There's Plenty of Pile for Everyone

Man, I'm starting to worry about finishing Assassin's Creed 2 this month. I realize that it's only the middle of the month, but a) I'm really enjoying doing everything, so I have no idea how far along I am, and b) you guys with your actually finishing stuff is starting to put on the pressure...

EDIT: then again if I end up spending more then a month on a game I'm really liking, I think I'm pretty much winning.

iaintgotnopants wrote:
philucifer wrote:

Finished Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Lots of fun puzzles, and I could set the combat to Easy and just enjoy it instead of stressing out over my lack of coordination. Highly recommended.

Out of curiousity, about how long does it take to finish? I'm trying to stay away from starting long games for a while.

I'm not sure exactly how long, but pretty short. I beat the whole while crashing on a buddy's couch for a week, mostly during one weekend. Most individual levels take less than 30 minutes to complete the first time through.

iaintgotnopants wrote:
philucifer wrote:

Finished Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Lots of fun puzzles, and I could set the combat to Easy and just enjoy it instead of stressing out over my lack of coordination. Highly recommended.

Out of curiousity, about how long does it take to finish? I'm trying to stay away from starting long games for a while.

If you're not trying to find all the collectibles or retry all the challenges, I think it would be pretty easy to go through the whole game in about 5-6 hours. And it's split into relatively short chapters with generous checkpoints.

I got sidetracked by a few challenges, so I spent more time with it, but it would be easy to roll through more quickly than I did it.

Chumpy_McChump wrote:

EDIT: then again if I end up spending more then a month on a game I'm really liking, I think I'm pretty much winning. :grin:

What counts is that you are giving the game attention instead of leaving it languishing on the pile. If you're having fun with the extra stuff and not just powering through that's a win.

Just finished off F.E.A.R.. I decided to load up the first expansion, Extraction Point, and I really am liking the different environments (not much office yet) and for some reason the combat seems a bit more intense.
After this, I'll like move onto one of the following:
Overlord II
Dead Space
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (1/2 done)

MrDeVil909 wrote:
Chumpy_McChump wrote:

EDIT: then again if I end up spending more then a month on a game I'm really liking, I think I'm pretty much winning. :grin:

What counts is that you are giving the game attention instead of leaving it languishing on the pile. If you're having fun with the extra stuff and not just powering through that's a win.

Seconded. I started to stress over the main story of Dragon Age not getting the legs it deserved this month, but I wanted to check out all 6 origin tales before I started on the main game in earnest.

Glad I did, I saw some interesting overlaps between the commoner dwarf, and noble dwarf story lines just in the first few hours of each. Going as a Dwarf Rogue for the main story. I was going to do a Dwarf Warrior, but I got sick of seeing locked chests with 'insuffient skill' pop up when I went to pick the lock.

mrtomaytohead wrote:

Just finished off F.E.A.R.. I decided to load up the first expansion, Extraction Point, and I really am liking the different environments (not much office yet) and for some reason the combat seems a bit more intense.
After this, I'll like move onto one of the following:
Overlord II
Dead Space
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (1/2 done)

You want me to add all three, or hold off until you make your decision?

Far Cry 2 is done, at 33 hours 37 minutes and 96% completion. I'm not sure how I hit 96% - I thought I skipped more than that. After about 20 hours, I decided I didn't really care the side things (collecting all diamonds, rescuing all buddies, finding the tapes). I did all the phone tower missions that were available, but didn't get the achievement for it. Not sure if the achievement is bugged, or if the trigger for the next one is bugged, or if I missed the trigger altogether. Oh well. Once I hit the southern territory, I did a couple of side quests (phone towers, and gun store missions), but mostly concentrated on story progression.

The game is mostly awesome, but the second half kinda drags on. Maybe it's just that I played almost 25 hours of it (and little else) over the past couple of weeks, but it doesn't feel like there is enough variety or depth to justify the length, plus there are some annoying design decisions, and bugs. I enjoyed the story, mostly, but the main twist, and the character motivations at the end don't make much sense. Perhaps it's unfair to knock it for what it isn't, but I think it would have been a better game if it were less straight shooter, and more RPG.

Still, it's a good game, and I would recommend that people play it if they haven't already. Just don't feel like you have to go for 100% completion.

Next, I'm going to tackle Uncharted. I got that from GameFly. Not sure if were are tracking GameFly or borrowed games in these threads, so I'll leave it here in case we are. I want to try to finish that before Dead Space 2 comes out next week.

