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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 ( 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.

11:34 AM on 09.29.2009

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.

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.

11:56 AM on 09.14.2009

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?

12:39 AM on 09.05.2009

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.

8:09 PM on 08.17.2009

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.