Pile of Shame March Madness

Finally put a cork in TOMI EP 3: Lair of the Leviathan. Scratch that baby of the pile! Add Ep 4 if you will, please!

EDIT: I *heart* Murray.

Would you mind putting me down for Bioshock 2, as well? Despite having disliked the first one, I'm hooked on this one. So long as this one doesn't take a nosedive in the second half like the original did, I'll be pretty pleased with it.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Would you mind putting me down for Bioshock 2, as well? Despite having disliked the first one, I'm hooked on this one. So long as this one doesn't take a nosedive in the second half like the original did, I'll be pretty pleased with it.

It only gets better. There's nothing quite like guarding a little sister and seeing waves of splicers coming to grief on the myriad traps you've set out for them.

P.S. The next time you have hovering turrets look at the names. It made me laugh. The original might have had them but I didn't notice.

Wuppie wrote:

As I will be joining the throng of gamers playing Dragon Age II, I doubt I will get much off my pile.

That said, I will attempt to finish off Forza 3 (meaning finish season 6).

The only flaw in that plan is the DLC for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood may chew up my non-DA2 playtime...

Sign me up regardless!

It will be highly unlikely that I get Forza done. Havent touched it this month and Dragon Age 2 is out today which kills any chance I had.

Will shuffle it to next month when we get there.

Dragon Age: Awakening is done. I kind of gamed the last battle; I left my character well behind the others when they charged the Mother then used the various specials to clear out the tentacles and childers. When the childers respawned I left one (which kinda ineffectually gnawed on me the rest of the battle) and just kept pegging spells at the Mother from long range until she dropped. Must have chugged a dozen healing and lyrium potions along the way but hey, whatever works.

I doubt I'll be starting anything else on the pile this month; I'm staring at a copy of DA:2 that is just begging to be installed. It'll be interesting to see how the two games compare starting one so soon after finishing the other.

I'm calling Custom Robo done. I got to a point where the game tells you to go get gold trophies in every tournament and since some I only ever got bronze and one I only got bronze after re-visiting it w/ a faq as a part selection guide, I'm marking all the progress I made as done since I looked and there's nothing more than more fights and a congratulations screen that awaits me. I guess for the pile purposes that counts as me giving up, but whatever.

So, Dragon Age: Awakening is down -- I gave it a fifteen-odd hour, marathon session, with somewhere just under twenty total for the game. I could've sworn I already declared it, so I may have to throw something else -- small -- onto the pile, since I was clearing the deck for DA: 2.

I will carry over Sam & Max: Season 1, however, since February brought me halfway to done on that one.

I've been spending tons of time with Infinite Space (DS). It's quite good despite a few flaws.
Haven't touched Divine Divinity nor Call of Juarez since declaring them. I plan to rectify this tonight.

Knocked off Mega Man 9 (Wiiware) last night...finally. It's a great retro experience, but viciously tough in a few spots too. My completion time was 11 hours, 56 minutes, and much of that time was spent farming 1ups and screws (to purchase power-ups with). Wiley's Castle is just nasty, especially since all segments have to be done in one go. If I never see the screen in which you have to jump upwards through 3 lava beams again, it'll be too soon. I must have burned over 30 lives on that one. When I finally beat the game, I had used all 9 energy tanks, the recharge-everything tank, and was using the "take half damage" power-up on the final boss. Yikes! At least the ending was amusing.

Since Mega Man had the slide (beginning in MM3) and Mega Buster (beginning in MM4), their absence in MM9 makes him feel rather gimped. I know Proto Man has them, but I don't see myself playing through again any time soon; especially not if I have to take double damage as Proto Man. This aside, MM9 is a great effort, and I'm looking forward to knocking off MMX from my pile and getting MM10 soonish.

cyrax wrote:
AUs_TBirD wrote:

I just installed Call of Juarez (PC, maybe multi?) for the first time and like what I've seen of the first level, even though the main character's voice annoys me. I really loved Gun and am glad that western-themed games are showing up more frequently nowadays.

