John (zandev) wrote,

More games wibbling

Machinarium (PC)

This is a cute little indie old-skool point-and-click adventure game. It's entirely written in Flash, which is unusual for a commercial game, which means the demo on the website is faithful to what you'll get.

I can't unconditionally recommend this, as it suffers from many of the frustrations of the genre (pixel hunting and occasionally frustrating puzzles), but it's a great example of the type, in a interesting style and with flashes of genuine originality.

If you are interested in getting it, note that it's cheaper from the website than from Steam, and you also get the nicely done ambient soundtrack as MP3s.

Star Ocean: The Last Hope (360)

I finally finished this a few days ago. It's a surprisingly decent (and long) JRPG. It doesn't really add anything new to the mix, but has quite a lot of depth and sidequesting (something that sadly looks like will be a bit lacking in Final Fantasy XIII).

It's strange that the 360 seems to currently have far more decent JRPGs on it at the moment than the PS3 given that the 360 seems to be getting nowhere in Japan.

Other Games

Uncharted 2 (PS3) really is as well put together as the reviews have said. I had a great time playing it, though it is not particularly long.

I finished the main game of Gyromancer (PC, though it's also on 360), and enjoyed it, though it's disappointing how crash prone the PC version is. For those who've not played it, it's a strange cross between Bejewelled and a Square-Enix RPG. If you know what that means and it sounds intriguing then you'll probably enjoy it.
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