…And The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth (At Least During The Holiday Shopping Season)

So here I am blogging. Great. Just fine. Oh, Senor Calvillo, what have you gotten yourself into with this daily blog thingee? I am TIRED, Loyal Reader.

We worked all day (when I say we, I mean myself, my wifey and my daughter) at school and then right after we drove about thirty minutes to meet my mama, and nana, and auntie, for a nice dinner visit. Then we drove back, we stopped by Gamestop on the way and picked up a copy of GOD OF WAR: ORIGINS COLLECTION.


(If you see these eyes, you’re already dead.)

So here I am blogging when I’d rather be:

A.) Hacking up beasties with Kratos‘ badass blades.
B.) Sleeping.
C.) Vegging out.

Oh well. Great. Just fine.

Don’t get me wrong, Loyal Reader. I LOVE blogging for you. But it’s been one of those days, you know?

Okay then, GOD OF WAR: ORIGINS COLLECTION. Cool, huh? I hope.

I’m a little leery, but then I did read a bunch of Metacritic reviews and things actually sound pretty good. My apprehensions stem from the fact that the two games on the disc (two games for 40 bucks made it all the easier to jump in) are ported over from Sony’s handheld PSP.

GOD OF WAR 3 was so beautifully epic, with jaw dropping backgrounds and awe-inspiring graphics. But GOW 3 was built for the PS3, a system with zillions of times more processing power than that of the paltry PSP.


(Oh yeah! It’s on like Donkey Kong!)

Can a PSP port work on the significantly advanced PS3?

The critics think so. They say the HD upgrade and a number of minor gameplay tweaks (on the PSP, dodge was mapped to the right bumper – on the PS3, it’s been re-mapped to the right analog stick just like the GOW console games) make a wonderful difference. They say if you’re a GOW fan it’s a must own.

I LOVE GOW (hence the ownership).

There’s nothing like ripping the wings off of demented harpies or disemboweling a raging minotaur. As far as action games go, GOW is the pinnacle. Except I am a little nervous for the ORIGINS COLLECTION because I am so not about moving backwards…

I tried it with HALO. I played HALO 3, really dug it, then went out and picked up HALO 2, a game designed for the original XBOX, but playable on the XBOX 360. Ugh. The game was ugly as sin. It was a clunky mess. I internally promised myself to never move backward again. Gaming (for me anyhow) is all about impressive graphics and super smooth control. Screw that retro crap. I want the future and I want it now. The better a system pulls it off, the more interested I am.


(Gobble, gobble, gobble.)

So then, I’m going to sign off and pop this disc in and see what’s what.

The rest of this year, once GEARS OF WAR 3 drops next week, all the way up through Christmas, is game CRAZY.

Stellar, triple A titles are coming out every week. There are actually too many games to take stock of (unless I want to write, and write, and write – tonight, I haven’t the energy). A few biggies that come to mind are the OBLIVION sequel, SKYRIM, Id‘s RAGE, and the latest UNCHARTED game, UNCHARTED 3: DRAKE’S DECEPTION (which continues the best action-adventure movie series never made – seriously, these games destroy the best of Hollywood’s big-budget action movies in terms of sheer excitement and exhilaration).

Here’s to a holiday season teeming with mindless, digital diversions.

See you tomorrow? Until then, why not rock out with some geek USA, live from Germany!

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