Finished Any Games Lately?

Ouch, Throne of Bhaal, that I didn't like at all. But I hope you will.

And I agree with the forced story line of BG2. I really loved the sense of freedom which BG1 gave. It was like, "Here, create this big level 1 loser, now we kill your uncle, cya later man". And there you were alone, with the wolves howling in the background and the gibbering of a madman not far up the road. I loved that also in Oblivion.

Minsc wrote:

Go for the eyes, Boo!

Butt kicking for goodness!

Final Fantasy XII... done! Last save clock: 143:39.

Nei wrote:

Final Fantasy XII... done! Last save clock: 143:39.

Sweet jesus. I can never play a game for that long.

Prey. Bought it Thursday, beat it last night.
It was an entertaining bit of shooty goodness, though I wish one of the weapons had become available earlier.
That construct-the-level-around-you effect was really pretty cool, I have to admit

spoiler wrote:

[color=white]The dead children in this game were SERIOUSLY NOT COOL. One of those moments where I had to stop playing for a while when I hit 'all fall down', and the school bus.

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Azure Chicken wrote:

Prey. Bought it Thursday, beat it last night.
It was an entertaining bit of shooty goodness, though I wish one of the weapons had become available earlier.
That construct-the-level-around-you effect was really pretty cool, I have to admit

spoiler wrote:

[color=white]The dead children in this game were SERIOUSLY NOT COOL. One of those moments where I had to stop playing for a while when I hit 'all fall down', and the school bus.

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Really? I thought those parts were just annoying, and really not disturbing.

I'm really, really close to beating Portrait of Ruin (now that I finally have my DS Lite - squeeeeeee!). I just can't beat friggin' Dracula yet... poot.

Funny thing is, I now have two copies of PoR - one I bought, and one my friend gave me with the DS (I asked for Dawn of Sorrow, easy enough mistake to make). I don't know what to do with it now, but I may end up trading it with a friend for a different game (Phoenix Wright, perhaps).

Vrikk wrote:

Really? I thought those parts were just annoying, and really not disturbing.

Yeah, but stuff involving children generally tugs on me pretty hard.

If you look around on the bloodstains in All Fall Down, there's some pretty.. fscked up messages.

spoilers wrote:

[color=white]Stuff like "I want to go home", hand prints, and a hopscotch game drawn in their own blood.
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It really, really hits hard right in the middle of my maternal instincts. I got the same reaction out of Half-Life 2, actually, when you pass through the rusted playground, and just seeing the tire swing on the coast levels. There were kids there once. And now there's not. And it's just, so... sad.

Wow, I didn't notice the messages in blood. I think I remember the hand prints, but.. that's about it.

Creepy stuff indeed. Maybe I have to replay Prey. Damn good game, and short enough that it won't hurt the backlog I'm building up.

Vrikk wrote:

Wow, I didn't notice the messages in blood. I think I remember the hand prints, but.. that's about it.

I didn't notice it until I went around and looked. It's all in the shadows and hard to see.

AC, I'm totally with you.

dhelor wrote:

I'm really, really close to beating Portrait of Ruin (now that I finally have my DS Lite - squeeeeeee!). I just can't beat friggin' Dracula yet... poot.

That doesn't count.

wordsmythe wrote:

AC, I'm totally with you.

dhelor wrote:

I'm really, really close to beating Portrait of Ruin (now that I finally have my DS Lite - squeeeeeee!). I just can't beat friggin' Dracula yet... poot.

That doesn't count.

It does now that I beat it.

I got 100% completion in Lego Star Wars II. It would have been easier, but the game suddenly becomes buggy when you do super story mode. Crashing and having to restart in an hour long mode is NOT COOL. I think super story crashed on me five times, including once when I was about 30 seconds from finishing the whole darn thing. I'll go back and get some more of the achievements eventually, but for now I need a break. Great game, but the thing was trying to kill me with those super story crashes.

I finished GUN last night. It probably would have taken longer if I had focused more on the side quests (marshal missions, wanted posters, pony express). As it was, the side quests just weren't all that interesting. I was honestly surprised at how decent the main storyline was. Mature, without being too over the top, mostly reasonable reactions from the characters involved.

The gameplay on the other hand was only okay; controls just felt wrong. Too much mouse acceleration made quick turns uncontrollably fast. The general game interface was, in my opinion, a prime example of how concurrent development on PC and console negatively affects the PC version. Menu fonts were jarringly large, as if designed for the lower resolution of a television. Too many sub-menus for what should be straight foward tasks.

Graphics were mostly good. I did notice some issues with models at farther distances, such as feet and accessories not synced with the animations. Plus, distant character and animal models had overly simplified animation sequences which just plain looked bad, sometimes moving without animating at all. I'm not sure if this had anything to do with my graphics settings.

