When I first heard about it I thought it was neat, but having a Wii I hardly ever played (mostly due to not finding anything I really wanted to play), I wasn't sure if it was something I really wanted. I wanted to hear what some people thought about it and see it action before getting one and feeling disappointment and regrets.
I went out and picked up the 32gb deluxe one. It would have been nice to have a white one, but it isn't important. I could do a repaint if I were motivated enough.
For games, I have the Nintendo Land that came with it, and chose Scribblenauts Unlimited and ZombiU to start myself off. I'll be picking up Monster Hunter later this month.
It's easy to forget about this place what with other social media sites. Never-the-less, I am still around and still gaming. Last year a squeaked through and met my goal of beating 50 games for the year, despite having aquired far more than that. I told myself to try and curb my purchases and settle for mostly what I have.
It didn't work.
As of today, I have beaten 13 games and obtained 26. This being February... Cursed Steam sale...
The past few weeks I've been dealing with a flu of awful propensity to make my life an absolute misery, my friends gifted me games to help alleviate the misery. My Backloggery roars with power while I'm happy and sigh wondering if 50 is even a good goal. Maybe... 75?
Blocks That Matter (Steam) - I enjoyed playing through this game; it has a lot of charm. I enjoy puzzles games as much as I hate them which tend to be quite a bit when they involve action elements, because failures become more frequent over carelessness induced by impatience and there were several stages like that that made me shout at poor little Tetrobot. All-things-aside, I enjoyed it enough to go back and attempt a completion by aquiring all the Blocks That Matter.
Alien Breed 1: Impact (Steam) - Alien Breed was a game I played long ago on the Amiga (IIRC). Yes, it was a rip-off of Alien in many ways, but it was a great game! To be honest, I had expected this to be just a current, prettier release of the old, but it's not! I was -so- happy! I also found out it's the same game as Evolution, so I wont accidently by it again, lol. It took me two play sessions to get through. I had lots of fun blasting aliens and navigating through the ship. I expect I'll start in on 2 one-of-these-days, as it left off with quite a cliffhanger involving a giant, awesome looking monster! The one critique I have of the game deals with the story sequences. I can't always tell what I'm looking at in those black & white panels.
Penumbra: Requiem (Steam) - Anger and resentment. That's... the closest I can describe my feelings towards this game. I started in on the series with Black Plague expecting more Amnesia-like experiences. I was happy with it. Then I moved onto Overture which wasn't quite the same, but still good. When I got to Requiem, I couldn't wait to find out what had happened, but what I was given was an entirely different game. I didn't want a puzzle game. I wanted my horror. I was aghast when I quickly realised all I would be doing is going from, essentially, test chamber to test chamber towards two endings that did not add anything to the Penumbra story. Betrayed. That's a better word for my feelings. And if I'm perfectly honest, the puzzles were mindless yet aggravatingly tedious to complete in ways that were not fun at all. I really want to like the game, but I just can't.
Ys Chronicles Book I Vanished Omen (Steam) - I'm a big fan of this series and the bump combat system. I don't have patience for the RPG grind, even in action-based flavours. I'm more interested in stoy-progression and, let's face it, my Backloggery really can't spare the time. I also love the arcade feel. This was a great joy to play through again after all those years. I'm quite happy with the sound and graphics choices. I forsee myself working on Nightmare mode and time-attack.
Penumbra Overture (Steam) - I need more games of this style, but I wasn't a huge fan of the combat element. It isn't that it was clunky and irritating until get-the-hang-of-it, it's that it exists. I am more for the helplessness that exists in Amnesia and Penumbra Black Plague. I didn't engage in combat after killing my first doggie. I chose to sneak around and avoid to give myself the experience I wanted. Totally fine with that and happy that I could and that it worked. Besides... it was far more fun dealing with steam traps for killing them than bludgeoning them to death.
Penumbra Black Plague (Steam) - This gets me really excited for more Amnesia! This was a great horror experience that really messed me up on more than one occasion. Those things were terrifying! Horror games are my favourite to play and this really healed.
999 9 Hours, 9Persons, 9 Doors (DS) - I never thought myself one to get into digital novels, but I did play a good amount of Interactive Fiction back-in-the-day, so I don't know what I'm thinking, really. This was really good! I got a really sucky ending, but it was really good! I enjoyed the puzzles and odd story. I'm totally planning to go through again and make different choices to see how well I do and if I can live.
Containment: The Zombie Puzzler (Steam) - I'm really surprised I bought this game. I've really fallen away from puzzlers like this. Tetris, Columns, and Puyo Pop are more than enough for me. This just seemed really interesting in an odd zombie's meet Dr. Mario kinda way. That's an odd way to put things, but it's the best I can think of right now. I'm not 100% well, yet. I'm about 75% up to 80% when medicine is working. Anyway, your playing field is a mixture of survivor units and zombies. You have a top-down view. To kill zombies, you surround them with the same type of survivor. You just swap people around on the board to do that. When the zombies are killed, the survivors that killed them also go away and your board is refilled from the top. Okay, so not like Dr. Mario at all, but you are getting rid of a virus. Things got really crazy as I progressed in the campaign. Zombie wizards (or wizard zombies? ) were terrible in large numbers and it's not really fun dealing with those other ones what explode and infect surrounding survivors. Still, it entertained and that's what games should do.
Capsized (Steam) - This game reminds me as some kinda marriage between Bionic Commando and Solar Jetman. It has nice graphics and really big stages with equipment and tasks that really give me that weird baby image. You have a grappling hook which is how you do a lot of your travel. You can jump and do have a jet-pack you can use for more prolongued flight when fueled. Also at your disposal is a tractor beam thingy for manipulating obstacles and bringing things along with you, and means of blasting things away from you. You had lots of tasks involving locating objects and using your tractor beam to take them to a different location. You even find ship parts in one of the stages! They aren't golden, though.
Adera (WinStore) - This is another one of those point-and-click BigFish style adventure games involving a nice array of puzzles and only a few hidden object ones. I really don't like them much, honestly. The stories just don't have enough depth to sate my adventure gamer needs craving all that mystery and all those wonderful notes and books and things you tend to find and read in the more fully blown adventure games. It isn't terrible, though. This first chapter was free so I gave it a shot and was entertained enough to finished, but I don't care enough about plot to continue on with the series. It's too casual, short, and didn't utilise enough of my brain with the puzzles.
Limbo (OnLive) - What a great game! The atmosphere and desolate black & white art sucked me in very quickly. Before I knew it, it was all over and I wanted more. How sad! Where did all that time go? I wish the ending were a bit more... I'm not sure. I just didn't feel fulfilled after it was over.
Little Inferno (STEAM) - Little kid: "I have this box of old toys!" 'Nother Little Kid: "And I've got this box of memories!" If someone told me there was this game where all you do is sit in front of a fireplace and burn stuff you buy in catalogues for money to buy more stuff to burn, I wouldn't buy it. I knew nothing of the game when I bought it. I just needed another game to finish off a gift card and that one had an interesting icon. I honestly thought I was getting into some other puzzler thing like Burn The Rope. Instead, I had a Little Inferno Entertainment Fireplace where I sat for an entire night with some friends and burned it all away. I felt such emptiness when it was over. The story really was dark inspiring these odd feelings of... guilt for spending so much free time playing games instead of all those other things non-gamers would rather have you do. After three days I shook that guilt. There's nothing wrong with games! I wish there was more stuff to burn. I've played through that game twice, now.
Envirobear 2000 (PCDL) - Why? Why did I have to get this? Why? I got through seven years and considered that a worthy accomplishment. I never expected to get through the first, honestly. I had friends over when this went on, and way too much time was spent on this game.
Well, I've obtained 26 games, so far this year. They won't be the last, and if it is any indication of how things will go, I should spend less time on this post, and more time screaming at Stealth Bastard.
Envirobear 2000 (PCDL)
Surgeon Simulator 2013 (PCDL)
Cortex Command (Steam)
Ghost Trick - Phantom Detective (NDS)
Hotel Dusk - Room 215 (NDS)
Jake Hunter - Detective Chronicles (NDS)
Luminous Arc (NDS)
Dementium II (NDS)
The World Ends With You (NDS)
Alien Breed Trilolgy (Steam) - Get well gift from my wifey.
R.U.S.E. (Steam) - Get well gift my wifey
Penumbra Collection (Steam) - Get well gift from my wifey
Stealth Bastard Deluxe (Steam) - Get well gift from my bff.
Ys Chronicles Book 1 & 2 (Steam) Get well gift from my bff.
Bientôt l'été (Steam) - Get well gift from a goblin I know.
I went ahead and perused the Playstation Store for more goodies of which to entertain myself with. I made out with the following:
- Resident Evil Code Veronica X (PSN) - I played this on Dreamcast. It's tied as my favorite in the series besides number 2. I haven't beat 4, nor have I played 5, so things might change.
- Vagrant Story (PS1) - I always wanted to play this game, so now I can.
- Fortix (PS Mini) - It looked like a fun Qix-like game, and I happened to be right. Despite being short and beating it in one session, I enjoyed it a lot. I'll be working on the higher difficulty shortly.
- Star Hammer Tactics (PS Mini) - It looked interesting, so I took a chance. I haven't tried it yet.
- Elemental Monster Onlice Card Battle (PSN) - I like interesting card games, and this was a buck. As long as I don't have to buy card packs with real money, I'm okay with it. Though, I know you have to buy tokens to play online matches.... No matter. They say the campaign mode is long, so I'll be content with that.
Resident Evil Director's Cut (PS1) - I beat it just the other day. I played Jill on original mode and messed up my ending. I got all the MO disks, but forgot to actually go get Chris, and I bungled up Barry and got him killed, so I got the worst ending. I'd like to play through arranged mode with Chris and see if I still remember it enough to beat the three hour time-limit. I may put that off, since I still have 17 games to beat before the new year.
Anvil of Dawn (PC-DOS) - I FINALLY got through Gorge Keep. There were WAY too many encounters in that dungeon. I'm glad it was small. I just entered the Iron Titan before saving and calling it quits for the day. I didn't want to push my luck trying another dungeon. With my luck, it will be long and ardurous and I would like to sleep tonight.
