Here I occasionally write about random stuff. Not very descriptive, I know, but I guess it's my Gamespot profile so I'll keep all discussions game-related. Most of my talks will be about PC and 360 gaming, but I might throw some other stuff in there, also.
I just can't help it. I'm a sucker for cheap games. I go to Gamestop and come out with 3 old PS2 games that I have no intention of playing anytime in the next year. I've actually been spending less time playing games, so I'm not finishing games as fast as I used to.
What this all means is that I just bought a new shelf to supplement the two others in my room devoted to holding video games. My collection of disc-based 360 games alone approaches 100. I decided to update my game collection list on Gamespot, and it tells me my total collection is over 300 games, which is saying something because I haven't finished updating yet.
I wonder if I need to take a look at the way I game and just say screw it to completion. Looking through my list, I see some games that I know I'll never be able to 100%. I'll never be able to 100% the solo in The Final Countdown to finish Lego Rock Band. I'll never finish the marathon without a fault in Trials HD. I don't know why I try for these achievements anymore, because they take away time that I could be spending actually advancing in another game.
Anyway, I have [re]started several new games (new for me, anyway), some of which I will elaborate on:
Mirror's Edge: Actually, I'm coming back to this. I used to play my roommate's copy, but since I no longer have access to that, I went out and picked up a new copy. And wow, I don't know why. This game is frustratingly difficult. You can't see where your feet are, making any sort of maneuver requires great timing on button presses and camera moving at the same time, and you'll clip with random pipes you can barely see protruding 2 inches out ofa wall. I gave up after coming 0.02 seconds away from a 2 star time in one of the Time Trials. Speaking of trials...
Trials HD: Bought it on the DotW, and I don't know why. The demo seemed fun enough, but now that I have the game and can play the expert levels, I regret the purchase. Those levels are ridiculously hard. Sure, with enough trial and error you'll eventually pass anything, but it's no fun to repeatedly die due to wacky physics. I also see no reason why falling from 5 feet high would bounce you 2 feet in the air.
Defense Grid: Enough about hard games. This was an easy 200/200. Fun, too. I'm not really a TD person, but this game seemed to do it for me. To be honest, I don't like some of the game mechanics. It bothers me that the game rewards you for earning resources and then not using them. A couple of the towers seem nearly useless (I'm looking at you, Laser and Tesla.). And I wish you could replay older levels with towers you unlock later in the game. But still, I had fun, even if your companion is creepily obsessed with raspberries.
The Saboteur: Fun! Damn, I played this and couldn't play anything else until I had 100%ed this game. It was so much fun running around France destroying Nazi installations, abusing the enemy AI, and generally exploding stuff. For some reason the little I heard about this game revolved around the topless dancers and nudity in the game, which is sad because it's not prevalent at all, it's in good context because it all happens in a burlesque club in the middle of Paris, and it's overshadowing what happens to be some damn good fun just blowing stuff up.
That's really about it for now. Feel free to call me a pathetic video game player who sucks, needs to get a life, noob, etc.
I seem to be making little headway on my stack of unplayed games. Actually, it's gotten worse. Much worse. I couldn't resist the holiday sales, and I got multiple games from Amazon and Xbox Live during their Holiday Deals. Lego Rock Band, Stars Wars: Force Unleashed, CoD:MW2, Dragon Age: Origins, The Maw, BF1943, Worms 2, and more...
But that's not even the worst of it. I got three new SYSTEMS.
Before I'm called a spoiled brat, they aren't exactly "new" systems. I'm now the proud owner of a Gamecube, a PS2, and a Dreamcast. Got the Dreamcast randomly from Goodwill (awesome) and got the Gamecube/PS2 off some guy on Craigslist. However, this also means that I have about 25 more unplayed games to get through (raiding the cheap game bin during their buy 2 get 1 deal, not to mention the games that came with the systems).
Actually, I'm pretty happy with the whole thing. The Dreamcast cost about $35 after buying extra controllers and a video cable. The Gamecube/PS2 (slim) came in a nice bundle with 2 wired/1 wireless controller for each plus memory cards and some nice games, all for $100.
So what it means is that my stack of unplayed games gets higher. I got a few random crappy games from the Craigslist deal, but here's a list of all the relevant games I now have for my new systems:
- Metroid Prime
- Splinter Cell
- Tales of Symphonia
- Ape Escape 3
- Dark Cloud
- DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi 2
- Final Fantasy X-2
- Final Fantasy XII
- God of War
- Viewtiful Joe 2
- Yeah, that's it, but I have Shenmue. That's the only decent DC game the local stores had...
