I know it's incredibly original to be doing this but I figured since I haven't blogged in a while, a recap of 2007 is a decent enough way to kick of the '08 blogging season.
Well this is Gamespot so I am going to have to mention games at some point, but seeing as we're looking back over 2007 I'll kick off with things that have happened outside of our pixellated worlds.
When a child is born...
The biggest event of my life this year has to be the birth of my niece Darcie last May.
Taken about a month ago but she hasn't changed much
She might only be my niece but she has had a massive effect on my life, and I suspect the same will be said of my wallet when she gets old enough to try and tap me up for money! Well she enjoyed her first Christmas recently and I have never seen so many toys, not that she'll get the chance to play them with me hogging them all the time! The piano toys are excellent by the way, I recommend them for adults everywhere.
Wheels, wheels, wheels...
After about a year of having lessons once I week I finally passed my driving test in September. More recently though I have bought my own little set of wheels.
Not mine but it is the same model - I forgot to take a picture
For a first car it isn't too bad, but the only problem is that I have had to get the clutch done recently and that cost me a casual 3 figures to get sorted out. The freedom is great, or at least it would be if the only reason I drove it wasn't to get too and from work, which leads me to my next point...
I was looking for a job and then I found a job...
I might have started 2007 as an unemployed bum but I have at least ended it in a better fashion! It's only on a temporary contract but I need the money and I work with some pretty sound people. Nobody wants to talk about work so I think I'll stop here...no, here.
If it aint broke, don't fix it...no, wait...
I'll start on an annoyed note because I joined the clan of people who have got through at least one 360, and of course it conveniently broke after the 1 year warranty had expired. Luckily...or not so luckily really, it was the rings of death so I got free shippingbut stillm how can you justify charging £300+ for a console can't take a years worth of use before packing up. Despite having tunred slightly yellow in it's old age my SNES is still in perfect working order despite being well over 10 years old, they just don't make 'em like they used to.
My Games of the Year
One of the main reasons to own a 360
Not only is this my favourite game to be released in 2007, it has to be one of the best games I have ever played. I admit that I am slightly blinkered about the game but I do accept there are some fundamental flaws like the menu system, annoying loading times on the Citadel and the erractic friendly AI, however, these simply cannot detract too muchfrom such a fantastic title. The story, character development and visuals are all top notch. I have beat this game twice fully and I am currently on my third playthrough trying to approach the game differently each time. I can wholeheartedly recommend this game to any RPG fan here, though I suspect most of them will have already played it.
Oh, and after spending about 20 minutes attempting to make myself an avatar for Mass Effect; allow me to introduce you to Commander Andy Shepard:
Not the best likeness in the world but decent nonetheless
Digital Devil Saga II
Cult cla.ssic and deservedly so
Now it is a shame that Mass Effect came along to overshadow this title because after playing thetwo games I can easily place Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga in my top-five RPG series. The visuals are good for the PS2, the battle system is simple but strategic but the real strength here is the story and character development. After playing through both DDS 1 and 2 it is hard to not empathise with the struggle of the main characters and become attached to them as they pass from trial to tribulation in an unforgiving world.
Call of Duty 4
Best shooter on the 360?
The decision by Infinity Ward to shift the Call of Duty series from World War 2 to the modern era might have been controversial amongst stalwart fans of the series but what a decision it turned out to be. Never have I played a shooter with such a gripping story giving me that 'just one more level' attitude. Now I will freely admit that I haven't played a great many shooters but I very much doubt there are many that can compare with Call of Duty 4 both off and online.
Having got a regular wage now I decided to treat myself to a HDTV, something I have wanted for quite a while. After a lengthy PM session with Ron (SavoyPrime) I decided/was persuaded to buy a Toshiba to I settled on this beauty:
The Toshiba 37X3030
It does 1080p and for £650 from Comet I am very much impressed with it. Now if only my 360 had a HDMI input...*sigh*
Well 2007 has been pretty good to me, as I hope it has been for those of you out there who have taken the time to read this blog. Here's to a better 2008 *raises glass*