There's Plenty of Pile for Everyone

Heavy Rain is finished. I fall into the "I appreciate what they were trying to do, but boy howdy did they miss by a mile."

Whatever ending I got is all I needed. No desire to ever play through that again.

Toss me on the Assassin's Creed 2 list. I JUST beat AC1 on the last week of December and I'm rather excited to start on the path to beating AC2. I've played about 5hrs of it so far-- hard to get used to either how much better they've made controlling Ezio or.. how much more awkward they've done it. Either way. Goal is to beat it by march!

Aendiev wrote:

Toss me on the Assassin's Creed 2 list. I JUST beat AC1 on the last week of December and I'm rather excited to start on the path to beating AC2. I've played about 5hrs of it so far-- hard to get used to either how much better they've made controlling Ezio or.. how much more awkward they've done it. Either way. Goal is to beat it by march!

Aendiev, we make a new thread each month. I'll add AC2 for you in January, but you'll probably have to come back in the February thread and declare again. It gets difficult to go back through and see what's carrying over, who decided to throw in the towel, etc...

I just finished Fallout 3. Full 1k on the 360, so I definitely put some hours in on it. That was a lot more fun than I expected it to be. Gameplay / plot wise, not the greatest thing ever - but just the expanse of the environments, and the random scripting of npcs made it really come to life. I am planning on doing all the dlc as well, but I think I might need to take a Bethesda break for a bit.

I finished Uncharted Friday night. The shooting wasn't great, partially because I'm not used to the PS3 controller yet, but also because the enemies are bullet sponges, they dodge around like wild monkeys (presumably to make headshots tougher), and there are way too many of them. However, the traversal stuff, and the story were both excellent. I thought about keeping it from GameFly, since it was only $20, and I can definitely see playing through it again to look for treasure, and knock out some of the weapon trophies. I decided against it though, since it wasn't on my to-buy list, and I wouldn't replay it right away anyway. I can always buy it cheap later on.

Then yesterday, I got into Crackdown 2 with a buddy, and played for about 6 hours, I think. We got about halfway through the "story missions" (if you can call them that; the story is incredibly bare bones). Put me down for that for the end of the month. With Dead Space 2 coming out on Tuesday, I might not finish it, but I'm going to try. Probably depends on whether my buddy is up for more of it later today.

Finished up AC2. Got so addicted to it, I can't believe I started and finished in less than a week. Excellent game overall. Such an improvement over the first, and I enjoyed the first...though in shorter play sessions than I employed for AC2. Taking a break for the rest of the month...2 games this month is plenty.

Finished Drawn: The Painted Tower. Recommended by RPS, it was quite an enjoyable find-the-things-to-click-on adventure game with a simple story. Definitely a great pick-up-and-play game. It was just uploaded to Steam this week. Check it out.

The rest of my SP energy for the month will go into playing more of Dragon Age. Dead Space 2's this week so I'll doubt I'll make much progress, but I'll go at it when the sun is out.

Hemidal wrote:

Aendiev, we make a new thread each month.

Blaugh, I need to learn to read Sorry.

Aendiev wrote:
Hemidal wrote:

Aendiev, we make a new thread each month.

Blaugh, I need to learn to read Sorry.

No big deal. Welcome aboard!

I sort of burned out on Strong Bad but will keep plugging away at it, and my chances of finishing Choas Rings fell to near zero when I got a fancy new non-iOS phone, but Deadly Premonition continues to be one of the best games I've played in years. Greenvale has to be the best-realized video game space I've ever played in, and I'm surprised to discover myself actually pushing on through the game for the story.

Halo REACH.

Tales of Monkey Island: Episode 1 is done. I definitely enjoyed the beginning, though there was one puzzle towards the end that frustrated me, as I had a somewhat hard time distinguishing one of the sounds. Not that big a deal, though. I'll try the rest later, but for now, I'm working on Broken Sword I from the Steam sale. Since there's a progress bar when you save, I know that I'm 8% done. So far, it's very good, though there was one somewhat annoying puzzle. The odds that I'll finish it this month are pretty much zero, but I'll just put it on next month's list.

billt721 wrote:

Finished up Fallout. At multiple points during the game I was very tempted to revert to a prior save to see how I could have done things a bit differently. After doing so once or twice, I decided I'd get lost replaying every section if I did that and never finish the game. So I beat it, and will be going back at some point to play a completely different character. Overall - a great game and I'm disappointed that it took me this long to get through it.

A common statement from most of us as we discover old titles we should have played, but ultimately, that is what this thread is for. Committing to giving time to those games we want need to play before we get old and our controllers don't work anymore.

I might make Fallout next month's game, but I'm still messing around in Dragon Age Origins. I forgot how much you can lose yourself in a good Bioware gaming experience.

Finished up Fallout. At multiple points during the game I was very tempted to revert to a prior save to see how I could have done things a bit differently. After doing so once or twice, I decided I'd get lost replaying every section if I did that and never finish the game. So I beat it, and will be going back at some point to play a completely different character. Overall - a great game and I'm disappointed that it took me this long to get through it.

Edit: Next up .... I think I'll tackle the Indiana Jones point-and-click adventures. I know that Fate of Atlantis is generally regarded as a much better game, but if I'm going to play them both I might as well start with the earlier (and worse) of the two, so it'll be The Last Crusade up first. I'm pretty sure these two games will carry over into next month unless they're really, really short.