Maniac Mansion (NES) - I beat this a few days ago, also. I used Michal and Razor, but got lazy and didn't bother doing Razor's part of the quest, so I didn't get the ending I was trying for. It's still a fun game. I prefer the Amiga version, and I need to find my copy of Day of the Tentacle.
Cuboid (PSN) - I've gone back to this game, since picking up the booster pack. I managed to get four more trophies going through the expert stages. I really like this game. I played it for a good while today. I'm on stage 16.
Spy Mouse (iPod) - I started playing this again and got through a chunk of stage two's levels. It's a fun little path tracing game. The graphics and clean and cute, and I love the soundtrack. It's very over-the-top spy noir. I'm on stage 2-9
Dungeon Hunter 2 (iPod) - I've gone back to this Diablo clone, too. If I had my PSP, I'd have worked on Brotherhood of the Blade, but ah, well. It's a fun game. I gained 5 levels and finished an act. I'm at the start of the Sanctuary looking for survivors.
I decided to give my PS3 some love and subscribed to plus and then picked up resulting free stuff then pent about $20.
- DLC - Cuboid Booster Pack - I liked the game enough when I first purchased it, since the DLC was free, I thought to get it and squeeze out some more gameplay.
- Altered Beast - I originally played this on Genesis. I liked it well enough then, not so much now, but free was a good price. It didn't take me long to beat, either, so that's another game towards my 50 for the year.
- Plants vs Zombies - I've been meaning to get this game for my iPad for awhile now, but it's a bit pricey compared to the other games on my wishlist. I was very happy to see it free.
- PS1- Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV - I only ever played the one released on SNES, which I liked, so hopefully this one is good, too.
- PS1 - Wing Commander IV - I have only played the first title in this series, on SNES, and Wing Commander Armada. I'm hoping to collect the entire collection.
- PS1 - Jet Moto - I like racing games and this one was free.
- Mini - The Impossible Game - It looked like a fun little rhythm-based platformer.
- Armageddon Riders - The video reminded me of the old Carmageddon game, so I had to get it. I had put it off for too long. Running over zombies in cars seems like a fun thing.
- PS1 - Resident Evil Director's Cut - I don't particularly like this game, but I wanted to play through it again. As I recall, it isn't particularly long. Surprised it was free.
- PS1 - Resident Evil 2 - Yay! I've been wanting to buy this and it was free! One of my favourites in the series next to Code Veronica X. I look forward to playing this one after finishing the first one.
- PS1 - Resident Evil 3 Nemesis - I never finished this game, so there's a goal for me. Cheering again for another freebie.
- Mini - Bashi Blocks - A fun little Arkanoid clone.
- DLC - Maic Orbz Winter & Jungle Pack - My girlfriend likes playing this game with me, so there we go. It is fun, and this was free.
The Last couple weeks I picked up some Good Old Games and some other digital downloads.
- Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 Complete - Disks 5 and 6 of my original copy of the first game are corrupt, so it's unplayable. I've never beaten it, and I never played the second. I really liked the first game, so it was an easy choice to pick it up again. I'm a bit miffed the first doesn't support multiplayer. I liked creating my own party of 6 and adventuring. I even went through the trouble of making custom portraits. Oh, well.
- Icewind Dale 1 & 2 Complete - I've only played a bit of the first game, which I really liked, so this was an easy snag, plus, I only found the empty case for the first one, which likely means it was likely "lost" about two moves ago. Ah, roomies.
- The Patrician 1, 2, & 3 - I've never even heard of this series, but it looked really cool.
- Postal ****c & Uncut - I played this game in college and loved it. Had to have it again.
- Realms of Arkania - I always wanted to play through this series and have the first 3, now. I'll look forward to these.
- Dungeons of Dreadmore - It looked like a fun little dungeon crawl.
- Runespell Overture - Because I like weird fantasy puzzle games, especially involving cards.
- Wing Commander 2 - I HAVE to have it. I want to play through this series.
Well, I'm around. I still visit this site, but don't always log in. I have been busy feeding my comic book addiction, and have slacked a bit on my goal. I've also been going through the garage attempting to clear out junk, which has been amazing. I've found a lot of gems, like a box of old DOS and Amiga games, as well as GBC, GG, and a couple PS1 games. It was like finding the X on the treasure map.
50 Games Beaten Progress
Infamous (PS3) - I REALLY enjoyed that game. I will have to play the sequel at some point.
King of Fighters '99 (PS) - I got it, and hardly played it, so I finally did. Good stuff, that.
Epic Mickey (WII) - which I absolutely hated. I have ranted so much to my friends, I don't think I can go on here. It's one of the most ugly and boring and unorganized disney games I've ever played. I WILL sit down and go through the Magical Quest (which this game made me want to play).
House of Mice (IP) - This was a fun little puzzle game with great cartoon graphics. It was infuriating at times, trying to deal with precision, but an update fixed my headaches.
1112 Episode 2 (IP) - I LOVE adventure games, especially the old point-and-click kind, and I have been enjoying this series. I MUST know what happens next, so I forsee picking up Episode 3 in the future.
Trip World (GBC) - A cute game that reminds me of something like Kirby, mostly from the visuals and being able to collect things and mutate into other things. It was really short, though, only 5 stages.
I have 23 games to beat before next year. Not positive I can do it, unless I focus on shorter games. I may have to work at more of my iOS games and see what other older gen games I haven't beat (like The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse). I've been in an RPG mood lately, which most certainly won't help me progress much quicker.
As for new purchases, I picked up quite a few games since then and now, a lot of iOS games to add to my already massive collection, but I did get some stuff off PSN:
Wizardy (and all DLC). I LOVED (and hated) this series back-in-the-day. Graphing dungeons was fun, and aggravating, but it's what got me into RPG games (including the table-top variety).
Might & Magic Heroes, because it looked like a fun puzzler, and thankfully, it is.
Front Mission 3 (PSN), because I need to play more of this series.
Aedis Eclipse: Generation of Chaos (PSP), because it looked interesting.
Mana Khemia Student Academy (PSP), because I need a fix of vibrant JRPG strangeness.
Rengoku 2 (PSP), because I happen to have liked the first one.
Naughty Bear (PS3) which I had to have and I love to play. I purchased the pirate level DLC, got the free superhero one, I just need to get the vampire level and I have it all.
Just Cause 2 (PS3) which I had been meaning to get for ages.
Mafia 2 (PS3) I always wanted to play
Oblivion 5th Anniversary Edition (PS3) - I can't play my PC version, because my laptop is still dead, and $40 was a good price.
Fallout New Vegas (PS3) It's Fallout and I need it, though I can't seem to get into it.
Alice Return to Madness (PS3) - This needs no explaining for those that know me.
What I play seems to change rapidly, as my iPod Touch and iPad tend to garner more attention these past weeks than anything else, however, there are certain games I keep going back to. My Backloggery is pretty accurate in terms of where I am with things. I enjoy using that site. I did NOT enjoy adding some 400+ iOS games to it yesterday.
Anvil of Dawn (Dos) - I found this in that box, and I took a break from Wizardry to get it running on my MacBook. It's your standard first-person, block-stepping, dungeon crawl of yore that is loose on plot, and heavy on dungeon crawling. It is of the age of automapping, so no need for graph paper. There are 17 dungeons in the game and I just completed the 8th a few days ago. The dungeons are huge, there are annoying pressure-plate puzzles that require you to carry sacks full of rocks, but it's been really fun. I will likely play Dark Sun Wake of the Ravager after this. It's another game I never got far in.
Batman Arkham Asylum (360) - I played this religiously for a long time, then something happened. I dunno what, but I haven't had the urge to play it. I'm at Killer Croc's place, so I'd like to think I'm a good chunk in. I need to sit down and finish it, so I can return it to my friend that's letting me borrow it.
American McGee's Alice (PS3) - So happy the game came with the free download. This game is really neat. I'm pretty sure I never finished it back-in-the-day. THe jumping mechanics drive me insane, so I play it in small chunks here-and-there.
Untold Legends Brotherhood of the Blade (PSP) - I've been playing this to counter the slow carefulness I must employ in Anvil of Dawn. It's nice to just run around hacking things to bits and collecting loot. I also never finished this game, before trading it back in. It was $10 off PSN when I reaquired it many, many months ago.
White Knight Chronicles (PS3) - I returned to this game and marathoned through the plot and I'm just about at the end in the Dogma Rift going through the teleport maze. I haven't touched it in awhile. The game has been overall 'meh', but pretty to look at. I get tired of the combat.
Hybrid Eternal Whisper (IP) - This has been a fun action beat-em-up kind of RPG and I'm nearing the end of that one, as well. At least from the look of the map screen.
Kid Dracula (GBC) - This game can be really hard. Jeeze. Nintendo was evil back then. It's no wonder we broke things. I started playing it last night and got as far as the cloud world. I've gotten pretty far this morning. I got past the stage with the boss that reminds me of a My Little Pony, and go through the next stage where you use a lot of bombs and died at the boss. I would last until the ladder came down, then I'd just get pelted by those bricks. Ugh.
I finally sat down and spent a day finishing up Bayonetta. I still don't like all the gratuitious crotch, boob, and butt shots. The story didn't do a whole lot for me, either. At least It's over with. I doubt I'll ever play it again. It had some good music for some stages/boss fights, and Jeanne is a pretty cool character, though.
Enslaved was the next game on my list. I sat down and beat it in one day with plenty of time to devote to a different game. I didn't care much for this game. It was pretty meh' and I didn't lik the control smuch. A lot of the elements seemed arbitrary. It progressed really well, but the ending seemed really rushed.
Ah, well. I'm two games closer to my goal. On to Sonic Unleashed!!
