I did it. Again. I had to. Really.
I bought a Nintendo Wii.
My primary reason for buying it was to play one game: New Super Mario Bros. As of this post I’m in the fourth world of the game. Granted, that’s not very far considering I’ve had the system and game for a few weeks now. But considering the responsibilities that go along with being married, owning a home, and holding a good job… yeah, that’s not to bad. There’s also the fact that I’m playing some other games as well.
I’m not going to write about everything about the game that I think is great. Instead, the only thing that I think really needs to be mentioned is simply that it brings in all of the great elements of Super Mario Bros. 3 for the original NES.
A month or two ago I purchased Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for the Xbox 360 at a good discount from Amazon.com. The main reason I bought this game was so I could have a fun game to play multiplayer online with friends. I worked my way through the single-player campaign first, and then started with the team deathmatch mode. Overall, it’s a good game though I’ve lost some interest since I played a couple of rounds of hardcore team deathmatch. It’s not that it’s too difficult, but rather I’ve been spending more time with the other games.
Which leads me to… Just Cause 2.
Most of the reviews I read, before deciding to buy the game, had a common theme. Specifically, the consensus was that the primary game missions were weak and the dialog was bad. However, the open-world environment and abilities of the character combined to create an excellent experience when playing in the world, outside of missions.
My assessment of the game is in line with many of the critics. Much of the dialog is cringe-worthy. However, that’s easy to overlook when one is grappling to a military helicopter, hijacking it, and flying around causing chaos. Did an enemy chopper shoot down yours? Hijack it in mid-air! Bored? Grapple a moving car to the road and watch it flip!
Just Cause 2 is a single-player game. However, there are rumors that multiplayer modes will be added via DLC. If that happens then Just Cause 2 will be one of the best games to have fun. GTA IV was fun to goof off in with friends, for a little while, but there were some vehicles and elements that I found frustrating. In Just Cause 2, so far I’ve been able to take over any vehicle I’ve encountered.
Getting Just Cause 2 setup where it’s easy to go out and have fun can take some time. Flying or driving long distances gets boring, but once Extraction is unlocked it’s possible to rapidly travel anywhere in the game world that you’ve already visited.