And I thought I went ape-shit with the Halloween sales (Steam, GOG and Gamersgate) and the Cyber Monday deals.
It's a very familiar urge... I have money in my Paypal account and I feel the urge to go to my saved Ebay search "Games" which has been used far more than it should have been.
Ebay on a mobile is a struggle to use, you don't realise how simple it is to do a search on 360 games until you try it on the mobile app, so when I eventually managed it I saved the search criteria for future use.
And boy has it had some use.
To me Paypal funds are funds for games... simple as... any funds in there are usually obtained through selling older games on Ebay anyway so I see it as the natural circle of life, money in from games gets spent on more games.
Halo 3 ODST has been sold and I've even made a profit on it... I never played it as I was saving the game for when I'd completed Halo 3 and that turned out to be a nightmare, 3 copies refused to work on my 360... even when they were installed I got the "Disk Unreadable" message... what the freak?
Now I don't need any more games... I've got three games all bought as presents where I've played maybe 90 minutes on them in total, I've got Dragon's Dogma sitting there with 70+ hours of potential all boxed up ready for exploiting, and there are 3 chunks of DLC on some of my favourite games all out within the next couple of weeks... so I buy another massive RPG that will rob me of months of my life... Nier.
Being a sad statto I keep checks on what I spend on games, whether I make a profit on them... and I've bought 37 new games this year... 11 of them purely bought for Achievements, 4 different versions of Tiger Woods, some kiddy fodder like "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" and some dreadful titles like "Terminator: Salvation" which thankfully didn't take long.
Rather scarily is that there were 11 other games that I bought and never played at any point... some were kept on the pile for months until they were cleared out, some I can't really see why I bought them in the first place... but these need to be looked at further.
I sit my 360 on a small unit designed to be a sort of bedside table, there's a shelf halfway up where I sit my games that are to be played or are being played, the 360 sits on the base and the top is taken up with the speaker set up, a couple of bobble heads from collectors editions and the PC monitor I game on sits on top of the speakers woofer so it's a usable height.
The shelf with the games on only has so much depth to it, I can get maybe 8 or 9 games on the pile before I run out of room, and that's when I have a clear out of games to make room for the new ones I'll buy on impulse.
So... the infamous 11 games all bought and sold without going anywhere near my disk tray...
Shadows of the Damned: Bought because I wanted a change of pace, at the time I was playing a hell of a lot of Skyrim and I sort of fancied a quick blast when I was done.
Here was a game that had had decent reviews and was cheap, it's also known for having a childlike sense of humour, I mean... a gun called Boner... seriously.
In the end I never got around to it, by the time I was cleared of Skyrim a little game called Mass Effect 3 had come out... in all I had the game for the best part of 15 weeks and never touched it.
Gears of War and Gears of War 2: Bought as a pair as I wanted to give them a second chance, I'd played a few times on a friends console but they really hadn't been my bag... and again I was after a change of pace.
They arrived, got added to the pile... and stayed there... 7 weeks just over and then they were gone.
Lego: Pirates of the Caribbean: I really should learn as I've done this before... I once bought the first Lego Harry Potter and sold it on as soon as it arrived.
I like Lego games, they're simple fun and usually good for a few cheap Achievements but they do become very repetitive if you go overboard on them, on both occasions I've ordered another Lego title while playing one and it seemed like a good idea... on both occasions I've got to the end of one and just couldn't face playing another... 39 days after I ordered this one it was gone.
Knights Contract: I like RPG's... even bad ones, even the generic junk like The First Templar can offer a nice story even if the game play struggles to get above average.
And so I bought Knights Contract and sold it 5 weeks later when the mountain of appalling reviews hit home to the point where I could see a mass of frustration heading my way.
Rage: Anarchy Edition: Mass Effect 3 was nearly finished, and the Borderlands 2 previews were becoming more and more regular affairs in the gaming magazines... I needed a fix and this looked to be the game I needed, it looked like Borderlands, the demo down in the sewers was reasonable enough so I bought it as I sat at a clients on a payday... under 10 notes as well for the special(ish) edition.
And there it was, collecting dust for over 3 months until I sold it on, untouched to someone else.
Forza Motorsport 3: I did this last year with Forza 2 as well... I haven't played a driving game since Project Gotham 4 many years ago, and as Bizarre Creations were bought out by Activision and then closed after "The Club" chances are we won't see another Gotham title any time soon.
