Delve I

Here at Game Informer, we have what is affectionately called The Vault, where we have kept all of the games that have been sent to us in our 18 or so year history.  One of the great perks of working here is the ability to take those games and "rent" them, so that the staff can experience the rich amount of forgotten games.

To my great disappointment, I did not know years ago I would have this vast collection available, so I don't have any of my old systems anymore. 

Just for kicks, and to pass the time, I thought I'd periodically throw up some quick reviews of what I have recently played from the vault.

Now that I have fairly long mass transit commutes to and from work, I invested in a used PSP-2000 from GameStop and have raided the vault.  Here's some recent games:

Field Commander - 7/10
Mediocre turn-based strategy game with some charm, but repetitive gameplay and uninspired UI.

God of War: Chains of Olympus - 9/10
Every bit GOW as its PS2 counterparts.  A little short and lacking innovation, but awesomely fun nonetheless.

Sid Meier's Pirates! - 8/10
I didn't really notice its lack of any instructions since I was addicted to the PC version.  A fun port of a great game that has a few quirks, but is worth the adventure.

Metal Gear Portable Ops Plus - 7/10
This is where I probably differ from a lot of gamers.  I didn't like the concept - I wanted MGS, not MG:Kidnapper.

Playstation 3
No, I am not some crazy Sony fanboy.  I just happen to play mostly Sony's consoles because of the library, Blu-Ray, and convenience.  You can see from my console list all of the consoles I have played and owned, I just by coincidence only have Sony ones now (other than my son's DS).

inFamous - 8/10
I really enjoyed this game - by late in the second act.  Getting there was a grind, and unfortunately the game started to get very repetitive.  The world also started to seem stale after a while.  An amazing romp with some great concepts, just a little less than I had hoped for.

Batman: Arkham Asylum - 9/10
The only thing I didn't like about this game is that it ended (and that ending was very disappointing).


That pretty much rounds out my Vault diving for the past month.

Because this was fun, and how I am testing our blogging user experience, expect at least one more.