This has been a pretty dismal E3 thus far for announcements. But this one brought a smile to my face. The Just Cause series has basically been the digital embodiment of a 7 year old playing with a bunch of cars and action figures. It's fantastic. I can't wait for more.
This game looks like it is going to be nothing short of a masterpiece. Naughty Dog is easily one of the most talented development houses in the world today. The first three Uncharted games were some of my all time favorite games, and the turn they took into serious storytelling with The Last of Us was pure brilliance. It will be interesting to see how much of that more mature storytelling technique will make it's way into Uncharted's more Indiana Jones-esque universe.
Many of you might know that I used to be quite the avid gamer. Unfortunately, as adulthood crept on, I had less and less time to invest 60+ hours in a jrpg or the latest first person shooter. My gaming habits have moved more and more into the casual realm, especially since I started carrying an iPhone back in 2008. That being said, there is still the occasional times that I get hardcore sucked into one of these casual games. Even more rare is when it happens twice in one week. This is one of those weeks.
This one seems simple enough. Throw balls at crystals to acquire more balls and throw balls at breakable glass obstacles in your way. It's the combination of beautiful graphics, zen like gameplay, and the catharsis of breaking tons of glass that keeps bringing me back to this one. You need to check it out! It also doesn't hurt that it's currently free.
This one has you putting your brain to the test instead of your reflexes. Bridge Constructor is exactly what it sounds like. You construct bridges out of different sorts of materials and your goal is to make sure that they are stable enough for cars and trucks to drive over. The physics in the game are fantastic! The pieces of the bridge turn slowly from green to red to indicate the amount of stress they are under, and when they get TOO red... BOOM. There goes your bridge. The initial levels are easy enough for you to pick up the concepts quickly, and the challenge ramps up from there. You will have more than a couple of moments where you will be biting your knuckles as those tiny little cars drive across your rickety bridge. Not a free app, but more than worth the money. Check it out!