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T̯̼̳̹̜̭̠͈̲͊ͬͯ̍̐̑̈̍̔̀ọ͕̘͔͎ͬ̌́ͦ͆̿ ̵̙̮͉̱̿̎͑ͦ̐̂ͤǐ̯͓̟̥̜ͧ͗ͅn̬̖̱͖͇̯͎̹ͭ͑̿ͦv͍̼͓̦͔͚̼̗͔͗ͥ̓̐̓̐̃͝ö̵̢͉̘͈͚̙͈͈̪́̐͋̑̾́̐̔ḳ̼̆̽ͯͤ͌ͩͣ̕͞ĕ̯͍̪͔̪ͨ̾̈̅̍͊̚͞ ̛͖̜͎͇̥̭̅̀ͦͪ̓͑ṭ̨̞͖͓̗͆̇ḩ̶̤͎͔ͮ̅͌̀ͬ̓̕ê̼̼̻̹̓ ̷̳͓͖̟̮̼̖̓̿͌ͪ̏ͪͅḥ̡̞̥̖͓̳̋ͨͣ͛̇ͦͩ̚ì̘̭̝̥̰̞̘̘͖͗̎̉͒͞v̧̺̩̳̹ͥ́̀̓͊̓͘e̛͈̙̪̿̾-̶͖͍̗̇̏ͦ͊̔̚m̰͓̯ͥͨ̂̊͛ͩ̓͟ͅi̧̢̪̋͆̏ͤ̃́̚͝ņ̼̊͊͝ͅd͕̗̲̱͇̮̱ͧ̃͋͂͌ͥ̉ ̡ͥ̎̔̅ͮ̈́̉҉̥̙̞̜r̷͓̣͔̤̞̞͉̱̈́͌͠e̻̼̖͇̺̭̦̖ͬ͋͛̌͂͑̍́ͫ́̕ͅp̷̞̳̠̯̭͌̇ͧ̾͢r͚̫̭̣̻̈̀͂ͥ͜e̸̾ͪ͗͏̷̱̜̰̙̣͈͓s͎̩͉̹̺̝̓ͯ͠e̼͍̤̓͂͊̓̄ͅn͂͗҉̗̪̦͔̜̣͙͈̀͡t̶̶̸͉̯̦͉̗̪͌̇ͤ̈i̜̤͍̝̥̳̮̔̀͆̋̑̕ͅn̵͎̘̞̳͙̑̀̈́̿̇́͜͝g̜̟͎̖̲̘̳͇ͧ̓͐ͨ̎ ̳̜͉̥̫͍̜̹͊́̅c̢͕̰̬̼̥̐ͥ̓ͯ̑̑̄ͪ̕ḩ͎̜͔͔̙ͣ͂͝͡a̱̥̤̲̣͉͙͑̌̅̈́͋̔̀o̷̬͙̤̲̦̤̻̜̓ͩs̡̳̳̑ͥ̋͗̍ͦ͛͡.̴͕̺̠͂́͐̔̎ͣ́̒̚ ̴͙̜̃̔̍͒̀͑͒͝
̺͎̟̤̓ͮ̀̀͠Ǐ̏ͥ̈̃̇͋͊҉̼̝̲͕̬̯̝̜͡ͅn̵̥̻̻͎̥̹̹͍̂ͫ̇ͫ̔͟͝v͕͙̘ͧ̏̄͊͑̊̂͜͞ŏͭ͑ͦ҉͖͙̙̖̪͎̯ͅḱ̮̣̝̖̅ͮ̔͒ͧ͒͡i̛͈̟̯͐ͣͩ̂ͫ̚ͅn̙͉͎̬̗̭̭̞͂̎̒͆͑ͤͮ́̚͡g̈́̉̉҉͓̦͎͓̼̹̬̖ ̞͙̹͚̬̩̗ͯ̋̌͗ͫͧ̌t̘̻̲̖̰́̓̕h̲̣̞̦̤̰̗͊̃͋̆̄̀ͅe͓̞̾̓̀͠ͅ ̧̘͇͔̯̥̥̟̌̏̿̂̍̎ͅf̷̙͙̣̘̗̯̖̉̆ͩ͗̆̽̆ͩ͂͜ȇ̬̠̱̱̯̜̟̑͆̽̃̇̍́ͅé͎͠ĺ͔̤̹̥̃̓ͬ̐̊͗̈́͜͠i̛̩̔́ͥ͘n̠̪̑ͣͭͫ̿ͦͅg̥̜͇̱̳ͫͪ͂͆ͣ̒̄ ̶͔͔̈ͨ̈́́́ͅo̶̘͉̭̦̳̎f̷̞̬͇̗͈͍̦͌͂̏͟͞ͅ ̙̤̦͐ͨͬͭͣ̋ċ̷̝̺͖̮̝̄̋͟͞h̵̲̫̩͉̟͙̟͙͋̊ͨ̈͟a̵͔͙͍ͣ̈̏̚͞ȯ̡̤̫̋ͦ͛̄͒͜s͕̺̻͕̭̔̽̔ͦ͛̐̎̌.̡̰̤͇̱̩̌ͨ͌͋̑̌̋͆ ̶̰̯͉͍̩̰͔̎̅̆̇̄͒̒̊̋͡ͅ
̷͈͎̪̰̫͍̊̐͟͠W͇̰̫̼̓̒ͪ͆ͬ̊̕͡ị̴͔̞̦̺̣͔̋̃͑̽ͦt̡̪ͨ̌h͎͕̀͑ͣ̓o̼̖̖̗̦ͨͮ͑̀ͫͤ̍̇u̴̴͙͕͉̦̯ͮ̓ͦ̍͑t͇̝͖͚̩̳ͨ́́ͦ̽͆ͩ̋̀ ̢̽ͦ͘҉̲̼̪̮̻̳o̶̬̟ͤ́͂̎̾͂͜r̛̺͍̃̿ͯ̌ͤͨ͜d̯̰̰͇͒̉ͫ̃ͤ̽͢͟eͤ̃͊͂҉͍̪̗̱͜͝ͅr̢͔̼̪͎͙̪̝̤̩͑̽ͩͮ̈̇͟.̢̗̭͎̠͓͇ͬͭ̍ͤͪ͐͂̈͠ ͓̙͚̓͌̐͌ͥ͆̐̓̆
͗́̒̍͌ͣͯ̇͒҉̯̮͡T̰̻̮̭̱̜̲͂̔ͯ̄̀́̐ͬ̀̕ḥ̛̞̽̅̿̆̉̚e̝͙̰̗̔͊̑̀̀͂̍ ̨̺̥ͪ͂̑̌̑͒N̼̤̻̭̠̣̝̬̣ͭ̅̈́͗͊ȩ̴̞̟͇̣̻̠̠ͥͧͥ́z͒͐̆ͧ̔͘҉̥̭̳͠p̝͉̗̲ͬͩ͋ͭ̋ͦͬͯ͟ͅe͔̐ͩ̅͐̓̕͝r̢̀ͫ̏ͥ̇́҉͉̜͚͕d̷̲̳ͣ̿̇̿́͢i̡̺͇̪ͮ̈́̈́̇̾̄̐͠a͆͗҉̨̱̪̮̹̰ñ̨̦̺̏ͣ͝ ̵̛̤̘̩̹̙̫̼̘̍ͮ̐ͫͦȟ̡̻̝̘̺̪̤̻̖̺͑̅ͫ̂͂͑͟i͊̃͐̋͑҉̵̞͍͖͍v̷̱̩̓̃̌̔̅̏̃ͫe͙̳̲͚̬̾̔̾̔ͫ͘ͅ-̛̗̤͚̱͙̲͛ͪ̇͗m̸̬͕̃̔̆̂̋î͔̥̥͈͎́̇ͩͩ̄͌̍͝n̤͔͕͈̯͈̼̟̝ͫ͗ͤ͗ͭ̋d̦͍͚͎̪͚̩̯̥̂ͥ̂ͨ̏̓̈̓ͥ ̨̯̊̈̀͗͠o͙͋̅͋͑f͎̱̙͓͙̹̭̌ͣ̊͑̍̌͗́͠ ̪̥̖̓̋̽̀͝ç̖͚͇̥̞̬͖̒̂̋̑̿̒͗h̵͍̳͗̇̂̇͐͆͜ǎ̹̪̠͎̍̊ͤ̾̈́̕o̲̺̱̩̟̹͍͊͟s͌̎̀̊̄͠͏̬̻͈̣͜.̷̦̜̻ͬ͗ͣͦ̽ͨ͂͊͡ͅ ̡̤͚͖̝̂̄̚͢͠Z̸̧̞̜̠̖̰̙̖ͪ̇͊̅ͧͮ̓̚ȃ̶̉͏̘l̢̳̯̟̦ͤ̅ͫ̑ͮ͜g͓͎̰͍ͫͥͩ͘o̒͗͋̿̑ͩ͐͐͏͓̠̣͕ͅ.̧͓͈̘͚̗̍́͒̐͡ ̬̰̥̞͇͔̤̝̏ͭͩ ͓̗̽̐̒̒͗ͯͤ̆͢
̙̞̝͒͜H̰̝͈͆͑̓̅̋͛ẽ̴̺̜̤͕͚̫͊̒ͣ̈́ ̶̩̜͔͗͗̎͑̀̌ͬ͟ẃ͉̜̯͈͈̺ͤ̃́͝h̸͇͙̣̺̜̹ͩ͆̍̅̉ͣ̋́ö̟͈̫̻́̆̋̌ͬ̐͗͒́͝ ̨̟̅ͮ͌̌̚W̩͉̭̘̘̟̮̲̥ͨͪ͡͠a̻͕͉̹͔ͫi̪̣̝̍ͩ̄ͮͯͯͮ̅̊͢t̼͍̜ͫ̔ͯͨͯ͛́̀͢ͅs̴̱̤͈͕̞̥͓͊͡ ͙̮͔͔̤̤͓̅ͣͬ͊͗ͯB͓̲ͩͯͧ̈́͂ͭ̉ͮ̀e̵̥ͭ̇͒ͪͯͬ͌hͥͯͪ̽ͧ͏̷̙͎̝ĩ̶̳͐ņ̷̸̪̮̼̲̺̇̆̾̓ͯ̋ͮ̂d̬̭̠͇̹̼̩̺̳̄ͤ͛͑̍̍͊ ͐ͣ̎̋̃̈ͦ͂҉̱̟͖̳ͅT̢̠͔͊͟ĥ̛̤͔͍̗̺̝̣̗e̻̤͕͑̀ ̜̩͉̹̝ͦ̏W̸̻̞̯̤͂̆ͤ̋ͅͅa̠͍̯̞͓̙̦̖̞͋͑̓̌̀̀͊̀l̛̛͙̞̊͑͋l̨̮̥̮͍̫̰̫̎̅̚.ͫ̏͋́ͮ̎ͮͬ҉̟̤̜ ̡̯̫̩͕͚̪̘̇̌̇̓̅̂̂ͨ
̨͗̆҉͕̳̪̟̲̫̩͕̣Z̺̳̤̘͓̰̏̐ͮ͢͢A̰̱̘̩͉͛̔ͧ̅̉̉̕̕L͍̼͙͎̹͖͇̅̓ͯͩͤ́͡G̅̀̋̓͂̚҉̦͙̞̣̗͕̫̩O̭͚͓͖͛͊̎͑̍͐̔̿!̗͍͕̺ͣͬ̈̒͆̑̚

