Say what you will about the Call of Duty series, but you can’t deny it’s amazing success and popularity. While the Modern Warfare series and concept has stagnated, Treyarch’s Black Ops series has a unique narrative that deserves your attention as well as inventive multiplayer that changes how you play. The most surprising things about Black Ops II is in the periphery while the core gameplay remains the same.
Max Payne is a broken shell of a man. He’s older, thicker, and living his days out by obscuring them in sorrow as he drinks alcohol to excess and swallows pills to numb the pain. This deadly mix is destroying him, but in a way this is what he wants. The only thing he can do right is keep himself alive. He’s lost everyone around him he’s ever cared about.
DiRT 2, which was heavily criticized for having an extreme, Mountain Dew-fueled focused game that broke away from the rally feel was then toned back down for DiRT 3. In DiRT Showdown, we’re seeing a departure in the traditional Colin McRae/DiRT series, going for a festival theme focused on fun, mayhem, and destruction. This isn’t all bad. Codemasters isn’t making a rally game this time, with the lack of a number in the title, it implies this is an experiment for the franchise and potentially it’s own series.