The computer I'm using at work has had its browser security settings locked at the highest setting, which means I can't check my Gmail, view anything using Java, Flash, or ActiveX, nor can I save any images to upload to Destructoid. Therefore, I'm reusing this awesome set of pictures so this post isn't just a boring wall o' text:
I'm taking part in dvddesign's Cblog Xbox Achiev-a-Challenge #1
, and picked Conan as my device of self-torture. After playing it a few hours and getting 11 out of the 49 achievements, I think it's a pretty decent God of War clone. It could definitely stand a bit more polish, but I really dig the Frank Frazetta influenced visual style (if you haven't seen Frazetta: Painting with Fire
, check it out. It's a very cool documentary about the amazing artist). I probably would have been a little pissed if I'd paid $60, but at $30 I'm looking at it as a fun budget title. Ask me again how I feel after I've wasted several days of my life grinding my way through King difficulty and killing x number of guys by grappling/impaling/throwing them off cliffs.
I also picked up Beautiful Katamari for $20, knowing full well I'll have to drop another $20 in MS points to get the entire game. That's still better than full price at least. And after playing it, I'm pretty glad I waited until it got marked down. Not bad, but nothing that couldn't have been done back on the PS2.
I finished up Assassin's Creed late last month, and I really don't get the hate it received. Granted a number of people were dying for that game to flop after getting fed up with the hype and Jade Raymond, but I still thoroughly enjoyed my time with it. Towards the end though I did occasionally start having elaborate fantasies about sneaking up to the developers in a crowd and stabbing them in the kidneys. Usually these would happen whenever a beggar woman started nagging me for coins or one of those muttering retards suddenly shoved me right into the city guard while I was stalking my target. Still, I had a lot of fun with the title, and I'm looking forward to the next game in the series.
I got to play some three man Rock Band for the first time earlier today with my brother and one of his friends (waiting on the sequel to come out before I drop the money on a 2nd guitar). Since they're both incredible pussies, I volunteered to be the singer. I sucked terribly, but the game couldn't tell that. Ha, stupid computer box!
I downloaded UNO and Puzzle Quest off XBLA. Fooliz
was all like "Download UNO!" and I was all like "Okay, but I'm waiting to get my paycheck before I buy more MS points" and she was all like "Do it now bitch!" so I did and then I didn't see her online for two days and when I finally did her router was all "Haha n00bs, no fucking way" and I was all like "Aww man" and she was all like "Do you like Phil Collins? I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don't you, uh, dance a little. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your asshole. Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds. Sabrina, don't just stare at it, eat it. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.
So yeah, if anyone wants to play UNO with me while she's trying to figure out why her router hates her, send me a message when I'm online. I'm also up for some multiplayer Puzzle Quest. I haven't gotten my Druid all super-uber like my DS character yet, but I'm slowly working on it. I'll stop this cblog now since I'm certain no one gives a shit.