Ssssssh! Be vewy vewy quiet - I'm hunting... monsters?

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Monster Hunter Tri

Well, it's time for another blog post, I reckon. This time it's about another Game I've been playing in the last day or so - Monster Hunter Tri.

I must admit, I haven't gotten very far in the game at all. I've only really played for a couple of hours, but I thought I would give my initial impressions before I get too far through it all. I should also note that this is my first experience with any of the Monster Hunter series, so I didn't go into this expecting it to be "just like the old version", or anything like that.

Given that I'm only just finishing up the "tutorial" section of the Game, my exposure to the monsters available has been fairly limited. The ones I have seen have had a good variety of behaviours and environments they show up in. There have also been LOTS of items to collect / harvest / mine and generally acquire. Now some people find that sort of thing a bit tedious, but I don't. Truth be told, I am borderline OCD and so if you give me a whole bunch of different things I can collect or find, then I'm as happy as a pig in mud (although I don't know about dressing it up in a stripey suit or NEthing).

I've liked the options of renaming several of the characters on you encounter them, and that the villagers give you requests to complete as side quests to the main missions. Exploring the world of Moga Forest has been gradual, and having the map revealed a piece at a time has given me the option of becoming more familiar with the sorts of objects / monsters in each area.

I've only really tried a couple of weapon combinations so far, the Sword and Shield and the Great Sword. It has been great to have weapons that require a lil' bit of thought in their use, rather than just simply varying the damage done but having the same animation or speed. I'm looking forward to trying out some of the different weapon types, and can already see where some of these weapons would prove useful with different monsters. Being able to craft your own weapons and armour is also a kewl thing, particularly given that it requires you to collect stuff before you can forge things. I'm looking forward to creating some custom suits of armour and seeing what benefits I can gain from each.

I haven't tried out the online component of the game so far. Actually I sorta have, just not with other people. I tried loading up the "City" section of the game, and it looks like the system of finding team mates online is FAR easier than the Wii's usual method of exchanging Friend Codes, but only when you're both online at exactly the same moment, during a blue moon, while hopping up and down on one foot. It actually looks fairly similar to what you might find on the 360 or PS3, which is a massive improvement in my books. I've got a couple of friends who have Wii's, and I've already made noises at them about catching up online to hunt some monsters together.

So my initial impression is definitely a positive one. Sure, it's a VERY early impression so far, and I'm sure some of the monsters I will face in the future will drive me to distraction, but it's a thumbs up from me on this one. If you're reading this and aren't sure about whether you wanna check it out, then hopefully my initial impressions will help in your decision.

Keep up the good work out there, people. Don't forget to:

GAME ON! :)

Quick Look

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Well, I picked up Resonance of Fate on the 360 yesterday (even though I suspect I was the only one in South Australia who pre-ordered it... *shrug*) and managed to put an hour or two into it. Just thought I'd share my initial impressions with you all before I go back to some more grinding inFFXIII.

One of the first things I managed to do after putting the disc in the 360 and started playing was to get myself into a combat, before I even made it to the tutorial section. Ooopsies. I made it through OK, but didn't know what I was doing (didn't read the manual either. *grin*) After flailing about in combat for a bit, I survived and made it to the tutorial arena section, which would explain to me how combat worked...

Man, I had some trouble with a couple of the tutorials - as in I couldn't do what they wanted me to do. (I had trouble with the Tri-Attack mainly, as it wasn't clear to me how I was supposed to activate that ability). I persevered and played some of the Game proper.

The combat is kinda turn based, and kinda real time. Each character has a certain amount of time to perform actions and move about - once that's used up, your "turn" has ended. During each turn though, you can move about, perform hero actions (read: shoot things a LOT, but in a very stylish way), and generally cause some mayhem. Some of the features of the combat system (such as Bonus Shots) are going to take me a while to master, but I'm looking forward to trying. :)

I don't know anything about the story yet, but it's set in a post-apocalyptic world where mankind survives by living on a huge skyscraper-like machine called Basel. Since it's a JRPG, I'm fully expecting to be caught up in events that will eventually decide the future of Basel and of all mankind - would be "right" otherwise now, would it? *grin*

Graphically, the game is not bad looking, but I wouldn't gush over it the same as some people have over FFXIII. The voice acting so far seems a lil' off to me. Not sure what it is yet, but one of the main characters' voices just doesn't quite seem right to me. Not sure if it's delivered a lil' flat, or just doesn't quite seem to suit the avatar I see running around. Dunno. *shrug*

NEhow, I'm just taking a quick break to write to you all. Hope you're having a good day out there in Game Land, and make sure you...

GAME ON! :)

Initial Thoughts - FFXIII

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Well, I've managed to put a bit of time into Final Fantasy XIII on the PS3, and I thought I'd share some of my initial thoughts with you all. I haven't finished it yet, so this isn't quite a final review. Still, it might give some of you some ideas about the Game, based on my experiences.

One of the first things you notice is how gorgeous the Game looks. I've heard that the 360 version doesn't look quite as nice, but thecutscenes are certainly amazing to watch. The graphics of regular gameplay and combat are similarly pretty to look at. The voice acting is fairly solid, and although Vanille's voice grates a lil' after a while (she's just TOO cheery), the rest are believable, with Sazh being my personal favourite.

The Paradigm system is one of the more interesting parts of this Game. Being able to changeroles mid-combat to enable a different strategy to be executed is a bit different for me, although it works out pretty well once you get the hang of it. The downside of the combat system is that for the most part you really need to just hit the "Auto Battle" button and let the Game decide which abilities to use, as there simply isn't the time for you to do it yourself if you want to survive some battles.

Possibly the biggest annoyance for me in the Game is the extended tutorial. What I mean by this is about the first ten chapters of the story or so. It's a bit frustrating that the pace at which various parts of the gameplay unlock are so SLOW. I understand the principle of easing a player into the mechanics, but I've only just gotten control over who I can put in my party, and I've been playing for over 20 hours now!

Don't get me wrong, having such a long time to get used to the party members and the various roles has helped me out with combatting the various enemies I've encountered and it isn't going to stop me finishing the Game. I just think that the linear structure of the Game and the slow progression in Game mechanics may turn off the more casual game player who hasn't played many RPGs previously.

My suggestion for those of you who are interested in trying out Final Fantasy XIII is to have some patience. Sure, the Game takes a while to show you all it can do, but the character interactions along the way and the experience with some interesting new mechanics are worth the wait.

While I head back to play some more, make sure the rest of you...

GAME ON! :)

2010 - A Gaming Odyssey

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Well, my Gaming demolition of 2010 continues. Since the beginning of the year, I've managed to knock over the following Games:

Carcassonne
Divinity II - Ego Draconis
Lego Batman
Lego Star Wars - The Complete Saga
Mass Effect 2
Assassin's Creed 2

And when I say "knock over", I mean complete 100% with all those lovely achievements unlocked. I've also managed to get most of the way through Army of Two - The 40th Day. (Finished it twice, just got some online business to take care of for the most part).

So how am I managing to do such an amazing job in the Gaming stakes? Well, I've got a bit more time on my hands than I used to... Unfortunately I was made redundant by my workplace in November of last year. This has been a bit of a blow to my confidence, and the timing of things (just before Christmas) made it difficult to find work in the meantime. :(

I've gotten a couple of interviews, a bunch of rejection letters, and not much closer to finding a job that I would like to do. *shrug*

I figure this will give me a bit more time to do stuff on the 'Net. Found a couple of good sites that advertise jobs, so I'm checking them out fairly regularly. I'll also try to do some more here on Gamespot - tossing up the idea of writing some reviews on some of the Games I've played recently - so hopefully I'll be less sporadic in my posting. Said that before, so who knows?

NEway, while I figure out all the bells and whistles here, don't forget to...

GAME ON! :)

Platinum Ahoy!

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Well hello there to one and all, how's things in your part of this wonderful world? :)

From my point of view, I'm a bit of a happy chappy. I've had a good run with Games in the past couple of days, and achieved a couple of nice lil' goals...

Firstly, I spent a few hours on Friday night grinding in inFamous. Chased around a bunch of buses and trucks, beating down all the evil minions guarding them. After a few hours of beating them 'up, I clocked up enough experience to purchase the last couple of evil powers, and scored myself my first Platinum trophy on the PS3. Yay! So I've now put inFamous back on the shelf for the time being, and I've replaced it with Ghostbusters - as I have another difficulty level to complete in that Game. :)

Shifting Consoles, I've also put in a bit of time on the Secret of Monkey Island on the 360. I was always a fan of the old school point-n-click adventure Games (got a few of them on the PC already), but I'd never tracked down SoMI. So it was great fun to be able to play the original Monkey Island Game, and score some achievements during the experience...