Garden Ninja wrote:

Far Cry 2 is done, at 33 hours 37 minutes and 96% completion. I'm not sure how I hit 96% - I thought I skipped more than that. After about 20 hours, I decided I didn't really care the side things (collecting all diamonds, rescuing all buddies, finding the tapes). I did all the phone tower missions that were available, but didn't get the achievement for it. Not sure if the achievement is bugged, or if the trigger for the next one is bugged, or if I missed the trigger altogether. Oh well. Once I hit the southern territory, I did a couple of side quests (phone towers, and gun store missions), but mostly concentrated on story progression.

The game is mostly awesome, but the second half kinda drags on. Maybe it's just that I played almost 25 hours of it (and little else) over the past couple of weeks, but it doesn't feel like there is enough variety or depth to justify the length, plus there are some annoying design decisions, and bugs. I enjoyed the story, mostly, but the main twist, and the character motivations at the end don't make much sense. Perhaps it's unfair to knock it for what it isn't, but I think it would have been a better game if it were less straight shooter, and more RPG.

Still, it's a good game, and I would recommend that people play it if they haven't already. Just don't feel like you have to go for 100% completion.

That % complete is how far in the story progression. In other words, your save is indicating a point prior to the ending or something. It should read 100% when the credits roll regardless of any sidequest you did. I will say, the one thing that kept the 2nd map fresh for me was the adition of the grenade trucks.

Hemidal - For now, I'm just putting it out there that those are my 3 options and if anyone wants to chime in, I'm all ears. Otherwise, I'll just move onto which I fancy when I'm done with my current game. For this month, I'm not sure which I'll get to, but probably not all of them. I'll declare it clearly when I pick one.

For now, F.E.A.R. Extraction Point is what I'm concentrating on.

mrtomaytohead wrote:

That % complete is how far in the story progression. In other words, your save is indicating a point prior to the ending or something. It should read 100% when the credits roll regardless of any sidequest you did. I will say, the one thing that kept the 2nd map fresh for me was the adition of the grenade trucks.

Hemidal - For now, I'm just putting it out there that those are my 3 options and if anyone wants to chime in, I'm all ears. Otherwise, I'll just move onto which I fancy when I'm done with my current game. For this month, I'm not sure which I'll get to, but probably not all of them. I'll declare it clearly when I pick one.

For now, F.E.A.R. Extraction Point is what I'm concentrating on.

Ah, now that number makes more sense. Seems a bit weird, though, considering there is a x/32 Story Missions stat also.

As for which game you should play next, all three are good; however, since you are planning to get Dead Space 2, play Dead Space, so you can play them back to back. Unless you were planning to wait to get Dead Space 2 later in the year, in which case play Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando since you've already started that.

Garden Ninja wrote:

As for which game you should play next, all three are good; however, since you are planning to get Dead Space 2, play Dead Space, so you can play them back to back. Unless you were planning to wait to get Dead Space 2 later in the year, in which case play Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando since you've already started that.

Oh yeah, I put DS2 on my plan to buy list for the year. I guess that was one of those I wasn't certain but was very intrigued depending on the original, and I'll wait for a price drop as I still can't swallow $60 for a game.

Technically I've already started Overlord II, but only like 1.5hrs and most of it was almost a year ago. I've jumped in a couple times with that one, only to pick up another game instead.

Now that I think about it, I'll definitely hold off on Dead Space at least so I don't get sucked into the release hype of the sequel. Thanks for pointing that out.

Devil May Cry 4 is done. Well, I'm not done with the game, but I've completed a play through. Any other toying with it will just be to hit higher difficulties and improve my ranking.

Greed Corp is done as well. I haven't finished the single player campaign, but I got far enough in I felt comfortable diving into multi-player. I may go back to the campaign at some later date, but I doubt it.

I'm now over 60 stars into Mario Galaxy 2, and about to finish off what appears to be the penultimate world, so it looks like I'll take that down this month. Bully, though, is clearly not going to happen. I've completely stalled out on it. Maybe I'll give it another run in another month. Instead, I've started in on The Secret of Monkey Island SE and having lots of fun thus far.

Busy weekend for me, I completed the story modes for Plants vs. Zombies and Defense Grid: The Awakening. Plants vs. Zombies was a blast, I really enjoyed it and will probably come back to play some mini-games and work on my Zen Garden. Defense Grid was fun, but very challenging. I can tell that Tower Defense isn't exactly my cup of tea and that I had to look for some strategies on YouTube to finish off the Story Mode.

I'm beginning to wish every weekend was a three day weekend! However, I do realize that I did pick games that I was close to completing out the gate, the real challenge will be to finish games that I've never started at all.

If I had someone to do Laura Croft with, I would pick that up. Other than that, I'm getting close on Dragon Age as well as Command and Conquer 3 (don't laugh).