Well, I haven't forgotten my goal of beating 100 games in a year. I have had a fiar amount of distractions and did other things than play games for a lot of my free time, at least console games. I've spent a great deal of time playing IP games on my iPad and iTouch. I have 5 games to add to my beaten list *cheering*
- Space Invaders Infinity Gene (IP) - I finally sat down, well, laid down, an plowed through this game. I had always spent most of my time doing the music stages because it's a cool feature and I liked seeing what sorts of levels certain songs in my library created. Anyhow, it is beat, and I still play music stages. It's a very fun game with simple, retro style.
- Game Dev Story (IP) - I ate up an entire day, all 17 hours of consciousness, doing nothing but playing this game. I had a great deal of fun trying create a game that would earn GOTY, being he only real goal I had set for myself, since the game ends after so many years. I got to the end and immediately created a new software company and started the addictive process all over again. It's a great time-waster.
- Cardboard Castle (IP) - This was a cute puzzle game that had some really challenging levels, but was awfully short. It had a cute storyline and I enjoyed how everything looked like cardboard cutouts. It has an endless mode, but it just can't hold my attention for very long.
- Hot Springs Story (IP) - I had to get this since I had Game Dev Story. I like this one a bit more, since you buy and arrange rooms and features for the hot spring, and it was just as addicting. It, too, ate another day of consciousness. It was very fun.
- Rimelands Hammer of Thor (IP) - I am saddened how short this game was. It had a decent story, but the end seemed more like an "end of act 1" kinda thing than an actual ending. I did enjoy rolling all those dice and killing things.
So, five games isn't too bad. I've lots of catching up to do, as I've only finished 19 games. I don't think I'll be able to pull it off, but I'll keep going. It's getting me through my awful backlog.
Finally sat down and finished this game. It was okay. I enjoy the Prince of Persia games, but this is certainly at the bottom of the list. I like how there wre lots of baddies to fight, but once you got the 1-hit-kill sword, there was no real point to throwing baddies at you. I hated the water power and the one that makes environmental objects appear. Very annoying. The final boss is also super easy to beat with the stone armour ability. Ah, well. For $20, it was entertaining.
After beating that, I started Bayonetta. I still don't like the game. I feel like I should be playing Devil May Cry. Dante is way cooler. Bayonetta has way too many butt and crotch shots and there is nothing sexy about them. It's really gross. The black guy is way cooler than her, too. Ah, well. I got to the third area in this game before I couldn't stand it anymore.
Its been ahwile since I've posted my progress towards my 50 games beaten goal for the year. I haven't made too much progress. I ended up having a long spurt where I caught up on comics. Nevertheless, Marvel vs Capcom 2 & 3 have been beat. Not sure if I want to go for 100% completion. We'll see.
Thinking about dropping Golden Axe Beast Rider. That game has gotten extremely difficult for me. I started playing Dynasty Warriors Gundam and Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands. Both I have been enjoying.
The weekend is almost here for my next major chunk of gaming goodness. I woke up way too early this morning only to realize I have nothing until 1 this afternoon, and I'm the type that can't go back to bed once I'm up. I have a chunk of Sunday I have to sacrifice for a Pathfinder game I've lost intrest in, but I go to see friends I don't see otherwise. It's only an 11:00-4:00 thing, so I'll still have plenty of Sunday to mash buttons.
I'm having problems settling in on something to play, though. Goldenaxe has been all right, but it's made me want to play something of real quality, like Heavenly Sword. I don't necessarily want to drop it now, since I'm likely nver to touch the thing again. I also just got the hang of the evade/parry system. I wish the animals were a bit easier to steer, but, to be fair, it is an animal.
Since beating Super Mario Galaxy, I've really wanted to play the sequel. I just don't really want to buy it, though. My friend has it, so I might borrow it. I could work on the bonus stages, but they're so infuriating to me. Sonic Unleashed might be able to fill that need, though, so I might play some of that. I also still haven't beat Warioland Shake It.
I should put more time into N3 and Forza. I might play some N3 when I get back this evening. Shaolin Monks got hard. I can't get past sub-zero AND the frozen boat part in the wasteland. I don't recall at what point I last saved, so that has killed some desire to play, too.
Yesterday's play date went well. We both attempted to play some Kane & Lynch Dead Men co-op. It took 30 minutes for the update and the game is wretched, so I've scribbled this off my backloggery. No way I'm ever going to touch that game again. My friend described it as a terrible Army of Two with bad cover & hit detection. We played some Motorstorm Pacific Rift and started a Sacred 2 campaign, which was really fun. I am playing a seraphim, and he a dryad. I look forward to our next game day.
Yellow Elf needs coffee badly.
I didnt think I'd be able to finish anything this weekend, but I ended up getting up early and had enough time to finish up Bioshock. I think I acquired more trophies this run through than achievements when I played on 360. I don't have anything to do until 4 today when I head off to the library to pick up the key for my meeting tomorrow, which is 11-5. The rest of the day should be for planning and making sure I have everything all squared away, so I can get some more gaming in before then. Bioshock 2 (PS3) is on the menu. I have 43 more games to beat before next year. I think I'm doing just fine.
I remembered I hadn't done the expansion content for Force Unleashed, so I finished that and consider the game complete.
