Declare Your Independence from Something New by Playing Something Old

Hemidal wrote:
AUs_TBirD wrote:
Hemidal wrote:

It's my wife's cousin, and my wife is 7+ months pregnant. I'd never make it downstairs alive, much less out of the house. :)

...how fast could she possibly run at 7+ months? ;)

She's vicious in close range. :D

Yeah, but her turning circle is going to be terrible with that wider radius.

The solution - circle and flee!

Jonman wrote:
Hemidal wrote:
AUs_TBirD wrote:
Hemidal wrote:

It's my wife's cousin, and my wife is 7+ months pregnant. I'd never make it downstairs alive, much less out of the house. :)

...how fast could she possibly run at 7+ months? ;)

She's vicious in close range. :D

Yeah, but her turning circle is going to be terrible with that wider radius.

The solution - circle and flee!

But the cousin is still unaccounted for and presumably siding with his wife.

clever id wrote:
Jonman wrote:
Hemidal wrote:
AUs_TBirD wrote:
Hemidal wrote:

It's my wife's cousin, and my wife is 7+ months pregnant. I'd never make it downstairs alive, much less out of the house. :)

...how fast could she possibly run at 7+ months? ;)

She's vicious in close range. :D

Yeah, but her turning circle is going to be terrible with that wider radius.

The solution - circle and flee!

But the cousin is still unaccounted for and presumably siding with his wife.

She might've jacked up her h-look sensitivity as well. Pregnant women often do.

At 25 hours, I've now played Rune Factory Frontier longer than I played Mass Effect or any other game since Twilight Princess, and I'm not even close to finishing the first of three dungeons. I haven't grown bored with it yet as the farming aspect is surprisingly engaging. However, there isn't a chance that I'll be finishing it before the end of the month.

Hoo boy - finally cracked the case of Missing: Since January.

Good news first: I really appreciated the fairly unique attempt at meta-gaming. The game isn't confined to a full-screen application, but rather has you constantly flipping out of it to run google searches, scour websites, and check the newest email messages in your inbox. Some of the puzzles are quite interesting, and I learned a good bit about alchemy, Giordano Bruno and others, and who the historical figure of Tycho Brahe actually was (hint: he was not famous for starring in Penny Arcade comics 500 years ago). The puzzles are a nice mix of approaches, and even include some reflex-based minigames which can become somewhat frustrating, but are a nice change of pace.

Unfortunately, all is not well. Patching the game is mandatory as the game's servers have changed. This isn't a big issue, but 5 years after release, I still ran into a potentially game ending bug on the Subos puzzle. Luckily, the game's website offers downloadable chapter saves - nice! Less nice is the fact that I only received about 50% of the emails I was supposed to, including none from several key people who were supposed to be on my team. As you can imagine, that made things a bit harder. Finding the correct terms to type into google was also a bit of a challenge at times, and some puzzles had me truly thankful for having a walkthrough (most of them in the Aer chapter). Waiting real-world time for emails when you just want to continue the game may be realistic, but also a bit annoying. I still haven't seen any payoff (aka "an ending") after solving the final puzzle.

EDIT: Some of the ending emails have begun to trickle in, but only from one person. Makes the entire thing sound somewhat silly, as there should be 3 people emailing back and forth according to the gameboomers walkthrough.

Kudos for a fairly unique, and overall well executed experience, assuming all works as it should, however, I would only hesitantly recommend it.

5/5 on the month! Already prepping August's lineup

Edit2: Not pile eligible, but I made it through Tales of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal a day later - quite fun and I enjoyed the in-jokes

Little Big Planet is finally done. I played almost the entire Campaign at the start of the month and quit at the Wheel of Destiny and Suffering and Rage, not realizing I had only a little bit left in the game. It took me a while to get past the WoDaSaR (and some luck), but I finished it tonight. Amazing, A+, best-of-gen art design here, coupled to questionable 'combat' and jumping. I never felt like the same input, in the same situation, would yield the same result 100% of the time.

But a standout gaming experience in the end.

CptGlanton wrote:

Little Big Planet is finally done. I played almost the entire Campaign at the start of the month and quit at the Wheel of Destiny and Suffering and Rage, not realizing I had only a little bit left in the game. It took me a while to get past the WoDaSaR (and some luck), but I finished it tonight. Amazing, A+, best-of-gen art design here, coupled to questionable 'combat' and jumping. I never felt like the same input, in the same situation, would yield the same result 100% of the time.

But a standout gaming experience in the end.

Agreed 100% -- an excellent, if somewhat flawed, game.

You reminded me of something more specific that bugged me about it, too -- how punishing it can be, at times, to play with others. I had the good fortune to play through almost all of the game with a full set of four players (myself, my wife, and another couple), but when we hit the Wheel it was just impossible to get through. I ended up soloing that level to get past it, but as a group we hit the same problem in the final level, and I ended up solving it in the same way.

I have failed - there is no way I'm finishing GRAW tonight. I've been distracted by other shinies. Far Cry 2, Fable: The Lost Chapters, Neverwinter Nights... I'm ignoring my pile in the corner, hoping it will go away. I cover it in blanket, the better to hide my shame. And yet I keep adding to it. I'm the gaming equivalent of a magpie. I'm determined to play this one game, to carry out all missi... oooh, shiny! New game!

Now, excuse me while I go flagellate myself for a bit.

Double post for extra flagellation.

Fable 2 falls. I think I liked it more at the beginning than at the end. It ended up being too short, and the climax was, well.. really quick. (That's what she said.)

I felt like halfway through the game it fell apart and I stopped caring about the quests. I just blew through the main story line as I racked up serious gold by simply not playing the game.

All my plans for this month went astray. It's all Steam's fault.

My plans went partially astray on account of the fact that despite my brain knowing that Super Mario Galaxy is a fine, fine game, my thumbs rarely want to play it.

Also on account of Far Cry 2 being so damn long. Looks like it's destined for a third month on the pile....

Yeah, so Titans Quest + expansion for 9 quid sort of ruined my stalker thing. Also L4D still takes up a lot of my gamin time. Oh well, I might leave the Stalker thing for a bit and try something else in the August thread...

New thread for August will be ready tomorrow.

Well I've barely touched, Oblivion but I did just finish Battlefield Bad Company, which I really enjoyed. I was totally into the story and really liked the cut scenes. I played on normal and (most) of the time had alot of fun. My interest in BC2 is growing.

Finally wrapped up Fables 2 (and both DLC packs) on the weekend. I was beginning to get a bit bored with the game so I was just trying to wrap up the last of the main storyline, but I ended up playing a few hours past the end of the game. I was blackmailed for my marital infidelity, one of my kids needed rescuing and then I needed to see the "Vision of the Future". But I think I'm done now, except for perhaps returning in a few weeks when my businesses should have accrued enough gold for me to buy the castle. I had a lot of fun with the game, but my constant need to explore all the side content left me feeling it was a bit of a slog towards the end.