It’s a terrible time in the semester. The adrenaline and frenzy of making new friends and RSO groups is gone, the week-long “hiatus” caused by anxiety before the upcoming two weeks of exams, and then it’s either a sigh of relief or a bigger sigh of defeat when those scores come back.
Alas, as we all freeze to death trying to memorize half a semester of vocabulary words and formulas, there is no better place to suffer than your local library. While suffering can find company in your search for quiet places and tables not littered with all the innards of one student’s backpack, you can also explore the various materials you can rent, including video games.
I’ve used student libraries to rent games, specifically retro games (given that a lot of the games offered in the mainstream stacks predated the Obama administration), which are much cheaper to rent and buy than store-bought. Well, cheaper in the literal sense, not counting training and everything else.
All of these games are available for rent at the main library (as well as various dorm mini-libraries) and all of these games are ugly. They are pretty bad too, but also very good in some departments.
First of all, these were very memorable games that I wouldn’t play if they didn’t come from the main library of the University of Illinois.
“Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days”
Kane and Lynch’s games are pretty infamous in the game review scene, as various well-known journalists and an entire news site have inadvertently spawned from the series.
The sequel, which remains the only game saved thanks to Xbox’s backwards compatibility program, follows two middle-aged hitmen who travel to China to make a business deal, only to accidentally kill the daughter of a mob boss and find themselves on a brutal quest. escape Shanghai alive.
Ugliness would be the game’s defining term in a truly hideous aesthetic of ugly urban blight, with morally bankrupt protagonists constantly cursing and head-butting everyone they come across. The game uses the direction of the 2000s camera shake where blood is censored and the camera is blinded by glare during shooting.
If you want a B movie clone of Die Hard that can be completed in half a day, then this seems to be the only game in your lane.
A precursor to the excellent 2016 reboot of the franchise, Absolution is a strange middle ground between the 2010 Gears of War knockoff and the low-budget Splinter Cell. An ugly name for the game, as the characters are all grotesque, with a weird grunge aesthetic that clashes with the slick, stylish visuals of previous Hitman games.
The plot, like the art, deviates from the Agent 47 norm, having a linear story about 47 trying to protect a little girl who has been genetically engineered to become a superweapon. An attempt at story in a game series iconic for its gameplay is a bug learned from Doom 3, and it didn’t get any better when it unfolded in predictable boredom.
However, Hitman’s creative violence is here with the unique means of eliminating targets and overcoming obstacles still present, and the shooting feels more responsive and vital than the reboot, considering it’s almost mandatory in some sections. There’s still some fun to be had with this, and it’s also backwards compatible.
“Silent Hill: Downpour”
The most interesting of the collection, and probably the rarest of the PS3 games available outside of the physical Yakuza games, is Silent Hill: Downpour.
Silent Hill: Downpour is the last American game in the Silent Hill series to be released, as it killed the franchise for years until the Silent Hill 2 remake was announced this year. This is a 2012 survival horror game that came out when the entire genre was going through a very ugly phase where games like Dead Space 3 and Resident Evil 6 crammed as much action into their horror games as possible but all failed. . and nearly killed their streak with it.
Downpour is no exception, with a lot more action than traditional Silent Hill games, but it delivers an unforgettable experience as it tries to implement the iconic world of Silent Hill in a way that doesn’t go downhill.
The game is an open world with side quests scattered around the city and monsters casually roaming the fog, the atmosphere is really tense for such an outdated game. The PS3 version suffered from frame rate issues and its lighting could go from stellar to trashy depending on camera wear. Third person game, a big step, but also loses a unique perspective due to the fixed camera angle. from which survival horror games have grown.
The plot tries to gain similar depth to previous games, and manages to keep the interesting storyline of a convict being driven into a city of nightmares where he has to confront his guilt – although the plot eventually falls apart after thinking about it. A couple of minutes. Why doesn’t he leave town? Nothing stops him from running away.
Either way, it’s still a must-play for series fans who’ve been starving for decades, as well as game enthusiasts who want to explore the franchise’s killer entries.