Well, the weekend is here, but I have other things to do part of tomorrow and mostly Sunday, so I'm not sure if I'll get through anything. Anything's possible, though.
I have been playing Bioshock. I needed some FPS action, and thought I'd get through it before moving on to 2. I'm at the part with the artist, Cohen, taking photos. I have been working onacquiringtrophies I think I can get, like the weapon upgrades, tonics, and research. It'd be nice to find all the diaries, but I'll probably miss a couple.
Some new things got added to my collection:
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (PS3) - it looked like a fun diablo clone I can play with friends over.
infamous (PS3) - I have been meaning to get this for ages now.
Sonic Unleashed (PS3) - I was sad when I parted with it, now I have it back.
Pro Zombie Soccer (IP) - it looked fun, and i like Chillingo's games.
Dead Rising 2 (Mobile) - Needed something for my phone.
I now I planned to get through Shaolin Monks. Other stuff ended up happening and I ran through Mario Galaxy instead. I defeat Bowser and have 105 stars, and hoping for a full complete, someday. I dealt with the first comet easily (106 stars, now), but not so much luck for the second. It's time consuming andaggravating. It feels good to have beaten it, though. I've had it since release and never progressed very far. I think it's the first Wii game I've even beaten.
I have Wario Land Shake It. I should finish that one, too. I feel like I need to follow that up with more happy, cuteness. Wish I still had Sonic Unleashed. I'd go for that one. Of course, there's always Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection. I could play through some of those games.
At-any-rate, I've played Mario Galaxy for 12 hours straight. Time for sleep.
It's another weekend and another chance to really get through a chunk of something. Over the week I managed to get some playtime in resulting with the completion of Strip Fighter 2, and Double Dragon V and also a final win on Night Trap. I also added more to my playlist for those moments of boredom in which I didn't feel like making progress with what I already have going.
The TurboGrafix 16 is getting more attention with Son Son II. It's a fun little Japanese platformer in the same vein as Monsterworld. I couldn't tell you any story, as I don't read Japanese, but I've managed to figure out what the item shop things do, which helps a lot. I'd also like to play through the Bonk games, if I can find them. I'm happy the machine still even works.
I've gone back to Burnout Paradise. I'm shooting for my Burnout license to consider the game beat. I do not know if I have the motivation and dedication to find/unlock everything. It depends if I can keep my interest.
Played some Stret Fighter 4 yesterday trying to finish unlocking all the characters. I finally unlocked Cammy and also managed to beat the game with her. I just have thre characters left, Akuma, Gouken (is that his name?), and Seth. I almost got Akuma by plying through as Dhalsim. I managed to get three perfects (using 1 match wins) just using his ranged punch. I couldn't beat Seth, though. *sigh*. I know I'm never going to complete this game, the difficulty is too unbalanced for me. I play on the easiest setting and Seth still wipes the floor with me. It's so frustrating. I need to pick up Super Street Fighter 4 someday, but I'm holding out for Marvel vs Capcom 3 and then Mortal Kombat.
Forza is slowly coming along. I'm at 56% for Exhibition, 4% Time Trial, and unlocked 26 cars of 70. Playing the game after Burnout doesn't really work out well, lol. I haven't really decided if I'm going for a straight completion on the game, or what. I haven't touched Career mode, which is what I'd consider a normal win the game.
N3 is giving me grief, now. That game I'm going for a completion win. I have Inphy at level 9, and just her last mission to score an 'A' on, but I always get 'B'. Argh! I need to level Aspharr to beat his next mission, which is the final one, but I seem to die a lot, so I'll just have to start repeating his stages from the beginning and hopefully turn some of them into 'A's. Myifee is level 5 and also needs to level. I'm going to work on getting his stages up to 'A' as well. I'm still really enjoying that game.
I'm a bit sad having learned that Wolf Boy has 99 stages. I'm only on 41 and have pretty much burned out. It's a fun little platformer, but very repetitive. I'm happy the update included new baddies to kill, but still, it's the same thing over-and-over, now, and it's just not fun anymore. I'm so close to being halfway done with it. I might have to resolve to beat a stage or two a day to finish this one off.
The game I intend to put time into this weekend, is Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. I got a head start on it yesterday evening getting to the third area, The Portal. It's a very fun game and I might have my friend Blair play it with me when he comes over Weds, though hopefully I can finish it up this weekend.
Future Line Up
N3 -> Dynasty Warriors Gundam (360)
Shaolin Monks -> Bioshock (PS3) -> Bioshock 2 (PS3)
Forza 2 -> Motorstorm Pacific Rift (PS3)
Son Son II -> Magical Pop'n (SNES)
Wolf Boy -> Knights Rush (IP)
Underworlds -> Highborn (IP) -> War of Eustrath (IP)
I'm glad to have a game plan of what I'd like to play after beating certain games. Bioshock will be a second win for me, as I first beat the game on 360 then actually picked it up for PS3. I'd also like to play through it again before #2, else I doubt I'll ever touch it. I've had Motorstorm for a long time and never finished it, so that'll be a nice replacement to Forza (or Burnout) when I've finished them. Son Son is such a cute game, following it up with Magical Pop'n seems the logical choice, as following Wolf Boy with a similar game. Knight's Rush is a gorgeous beat'em'up and I think I'm fairly far in it, already. I just hope it isn't as drawn out as Wolf Boy. I need to finish Highborn and have yet to play Eustrath, so they're both on my lists whenever I get through Underworlds.
