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4:44 PM on 10.12.2009

Backlog Weekend or how Jade Empire is making me want to hurt people

Played through Fable TLC (on PC) this weekend. Got major pimped out near the end, but the game really skimps on the XP. Beat it, but not even close to maxed out. Had I known ahead of time I'd definitely have fixated on specific spells instead of balancing or wasting XP on some unhelpful stuff. The TLC stuff was rather cool actually. The game turned out better than I remembered it. I used to own the OG Fable on Xbox. Got as far as The Twinblades Camp story mission before getting bored. Traded it in for some other game (goozex.com). It got better much later on as I played it this go around with the PC version. I may even get Fable II at this point. I enjoyed the "Episode" (which is really more like a demo IMO) and the improvements are nice additions. It's not a great game at all really, but I enjoyed fooling around with it as I got more powerful.

Now I am playing Jade Empire SE (on PC). Never owned the game. Played very little of it before, but it was always really awful to me. Something I'm noticing now that I never did before is the combat. It's not real-time in the way I had always thought of it. It really seemed like it was for a long time, but really it's almost turn based. You press the button and he performs the move. There's a cool-down, and in some cases a charging before execution. Button mashing will get you killed very easily in most cases because you're always playing rock/paper/scissors with the AI. You have to be very intricate with your attacks, and your dodging. Sadly, the 360 pad on PC isn't as responsive on this game as it should be. I don't know if it had this problem on Xbox but my dodges rarely register. I'd prefer it was a button instead of a double tap with how much it's getting me killed. I've died quite a bit. Still, I am seeing more in the game now than I had before (starting Chapter 3 now). I'm enjoying myself when I'm not fighting, but it my opinion is still rather low. I'm not usually a yeller, but I've screamed at the game 3 times already and I fear for my controllers.

Not sure what title I'll pick up after this one in my backlog. I just got really tired of all the FPS I'd been playing. Chances are this is it. I'll have Uncharted 2 and Brutal Legend soon, and will have no desire to play older things again.   read


11:34 AM on 09.29.2009

Item collecting!

Rev pretty much covered this topic with his last Rev Rant, but here goes anyway.

I have 28/29 audio logs in the streets in ODST and it's driving me crazy! These little logs add nothing to the game except a little side story, but that I'm only missing 1 of them is just irritating. I have no clue where to find the missing one, and since they're not numbered you have no way of knowing which one is missing. I'm looking forward to hours of running around trying to luck upon the Superintendent's flashing lights. Yes, this will bug me until I get it. I'd be fine if I was missing 5 or 10, but missing 1 is just nerve racking.

That said, I found ODST rather interesting and fun to play. Frustrating at times, but really well put together. Mainly I only had trouble playing Legendary in the later levels with a friend. I still have to go through all the pre-Data Hive levels on Legendary though. I haven't yet touched Firefight or the Halo 3 MP maps I didn't previously have. Mainly my friends have just been busy with other stuff.   read


1:46 PM on 09.22.2009

Thoughts on Halo 3: ODST Pricing

It has all the multiplayer from Halo 3, including $17.49 (1400 MSP) worth of multiplayer maps. Then on top of that it has a new mode, some new maps, and a 6-hour campaign. The $60 price is fairly reasonable. I tend to think of it as all the extra multiplayer stuff not in Halo 3 proper as $20, and $40 for a budget sized Halo single player campaign. Your value on such things will of course vary, but for me it works. I'm not really interested at all in having the game, but I bought it because I like playing with my friends who are all hot and bothered for it.

Now, if you are only interested in the new SP campaign or already paid for the extra H3 maps then... well MS says f*** you.   read


11:56 AM on 09.14.2009

Dead Space update

Boring update.

I finished Dead Space thanks to illness. My first play through was my "One Gun" play, and then I went back in and got to like Chapter 7 breezing through earning the other gun trophies. The Flame Thrower and the Contact Beam are awful. Just horrible weapons to use. I'm not sure how I'm possibly going to get the Contact Beam trophy. Getting the flame thrower one was boring enough. It's just horrid to use. Thankfully, I've enjoyed using all the other weapons and maxing everything out. I'm not likely to play through on Insane, or get the turret trophies. The "Full Contact" trophy will the be the last I'm sure.

That aside I'm out of things to play! Weeee. I was thinking of trying Resident Evil 5 or Red Faction Guerrilla. Neither seemed all that fun from the demos though. Alternative to that I can just reach back into my archive of things I haven't finished. Maybe it's time for a good Persona 3 run?   read


12:39 AM on 09.05.2009

Batman and Dead Space

I picked up Batman for myself this week. I didn't expect to have a ton of time to play it, but as (bad) luck would have it I got sick. I took some dinner to a broke, starving, and sick friend of mine while she was at work. I only saw her maybe twice in less than the time span of 5 minutes, but it was enough to pass the bug on. Ugh. Anyway, I ended up taking two days off work extending the holiday weekend even further. I also had to cancel all my plans since I couldn't just show up sick to them. Thus, gaming weekend! So I played through Arkham Asylum all the way through, and after struggling through some Challenges I'm up to 91% and 41 Trophies (I have the PS3 version). Not too bad. I started my Hard play through, though I doubt I can make it through. It's totally easy except for the combat. So I'm finding that I'm blasting through most of the game and getting stuck any time there's forced combat. I know how rough the forced combat will get later, and I'm just not seeing my skills up to it. I got a good chunk of the way through though. Instead I decided I should play something I've been meaning to finish for months.