As it stands, SoMI is a great fun Game. I was playing through it somewhere between two and three times simultaneously (*minor spoiler* One of the achievements is to complete the Game in under three hours, so I would play through a chapter to experience all the dialogue and figure out all the puzzles, and then reload a save from the beginning of the chapter and play through it again to complete it quickly and skip all the cutscenes and dialogue - worked pretty well actually. *grin*), so it took me a few hours to beat it.

The Game itself is GREAT fun, as there's plenty of funny dialogue options ("How appropriate, you fight like a cow" is something Anna is sick of hearing at this point), some tricky puzzles, and some slick modern (and for that matter, old school) graphics to top it off. The fight scene in the Governor's Mansion is hilarious, even though you can't see most of it - the humour is in the commands at the bottom of the screen, so watch out for those.

Overall, I'd recommend it for anyone who enjoys a funny adventure, and doesn't mind having a think from time to time. As of about ten minutes ago, I knocked over all twelve achievements for a full 200 points, so if any of you need a hand with it, sing out and I can point you in the right direction. :)

Dinner's ready now, and then I think I'll settle in for a night of TV watching. Next Game on the 360 front is another older one - Hitman: Blood Money. Again, one I never finished previously, but would like to wade through again. I have four playthroughs going on it simultaneously - one for each difficulty level - so it'll take me a lil' while to beat that one, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.

In the meantime, make sure the rest of you...

GAME ON! :)

Milestone...

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Hi again, just me. Thought I should post another quick message to follow up from my last one. :)

In completing BioShock, I also managed to pass the milestone of 20,000 Gamerscore. Yay me! *grin*

That is all, please now return to your normal programming...

Soggy, but alive...

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Well hello there! Now that I seem to be confirmed as alive by one Mr. Vashkey, I thought I would write again about my latest achievements in Gaming.

This week just gone saw me replaying BioShock, a Game that I got about halfway through last time I played it, but haven't looked at in over a year. So, I thought after my recent stint of knocking over Games fairly quickly, I would chuck it in the 360 and give it a go again.

It was as good as I remembered. Nice to have the variety of Plasmids available to help me in destroying all the Splicers and whatnot that infested Rapture. My goal (as always) was to not simply complete the Game, but to go for as close to 100% of all the Achievements available as I could manage.

As with many Games nowadays, BioShock has you hunting down a collection of Diary entries from the various inhabitants of Rapture. This was my main challenge, as many of the other Achievements you accumulate simply by playing through the Story of the Game. Sure, there was also the Achievements based on collecting 53 Tonics, but I wasn't as worried about that one as I figured if I was thorough I would spot those in their glowing glass vials.

Unfortunately, I didn't achieve my goal of finding all 122 of those Diaries. I found all the Tonics, upgraded all my Weapons, completed the Game ontheHard difficultyand took about a gazillion photographs of the inhabitants of Rapture along the way. I saved all the Little Sisters (without harvesting them), but I didn't quite reach my goal of 1000 points for the Game. Disappointing, but not the end of the world. I figured I would simply head back through the Game from my last save before the final boss battle and just track them down that way.

So at this point I consulted a FAQ, to see which areas I had missed Diaries in, and this was where I got a bit annoyed with myself. I had missed a couple of Diaries along the way- not too many, but enough to make it a bit of a slog to track them down. The problem (and the annoying bit) was that one of them was in an area I couldn't return to after completing it. The rest of the missing ones I could find, but not that ONE blasted Diary! I didn't have a save from before that point anymore, so that meant I was going to have to play through the Game again...

Add to that the fact that I also need to acquire the Brass Balls Achievement (play through the Game on Hard with the Vita Chambers switched off), and this means two more playthroughs of the Game. One on easy, to track down all of the Diaries (and perhaps see what happens when you harvest all the Little Sisters), and not worry about much else, and the other on Hard, focussing only on the Story, and not doing much else. Dunno when I'll do those two runthroughs, but I'll let you know when (and if) I score those missing 150 points.