Also, Monday is an off day, so that gives me a four day weekend, though Monday I told a friend I'd go through the Unreal Tournament 3 campaign with him. This should be a great weekend for gaming! I had been looking forward to it all week.
While trying to decide what major game to play after beating Marvel Ultimate Alliance, I went for night Trap. It was a game I hadn't played since it was knew. It was an interesting idea, I liked the usage of real footage, and it was neat. Of course, now that many, many, many years had passed, my view of it has changed. Crap! That, and I also couldn't help feel like I was playing some voyeuristic adult game minus the explicit content, which might have improved the game, lol. At any rate, with the help of a friend, we managed to get a perfect ending. I can't believe we spent that much time on it. Oh well. That's another game to cross of the list.
Also sat down with Double Dragon 5 again. Had a hard time trying to stay focused enough to get through the game, it's so awful. I finally did it, though. I never want to see this game again.
For other progress, I've also been working on N3. I do, really like this game, despite what many reviewers say. It satisfies me. I wish the story had more depth to it, but it's fun to play. It makes me want some sort of Dynasty Warriors Warhammer. At-any-rate, I have Inphy at level 9 and her last mission to get to A. It's currently stuck at B. Aspharr is level 6 and I'm trying to level him. Miyifee is level 5 and I'm leveling him, too.
I have a friend coming over in a few hours for some game time. Will be fun.
It took some effort to not be distracted this weekend and finish up Marvel Ultimate Alliance. I should have been able to do it Fri, or Sat, but distractions happened. Throughout the whole game, I used the same people: Captain America, Thor, Wolverine, and I swapped Spider-Man with Ghost Rider when i got him. I got a good ending doing most of the optional stuff, however, I let Jean die and didn't find Valkyrie's sword. The last fight with Doom was lengthy, but I did it without too much trouble.
Unsure if I'm going to start something new, or plug at what I already have going. Maybe some more N3. At-any-rate, I'm pleased to have beaten a game for weekend #2. It's a bit early to decide if I can really pull this off, but my motivation sure is up.
'Tis Friday, the beginning of my second weekend of trying to beat 50 games in a year. Over the week, I han't had too many chances to game. I had slowly progressed a little in MUA and put in some racing time for Forza. I did, however, pick up some new stuff thanks to my honey having a bout of kindness.
Starting with the 360:
Dynasty Warriors Gundam. A friend of mine let me borrow his, last Tue. Now I have my own. I enjoyed the demo, but sadly haven't even played the borrowed copy. I like Koei and Dynasty Warriors, so I know I'm good.
Viking Battle for Asgard. I bought this game new upon release and was really enjoying it. I had traded it in for something else and never finished it. Now it's mine again.
Golden Axe Beast Rider. Yeah. A lot of people I know say it sucks, but I liked the demo and it was $10. I don't care. I'm going to enjoy it.
Overlord II. I like what little I played of the first one, and it was also cheap. I look forward to getting around to that one.
Bayonetta. I hated the demo when it came out. I hate how she sorta reminds me of a drag queen, though it has really good music, and playes really well, I'm willing to give it another chance.
Fable II. Fable was okay, when I played it all those years ago on Xbox. This game never really interested me before, but it was a good enough price that I'd give it a go. Enough people I know rave about it. Maybe they'll leave me alone now that I finally own it.
N3 Ninety Nine Nights. This was another game I regretted trading in that I'm happy to have again.
Now the PS3:
Bioshock 2: It was on sale and now I have my own copy. I am very happy about this.
Nier. It looked interesting. Even though it got crappy reviews, I read enough favorable ones to give it a shot.
Front Mission Evolved. I am hoping it is better than Armored Core 4 was. I've never played any Front Mission Games.
Wet. I loved the demo, but forgot about it when it was released. Now it's MINE!!!
Overlord Raising Hell: They didn't have this for 360, so, oh well. It will be fun.
Heavenly Sword. I'm never, ever, ever, ever, ever, trading this in again.
Well, I'm happy to say I at least finished one game this past weekend. That knocks 1 off my 50. I have some time today to put to gaming, so I'll likely put a few hours into Marvel Ultimate Alliance. RPGs will be the hardest to knock out, so I'm limiting how many I' have going at one time. I might be able to knock out some IP games at school. We'll just have to see how that goes.
I'm even closer to dropping Darkwing Duck off the list. I still haven't been able to clear the Wolfduck stage. I tried out a few Game Genie codes to see if it would help, but, alas, no. Shows what a pain this game is. I will swap it with Castlevania II the next time I sit down with the NES.
Double Dragon V - The Shadow Falls (SNES) is turing out to be one of those games you wonder why you ever bought. For those that don't know, it's a fighting game instead of a beat 'em up. You are tryig to become a shadow warrior. To win matches, you really just hae to pick one button, and keep using it. You'll win. You might come close to death for some of them, but you'll still win. I have gotten halfway through this game doing that. I got bored, though, then quit, so I'll have to start over again when I play.