A decent game, not quite the western GTA-style sandbox some hoped it would be.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Gun stuff

The thing I liked most about that game was the ambient music and sounds. Could spend ages just galloping around on my horse enjoying the atmosphere and surroundings (same as in Shadow of Colossus really)

Poppinfresh wrote:

I got 100% completion in Lego Star Wars II. It would have been easier, but the game suddenly becomes buggy when you do super story mode. Crashing and having to restart in an hour long mode is NOT COOL. I think super story crashed on me five times, including once when I was about 30 seconds from finishing the whole darn thing. I'll go back and get some more of the achievements eventually, but for now I need a break. Great game, but the thing was trying to kill me with those super story crashes.

Yes! That happened to me too! The Super Story mode for Return of the Jedi is all I have to do left, and three times now, it's crashed on me as I'm exiting the Death Star. I thought it was just my Xbox or something. What did you do to make it not break? Just sheer persistence?

Finally finished Amped 3! I was a pretty good game... especially for a launch game. Overall it was really fun to play, except for few challenges. Story is awesome... well, not the story it self but more how it was told. Really weird/wacky and pretty much hilarious!

Finished up Marvel Ultimate Alliance on normal. Now to go back and unlock some of the stuff I missed.

Beat Lost Planet on normal.

I just hit the second generation in Star Trek: Legacy on the 360. Is it worth it to continue on? I have a nagging feeling that it's just going to be more of the same phaser/torpedo lock gameplay in a fairly ugly space environment and there are some other hot titles on my GameFly list that need playing.

KaterinLHC wrote:

Yes! That happened to me too! The Super Story mode for Return of the Jedi is all I have to do left, and three times now, it's crashed on me as I'm exiting the Death Star. I thought it was just my Xbox or something. What did you do to make it not break? Just sheer persistence?

I think that I mostly got lucky. All that I did was turn the system off and do something else for a few hours, then turned on the 360 and went right to the Super Story. Looking around a bit, though, here's what I found:

People think that the game will crash on explosion effects. It seems like the two most common places to crash are crossing the river at the Endor level and getting out of the Death Star. For getting out of the Death Star, they say your best bet is to just not shoot anything. You'll die a lot, but you'll get out. For my part, I just kept the joystick pushed forward and blasted whatever was right in front of me. They also recommend clearing the cache (hold down the A button while the game loads), but I didn't do that.

Good luck! That was a huge pain in the butt.

Poppinfresh wrote:
KaterinLHC wrote:

Yes! That happened to me too! The Super Story mode for Return of the Jedi is all I have to do left, and three times now, it's crashed on me as I'm exiting the Death Star. I thought it was just my Xbox or something. What did you do to make it not break? Just sheer persistence?

I think that I mostly got lucky. All that I did was turn the system off and do something else for a few hours, then turned on the 360 and went right to the Super Story. Looking around a bit, though, here's what I found:

People think that the game will crash on explosion effects. It seems like the two most common places to crash are crossing the river at the Endor level and getting out of the Death Star. For getting out of the Death Star, they say your best bet is to just not shoot anything. You'll die a lot, but you'll get out. For my part, I just kept the joystick pushed forward and blasted whatever was right in front of me. They also recommend clearing the cache (hold down the A button while the game loads), but I didn't do that.

Good luck! That was a huge pain in the butt.

Dear lord - both those times are when my game freezes! I'm gonna try that tonight, both the cache-clearing and the not shooting anything in the Death Star. Thanks for the tip.

KaterinLHC wrote:

Dear lord - both those times are when my game freezes! I'm gonna try that tonight, both the cache-clearing and the not shooting anything in the Death Star. Thanks for the tip.

Apparently for Endor, people had success crossing the stream as 3PO (they think it keeps the group together better, or something) and destroying everything around before crossing. For my part, outside of killing enemies I think that I did pretty much the minimum possible. Hope you get it!

I just beat Tomb Raider Legend tonight on the 360. I heard this was a short game and was planning to rent it, but it's $19.99 at Best Buy Canada right now so I jumped on it. I've avoided all Tomb Raider games except the first one and was very impressed with this. Crystal Dynamics should handle development of this franchise for the foreseeable future. It was about a 6.5 hour experience and though a bit easy on the normal difficulty, it was a blast. There is a time attack mode for each level after the story is completed which I might take a shot at for the achievement points. If you can rent this or pick it up cheap, it is well worth it.

Just finished the 7 Day mode and Overtime in Dead Rising. That last boss was a shove over. They would have been better off just having you fight zombies for 10 minutes, with few weapons, and no health replenish. Brock sucks.

Finished Shadow of the Colossus. Good game, worth $20. I'll have to go back now for some of the special items in time attack.

Distracting myself with Age of Empires for the DS and Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance for the Gamecube/Wii now though. I must be in some kind of hardcore turn-based strategy mood.

Yesterday i've finish Zelda on the Wii and the story of Lego Star Wars II.

Finished Tomb Raider Legends & Marvel Ultimate Alliance on the 360 over the weekend. Had a blast with both.

I just finished Splinter Cell Double Agent for the 360. It was good but definitely not the best entry in the series. I hate games that use time pressure as a challenge tactic. I also don't like a third of the game being the same level and variants on the same objectives over and over again. There was definitely more variety though and the story was pretty interesting. I'm looking forward to finishing the Xbox 1 version I'm working on next.