Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Bully; Flatout

This lead-up to GTA4's release is killing me; nothing but crap for new releases. So while I'm bulldozing my way through Bully, I'm also catching up on some older titles via GameFly.

Flatout: Ultimate Carnage is a game I wanted to love; I was a fan of the original title on the Xbox and I was looking forward to the inevitable next-gen entry. In some ways, it's great: it's gorgeous, and even with 12 cars driving through dirt and running over piles of tires and debris, it always maintains a smooth frame rate. However, it's also frustratingly difficult. I won my first few races pretty easily (and the rubber-band AI was actually pretty effective in carving out some exciting victories), and then, suddenly, I was getting my ass kicked left and right, and no amount of restarting (or car-tuning) made any discernible difference. Which sucks.

And as for Bully: I finished Chapter 2 last night. Probably 12-15 hours in at this point. What does it say about me that my main priority with this game was to make sure I attended and excelled in every class? At this point, though, I'm glad I've been so studious - it's unlocked lots of useful skills. My biggest complaint in Bully is that the game clock moves at a tremendous rate, and I feel like there's never any real time to explore or do anything, which somewhat defeats the purpose of playing in a sandbox. Each day in Bully, for me, goes something like this:

8:00: wake up, save game.
9:00: find class, do class.
11:30: save.
1:00: class.
3:30: save.
3:30-12:00 - jobs/missions/errands/exploration.

Which is, in some ways, what real life is like. Except that in Bully, one minute = one second, so each afternoon I feel like I only have time to do one or two things. With so many cops around, truancy is a dangerous option. This is why I feel compelled to complete all my classes, so that I don't have to hang around the school.

Anyway. I'm not sure it will get me through until GTA4's release, but it'll have to do for now.

2 comments:

andrewdupont.net said...

Is Bully worth Gamefly-ing? How does it compare to something like The Sims?

Alas, my 360 got RROD'd over the weekend, so most of the time between now and GTAIV will be spent praying my 360 returns before GTAIV.

jervo said...

It's definitely worth Gamefly-ing, and it's nothing like the Sims. It's GTA, but set at a boarding school.