… and a quick summary of this generation so far.
Now I love a good hack and slash adventure game or whatever you want to call it. Sometimes they called beat em’ up action, simply action-adventure and more but for the purposes of this I’ll call it hack and slash. They always manage to be very stylish and cool, put up a good challenge and have a great pace throughout the game, well the good ones do. Generally there are always going to be really big bosses that look impossible to defeat but eventually you will kick their ass. This generation has had a few games so far but next year looks like it will be giving us some of the best.
Look at what hack and slash action games we’ve had this year. It started off with Afro Samurai. Now this wasn’t amazing, it was decent, stylish fun. It had a great style and even though it lacked depth compared to most other games in the genre it was still worth a play. The next game we got was X-Blades. I hate to count this in the genre that I often consider my favourite but I better give it a quick mention. It was crap. It was boring. It was basically unplayable, fortunately I never had the honour (well…) of playing much of this. Not the best start to the year now, is it?
I don’t know if you can count Ninja Blade but it didn’t show us what the genre was all about. It was a decent enough game but anyone who has played Ninja Gaiden can tell you that it’s not half as good. It was fun but once again lacked depth and didn’t put up much of a challenge at all. There was a large focus on quick time events which obviously didn’t help it. The first one that could be called good was a very surprising one. X-Men Origins: Wolverine shocked everyone when it actually turned out be not bad. It may have been a God of War clone but it pulled it off rather well and managed to be very entertaining. Easily the best game of the genre in 2009 so far.
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