Unbeaten Games: The Untold Saga – Episode I

We all know this story, but rarely is it put down on paper. You buy a game (or get it as a gift) and are extremely psyched up to play it. Sniffing the new game smell as you peel off the plastic, you put the disc in and play the sh*t out of it for a couple hours. As soon as you turn the game off, real life returns and you’re forced to do other things.

Most of the time, you’re able to go back and play it later; however, sometimes so many things come up that you don’t have the time to play. When you finally do get time, a new game has come out and you start to play that. This cycle continues ad infinitum until you have a stack of games you’ve beaten, but an even larger stack that you’ve started and haven’t had time to finish.

This weekly blog series will chronicle my attempt to break this cycle with my Xbox 360 games. I currently own 49 games for the system: 31 that I’ve beaten and 18 that I’ve either not opened yet or started and never finished. The list contains the games we’ll be exploring together over the next *insert however long this takes me*:

• Batman: Arkham Asylum
• Batman: Arkham City
• BioShock 2
• Call of Duty: Black Ops
• Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
• Fallout 3
• Halo Wars
• Lost Odyssey
• Ninja Gaiden 2
• Phantasy Star Universe
• Prince of Persia
• Red Dead Redemption
• Sonic the Hedgehog
• Star Ocean: The Last Hope
• Star War: The Force Unleashed
• Street Fighter IV
• The Elder’s Scroll V: Skyrim
• Tomb Raider: Underworld

Now I want to be perfectly clear about my definition of beaten/finished. I am not referring to completing 100% of everything in the game nor am I referring to obtaining all the achievement points nor anything involving multiplayer; I am strictly referring to the main quest/story/etc. that the game designers inserted into the game.

With all that having been said, let’s move into the first game!

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Warning! – Spoilers to follow beyond this point. If you do not wish for the story to be compromised, stop reading now!

I opened BAA for the first time this past weekend and was pleasantly surprised by the gameplay and storytelling. I heard from many people that this game was great, but wasn’t about to give into the hype just yet.

After reaching about the halfway mark (Botanical Gardens), I can honestly say that this is a great game. The feel of the combat system is smooth and the game does a great job of exploring the various facets of Batman universe that I never knew existed. All the characters are fleshed out well and the setting for the game is one that I’ve been waiting to see for years.

My biggest complaint is the stalking/hiding part of the game. I know Batman is different from Assassin’s Creed series, but I thought that some of that style gameplay might be included in BAA. So far, I haven’t felt the necessity to hide in the shadows and when the game forces me to do it, taking down the enemies doesn’t feel like a challenge. I understand that I’m only playing normal mode, but still… Here’s to hoping that the game picks up in the second half.

That will do it for this week’s episode of Unbeaten Games. Hopefully, the next entry in this series will contain a wrap-up of Batman: Arkham Asylum and I will have new info on the next game on my list. Until next time…

Game Over

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