Another attempt to make the 50 is knocking down PSN and XBLA games. I revisited Cloning Clyde (XBLA) and knocked down a couple stages before calling it quits. I had tried to beat Aegis Wing (XBLA), but couldn't beat the final boss. I gave a good 1.5 hours to just the final stage, and just couldn't do it, so I had to quit that one for the dame. My performance kept getting worse as mmy frustration rose. It may be awhile until I attempt it again.
On the IP front, I made it past the level 10 boss in Wolf Boy and advanced 5 more stages making me stuck on level 15's boss. I got through 4 more stages of Zombies Ate My Baby, and am stuck on this stage with no ammo drops and fast zombies in shopping carts. I can't seem to conserve ammo enough. I'm also not very skilled with grenades, which probably also contributes to the problem. I did more attempts at Infecting Them All and advanced 7 more levels in campaign mode. I'm really liking the zombie themed games I have for IP. And to top it off, I played some Underworlds to feed my Diablo hunger and finished the first chapter and advancing to level 12. I got a little ways into chapter 2. I'm looking for the monk the butcher is complaining about.
So, my new years resolution was to try and beat 50 games this year. That means beating about 1 game per weekend if I'm to do it, and the new games I've started are Marvel Ultimate Alliance (360), Forza 2 (360), Darkwing Duck (NES). I was previously working on Wolf Boy (IP), Invincible Tiger (PSN), White Knight Chronicles International Edition (PSN), and Zenonia (IP).
Marvel Ultimate Alliance has been fun. I like how it's a lot like the Baldur's Gate games. It's got a good story so far and good writing and voice acting. I'm trying to stop the Omega from crashing into the dam. I also tried my hand at Captain America's comic mission, but I couldn't beat the Winter Warrior under the time limit. I got him down to half health.
Forza 2, I thought to work on, since it's easy to pick up and play and I can put a few races in here-and-there in between lengthy play sessions. I've been doing exhibition matches and have them at 30%. It took me awhile to get used to the playstyle from playing so much Burnout, but I'm happy Ireacquiredit. It's a great game.
Darkwing Duck... This game is wicked hard. I'm very close to packing it in and admitting defeat. It took me an hour beat the first stage on the bridge, which porbably could have been done in under 3 minutes if I had skills. I have attempted to do the Wolfduck level, but I'm pretty certain it's impossible. There are so many enemies you simply can't dodge, and it's annoying when the enemies go offscreen, because they essentially just respawn. I was pretty sure this was going to be a nice easy first win for the year, since the other disney cartoon games I've played haven't been this hard. My other Unfinished NES choices were Castlevania, Castlevania II, and Ninja Gaiden. Ah, well. Who knew?
Wolf Boy has gotten hard. I can't beat stage 10, which I think might be the last. I get so close, only to fail, and in doing such enough times, my performance drops.
Invincible Tiger also isn't very easy. As I had mentioned previously, I can get to the boss, but with no lives or continues left, and it's not the boss that kills me, it's the red ninja dudes he summons. Patience, grasshopper, I guess. I need to work on my timing for dodging those acrobatic annoyances.
I haven't worked on White Knight Chronicles for possible a bit more than a week. I get to the point where the red dragon dies and that annoying prince get's the knight and has to fight, but I lose the 1-on-1 battle. So, that's annoying. I haven't felt like doing that part again, especially when that's not the only big fight. *sigh*
I haven't played Zenonia in a while, either. I need to hunt, because this next area is really tough, and the only lucrative hunting grounds nearby I've been having a tough time with. I have just dealt with the third seal, though, so I think I'm decently far in.
I need to get on the ball if I'm to finish a game this weekend. Ugh.
Well, I finally beat Darksiders (PS3). The game was longer than I expected. I'm missing two legendary items and four artifacts, and a couple life and wrath cores, but I wanted to be done with it. It was an awesome game and has me hankering for the sequel. I might fire up the game again and see about collecting what I'm missing.
I beat Assault Heroes (XBLA) finally, too. The game was shorter than I thought. It was a fun a little game that reminded me of the old Jackal game on NES. I doubt I can get anymore of the achievements, so I'm certain I'm done with it.
I've goten back to trying to finish Invincible Tiger (PSN). I love the 70's kung fu funkness of it, and it's a fun beat'em up. I'm having a hard time getting through the second stage. By the time I get to the boss, I've already used all my continues. TT.TT Ah, well. If I keep at it, one of these times I'll succeed.
Alien vs Predator on SNES is giving me grief, also. The boss fights are ridiculously hard for me. I don't much like the stages, either. The 2nd or 3rd one that's basically just going from one small platform, down to another small platform that looks the same. There's another stage that's basically the same, but you take an elevator up to each platform. Bleh. I don't much like the story either, being a full fan of the alien and predator stuff. It strays from what their backstory is.
My backlog of unfinished games numbers in the hundreds, so I'm trying to line 'em up and knock 'em down.