Oh, which one?

I really enjoyed Call of Juarez despite it being a little rough around the edges. Some sections are too long for their own good, thus the gameplay samey, but luckily you switch your role the next chapter. Very smart. Hope you enjoy it!

Like I said - Billy's voice irritates me, perhaps intentionally (and finding the correct hot-spot to attach the whip to on branches, etc, is annoying to say the least), but then along came Reverend Ray, and I thought "wait a minute....that sounds REALLY familiar! Like a certain insane alien leader..." RR is voiced by nobody other than Marc Alaimo, who some of you might know as Gul Dukat of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fame, and cast in a brilliantly fitting role!

HOW AWESOME IS THAT!?!

When I play now, I see a crazy, self-righteous Cardassian with a cowboy hat and a six-shooter capping people in the wild west.

Ok, I think Donkey Kong Countryis old enough (last week of November release) to be pile worthy. But whether it is or not, I'm playing it now. I've got to find a night I can get motivated to play MM9, too...

Still making progress on CivCity: Rome. It's still crashing my entire system at random times without rhyme nor reason.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Still making progress on CivCity: Rome. It's still crashing my entire system at random times without rhyme nor reason.

Woo!

I'm still working on all of mine, especially Mass Effect 2. It's kind of weird, where on the one hand it doesn't really grab me as much as Mass Effect 1 did, but on the other hand I still actively want to keep on playing it, to the extent that I'm considering playing it a bit more after I finish it, where I deeply enjoyed Mass Effect 1, but didn't really want to replay it, at least not so much. I also wanted to write a run-on sentence, because it's been a long time.

I finally knocked off Final Fantasy Tactics A2 last night. This game wasn't as fun as the first FFTA and I found it much easier. About 15 hours in, I determined that I should have played on Expert vs. Normal but didn't want to restart.

I don't think I'll finish either of them this month but will start Uncharted 2 and Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core.

Man... so far none of my three picks are looking good. Maybe Uncharted 2, but time has been at a premium.

Mass Effect 2 is done, Campaign with all the DLC, at about 45 hours.

Overall I really enjoyed it. The story was good, characters and world building were fantastic. I like some of the gameplay tweaks, but I liked the loot in the first game, so I with they had fixed the inventory, rather than basically throw it out, and I would have preferred they didn't strip down the available powers. Still, great game, and I'd definitely recommend playing it if you haven't already.

I didn't get the best ending, so I want to go back and replay the final mission, plus that new DLC comes out next week, but I'll probably wait a bit on both of those.

Well...Red Dead was going ok but my 360 red-ringed this afternoon. 2nd one to go...but it gives me an excuse to get a new slim one, if I can clear it with the wife. Kids love playing Kinect though, so that'll be the excuse to get the new 360. Oh well...guess I'm switching over to Valkyria Chronicles as my game of the moment.

Dang. Having finished Batman AA I thought I'd be sneaky and get a head start on AC2 for next month but instead I've managed to finish it this month without having added it to the list.

I'll have to come up with another game for next month.

Bioshock 2 is down. A truly brilliant game without any of the nonsense that marred the first.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Bioshock 2 is down. A truly brilliant game.

So considering you didn't like the first one, what did this one have that made it so enjoyable? Are you going to give the first one another try?

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Bioshock 2 is down. A truly brilliant game without any of the nonsense that marred the first.

What "nonsense" marred the first for you? It was probably one of my favorite FPS' of all time.

Garden Ninja wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

Bioshock 2 is down. A truly brilliant game.

So considering you didn't like the first one, what did this one have that made it so enjoyable?

I thought this game was an improvement over the original across the board. It had better mechanics, better environments, a better story, and better storytelling.

