Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Blog

Bassett Writes was boring. Go to for fun stuff.

Watch politicians humiliate themselves!

Listen to angry music!


Monday, July 13, 2009

The new blog has been launched!

I've killed off Cheap Gamer, and started up a new blog, called Bassett Writes. I started off with a review of the (awesome) Eee PC 1005HA. Come on over and say hi.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

This site is... sort of dead. I'm currently building a new (unnamed as of yet) blog. That will cover a wider variety of "cheap" entertainment and pseudo news. I'm thinking games, books, movies, recipes, and music. In the mean time, keep an eye on, where I'll periodically be posting freeware game reviews.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Knytt Stories

The Vancouver Straight has posted my write up of Knytt Stories. You can check it out HERE.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Blast from the past: Star Control 2

The first time I came across this game, I was expecting a fast paced space shooter. Five hours later, I'd barely killed anything. And yet, I was having a blast.

That's because Star Control 2 (SC2) is driven more by narrative than anything else. You'll start off as a colonist on a lonely outer rim world. Before you know it, a series of kick ass events drops you into the role of an interstellar star ship captain. There's no moral ambiguity here, you're the galaxy's newest hero. It sounds tired and lame, but that's only the weak (spoiler free) version. What makes SC2 really worthwhile is how engrossing it's universe is. Your quests will carry you to worlds populated by sexy alien lady's, dour goth creatures, and cosmic clouds that have achieved consciousness, among 20 some odd other bizarre critters. The whole thing is by turns funny, dramatic, and surreal. And this is all so well done it doesn't end up feeling ridiculous. That's a hard line to walk, but this classic pulled it off.

Navigating the universe is straight forward, and combat plays out like asteroids on steroids. The in game controls are simple, and while they'll seem a little foreign to modern gamers, navigating menus becomes second nature very quickly. You start of in a bare bones ship, and the goal is to upgrade it towards battle cruiser status. This ends up working as a sort of RPG system. Progressing through the world involves some rewarding puzzle solving, constructive diplomacy, and at times a quick trigger finger. It all looks good, and the in game music is catchy. As this is an old school adventure game, you'd best have a notepad close at hand.

This is one of those few times you'll find yourself laughing out loud at a game. This classic is highly recommended, and every gamer should play it through at least once.

Click HERE for SC2's homepage.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Gravity Bone

Gravity Bone has class. But, I can't really talk about it. To spoil the trip for you would be irresponsible, nay, criminal of me. Suffice it to say, the story line makes sense in a demented sort of way. Gravity Bone is about story, humor, and probably art. It's easy to draw connections between this games different elements, but chances are you'd end up sounding like a schizophrenic. This title makes you think about things that aren't there...

It's fun as sin, the sound is well done, and it looks great.

Gravity Bone Homepage

Monday, March 9, 2009

Savage 2 Review

FreewareGenius has posted my review of the free-to-play Savage 2.
You can read it here.