So how have the rest of you been doing out there in Gamer Land? What Games have you been playing, and do you have the same obsessive compulsion to complete 100% of the Achievements / Trophies in the Games you play, or are you more interested in just seeing the Story and leaving it at that?

While I pack for our night away from home (given Anna and I have had an awful run at work in the past week or two, she's booked us into a hotel for the night, so we can get away from it all - even if it's only for a lil' while), don't forget that you should always:

GAME ON! :)

Hero or Villain?

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Evening all, hope you're doing well out there...

I seem to be on some sort of roll at the moment. I've finished another Game - not once, but twice. Which one am I talking about? Why, it's inFamous of course! :)

Yeah, I've been playing a decent amount on my PS3 in recent weeks, and it has a lot to do with inFamous and Ghostbusters. Both of those Games have caught my attention long enough for me to slog my way through them, and work my way towards some Platinum Trophies...

But first, my experiences in inFamous. I have to say I really enjoyed this Game. Sure, there's the endless comparisons people seem to be making wth Prototype (another Game I've enjoyed, although not yet finished), but they're simply not the same Game! The morality aspect of inFamous has been suitably interesting - so much so that I went back to see what the "other side" had to offer. :)

One of the trickier (but by no mean impossible) aspects was searching out all the Blast Shards scattered across the city. That, and hunting down all the Dead Drops gave the Game a bit more than just a bunch of bad guys to smash. Oh, and the Stunts were challenging as well - didn't manage to finish that list until my second playthrough. (A word to the aspiring inFamous players out there - if you want to get the three Stunt-related Trophies in the Game, do it while you're playing through as the Hero, and make sure you pay attention to them each time you unlock one. The later in the Game you start trying to complete all the Stunts, the hard it becomes to achieve)

But apart from all the collecting of Shards, Drops and Stunts, the Gameplay was good fun as well. I liked the fact that depending on whether you were Good or Evil you could unlock different powers. Sure, they didn't necessarily change much about how the Game played out - a lightning bolt is a lightning bolt - but they did put a slightly different flavour to the experience.

The story was pretty good as well. I must admit I didn't pick the big twist in the Game (no, I'm not going to spoil it for you) until very late in the piece - possibly my brain is not firing on all cylinders, who knows? Again, the story does change depending on whether you're Good or Evil, even if you still fight all the same bad guys and complete (mostly) the same quests and missions.

The Trophies available in the Game are all definitely achievable with a bit of dedication. After my two playthroughs, I have only two Trophies yet to claim - one of them being the Platinum obviously. A decent amount of them unlock by simply playing the Game, but there are quite a few "completionist" Trophies that require you to collect a certain amount of something, or clear out an entire area of the city.

Overall, I really enjoyed the Game and would happily recommend it to any PS3 owners. So, Tinoshke - does this one meet with your approval yet, or is it simply another Game that I like that you don't? *grin* (And yes, I've already looked at your profile... ;-P)

NEhow, I should get back to playing some BioShock. I've started a new Game, playing through on Hard - first time I've played it since my 360 disappeared last year. I'll let you know when I finish it up, and what I thought when I do, K? (Aiming for 1100 points, although that may take a while - watch this space).

While I bash away at BioShock, make sure that you...

GAME ON! :)

Not so Lost...

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Hey there, how's things?

I thought I'd surprise you all, and actually write something in here... AGAIN! :)

So, this weekend just gone I figured I would play a Game I've owned for a while, but not yet played. It's a lil' Game known as Lost - Via Domus. I'm a bit of a fan of the TV show, so I thought it might be nice to check it out and picked it up a few months ago when it was on sale.

The thing is though, it's a bit easy. I knocked the Game over in about six or seven hours, and managed to accumulate all 1,000 points from it, with only a couple of brief re-visits to levels. Also, the Game sorta follows the plot of the TV show, but not terribly closely. Your character interacts with the main Lost characters, and events occur around you that are from the show - but given that you're not playing a character that ever appears in the TV show, you don't exactly get a starring role.

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the Game, but I'm certainly glad I picked it up on special, rather than paying full price...

So how's things with all of you? What Games have you been playing, and how good are they?

While I await your responses with breathless anticipation, I shall continue to...

GAME ON! :)