I've been playing Melee and Pikmin mostly, although I did find time to beat The Maw (short game) and Mass Effect (not so short).
Oh, and stupid EA is shutting down servers for a ton of games. Think I'll have to pick up a few cheap copies of them to get the achievements before that window shuts for good...
I'm bad when it comes to buying cheap old used games. A lot of times, I'll rummage through the bargain bins, and if I recognize the title as something that garnered even mild praise, I'll buy it if it's cheap. It's gotten to the point where my unplayed game stack is larger than most of my friend's entire game collections. It's kind of depressing.
Here's a list of games I own that I haven't really played yet:
- Azurik: Rise of Perathia
- Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
- Beyond Good and Evil (I NEED to get to this)
- Bloodrayne 2
- Chronicles of Riddick
- Crimson Skies
- Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (I hear so many good things about this)
- Guilty Gear X2 #Reload
- Jade Empire (I know...)
- Max Payne
- Max Payne 2
- Need for Speed Underground 2 (had fun with the Gamecube version)
- Quantum Redshift
- Rugby 2005 (I wanted to learn how to play...)
- Shadow the Hedgehog
- Shenmue 2 (I know...)
- Syberia (Only played for about 30 minutes)
- Blue Dragon
- Chromehounds (bought years ago and I think they've shut the servers down)
- Mass Effect (Another game I hear good things about)
- Need for Speed: Carbon (Played for 2 hours, underwhelmed so far)
- Project Gotham Racing 3
- Quake 4
- Rainbow Six Vegas
- Shrek the Third
- Sonic the Hedgehog (3D version)
- You're in the Movies (came with a camera and was cheap)
- Multiple cheap arcade games (Bionic Commando Rearmed, Wolfenstein 3D, etc.)
- Hearts of Iron 2 Collection
- Supreme Commander + Forged Alliance
- Titan Quest + Immortal Throne
- (okay these don't really count because I got them a few days ago from Direct2Drive)
Yep, it's sad. Part of the problem is that I like to 100% every game I own, so until I play the crap and get 100% unlocked in one game, I usually don't like starting another. Anyway, hopefully I can get some of these games scratched off the list over the next few months. Still working on getting that last achievement in Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and finishing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1. Ugh.
It's been a VERY long time since I last posted here at Gamespot. Now that I think about it, I really don't feel like making GS my home; I like GameFAQs much more. Other things have changed since my last post. I now go to college, and my PC gaming is now done on a Toshiba laptop that is marginally better than my family's home desktop for gaming. So with all this extra computing power, what games have I been playing lately?
Nothing new, really. I've gotten back into the old stuff. Within my first week of college, I was readdicted to RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, and I started playing Worms Armageddon again. I played Age of Empires II against a human player for the first time in over a year. Now winter break is here (and almost over), and I recented got addicted to Rome: Total War, and I went out to buy The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind for the PC (oh my God, it's even better than the Xbox version).
I don't know why I've been tinkering with these old games so much. Maybe I'm going through a nostalgia phase, or maybe I'm just trying to squeeze every last bit of value out of them. You can't deny that these games are fun, though.
I guess it hasn't ALL been old stuff. I still have my 360, and recently picked up the Orange Box. I never bothered to finish Half Life 2 for the Xbox, but now that I've forced myself to play through the beginning, I think I can appreciate it a bit more. Only problem is that I checkpointed with 1 health and now I can't get past this next part... I guess I'll try tomorrow. I look forward to unlocking 99 achievements.
...but there's two perfect ones for me. And another with which I flirt.
I love Guild Wars. Admittedly, I don't play it as much as I used to, but it's just amazing that I can come back after a couple of weeks and not have to worry about a $15 fee waiting for me. That and I like the instanced style of gameplay, which is very different from most other MMORPGs.
That being said, I've recently been looking for another one to play. Maybe it's just my nature to hate what everyone else likes, but I've been deadset against World of Warcraft from the beginning. I'm not a big fan of Blizzard. (I loved Warcraft II, but might be the only person in the world who didn't enjoy Diablo 2.) There were a few other titles I considered. Auto Assault was a very cool 14 day trial, and I actually managed to get 2 free copies of the game (limited edition came with a headset, too). But there just seemed to be something missing. Same thing with City of Heroes/Villains.
I finally broke down and tried the 10 day free trail of WoW that came with my copy of Diablo 2... and was bored to death. I only got to level 20, but I am not exaggerating when I say that the game put me to sleep a couple of times. (I could stay up all night playing GW, but WoW... *shudder*)
But I think I've finally found the solution. I picked up Lord of the Rings Online on a whim a week ago, and I haven't been this hooked on a computer game since Guild Wars. Yes, it's sort of like WoW, but it's so different at the same time. I've never been a LoTR fan (I haven't even read the books), but there's something fun about attacking enemies with the power of music as a Ministrel.
