Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Skyward Sword Complete!

Pretty much what the title says.   Last night, I finally managed to get that elusive 20th heart container, and with it, push towards the ending of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii.  It was a good thing too, getting that 20th and final heart container.  I managed to beat the final boss with only one heart remaining.  To say it got tense towards the end was a bit of an understatement.

Overall though, I did enjoy the game.  This is the second Zelda game that I've ever managed to beat.  For some reason, I seem to be unable to complete Zelda titles.  I kept losing interest in them for whatever reason, and until now, was never able to fight through it to the end.  This wasn't the case with Skyward Sword.  I had a lot of fun going exploring what the game world had to offer me, and the soundtrack was stellar.  I also felt that, compared to previous Zelda titles, the relationship between Link and Zelda was more fleshed out and I felt more invested in the characters and their outcomes as a result.  The copy of the game that I played was borrowed from a friend a couple of years ago along with his Wii remote Plus, and I'm glad  that I'll finally be able to return it to him. 

Next on my borrowed game launchpad:  Uncharted 3 for the Playstation 3.  I've had this game even longer than Twilight Sword.

I also recently went a trip to the US, and managed to get some items a friend living there was holding on for me.  I have now added a copy of X-COM: Terror From The Deep for the PC, still sealed and all, to my collection, as well what I consider to be my personal favourite:  The Ni No Kuni Wizard's Editon for the Playstation 3.  After the debacle that ensued regarding online orders when this set was first available for pre-order, I was worried that my copy was going to turn up damaged in someway, however, once I got my copy in my hands, it looked like it was in excellent condition.  It's now sitting on my game collection shelf. 

That's it for now.  I started the fall-winter semester for university, so I might not be finishing any games for the foreseeable future.  But if I manage to finish a game here or there, I'll make a post.  I have Lost Odyssey for the Xbox 360 near completion so I'm hoping that I can take a crack at completing that.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Keeping That Summer Alive!

Managed to install and finish in two sittings.....


I've been anticipating the release of this game ever since I read about it in PC Gamer in '97.  I followed its development as the years went on through the ups and many downs, and although I knew full well that this was potentially going to be a horrible train wreck, I still bought the Balls of Steel Edition for the PC upon its release. 

As long as your expectations weren't high going into this (I mean, it's been over 10 years in development through a number of engines, developers and god knows what else), you'll find yourself playing a somewhat decent shooter.  The guns were pretty enjoyable to use, although I wasn't a fan of the limits imposed on how many guns you could carry.  I didn't mind the usage of regenerating health, as it was technically Duke's Ego that was being hurt, which I thought was appropriate.  I also enjoyed interacting with the environment, as I found myself playing a number of games of pool, air hockey and pinball.

The game is also full of those one-liners Duke was famous for, along with many pop culture references, which are at times funny and cringing, but mostly sad.  Also, knowing his tumultuous history of the game, it made me shake my head every time Duke referenced other game properties such as Halo, Gears of War, Half-Life and even Donkey Kong, trying to make a little joke at their expense.

In the end, I enjoyed the game and thought it was fun.  More fun than Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

As My Summer Winds Down....

So does my gaming.  It's been a somewhat fun four months, but now that September is rolling its ugly head around, its time I start focusing on the tasks that will be ahead of me, namely: University. However, that doesn't mean I'm going out without trying to finish the piled up backlog I've accumulated over the years.

In anticipation of Dead Space 3, I completed Dead Space 2  within the span of twp days.   I don't expect great things from the third installation, but since I rarely play any co-op with anyone, and the third one has it, it will be a nice change of pace.

As for Dead Space 2, I enjoyed the whole game overall.  There were some great moments to be had in the game.  However, I did find it a bit lacking when it came to atmosphere and the overall 'scare factor' that I experienced when I played the first game.  Not sure why, but for some reason, I didn't find the enviornment in DS 2 to be as engrossing as the original.  It certainly didn't make me jump out of seat as much as the first one did.

That's about it for now, hopefully I'll finish up a couple of other titles before the fall-winter semester officially begins.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hey, I Made A Post!


I've been procrastinating on this long enough.

I'll just be making brief updates on what games that Ive finished and currently playing just so I can keep this alive.

With that out of the way, here we go!

Finished RAGE, Chronicles of Riddick (both Butcher Bay and Dark Athena), as well Aliens: Colonial Marines for the PC.

RAGE felt like a game that had so much potential, but ends up falling flat on its face.  If this was similar to an open-world Wasteland/Fallout type of game, it could have been something special.  Instead it quickly becomes a very boring linear shooter, where ammo isn't a real issue to worry about, no real incentive to do any of the side quests or driving/racing missions, and the icing on this?  No final boss fight, with a very, very subpar and abrupt ending.  I expected more from id, particularly when it came to the final boss.

Riddick was a really fun game.  Some of the game was buggy, and even though I was using a controller to play, the prompts that were showing on screen were telling me were using keyboard buttons instead of controller buttons, but those problems aside, it didn't detract from what in the end  were two very enjoyable titles packed into one.  Melee combat was very satisfying as well.   Even though my copy came with TAGES since I bought it from Steam before it was removed, I thankfully didn't have any issues installing  and running the game.

