is far above anything else that I've played in the last few years.  I like to fight with my mind - not just my reflexes - and StarCraft 2 lets me do that.  I can't wait for the retail release!

The best thing you can do if you play Blur is to never touch the single player campaign.  Every time I load up the single player portion of the game I feel my love for Blur slowly draining away.  Stick to the multiplayer - that's where they hid all the fun.  My assessments from the beta still stand.  Blur is basically Mario Kart all grown up.  If you want to play an evolution of the genre that Mario Kart pioneered then you owe it to yourself to investigate Blur.

It's somewhat like a Grand Theft Auto rip-off set during World War II in Nazi occupied France.  Nothing felt original or interesting while playing this game.  I just couldn't make myself care about the setting, the characters, or the action.  It wasn't horrible but it really wasn't any fun at all.  Avoid Saboteur, it isn't worth your time.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
How long can they remake the same game and have it sell?  I can't believe how lazy Nintendo is with some of their intellectual properties.  This is the same Zelda you've played more times than you can remember.  It is almost exactly like The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass except that this one has trains.  If you have a locomotive fetish you may be able to wrangle some enjoyment from this game.  I was unable to.

I may expound on these mini reviews later, but I wanted to get my thoughts out there.  Hopefully I'll inspire you to try some new games but - at the very least - I hope to help you avoid the bad ones.


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