Woohoo! Assassin's Creed 2 in the bag. Good game. Slightly too long, but good game.

This is the first game I've finished in forever!

Polished off some undeclared DLC this month:

Mass Effect 2's "Overlord" and "Lair of the Shadow Broker" went down in flames on Sunday, and Fallout 3's "Broken Steel" is done. Both of those games, I think are officially retired to the shelf -- that is, unless decide to get the remaining 10 cheevos in Fallout 3, but that's for way, way down the road.

No obligation to add me to the OP, but this is also me saying I'm going to be back as a regular and declaring come February, as per the 12-month thread plan.

I figure I'm about 30 minutes from finishing Splinter Cell:Conviction. I've been playing while staying in the hotel. I'm going to try and knock that out before the end of the month as well.

3 games in one month, boo-yah! Well, almost.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (PC) has fallen. Besides the two sections I was stuck on, I had fun. It's pretty decent and I had a few laugh out loud moments.

Now I'm playing Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (DS).

I've been collecting orbs in Crackdown 2 this week, but my co-op buddy hasn't been on much, so I haven't progressed the story stuff. However, I want to knock it out this month (i.e. this weekend), so I can move on to other stuff; I'll go back and replay some stuff in co-op later. My goal is to enable all Absorption Units, and detonate all Beacons, plus whatever end-game stuff there is after that. I'll probably do some of the Tactical Locations and Freak Breaches, plus some races and collect more orbs, but those are secondary.

No way am I getting Dragon Age: Origins finished in the next two days, but that's OK, I'm really enjoying it! May tackle one or two XBLA games along side it for next month, just to keep the gamerscore ticking along...

Just checking in...I'm || close to finishing Dragon Age: Origins. I'm in Denerim, in Fort Drakon, nothin' standing between me and the credits except...one pissed off Dragon.

I may be here a couple of days.

I'm calling Just Cause 2 done. It gets f*ckin' terrible toward the end and clearing random villages got pretty boring a while ago.

DA:Origins is a REALLY good play. Haven't seen the credits roll, but I have managed to polish off Return to Ostagar, and Warden's Keep out of the plethora of DLC I have sitting on my HD, so I'm happy to be moving in the right direction with this one.

I'm loving the idle banter between my party members, reminds me so much of the fun I had listening to the same style of idle chatter in KOTOR. Really looking forward to DA:O 2 now in March (although my pile progress isn't).

iaintgotnopants wrote:

I'm calling Just Cause 2 done. It gets f*ckin' terrible toward the end and clearing random villages got pretty boring a while ago.

I want to go jump back in the game and find new ways to blow crap up after reading that in an indirect way just to 'prove you wrong' [size=2]in my head[/size].

mateo wrote:

Just checking in...I'm || close to finishing Dragon Age: Origins. I'm in Denerim, in Fort Drakon, nothin' standing between me and the credits except...one pissed off Dragon.

I may be here a couple of days. :)

That's only another 12 hours or so, maybe less. Enjoy it

trueheart78 wrote:
mateo wrote:

Just checking in...I'm || close to finishing Dragon Age: Origins. I'm in Denerim, in Fort Drakon, nothin' standing between me and the credits except...one pissed off Dragon.

I may be here a couple of days. :)

That's only another 12 hours or so, maybe less. Enjoy it :)

Very funny!

Actually, just finished it. Got the ArchDaemon down on the 3rd try. Not proud of how I did it, though-took advantage of a bug. Oh well, I saw the credits, and that's what matters.

Hemidal, market DA:Origins done!

Well, as done as it can be. Want to go back and replay as a caster!

mrtomaytohead wrote:
iaintgotnopants wrote:

I'm calling Just Cause 2 done. It gets f*ckin' terrible toward the end and clearing random villages got pretty boring a while ago.

I want to go jump back in the game and find new ways to blow crap up after reading that in an indirect way just to 'prove you wrong' [size=2]in my head[/size]. :P

There's use a gun, grenade, grenade launcher, rocket launcher, car, helicopter (for 10 seconds until the next helicopter comes and you have to deal with it), fighter jet (if you want to be really bored since you'll fly out to turn around more than you'll be shooting) and triggered explosives. In the end the only fun way to clear a village was to put triggered explosives on everything and blow 'em up as you walk out of town. But, even that starts to get boring after a dozen or so times.

If I missed any, maybe I'll jump in again to give it a try but my save is in the middle of (I think) the second-to-last mission where I have to get to a button in the middle of a big dome with about 60 guys shooting machine guns at me with perfect aim. And, all the guys have to be dead before I can press the button because it's a quick time event that fails if you get shot once but the guys seem to respawn constantly. Not my idea of fun.

Hmmmm.... two evenings, 5 chapters of Dead Space: Extraction left.... this is going to be tight, but might be doable.

AndrewA wrote:

Hmmmm.... two evenings, 5 chapters of Dead Space: Extraction left.... this is going to be tight, but might be doable.

The last chapter is really, really short.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
AndrewA wrote:

Hmmmm.... two evenings, 5 chapters of Dead Space: Extraction left.... this is going to be tight, but might be doable.

The last chapter is really, really short.

That's a good thing, because I snuck in chapter 5 this afternoon and had all sorts of trouble with the boss. The bloody thing killed me a good 3 or 4 times before I figured all phases of it out and was able to execute properly.

This game really rewards smart weapon choice.... far moreso than the main game ever did.