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Republic Commando fin.

I finished Republic Commando the other day. It was a roughly eight-hour campaign, and I'd say it was pretty good. It's been said that it was too short, however I don't think it was short. I think that the ending was rather abrupt, though, and it makes you feel like crap, considering the context (without spoiling, I'm sure you can surmise why it feels so).

Next up, I'm working on Hexen II. So far it's fairly good. There's a lot of puzzle-y portions, and a lot of back-tracking, and item collecting. It's basically like a first-person action RPG with adventure elements. I should also mention that the engine it's running on was the same that powered Quake, which makes it kind of ugly, but then again I like blocky polygons.

That's it for now. I'll post another update at some point next week, at the latest.


An Inundation of Last-Gen Goodness.

Today I ordered a copy of Tony Hawk's American Wasteland for the 360, so I should be getting that sometime next week (I hope). In addition to that, I bought a copy of Star Wars: Republic Commando off of Steam, along with Hexen II. I'd say that was a good way to spend fifteen dollars. And my good buddy Bruce got a birthday gift from me, in the way of Sacred Gold (Steam gift). So, yeah, today was fairly good in terms of gaining new adventures to play through...Alright, that was kind of corny.


So, Yesterday Went Pretty Well.

For Independence Day, my family and I went up to my uncle's house at Lake George (huge lake in Upstate NY). Almost everyone was there, meaning about thirty people altogether. It was a fun day, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. It was also the day after my uncle's birthday, so his grandchildren all got together and put on a "show" for him.

There was singing and speeches, and after all of that they said "If anyone else wants to say something, come up here". I did, considering I'm his godson. So, I wished him a happy birthday, along with everyone else (a couple of my uncles and an aunt had birthdays recently, whom were there).

And after that, the crux of my short speech was spoken: "My Uncle Lenny...He's the man. And I wouldn't want anyone else as my godfather. ...And that goes double for my Aunt Caroline, as my godmother". *applause* I should mention that about a year and a half ago, my aunt was diagnosed with leukemia, so at the last second, I added that in my mind and said it, because she deserves a lot of praise.

Anyway, that was my Saturday. Whoever reads this, let me know how your day went in the comments.


A Difficult Class Draws To A Close.

Today, my final grade was posted on the class I just finished. I managed an A with 964/1000 points, despite its seemingly daunting format. This bumped my GPA up to a 3.55 from a 3.50. So, already this week is going better than the last one.

Saturday, I spent a couple of hours with my ex-girlfriend, and even though I was kind of clammed up at first, overall the afternoon went fairly well. We picked up lunch at Burger King and brought it back to my house, and watched TV while we ate. The Lost Boys was on G4, so we caught the first hour of that, before she had to leave for work. The cheese-factor of that flick is undeniable, but the fact that you get to see Kiefer Sutherland with feather earrings and frosted, spiky hair hamming it up with "Bill S. Preston, Esquire" makes it worth watching.

After trudging through Return To Castle Wolfenstein on easy, and still getting killed every other minute, I decided to cheat my way through the rest of the game. It's still fun, but a lot less frustrating now. I've still got a ways to go in it.

I haven't played all that much of Morrowind, but that will probably be a game I go back to now and again for a couple of years. Kind of like FF IX.

Anyway, that's it for now. I hope you all have a great week. -Gregg

Morrowind, Wolfenstein, and The Obligatory MJ Blog.

So, for starters, I bought Morrowind instead of Wolfenstein on Tuesday. But then I realized that Morrowind isn't the type of game I can just come to every day, so on Friday I decided to buy Wolfenstein, anyway. Here's a protip: Both games are F***ING DIFFICULT. Well, Morrowind is, at first, if you're not careful about where you go. Wandering off is a bad idea. Anyway, they're both fun though, despite the difficulty. Also, I bought them each through Steam for $19.99 per purchase. Not a bad deal.

And now for the other half of this blog's topics. As I'm sure all of you know by now, Michael Jackson died yesterday from cardiac arrest. It's a shame, really. I'm not going to get into the politics of his later years, but I will say this: He was one of my favorite artists, despite my affinity for punk rock and *certain* classic rock acts. Maybe it is because his music is just so easy to listen to (not to mention sing along with), but I just dig his stuff.

One more thing: If you don't like Thriller, there's something wrong with you. -Gregg

It's Finally Going To Happen.

This Tuesday, I'm finally going to obtain a copy of Return To Castle Wolfenstein, albeit in digital form. I don't know if anyone has been watching the prices of certain older games on sites like Amazon, but Return to Castle Wolfenstein has shot up at least 20-30 dollars in the past few months. I've had it on my wish list for about a year and a half, but as these prices rise at online retailers, I'm quickly finding that Steam is a great option. They sell it for twenty dollars, though they do force you to buy it in a pack with Wolfenstein 3D and Spear of Destiny (I own both already). Normally, I prefer a physical copy, but I'm not going to spend twice or more for it. I'm finding that surrounding myself with supportive friends just isn't enough after yesterday's events, so I'm trying to occupy my time with enough gaming to forget all of it. And newer games would definitely help, as I've already beaten most of the games I own. I also don't think it will hurt to treat myself, just a little bit.



I looked at the trap, Ray! Don't cross the streams. What about the Twinkie? I love this plan! I'm excited to be a part of it! It's the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. We have the tools, we have the talent! Two in the box, ready to go, we be fast, and THEY BE SLOW! Dogs and cats, living together...MASS HYSTERIA!

Oh, and the game's pretty good, too. -Gregg

1250 Paradise Points, and Other Stuff.

So I've finally got all of the achievements in Burnout Paradise, after a year and a half of owning the game. The last one I got was the hardest overall, and that was Notorious (send fifty mugshots), which requires the LIVE Vision Camera. I didn't buy the camera until about two months ago, and didn't really try for the achievement until yesterday.

Another thing that cropped up recently was my girlfriend basically telling me I need to get a job. She hadn't voiced this concern before, but it didn't come as a huge shock for me. The only problem is what would I be good at? I mean, I've worked in retail before, and that went horribly, and I'm not exactly a people person, either. So right off the bat, my options are limited. I think I'm going to explain to her that I'd rather look for a "career" after I finish college, which is about a year or so away. I mean, living at home is good for me, until I really need to go out and try to make a living. We both know we want to move in together, and she's not moving out of her parents' place just yet, either. Who knows, but hopefully it will all work out after everything is said and done.

If you've made it this far into the blog, I'd like to say thank you, and congratulate you with a Kudos bar. You know, the E-variety.


Colour Me Floored

And the "ou" as opposed to "o" in colour is there because I'm feeling a little British today. Anyway, on to what the hell this blog is about. I got on my 360 this afternoon, and I was scrolling through the menus, listening to a podcast. Lo, and behold, I was reminded that Wolfenstein 3D hit the XBL Arcade today. Now, this is what floored me: The game is only 400 MS points. FOUR-HUNDRED. That's half the price of what Doom, Marathon, and Duke Nukem launched at. The former two are now 400, as well, however I must say that I'm surprised Microsoft didn't try to gouge more points from me and my meager allowance. I was really hoping they wouldn't, so I now have gained even more faith in them. The other faith coming from their press conference at E3 and the announcement of CRACKDOWN 2, BEE-HOTCH. Anyway, I've got quite a few other things to look forward to in the coming months, such as Alan Wake, Left 4 Dead 2, Joy Ride, Tony Hawk Ride, and Modern Warfare 2.


P.S: The rest of my 1600 points will hopefully go to Criterion for Big Surf Island, provided they learn from their dlc pricing mistakes.