Original entry posted: Fri Nov 21 17:35:50 2008
That Fuzzy Bastard
@ Sun Nov 23 22:32:18 2008 EST
Ah, Giants! That was indeed a fun little engine. The big empty spaces got sort of dull after a while (unlike the perfectly-paced MDK corridors), but it was a great time while it lasted.
Did you play Armed & Dangerous on the Xbox (and back-compatible on the 360)? It was another Planet Moon title, and another one that was very, very, *VERY* clearly coming from the same sensibility. It had some of the same gameplay flaws as Giants, but was even more entertaingly written (though nothing has ever equalled the comic weapons of MDK).
@ Mon Nov 24 10:14:37 2008 EST
The farther I play in Giants, what I notice most is a lack of polish compared to MDK--stuff like the "gift shop" inventory screen, which is almost comically amateurish.
I haven't played Armed & Dangerous, since I really am very much a PC gamer. Before the Wii, I'd owned a Gamecube very late in the console's lifespan, but that was as close as I got to "contemporary" consoles.
That Fuzzy Bastard
@ Mon Nov 24 19:47:45 2008 EST
See, I have this big console hole in the years 1984-1999, in which I only played the occasional game on my Mac (though that did include gems like Myth, Deus Ex, and Max Payne). It was Worms World Party + roomates that convinced me to buy a Dreamcast, and once I discovered there was a whole world of games I could play without wondering if my video card would support them, I was hooked.
If you're an MDK fan, though, it's definitely worth trying to score a copy of Armed & Dangerous, especially since you can probably get it for, like, 50 cents and a handshake. Back when I worked at UGO, I once pitched an piece called "Gems of the Last-Gen", in which we'd hype Xbox, Gamecube, and PS2 titles that were never big sellers but deserve a second look, and that was one of them (though Deathrow remains my great neglected classic).
@ Tue Nov 25 11:48:46 2008 EST
Armed and Dangerous! I had forgotten all about that game! Three words: Land Shark Gun. Fire that baby and hilarity ensues.