PREVIEWSPillars of Eternity Preview
For Obsidian's crowdfunded love letter to Infinity Engine games like Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, I was impressed by its willingness to pull back the curtain and let me see the machinery behind it.
We've all been there. Everyone remembers that mission. You and your partner are climbing up the mountains in the snow, striving to pull some slick clandestine operation about getting some intel on a bad guy, or something similar (because let's face...
The Good: 23 fun mini-games, good graphics and sound, very weird but in a good way
The Bad: The games are fun if you can beat them, having lives makes things even harder
If you love WarioWare then you'll love Incredible Crisis. IC pits players in mini-games where they have to help the main characters escape weird situations. One such situation is when you have to shoot down missiles so the Navy and Air Force don't shoot down the mother ship (you do all this because you're chasing a hottie) then you get blown up and land in a leaky boat and have to scoop the water out as fast as possible.
While all this sounds fun it's harder than it should be. Scooping the water out sounds easy enough: Hit the X button until the bucket fills up and then dump it. Well you have things falling on your head and if you don't put your umbrella up fast enough you face god awfully long animations that take forever to end and for you to recover. If you mess up just twice you'll have to start the set of 3 mini-games all over again and you have lives as well. Some games are just impossible to pass. One such mini-game is when a bunch of wolf thieves make you decode their piggy bank they made you stole with a tune. You have to remember the tune like Simon Says but the dots get mixed up on the board and you have to end up memorizing very long tunes. If you can handle this then IC is a super fun game. It has great graphics and sound and you can pick it up fairly cheap on eBay.