Yay, internet is working again...more or less!

Anyway...I think I've played about as much of AVP (3) as I can stand (which wasn't much) ,

It's just so....boring.

On the other hand, I did manage to FINALLY crack open Demon's Souls. Wish I'd done it earlier - it's pretty nifty.
Zero chance of getting even one of it's worlds completed this month of course, but I'll maybe make it an on-going project.

I have played and beaten Darksiders this weekend, ps3.

Starting a truly oldie, Alundra - PS1.

Also on a side note, can you beat Demon's Souls?

Coolbeans wrote:

If I had someone to do Laura Croft with...

I'm up for a threesome.

Oh wait.... that's not what you meant, is it.

AndrewA wrote:
Coolbeans wrote:

If I had someone to do Laura Croft with...

I'm up for a threesome.

Oh wait.... that's not what you meant, is it. ;)

That didn't stop me from... Oh wait.

Credits just rolled on Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna. It's more Dungeon Siege, if that's what you want. In my case it was, as the somewhat hands-off approach works well for when I just want to chill and watch little dudes hacking little monsters. Mad Doc Software also removed a few of the annoyances of the original and added a few nice tweaks such as an auto-swap potions button and item sets. Even though it is roughly half as long as the original, it will still take a good while to get through this enjoyable, albeit forgettable expansion.

Sku Boi wrote:

Also on a side note, can you beat Demon's Souls?

I...hope so? There is some semblence of a story in there...so...maybe? I've literally only beaten 1.1 so far though so hell if i know

Deadly Premonition is a much bigger game than I expected it to be. I started playing it with the idea that it'd be about as long as most survival horror titles (six to ten hours) but as I've delved deeper into the side missions, I've discovered that this game could easily last me thirty to forty hours. That's like a whole month of gaming all on its own.

stevenmack wrote:
Sku Boi wrote:

Also on a side note, can you beat Demon's Souls?

I...hope so? There is some semblence of a story in there...so...maybe? I've literally only beaten 1.1 so far though so hell if i know :)

It can be beaten. It just allows infinite NG+ replays...

Just polished off Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light tonight. I played through the first 2/3 with a buddy who was visiting but ran through the last handful of levels on my own. I really loved the co-op, but the it held up surprisingly well solo. I don't think I'll go back to earn all the items for the last achievement, though I do really like the way that is set up in the game.

And, I think that's everything I officially had on my list this month (PB Winterbottom, all MtG:DotP DLC, all Dragon Age DLC - including Awakenings, and Lara Croft). I guess that means I'm on a freeroll until February.

Killzone 2 has been defeated. It was an ok game but the controls just had me struggling through the whole game. If they can fix that for Killzone 3 and hopefully make it less ridiculously over the top GO BRO for the sequel they may have something great.

OK...I made the mistake of starting Assassin's Creed 2 and am totally addicted to it. No way I'm finishing Final Fantasy 13 now, but likely will finish up AC2 instead. Go ahead and switch my game for the month, Hemi.

Woo, God of War 3 complete! Knocking 2 items off my list is good, and that was also a great game.

I finished off Dragon Age: Awakening yesterday.... what a buggy mess, even after the big patch that it received a few months ago.

Bugs I encountered in the PC version:

- Graphical glitches with textures
- Texture tearing when moving the camera
- Two quest flow bugs, one of which never cleared up. (The other was "fixed" when I completed the "stuck" quest that had obviously been closed off by a choice I made earlier.)
- Treasure chests in Vigil's Keep kept refilling
- My mage got punched through a wall and killed, which meant I could never get close enough to him after combat to make combat stop, and thus I was locked in the zone unable to progress. I had to reload from a previous save to fix it.
- My warden lost all his gear in the Silverite mine to this known major bug, which thankfully I was pre-warned about, and so had a good backup.

And that's just the bugs.... over all the expansion felt rushed and lazy, with far less care put into it that the superb original game.

Playing DA:A has actually convinced me NOT to buy DA2 on release day since it has been developed on an equally tight timeline. I no longer trust Bioware to produce a quality game, nor to patch their broken crap even a year later.

Supremely disappointed.

Bowser is defeated in Mario Galaxy 2. There's still some post-game content, but the credits have rolled, so that counts as a completion in my book. Good fun, but kind of superfluous given the first game. Other than an abundance of fun callbacks to previous games, I there wasn't really a lot that stood out to me about this one.

FEAR Extraction Point is done and I'm moving on to something not FEAR.

I think Overlord II it is, as I just loaded it up and am feeling it will work nicely.