I really fancy a racing game, but despite having bought 2 of them I've not played either... wait for next year when I probably do the same thing with Forza Horizon... 88 days and then sold on... end up in the Czech Republic I think.
Final Fantasy XIII-2: Off all the games I bought and sold without playing this one I just can't fathom... sure the Achievements are meant to be easy, but I downloaded the demo and the sickly sweet dialogue almost had me throwing up.
I guess I just couldn't resist being able to pick up the Collector's Edition for under 5 notes... nor could the person who bought it off me 16 weeks later.
Halo 3 ODST: Now I had intended to play this, of all the run and gun first person games out there Halo is really the only one to have ever taken my attention long enough to finish the game, and the idea here was that I'd play it after finishing Halo 3... which my console refused to run properly... on three separate versions.
So ODST sat there, and eventually left after 24 weeks for pastures new.
Fallout 3 PC: Here was a total Achievement fest of a game, all 70 Achievements can be collected through exploiting the debug mode and just adding them without ever leaving your crib at the start of the game.
But I couldn't do it... I may have played some crappy titles for Achievements, and I've used walkthroughs to get through the games quicker than I normally would, or so I could collect everything from one play without having to do a second run... but I never cheated like this, all my 75,316 current Gamerscore is from bona fide 360 titles that I've played and earned... still took me 86 days of contemplation though.
Crackdown 2: 12 weeks this sat there, 12 weeks of whispering that it wouldn't be as good as the original... something I already knew from playing the demo... and so it was un-played and un-loved and then sold on... although I'm tempted to buy the original again, the bouncing around the city was great fun... and I could always start off trying to collect the 800 hidden orbs once more... or not.
There are 2 other games I've bought but not yet played, but as I've not sold these on either I've left them off this list... especially as, at time of writing, one hasn't arrived yet... but I'm going to try to stop this happening as often as it has... honest.
Edit... 2 Days Later: I don't need any more games, I've got plenty to keep me occupied for a couple of months if not longer... yet I still check online... and I see "Game of Thrones" in a sale, a game I've looked at but not yet picked up... I've never read any of the books, never seen the TV series... but I know it's an RPG and I'm a sucker for an RPG... I don't buy it... but I'm already feeling compelled to... must fight the urge to buy.
Edit 2... 2 Hours Later: Does buying a game for £0.32 count? I login to my account and see that I needed to buy 2 games from them in the next 3 months to keep my additional membership privileges and maintain my level of bonuses... and while I have 3 games pre-ordered 1 has already been delayed (South Park: Stick of Truth) and with Bioshock: Infinite being another I can't guarantee this will happen... I do see I have £3.53 of Points Credit built up... and Crackdown (the original and by far the most awesome game of its type around... Prototype take note) is just £3.85... and I know I have a few pennies in my Paypal account... so technically it doesn't cost me anything... Game of Thrones still taunts me.
Hacked Off: I continue through Tiger Woods 2013 and start to feel cheated by a small glitch... I've played 1 round of a tournament, the second round goes without a hitch but for rounds 3 and 4 I'm not given the option to use any stat boosting pins on my bag... I finish the round and start a new course, again no pins can be added, I complete a couple of objectives towards the Mastery of the new course and start round 2, again no pins allowed... something has glitched.
I reboot the game and start round 2 again, pins can be added (pins will be explained soon) but it's lost all my progress towards course Mastery from round 1 so I'm looking at having to play 40+ holes after the tournament to finish all the objectives... not fair.
Pins... in Tiger Woods 2012 you would be awarded pins for game progress, getting 10, 50, 100 and 250 birdies and so on... your bag had room for 3 pins which would boost your stats, a few extra points on power, spin or accuracy and such like.
In Tiger Woods 2013 you can add 3 Pins for each round and they have limited uses unless you buy refills... each Pin can be used 5 times before it becomes redundant... there are also 3 levels to each Pin, Bronze, Silver and Gold which increase the level of increase, a Bronze XP Pin adds 5 times the normal XP, the Silver adds 7 times and Gold is 10 times... XP is used elsewhere to improve your stats.
The game also awards Coins for playing, if you play every day you can add 1,500 Coins to your total, playing rounds in tournaments well adds more Coins, wining gets more Coins... these Coins can be used to buy Pin Packs where you can buy refills to increase the number of uses for each Pin.
When you Master a course you get a Pin Pack for free (a refill pack with 25 refills available costs 7,500 Coins) and here is where you can increase the level of each Pin, you'll also find Pins which can increase a players stats should you choose to use an in game player online for some reason... see Toddler Tiger smash a 300 yard drive is now weird.
Some Pin Packs will add holes to your collection... if you have a Pin for Hole 6 at Augusta when you play that hole your stats will be increased for that hole, occasionally they'll offer the chance to get all 18 pins for a course in one pack for 18,000 Coins.
To shorten the long process of levelling up I'm using refills to increase my uses of the XP Pin which is now Gold, so I can collect 8,000+ XP each round (instead of 800 as would normally be the case) and when increasing your Power from 89 to 90 uses 5,000 XP this is invaluable.
Coins can also be used to buy rounds on a DLC course to try it out before you buy it, if you Master the course you get it for free, playing 6 rounds (the minimum needed to Master a course) would cost 36,000 Coins... you get it for free but collecting that many Coins is not easy.
And so I work on Mastering the courses, getting higher in the rankings for more Achievements and collecting 7 Green Jackets for winning The Masters, 3 courses left to Master and 6 more Jackets required.
What I don't like is the inclusion of tournaments in the Tour Schedule that are DLC, not playing these would hamper your qualification to later Tournaments, I've won all the tournaments I've been allowed to enter and with 1 more to go I'm only 133 in the Rankings, I need to be in the top 100 to qualify for The Masters, and the next 2 tournaments are on DLC courses.
If I remember rightly when this first happened I was given the option to change the course played, if I do that I should be able to boost not only my ranking, but I can pick a course I've not played yet and work on my course Mastery... still a lot of golf to be played though.
Enough Already: The final expansion for Borderlands added a massive Level boss named Crawmerax who is always at least a couple of levels above that of the player, it's a decent sized boss and immediately mocks any claims by non 360 owners that the 360 itself isn't powerful enough to cope with a large boss.
It's possible to beat this huge boss single handed if you exploit the glitch but it was designed to be taken down by a team of 4 players working together... and I spent ages trying to take it down before I managed it... but the best thing about Crawmerax was that he was a one off.
With the addition of the latest DLC for Borderlands 2 we now have 4 such bosses in the game... it's not fun anymore... it's just cheap.
I can handle the inclusion of Terramorphus in the main story as this was including something from the start that was welcome, a good feature from the originals DLC now included in the main game, sure they included the Underdome types fights from the Underdome Riot DLC that is despised by many, but to me if it was included in the game from the start the chances of future appearances of this broken idea in DLC became very slim.
The Pirate Booty DLC included 2 massive Level bosses, Hyperius and Master Gee, one can't be unlocked until the other has been beaten but we know he's there... lurking.
Checking out the Achievements for the new "Mr Torque" DLC shows a mission "Pete The Invincible" which is frankly taking a concept that has already worn thin even further... it's not encouraging me to download the expansion, and it's certainly not got me desperate to get back to Pandora, especially as they've still not increased the Level cap beyond 50.
Part of me wanted to wait on the Online Pass for all the DLC on the grounds that if one of the 4 packs was piss poor (in the same way the Underdome Riot DLC was for the original) I'm not saving any cash... and after 2 packs I'm starting to wonder if that wasn't the better idea as they seem to have lost their way with the DLC a little.
Nor does it help the obsession with including an Achievement each time for "Complete all Missions" which becomes uncollectable unless you beat the massive Level boss and it becomes even more annoying, which is a shame as I truly believe that Borderlands 2 is a cracking game and one that deserves a chance at winning Game of the Year honours... but it's currently being crippled by this fetish for huge bosses that can't be taken down single handed.
And I thought I went ape-shit with the Halloween sales (Steam, GOG and Gamersgate) and the Cyber Monday deals.
woah ! I didn't know you got Fallout 3 for PC.....must've been hard not to exploit that glitch for easy trophies......you do have some honor there. :D
On the other hand....I don't know why NIER....since you'll have your hands full with Dragons Dogma.....and Game of Thrones.
@N-REAL Nier is an RPG... and I find it hard to resist them sometimes, especially when they are cheap as hell.
Before then I have DLC on ME3, Borderlands 2 and Skyrim to work through.