I’m cheap. Extremely cheap. So when I see a game like Shellshock 2, Blood Trails for $20 brand new, I have to pay it some attention. I picked this little gem up and started playing it. While the graphics don’t live up to a lot of contemporary titles, they’re by no means bad. And the story? It’s as over-the-top plot (like an exploitation film from the 70’s!) combining war and horror. Think Full Metal Jacket meats Condemned (too obscure itself? Your loss. Fine, think Resident Evil).
The game takes it’s “M” rating and runs with it – the “F” word is only sometimes abused in dialogue, but in the “journal entries” that you see on load screens our favorite-fill-in-for-fornicate may has well replaced the space bar. It’s so ridiculous I can’t help but get sucked in. It’s one of those games I can only take in small doses, but for under $20 I’m sure to get my money’s worth.
What’s that? You don’t know what Sacred 2 is? Well, it’s a game that, according to Amazon, is $11 used right now. It’s also about as close to Diablo 2 you’ll ever get on the Xbox 360. Like killing things and picking up loot? Sacred 2 may be what you’ve been looking for.
Finally, I have to tell you: when I heard DarkStar One: Broken Alliance was coming to the Xbox 360 I was thrilled. I had always wanted to play DarkStar One on the PC, but never had a chance to sit down with it. For some reason, I found it more convenient to be coming to my Xbox 360, and what made it better? It was budget-priced!
DarkStar One is a bit like the classic Wing Commander spin off series, Privateer. If you liked space flight sim games from the 1990’s, this looks to be another case of “as close as you’ll get on the console.” Here’s hoping that changes in the future.