Romancing the Pile

adam.greenbrier wrote:

You people with four or five games are inhuman, especially when one or more of those games is Final Fantasy or Fallout, and especially when this is February. It's not even a leap-year.

It's called hopeless ambition.

Older games? I've got a ton on my pile... and since I see somebody else has picked No One Lives Forever - the one that I most want to conquer is NOLF 2.

I love the game, and it still plays and looks great, but I keep restarting it over the years and never making it through. Some of the levels are brilliant, but others are very tedious - especially since I'm trying to use stealth rather than running and gunning down all the baddies. So, I am going to start with a savegame that I think is about halfway through (H.A.R.M. underwater base, I think?) and finally push my stealthy sexy superspy to the limit!

Blind_Evil wrote:

Could someone explain all this to a relative newbie to the site please?

Is it just like, you pick an older game to play and get laughed at if you don't?

You choose an unfinished game or more from your backlog and signup that you are going to do your best to play it through or finish it during the month. Post here with the title and platform. Once you post your goal, Hemidal kindly adds your name next to that game's title for the month's list. If your game(s) is/are multi-platform it will end up there.

It's just a fun way to give yourself some focus and commit to finishing something on your personal 'pile of shame.'

Considering I'm pretty sure I'm 2/3rds of the way done with Okami (I just saved the city from the mist), I'm going to add another to the list. The candidate? Sly Cooper. The first one. I finally picked it up, and I'm not ready to tackle an RPG yet.

I'm gonna tackle Jade Empire on my Xboxen this month.

Put me down for Max Payne 2 (PC). Picked up 1 and 2 during a Steam sale a while back and haven't gotten around to the second yet. If I'm rolling with it I might even give that mod Certis was talking about a try.

I spent all of half an hour on Mass Effect last month. I think that's the first time I failed to finish one of these. So, I'll roll it forward to this month. I'm still distracted by all these other great games.

List should be current.

The pile will continue to be neglected this month, as my current obsession with Mount and Blade will not permit usurpers to its throne, at least not without suffering significant couched lance damage.

stupidhaiku wrote:

The pile will continue to be neglected this month, as my current obsession with Mount and Blade will not permit usurpers to its throne, at least not without suffering significant couched lance damage.

This.

M&B doesn't have an end, so I won't suggest it be added to the list.

Besides, one of the games in my real pile (Gears of War PC) can't even be played right now.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Besides, one of the games in my real pile (Gears of War PC) can't even be played right now.

It can if you hack it.

Quintin_Stone wrote:
stupidhaiku wrote:

The pile will continue to be neglected this month, as my current obsession with Mount and Blade will not permit usurpers to its throne, at least not without suffering significant couched lance damage.

This.

M&B doesn't have an end, so I won't suggest it be added to the list.

This is why I can't play M&B. I'm already playing one game that doesn't end (L4D), I can't deal with two. I LIKE games that end.

Tkyl wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Besides, one of the games in my real pile (Gears of War PC) can't even be played right now.

It can if you hack it. :lol:

By turning your clock back to January? Mad skillzz!

Okay, in the spirit of finishing games I'm toward the end of, put me down for Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS) and Final Fantasy IV (DS).

In FFIV I'm at the last dungeon, died to two dragons in a treasure chest about 3/4 through (there's no save points) and ragequit.

Castlevania, I think I have 3 bosses left...this game can be insanely tough, but so rewarding. Best since SOTN indeed.

I might add a couple more, I tend to leave portable games hanging like that.

Oh damn you all, I need to get back to finishing the games again. I'm currently alternating between TF2 and WoW, which means no finishing is in sight.

I left Chrono Trigger on the DS almost finished, so if it complies (it's a relatively new release, but it's an old game), write it down for that extra motivation.

Ok, slight hitch in my plans....No One Lives Forever has a 16-bit installer and I'm using 64-bit Vista. Seriously, what is up with dropping support for stuff like that?!?! ...and when will a dosbox-like 16-bit windows emulator come finally come out for 64-bit platforms if MS is unwilling to reintroduce compatibility for it?

Luckily, I still have an old laptop lying around somewhere (that will also be used for Grim Fandango), but this is still rather inconvenient.

As for Primal - I think I made it to within 60-90 minutes of the end before January ran out, so get ready to cross that one off

Blind_Evil wrote:

Okay, in the spirit of finishing games I'm toward the end of, put me down for Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS) and Final Fantasy IV (DS).

I put FFIV in Multi.

wanderingtaoist wrote:

I left Chrono Trigger on the DS almost finished, so if it complies (it's a relatively new release, but it's an old game), write it down for that extra motivation.

Same for Chrono Trigger.

AUs_TBirD wrote:

Ok, slight hitch in my plans....No One Lives Forever has a 16-bit installer and I'm using 64-bit Vista. Seriously, what is up with dropping support for stuff like that?!?!

I don't think the 64-bit CPUs are physically capable of running 16-bit code at all when they're in 64-bit mode.

Clemenstation wrote:
Tkyl wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Besides, one of the games in my real pile (Gears of War PC) can't even be played right now.

It can if you hack it. :lol:

By turning your clock back to January? Mad skillzz!