Finally, we come to Aliens: Colonial Marines.   Not too long ago, I got into an argument with someone who said that because I hadn't played the game, I had no right to say whether this game was bad or good (my argument at the time was regardless of how the game was, the way Gearbox handled the situation was shitty, which was why I didn't think Colonial Marines was a game that deserved his praise).   It was recently put on sale for $8, and I couldn't pass it up. Not only did I get the game, but I also got season pass access which included the Stasis Interrupted DLC pack.   After playing and completing both games, I can say for $8, it wasn't a terrible game.  If I paid full price though, I'd be a more than a little annoyed that I paid $60 for this.  The game story was pretty mediocre, the AI from your team mates was horrible more often than not, and the  Aliens would at times not attack and just stand there, as if waiting for something, other times they'd avoid my team and just run and try to kill me.  What made it worse was the one- ONE time that you got to use the smart gun.  Even though I spent $8 on it, I'm actually having some regrets that I used the money on that, when I could have spent a dollar more and gotten a game like Papers, please, or Hammerwatch.

As for what I'm playing right now, it's The Legend of Zelda:  Skyward Sword for the Wii.  I'm nearing the end of the game, where I'm currently trying to collect all the pieces of the Triforce.  However, what's annoying me is that I seem to be unable to get that 20th and final heart (I'm at 19, with 2 life medals), and can't find the last 3 heart pieces in the game.  It's pretty frustrating.  I've had to resort to looking at a guide to see where I might have missed them.

Well, that's it for now. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy New Year. Again.

Goddamn it.  I swear.  THIS will be the year I finally start blogging on a semi-regular basis.

I hope.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy New Year! *Cough*

Hrmm. Yes. Happy New Year Everyone!

But enough pleasantries, onto the important stuff.

I'm on break for one week, so I've been taking the opportunity to finally play some games on the backlog.

For the Xbox 360, I finally got around to playing and completing Infinite Undiscovery. I can see why it didn't win any Game of the Year awards. While the combat was easy enough to get the hang of (even though there were some glaring issues with how your NPC team-mates handled themselves with mana, among other quirks), and it had a pretty good musical score, I just couldn't get past the poor dialogue, bad storyline which, even with it falling along very predictable and generic JRPG plot-lines, was made worse with one of the most unlikeable protagonists ever to get the job. There was a small glimmer of hope towards the end of the game where his attitude and opinion on the "status quo" of the game world changes to where you might actually think that there's something actually interesting about him. More importantly, it could mean that the game might be better as a result. However, this isn't the case, and he sadly goes back to his old, unlikeable self. Overall, it's not that good a game.

I've started playing PS1 games since I have so many of them and I haven't played one in years. I'm dividing my time between The Legend of Dragoon and Final Fantasy IX.

I hear so many nostalgia related topics when it comes to The Legend of Dragoon on the internet, so I figured it was about time that I play it. So far, I'm enjoying it, especially after the train-wreck that was Infinite Unidscovery. I'm digging the combat mechanic for the game where it's sort of a QTE moment when you initiate your attack, although it can be a bit irritating when you need to perform more advanced moves, or when you enter Dragoon mode. My only real complaint with the game is the odd translation. It's not engrish, per say, but I get the impression localization team did a straight japanese to English translation, without doing any modifications to the dialogue to make it "flow better" in english. It's not terrible and the basic meaning behind what the characters is being received, but it does feel out of place at times.

I'm also replaying Final Fantasy IX. I had to rebuy a copy of the game, since my original copy was damaged thanks to my collection's nemesis: Disc Rot. I found a black label copy for a relatively affordable price so I snagged it. It was in surprisingly good condition and seeing the game again made me feel all nostalgic for it so I decided to pop it in. Playing through it again has made me reaffirm my opinion that FFIX is my most favourite one out of the whole series. The plot makes sense so far (I haven't played FF XII, but I think that IX was the last Final Fantasy with a plot what wasn't impossible to understand), the music score is amazing, the game still looks great for a PS1 title, the combat is very robust and the dialogue is incredibly well written. A great ride so far.

On the PC I've just started playing Swords and Soliders HD. It's a very fun and easy to play strategy game. Hopefully I can finish it soon so I can add another game to the "Completed list" on my ever growing Steam backlog.

That's about it for now. I'm going to be putting up photos of my game finds that I happen to come across. I've got a few that I picked up over the weekend, so when I find the time I'll take photos and put em up.

edit: Well, that was fast. I finished Swords and Soldiers HD in one setting. Granted it took a bit longer than I anticipated (about 3-4 hours), but it was a lot of fun to play.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I Suck.

Well, better late than never I guess!

Yeah, it's been over a year since my last post on here, and I apologize for that. I need to periodically update this from time to time, if anything, just so that it makes good practice.

It would be impossible to talk about everything that's happened in the time since my last post. Suffice to say, I'm still alive, so I guess that's a good thing. Also, I'm now attending university again, so I hope that this will lead to something good. It feels odd, especially at my age, going back to school, but so far, it's manageable. I also recently got student financial assistance, so I'll be putting that money to good use, once I'm able to get access to the funds, that is.

As I look at what I wrote in my last post in regards to what games I was playing, I can at least say that I finally finished off Final Fantasy XIII. It might not have been the best Final Fantasy to have been released, but it was decent. I give credit to Square Enix to try and take the Final Fantasy franchise in a new direction, but there were other issues that they hopefully resolve in their upcoming sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2.

Other than that, I haven't finished the other titles on my launchpad. I lent out Lost Odyssey, and I just can't seem to get into Kingdom Hearts because of that stupid flying bit. I had to restart Prince of Persia from the beginning because I forgot how to play the damn game, and I seem to have hit a bit of a roadblock in Final Fantasy IV, in that the game's difficulty curve has multiplied by a factor of 10. I do, however, hope that I can finish that game sometime this year.

That's about it for now, I guess. I do have a project that I need to start working on today or tomorrow, so I might not post any updates until after the submission date. I just hope I don't procrastinate on that. That would be "fatal" to my grade.