Today’s Player Profile introduces you to the newest member of the Lasting First Impressions team, Dr. Craig Galbraith, otherwise known as Talus on Twitter. Be sure go give him a follow and look for his first review soon. So without further adieu, please welcome Craig to the team and get to know him a bit better right here.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a veterinarian, husband, and father of two lovely girls. Somehow I find time to game on my Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC, 3DS, Vita, and MAME machine. Outside of gaming, I play drums for local original country/rock band, Corduroy Road. And yes, I always get stuck with drums when playing Rock Band with friends.
What’s the first game you remember being completely enamored with that convinced you that you were a gamer?
That certainly is a tough one. If I were to pick a particular game, it would certainly have be something found in a southern New Brunswick bowling alley arcade in the early to mid 1980s. Probably Ms. Pac Man or Star Wars.
What is your favourite development studio and what do they do differently that sets them above the rest?
Wow…what’s with all the tough questions? There are so many great studios out there that I love and respect. My closest friends would know that DICE is my favourite development studio. I guess that now includes all of you. My love for DICE started with Rallisport Challenge and Battlefield 1942, both released in 2002. I’ve been a rally racing nut and Battlefield fan ever since. Their attention to graphical detail and their top-notch audio design never fail to disappoint. I even have a fuzzy DICE hanging from my rear view mirror. True story.
What is the one game that you think everyone should play, and why?
Bayonetta. I still can’t stop thinking about that game. It never got the love at release that it deserved. Do yourself a favour and pick up a copy now. Go ahead, I’ll wait. … SEE? What did I tell you? Now you’ll be having Bayonetta dreams too … those glasses …
First Impressions: What game did you not expect much from but found it being a really great game?
Bayonetta. I mean, it’s a game about a sexy angel-killing witch with magical hair! I didn’t expect to love it anywhere near as much as I did.
First Impressions: What game started out really great but ended up with your being disappointed with it?
L.A. Noire. That game sucked me in with the detective adventure gameplay I had been craving combined with this new facial performance capture technology that should be the new standard for all games going forward. However, I felt that the beautifully rendered city was vastly underutilized, the interrogation system was counter-intuitive, and the driving was tedious and clunky (I know you could skip it, but I wasn’t about to let those jerks drive). Don’t get me started on Phelps’ character arc…
What genre of gaming do you feel doesn’t get enough love?
The space combat sim. I have an excellent idea for one, but I’m keeping it under wraps until I can pull a Drs. Ray and Greg and make it myself.
What do you think the biggest gaming trend going forward will be?
Digital distribution and smaller, more focused experiences. It’s hard to beat being able to shop for and download a quality XBLA or PSN title from the comfort of the couch in a matter of minutes. I actually find myself spending more and more time on these titles and that makes for an excellent value proposition.
Fun question: What game or franchise are you ashamed to admit you enjoy playing?
Hey, I enjoy my Kinect games. I guess I only feel ashamed when someone is watching me. You’re all picturing me flailing about in my living room now, aren’t you? Stop it.
Any last comments or personal plugs you’d like to leave us with?
I’d like to plug my band, Corduroy Road (@CorduroyRoad), and my personal Twitter feed (@Talus). Also, you should also follow one of my personal heroes, @DanAmrich. He’s a gamer, geek, puzzle aficionado, Ghostbusters cosplayer, NBA Hang Time unlockable, podcast host, singer, lyricist, guitarist, and juggler that somehow finds time to work for Activision.
Thanks for inviting me to join the team! With my background, I just hope that what I write doesn’t end up reading like a medical record.