Sunday, August 5, 2007

Blockbuster Rentals: Overpriced

What the fudge is going on with Blockbuster. I went there today to rent a Wii game and found myself paying $8 for a five, yes, FIVE day rental. Since when did Blockbuster start charging an arm and a leg to rent games? Given I haven't rented a game since the first year of release of the PS2, I guess things have changed dramatically in the rental business.

I'm guessing they're trying to keep up with sites like Gamefly, and the only way they can do it is by over charging. Wow, this may be the last time I rent a game from there.

Think about it, for the same price of renting a game for a month and a half, you can actually buy the game...

How am I supposed to do my "try before buy" approach if it costs this much. Maybe I should rely more on some of my friends to lend me their games. I'm not made of money.

In lighter news, I rented Super Paper Mario, and will have a review of it by the end of the five days. Even though no one reads my blog, at least not yet.

Game Look: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

A Gamecube port, but more fun to play.

My Story:
I bought this game about a week ago, and it's the game that pushed me to blogging. It cost me around $52 including tax, which totally depleted my gaming fund. Best Buy gave me reward points though, which is cool, I guess.

Even though this game came out for the Gamecube, I still find it necessary to play on the Wii. The control scheme is fun, having you swing the controller to actually swing Link's sword. I find myself being laughed at by my parents and my brother when playing this game, but hey, I'm having a blast. The story is what you'd expect from a Zelda title, deep and inviting. The game is long. Extremely long. I've had the game for a week and am barely half way through it. There's a lot to explore, side quests, and fishing. Fishing with the Wii Mote is enjoyable, though it does look funny in real life.

It's the latest installment to the Zelda series, so a lot of Nintendo fan boys and gals will enjoy the game no matter what. You just have try it out for yourself to see how fun it truly is.

Most gaming sites give this a perfect 10 out of 10, but I don't. Don't get me wrong, I like the game, but it's not as addictive as previous Zelda classics like Ocarina of Time. It's fun to an extent, but I'm able to let go of the controller to rest rather than play for six hours straight like other games.

Being a Gamecube port, you can't really expect to see the next-gen graphics that the big 3 consoles are capable of. The shadow effects and lush atmospheres are nice, but don't play out to what I believe the Wii is capable of.

Using the Wii Mote and Nunchuck is really fun. It requires you to actually move a muscle other than your thumbs to play the game! Furthermore, the idea of switching from being a human to wolf form throughout the game gives it a feeling of freshness. Fishing can have you side tracked for hours, trying to collect as many as you can. The mechanics are just innovative and fun.

My Opinion:
This game is great. If you liked previous Zelda games or adventure games in general, then this one is a keeper. If you're like me, and are unsure if it's worth the $52+ dollars, then go ahead and rent or borrow it from your friends to see if it's a game worthy of sitting in your collection.