So not my most original posting heading, but am sitting here watching football and finishing up a decent bottle of wine and not at my sharpest. Get set for some stream of conciousness and probably no cogent points anywhere.
I was on the road Sunday night through Friday so most of my gaming this week revolved around my DS playing both of my newest games, Elite Beat Agents and Castlevania. This is my first time playing either of these series of games. I know that is pretty incredible sounding, even to me when it comes to Castlevania. Fact is that back "in the day" I was a Sega guy, not a Nintendo guy, so really haven't played much of the Nintendo classics.
That being said, I have to say that catching up with these supposed classics has generally proven quite dissappointing to me. Super Mario Bros is one of the rare exceptions. It is great and got a TON of gametime out of me in the last couple months of 2006. Try as I might though, many Nintendo games, including the religious icon Zelda, leave me scratching my head. I've purchased and put in many hours on several Zelda's on my GameCube and DS. Never finished one and really just lost interest, though reportedly, my nieces who inherited my GC and Zelda games, love Zelda. Not saying everyone that likes them is wrong, just not my thing.
Like Japanese RPGs aren't my thing. For all the Final Fantasy games I've attempted over the years, just not my thing. They bore the ever-lovin' heck out of me. Give me Oblivion, Baldur's Gate style RPGs any time. Love 'em, can't get enough.
And don't even get me started on Metal Gear. I bought my PS2 on eBay at a premium within a couple weeks of launch just so I could get caught up on the PS1 games I had missed out on, of which MGS was #1 on my list. I didn't buy a PS1 as I found the loading times completely unacceptable and went with the N64, but that's another sordid tale. Anyway, I loaded up MGS and from the control scheme to the ludicrous, obviously preachy anti-nuke storyline was completely put off. I so completely don't get MGS that I hold it in complete disdain. This game is so riddled with huh?, what?, no way!, these controls #$&@! suck!, goofy boss battles, etc. that those who espouse it as fantastic immediately lower their credibility with me, certainly on gaming and even on real world matters. I took the MGS CD and gleefully bent it till it shattered into many bits with my bare hands... yes, I hate it that much. Unreasonably so.
So back to Elite Beat Agents and Castlevania. Like them both, but like EBA better. Tons of fun and probably raises lots of curious eyebrows of fellow passengers in the first class cabin of planes crisscrossing the country.
When home and on the couch, Rainbow Six Las Vegas has been consuming my time. I finished the singleplayer campaign and am now working through the Terrorist Hunts. Those are way more fun than I expected and hope to hook up with some folks to coop that as well as Gears of War.
Lastly, farewell to Greg Kasavin. I'm going to miss the most mature, adult, reasoned player in all of game review-dom. I wish him all the best and hope his experience pays off for a hugely fabulous game we all enjoy.