Once again, it's been a long time since I've updated anything. This is what happens when one lacks the motivation to get some things done like typing up this journal. *heh* Anyway, I figured now would be the best time to type something up.
Last Friday as of this post, my car experienced engine problems while coming home from work. Fortunately, I was stopped about 15 minutes away from my house so that I wouldn't have any problems getting a ride. During that weekend, my mom tells me the awful news. The engine had to be replaced, and it would cost $3,000 to do so. I thought my jaw was going to reach the floor when I was told this. It turns out that it was a defective engine for the car model I drive which is a '96 Oldsmobile Ciera.
We had bought the car from an elderly lady who lives across the street from us, and she would drive around town without any problems. Since I started driving it in December of 2009, I had taken it to college, Florida, and Ohio. Because of that, the engine slowly began to wear out thus causing it to go out.
Of all things to go wrong, this had to happen when Morphicon is coming up. *sighs* Oh well. As soon as I get it fixed, I'll try to plan for a long weekend in Ohio sometime this year. :)
Other than that, there really isn't much to report. I have been gaming even though it hasn't been a whole lot. My sister and I did split the cost for a used PS2, so we're sure to get a lot of enjoyment out of it. Seeing Yakuza at a McKay's gave me the urge to get the system, and I've been enjoying it more than I have with Shenmue. :lol: How about that, huh?
I can't think off of the top of my head on what games I've completed thus far, but here's several to give you all an idea on what I've played. :)
-Sonic Generations (PS3) - Best 3D Sonic game so far. Gave a nice combination of old school Sonic and modern Sonic. Hated the Crisis City stages. 8/10
-Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3) - Fantastic superhero game. Made me feel like I was Batman. Nice variety in exploration and combat including some spectacular boss fights. 9/10
-Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars (PC) - A "director's cut" of the original game which isn't so bad as far as point-and-click adventure games go. Pacing was slow with puzzles that were either too easy or frustrating to the point that you often overlooked them. Voice acting was slightly above average. New scenes felt like they were just slapped on and didn't really add much to the main game. 7.5/10
-Half-Life 2 (PC) - Leaps and bounds better than the original game. Breathtaking visuals for its time with outstanding gun fight sequences and an excellent cast of characters. Story and squad-based AI were a bit on the weak side. 9/10
-Bioshock (PC) - Superb yet eerie atmosphere and setting. Excellent assortment of powers to fit your playing abilities. Outstanding voice acting and music as well as licensed songs from the 1950s and 1960s. 9/10
-Red Dead Redemption (PS3) - Only Rockstar game I've enjoyed. Setting made me crave for watching some Westerns, mostly The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly and The Wild Bunch. Excellent voice acting and story. Wide variety of sub-quests to keep you occupied and never tire of them. 9/10
-Advance Guardian Heroes (GBA) - Not the best Treasure developed game I had hoped for. Easy setting makes you feel overpowered while Normal just pounds you to a pulp in the middle of the first chapter. Clunky controls and cheap AI bog the experience down. 5.5/10
-Bayonetta (PS3) - A fun beat-em up game that offers plenty of guilty pleasures with its protagonist. Controls tend to be a bit fidgetty while the camera can be hard to adjust when the action heats up. Some boss fights are fun while others seem to be unfair at times. Plenty of Sega inside jokes and eye candy! 8.5/10
-Heavenly Sword (PS3) - Not a great hack-and-slack but not all that bad. Well acted and nicely animated as far as game characters go. Severely short and sometimes punishing boss fights. Camera controlling is too limited when you want to survey what's around your fighting field. SIXAXIS portions didn't add much to the experience. 7/10
Of course, there have been a few that have asked if I've been drawing. I have, but it's been very minimal. With my current job, it's kind of hard to be in the mood to draw anything. I do try to even if it's just a few pencil strokes here and there. ^^; We'll see what happens. For now, I'm going to try to go at my own pace, but I will at least try to make an effort to get some ideas out of the way.
Finally, I kind of got back into reading. It's feels good to be reading once again. During a trip to Chattanooga, I picked up three books, Bioshock: Rapture (prequel to Bioshock 1 and 2), John Grisham's The Testament, and The Wolf Age. So far, the Bioshock book has had my attention a lot since I really enjoyed the first game. :)
Anyway, I believe that is all for the time being. It's unfortunate that I'm not going to Morphicon this year, but I do wish any and all going the best. :)
Until next time! This is Eddie the Wolf signing off. :cool: