Eric Lim

Unsolicited commentary and thoughts


I recently completed playing through Hotel Dusk for the DS. It was eh. Actually it was kind of boring. I mainly finished it because I was already so far in, and the story had enough unanswered questions that I wanted to find out what was going on. A lot of the plot seemed very coincidental and thus unbelievable.

I also played through Professor Layton and the Curious Village. Everytime I played it I thought of the Penny Arcade comic and laughed because it was so true. The game wasn’t even particularly innovative, but for some reason solving little puzzles seemed to make me happy. Then there were the ridiculously hard ones that got me really angry and I ended up cheating by looking at the walkthrough on gamefaqs.

Foregoing my usual caution in purchasing video games, I went out and bought Sins of a Solar Empire without waiting for a demo. The positive reviews were too overwhelming and the gameplay sounded like something I would enjoy. Unfortunately, after playing about eight matches, I’ve uninstalled the game and have no intention of ever trying it again.

The game is much more of a military game than an economic one, and the battles have very little strategy involved. When I asked an experienced player how I am supposed to counter 45 Illuminator ships, he replied with “45 Flak Ships.” I counter 45 enemy ships with 45 of my own, or by having a larger army than his? Quite a bit of strategy involved there for sure.

I went ahead and installed Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts and look forward to well thought out battles.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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