February 21st, 2010

Moa: The King of Destruction

I know I should be paying attention to their sins, but I absolve or condemn souls based on my needs

I got the chance to play my two new games today. Dante's Inferno is basically God of War in hell, and Darksiders is basically not God of War in a post-apocalyptic Earth. The fighting in both takes some getting used to, mainly because I keep trying to fight like in God of War. The problem with doing that in Dante's Inferno is that both the reward system and the mechanics of fighting encourage different strategies. Unlocking abilities not only requires souls, but also an adequate level of good or evil. Unlike inFAMOUS, it's possible to build up both by dividing your efforts, but aside from finishing moves for certain enemies, one of the main sources for gaining good or evil experience is from performing grab moves on normal enemies. This is basically an effortless, instant finisher with an invulnerability period. I find it distracting when I have to go to all the effort of swinging the scythe. It's worse because the controls feel really awkward, and not just because I can't get used to using L2 as the block button or to what feels like a less responsive block time - the right analog stick is super-sensitive, so Dante's constantly dodging when I don't want him to, breaking combos or dashing into attacks or just plain being annoying about it. So I can't block or dodge effectively, and most of my attack moves are only useful on really powerful enemies because I just grab the legions of Hell and insta-kill them one by one. And then get my ass kicked because I started on Hard difficulty. I figured it would be more like God of War. Still, it makes it fulfilling when I manage to beat a boss after so many tries. It's like Demon's Souls, except I can actually get somewhere.

Darksiders is more like a Naughty Dog game... it seems like there are attacks other than hitting things with a giant sword, but I don't see why I'd ever want to do that. I agree with the reviews so far in that there doesn't seem to be any reason to do anything else. Not that I've actually found or bought any upgrades, but the sword does almost everything, and for everything else, there's throwing cars at people's faces. The downside is that blocking is an upgrade. Which I haven't gotten yet.

I watched the Fox cartoons tonight, even. Looks like some reruns, but I haven't watched regular TV in a long time over the weekends. It's a good way to unwind.