And with that, yes, I finally got back to Dead Space. It seemed like I would forever distract myself with other games, but here it is. I played through Chapter 7 & 8 today. My plan is for a little more tomorrow. The game is still really creepy, and I love the very "The Thing" type monsters. Still every bit the fantastic game I remembered.   read


8:09 PM on 08.17.2009

Weekend Game Update

Finished Halo 3 with my friend. We played on Heroic. I would still want to play it on Legendary, but given how things went we probably need a good 4 players. We started and so far so good, but lots of deaths of course. We'll see how that goes.

I finished Halo 2 (PC) on Legenedary yesterday. Yikes. What a horrid ending. I wondered why Halo 3 started in such a weird way, but there's no connection between how H2 ended and H3 started. Wow, ouch that was horrid. I'll probably never touch it again (maybe go for some silly but simple multiplayer achieves I guess), but I'm glad I went through it.

Not much of an update. It's just been all Halo stuff last weekend. I was out most of the time really. I regret missing the Dtoid SF meetup.   read


12:34 PM on 08.12.2009

NetFlix Party on DSL

NetFlix streaming barely worked as it was on my little 1.5Mbps connection anyway, so I had very little expectations of it working when you add in voice support for the new party system. I'm glad to say it works fairly well.

Our party size was 3 people. I got booted from the party 3-4 times, but was easily and quickly able to rejoin within a minute. We watched movies and TV shows for a good 4-5 hours. For me, that's pretty good. Two of those kicks happened outside of movie watching. I was also surprised at how good the picture quality was during the watching.

Prior to this update I was getting 1 bar, and the movie was always degrade after the first 5 minutes. Stopping to buffer. An experience a lot of my friends have had, only their connections supported a much higher quality than mine. I'd go from blurry, to blurrier! The connection seems stronger now. While watching on my own things were much smoother and no more stopping to buffer.   read


12:22 AM on 08.11.2009

Weekend Game Update

Who knew the Batman: Arkham Asylum game would be so impressive? Well, I guess I understand all the media hype now. I recommend you give the demo a spin if you were like me and unsure of what the fuss is about.

I've got my "Tour of Duty II" completing the BF 1943 Achievements. Been playing that steadily throughout the week. Pretty much just that actually. I downloaded the Bad Company demo to give that another shot, but unfortunately the multiplayer portion doesn't seem to work any more. Makes sense since it's old, but I was hoping I wasn't the only one curious about it after '43. The single player is still laughably mediocre, but at the price you can get the game now I'm thinking it would be worth a spin in the absence of anything else. Very low priority.

I got Call of Duty 2 in the mail. It's very much a launch game. I can't say there's much of any difference compared to the version I had on PC. I think I was expecting too much. I hadn't played it on Veteran before, so I've just been doing that. Only 2 or 3 missions completed so far.

I still fall into the camp of "Halo sucks" but I've been playing through Halo 2 on PC, and Halo 3 (co-op). I'm near the end on both just about. I have to say it could be the worst game in the world, but let it be co-op and it's awesome. I'll be glad to move on from this and get back into Dead Space though.   read


12:01 PM on 08.04.2009

trash talk

How do you learn trash talk in your late 20s? I'm so behind the curve on LIVE. I find myself mumbling and making annoying random grunts and "ooohhhhh" sounds instead when I try to stay verbal. I'm very much a quiet focus on what I'm doing person. So how do I break that? Do I need to start randomly insulting people until it comes more naturally? Or am I just too old now?   read


1:01 PM on 08.03.2009

Weekend Game Update

Been playing through Sam & Max Season 1 this weekend. Just loved Episode 3, but Episode 4 was rather weak. About the only good thing about Episode 4 was the musical number. Loved 3 though. That had tons of really great moments.

In between that I started up The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition. I think they've done some amazing work remaking that game, and I really hope they come through with at least remaking LeChuck's Revenge. I personally don't think Curse of Monkey Island needs to be remade really, but LeChuck's Revenge could totally shine with the new coat of paint and voice work.

I didn't actually get to much Battlefield 1943. I still love playing it and show no signs of tiring, but I was just drawn a bit more into the adventure games. I'm still only missing "Tour of Duty II" so far, but I'll get there soon. I know I've played a ton of matches already. I almost started playing Battlefield 2! Of course then I said to myself, why bother when I could play '43 instead? It's a better game.

I was thinking about picking up Call of Duty 3 and/or World at War for 360. While not up to the level of Infinity Ward's work, I'm sure they'd be entertaining enough for the budget prices I could pick them up for now. I should look around and see what I find. I'm sure CoD3 is practically being given away, but WAW may still be priced somewhat new. It's Activision after all.

I kind of dropped Dead Space and The Force Unleashed for the moment. I don't know what it is, but they just aren't holding my attention.   read


10:34 AM on 03.06.2009

SMT Love

Is it OK to be in love with all things Shin Megami Tensei even though I never have the time to finish them?

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10:01 PM on 08.01.2008

Today my 360 got a RRoD

At least it's under warranty still. I bought it March 2006. It's been spotty since day one, so I'm hoping for smooth sailing once I get it back.

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