Although I guess I get the best of both worlds. A friend gave me his password for his WoW account, and we can now share it. For LoTRO, look for a Champion named Kierce on Windfola. On WoW, look for a Priest named Adahan on... I honestly don't know what server. Oh well.
I'm not, by any account, a dancer. Yet I could never fail to be impressed by the people who were on those little stepping machines in the arcades, performing seemingly complicated dance moves to the beat of a song.
You might know where this is going. A couple of weeks ago I broke down and purchased a copy of DDR Universe for the 360. And I'm hooked. It's such a simplistic game, yet it has that crazy aura to it. I don't know why I find it so fun. As of now I'm not so good... The Difficult level songs rarely pose a challenge, but a majority of the Expert level songs allude me. And don't get me started on *shudder* Oni mode.
Still, I'm proud of comboing the first 186 steps of Cascada's Every Time We Touch (only a REAL man dances to that song), and I just I'll start working on passing individual songs soon. (I've always played random songs, so I've had to rely on sight dancing.) One day, I hope to pass an Oni, but I'll let that time comes of its own accord.
I guess it's also worthwhile to mention that the Halo 2 maps Tombstone and Desolation were released. I think the servers are swamped, so I haven't been able to download them yet... But I'm getting them ASAP.
Oh yeah, and I found a copy of Big Bumpin', the Burger King game a few days ago. It's about as dumb as Sneak King, but picking it up means I only need Pocketbike Racers to complete the collection. Not sure why I want them all. If only I had gotten them when I had the chance...
Just yesterday I got my 360 back from repair, or 10 days after I initially sent it through the mail. Of course Microsoft said it would be 10-12 days after they received it, although I imagine they purposely say that in order to make people like me happy when they get it sooner.
What surprises me is that my system was completely replaced. I had always thought the problem was with the DVD drive, but apparently the problem was much worse. I also notice that when I pick up the console, there is no longer a clackety noise as though something was loose inside (I had always thought that noise was normal). I guess the upside is I get a free plain white faceplate out of it, as I was told to remove mine before sending it in. (I now have two extra of the things.)
As of yet I haven't played anything on it, but both of my sisters have. But I can pretty much guarantee I'll be back on Crackdown by tonight.
So how did I spend my time without my 360? Easy, really. I've been busy. Track and field season has started, and with that taking up my weekdays, and work taking up weekends, I haven't had much time for games. I have had time, however, to pick up a copy of Battlefield 2142 at some friends' requests (decent enough game, but not as much fun as 1942, and the system requirements suck). I also picked up my first GBA title in a long time, going with the rerelease of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Not a bad game, I guess... I still have to finish it.
But for old time's sake I picked up the Collector's Edition of Age of Empires. It includes Age of Empires, its expansion Rise of Rome, Age of Empires II, and its expansion The Conquerors. It was a chance to play AoE1 for essentially the first time, and my last chance to support what I consider to be the best game of all time, Age of Empires II. Of course, I never really was good at these RTSs... I played my first AoE1 game against 4 easy level opponents and lost after a couple of hours. Twas fun, though, trying to figure out how the techs and units worked.
That's it for now. All in all, everything's going just fine.
11Mar 07It's too bad, really. My 360 has always had the minor problem of occasionally reading 360 disks as DVDs, but for some reason, about a week ago it stopped rading all disks. The console is of course still under warranty, and so a quick 800 call later, I get the instructions for sending it in to Microsoft for a fix.
So last Friday I barely managed to find time to send it in (post office hours suck), and sometime tomorrow it should be in McAllen, Texas for repair. Supposedly it should be back within 10-12 days after that, but we'll see...
It's going to be a long wait. I can handle not being able to play my 360 for a while, but the thought of having $400 worth of equipment entrusted to the mail...
17Feb 07True, Gears of War was one of my first game purchases -- I got it the day I got my 360. But how is it that I've never been able to get into the game? To date, I still haven't passed Act 2, and I only have a couple of hours of Live play logged.
I don't know. I don't really see what all the fuss is about. The game is fun and all, but... It's just missing something.
I think it's the general "clunkiness" of the controls. I hate the cover system, especially how every time you are near a wall the game wants to make you press against it, even if you're trying to run away. The active reload system is nice and all, but I think there's something inherently wrong in a system that rewards players for actively expending ammo in order to get a good reload.