That or get a pirated copy. I was more just taking a stab at DRM in general.

Nothing to see here.

Move along.

pneuman wrote:
AUs_TBirD wrote:

Ok, slight hitch in my plans....No One Lives Forever has a 16-bit installer and I'm using 64-bit Vista. Seriously, what is up with dropping support for stuff like that?!?!

I don't think the 64-bit CPUs are physically capable of running 16-bit code at all when they're in 64-bit mode.

32-bit code is run on 64-bit windows through an emulator called WOW64, and theoretically they could emulate 16-bit applications as well. The reason they don't, as I understand it, is that handles on 64-bit Windows can't be truncated to 16-bit without breaking.

So many to choose from....

  • Disgaea DS is solely responsible for me not reading before bed anymore.
  • Ace Combat 6 (360) is entaining me whenever I can be bothered to pull the flightstick out of the cupboard.
  • DDR2 (360) is my attempt at shifting the extra Christmas pounds.
  • Boom Blox (Wii) is getting some play time with the missus, who, of course, throws like a girl.
  • I caved and bought Penny Arcade Adventures on XBLA after complaining about it's price for ever.
  • And I finally got around to picking up World of Goo for the Wii, which is excellent for low-key gaming.
Jonman wrote:

So many to choose from....

  • Disgaea DS is solely responsible for me not reading before bed anymore.
  • Ace Combat 6 (360) is entaining me whenever I can be bothered to pull the flightstick out of the cupboard.
  • DDR2 (360) is my attempt at shifting the extra Christmas pounds.
  • Boom Blox (Wii) is getting some play time with the missus, who, of course, throws like a girl.
  • I caved and bought Penny Arcade Adventures on XBLA after complaining about it's price for ever.
  • And I finally got around to picking up World of Goo for the Wii, which is excellent for low-key gaming.

Is that the list or the possibilities?

It's the first time I've done one of these! Well, I'm sure you guys will hasten to mock me mercilessly if I get it wrong somehow.

I'm in for Persona this month (yeah, the original). Playing it on the PSP. I am enjoying it, but it is starting to feel a bit long. We shall see.

I'm jumping into Assassin's Creed right now, for real, and on my new Panny plasma, too. It looks so, so good, and the gameplay feels tight. I'm absolutely certain that all the "so repetitive" complaints will be justified, but right now the game feels great and I'm kicking myself for leaving it behind.

CptGlanton wrote:

I'm jumping into Assassin's Creed right now, for real, and on my new Panny plasma, too. It looks so, so good, and the gameplay feels tight. I'm absolutely certain that all the "so repetitive" complaints will be justified, but right now the game feels great and I'm kicking myself for leaving it behind.

Word to the wise, play one target then walk away for the evening. I found the game to be a whole lot of fun, but going after 2-3 targets in a row really exposes the flaws, while a single target with a break masks them fairly well.

After glutting on Fallout 3, Gears of War 2, and Fable II when I should be saving my money for more pressing things these last few weeks, I can certainly see the appeal in falling back on a few old flames. I think after being immersed in such shiny, graphically stunning atmospheres, there's something comforting about a little 2D action and some scrolling on the side:

Castlevania: SotN
Tetris
Dr. Mario
Bubble Bobble (I haven't actually played it yet - need to get the nes back, but the song's been in my head for days = must play).

Thanks for the reminder : )

necroyeti wrote:

It's the first time I've done one of these! Well, I'm sure you guys will hasten to mock me mercilessly if I get it wrong somehow.

Nah, we're warm and supportive here.

*evil laugh*

Amoebic wrote:

Tetris
Dr. Mario

Correct me if I'm wrong, but those don't actually have an ending, do they? At least not one that flesh-and-blood human beings can reach.

Amoebic wrote:

After glutting on Fallout 3, Gears of War 2, and Fable II when I should be saving my money for more pressing things these last few weeks, I can certainly see the appeal in falling back on a few old flames. I think after being immersed in such shiny, graphically stunning atmospheres, there's something comforting about a little 2D action and some scrolling on the side:

Castlevania: SotN
Tetris
Dr. Mario
Bubble Bobble (I haven't actually played it yet - need to get the nes back, but the song's been in my head for days = must play).

Thanks for the reminder : )

Generally, this is for games you can "win" as AUs_TBird mentioned. I'm not even sure Bubble Bobble qualifies, but I'll throw it in multi (since it's been released on tons of platforms).

Hemidal wrote:
CptGlanton wrote:

I'm jumping into Assassin's Creed right now, for real, and on my new Panny plasma, too. It looks so, so good, and the gameplay feels tight. I'm absolutely certain that all the "so repetitive" complaints will be justified, but right now the game feels great and I'm kicking myself for leaving it behind.

Word to the wise, play one target then walk away for the evening. I found the game to be a whole lot of fun, but going after 2-3 targets in a row really exposes the flaws, while a single target with a break masks them fairly well.

Seconded! The game really segments itself quite well... each section of the city has a bunch of mini missions (the eavesdropping and pickpocketing and such), and then the main assassination. I did an assassination per day while I was playing, and found the game to be pretty worthwhile.

Of course, once you're done killin', it's flag collecting time which is a whole different story...