It's the same problem that preventing me from enjoying MoH:Frontline. Maybe I'm crazy and it's just me, but these are the only two shooters I've ever played that have this... unresponsiveness to controls. And the glitches! And host advantage! Ugh. I hate it.
Although I might sort of be warming up to it. A friend pretty much forced me to play it yesterday, and I'm actually almost decent at the game now. Still, though, I plan on getting more playing time on other games like DoA4 and Viva Pinata (just got back into this... damn addicting trying to get Master Romancer awards) before I start getting heavy into GoW.
On a side note, Team SWAT added back onto the Halo 2 Optimatch playlists! Woot!
3Feb 07While I would like to say I am not a rabid fanboy of anything, I will admit that I am very interested in getting into the Halo 3 alpha.
For those that don't know, there are three ways to get into this:
1. Simply signing up in early January and being a lucky chosen one.
2. Playing 3 hours of Halo 2 on XBL from February 1-3, and being one of the first 13,333 to register on the Halo website.
3. Buying a specially marked package of the game Crackdown, set for release on February 20 (USA).
Number one wasn't even an option for me; I had no idea I would have a high speed connection at the time. And 45 minutes ago, the window for the second option closed, and I only had ~1.5 hours of Halo 2 logged, due to a ridiculously busy schedule.
Of course, I had anticipated this, and so I've already put a full payment down on Crackdown. I've played a bit of the demo, and it seems fun enough, so I guess the money isn't really wasted. Still, though, I'd rather have gotten one of the free options...
In other news, I've started getting a bit more into Enchanted Arms. It seems to be a better game than I first thought it was, and it might be part of my flip flop gaming rotation for a bit.
22Jan 07As of Saturday, January 20, I now have a high speed Internet connection at my house. That means Xbox live gaming! As of now I've played nothing but a few hours of Halo 2, and a few games of Uno (um...), but I look forward to Gears of War, PDZ, DOA4, and more coming up. Damn, my car just busted a radiator hose yesterday and overheated, but life is still looking good.
Not much else to say. Picked up a wireless 360 headset yesterday, and am looking forward to trying it out. Recent game purchases? Nothing but Lego Star Wars II. Legos are among the coolest things in the universe, and this game is awesome by extension.
If anyone for some reason cares, my Gamertag is zyxomma100. Time for some Halo...
21Dec 06With Christmas Break finally here, I can now start to actually enjoy the decent sized game library I've recently picked up. Although my job will likely take up much of my time as always (and more so during the Christmas holiday), I can now devote more time to Oblivion, Tomb Raider Legend, PGA Tour 06, Perfect Dark Zero, Geometry Wars Retro, and more.
Oh, and I can finally play Soul Caliber 2 on my 360! Dead or Alive Ultimate was also a good addition to the 360 BC list, and this is just another reason for me to finally give in and give Psychonauts a try. Still waiting for a few other good games, like MGS2, to be added. If only I could transfer my old saved games over...
29Nov 06After about 2 weeks of owning the thing, I've made my decision... It's a great freakin console. Sure, it has its problems... such as moving the damn thing is guaranteed to scratch your discs... but the graphics are definitely a step up, and more importantly, its integration of media player to dashboard to game is seamless. I always have an iPod connector cable hooked up, and so I can listen to music on my TV at any time. I love how you can do anything with the controller at any time (if only it swapped discs out for you), and the backwards compatibility is adequate.
I'm glad I chose this over waiting for the PS3. Not sure how I would have fared with the Wii. All the same, I'm glad with this game purchase. (Now if I could resist the urge to buy more and more games for this...)
23Nov 06So where do I start? This entry is mainly to get rid of that "speak your mind" prompt on my profile main page. To be honest, Gamespot is hardly my life; I've only recently logged in often because there's nothing else to do at high school.
I guess I can talk about my game preferences. I own a Game Boy Color (green), Game Boy Advance (pink... it's actually my sister's), and a Game Boy Micro (the "limited edition", the GBM is much better than it's been reviewed at). For consoles, I own an Xbox, an Xbox 360, and a broken Sega Genesis. I'm not a fanboy of anything, although I am inclined to like Microsoft because of all the jealous people that bash it without real justification. I also have a semi-decent PC, although no high speed Internet, because for some dumb reason there are no high speed providers where I live (yes, I live in a very well populated area, in a suburb of St. Louis).
I'm a fan of a good RPG and action games, although on the PC the RTS reigns supreme. Even though I've played sports for countless years, I hate the game genre, and it baffles me how Madden can sell their bajillion copies each year. Age of Empires II is my favorite game of all time, followed by a small sleeper hit on the Genesis called Ristar.
Not really much else to say. Maybe I'll write more later. Or maybe not.