The introduction of dual-wielding dramatically improves the flow of combat. In the first game, the plasmids and the guns were obviously designed to be complimentary systems; the plasmids weren't lethal enough on their own, and the guns were too slow to take down enemies that hadn't been immobilized. However, rather than presenting them as an integrated whole, players are required to switch between the two systems. A very basic attack combo like freezing an enemy and then shooting them with a shotgun is more complicated to perform; if you have your gun out when you spot the enemy, you have to bring up the plasmid, use it, then bring up the shotgun, then use it. In Bioshock 2, you already have both tools at your disposal and so can use them immediately.

Generally speaking, I found Bioshock 2's mechanics to be more seamless. The new real-time hacking game, remote hacking, and changes to the research system improve the overall flow of the game by interrupting the player's activities less often. And the game's core loop of hunting Big Daddies, adopting Little Sisters, and defending them during harvests is buttressed by the level designs, weapon selection, and plasmid abilities. The tools you'll use to ambush Big Daddies are the same tools you'll use to build traps to help defend the Little Sisters. There are also moments in the game when players aren't protecting Little Sisters but are encouraged to build similar defenses against impending enemy attacks. The most obvious example of this are the Big Sister attacks, when the player is explicitly told to prepare for combat, but the game also tends to punctuate its story beats with item pickups and button presses that the player learns will trigger an enemy attack. You learn to setup defenses before touching that lever you've been asked to throw.

That integration of ideas extends to the game's story and storytelling as well. The game's themes of family and forgiveness echo through both the story and the game's mechanics. The protective bond between parent and child is acted out through the player's defense of the Little Sisters, and the ideas of sacrifice, choice, and teaching that Sophia Lamb is always going on about are things the player participates in throughout the course of the game, and they're also echoed in the side stories the player finds in audio logs. It's telling that the game's multiple endings are not acted out through what happens to Subject Delta but what worldview Eleanor learns from the player's actions.

By comparison, Bioshock's story is a bit of a mess. While it has a more dramatic twist than anything found in Bioshock 2, it constantly seeks to undermine its own themes, particularly in its back half.

Are you going to give the first one another try?

Yes. My memory of Bioshock isn't favorable, but I'm willing to concede that there might have been intangible factors at play that affected my enjoyment of it. I played Bioshock 2 in HD with Vitachambers and the quest arrow disabled, and those things could have made a difference with Bioshock. I also went into Bioshock 2 expecting to be underwhelmed but was pleasantly surprised, while I bought my 360 specifically to play Bioshock and was disappointed. I don't expect that I'll replay Bioshock and love it, but I think my low opinion of it could improve with a second attempt.

I finished Mass Effect 2 a few days ago. As most of you know, it's a great game. I'd say there's some filler in there, but the high points far outweigh the lows. Like it's predecessor, I thought the finale really ended you on a high note, though the final, final boss may have been a bridge too far. My highest praise-- I'm considering going back and playing a bit more, something that rarely happens.

Uncharted 2 is finished.

My wife made me play it faster than I otherwise would have - she was always asking for me to put it on, and to play longer when I wanted to stop. Rough life, I know.

The game's story is phenomenal - the voice acting is just too perfect - but a lot of the mechanical issues from the first title persist. In particular, it still annoys me how many headshots an average enemy can absorb... let alone an armoured foe. Also, the last boss fight was really poor..... but I can forgive the game it's flaws because, in the end, it was a kickass action-adventure movie.

AndrewA wrote:

Uncharted 2 is finished.

My wife made me play it faster than I otherwise would have - she was always asking for me to put it on, and to play longer when I wanted to stop. Rough life, I know.

Sounds like us with the first. Looking forward to that again for part 2. Yay for wives!

So I've been actually distracted away from the consoles and playing Dead Space on the PC. I just finished chapter 4, which I believe has the infamous asteroid blasting sequence, but I'm not sure since I did it with no problems. I thought I was there, so I used the custom DPI on my mouse and set it up one notch and breezed through without taking a single hit to the hull. I kinda enjoyed that part, but feeling I was supposed to hate it made it less fun, I think. Getting to the guns was way more annoying, because I was getting killed by random invisible debris. Anyways, I'll also be working on this game, but more than likely won't finish it until just after the end of the month.

mrtomaytohead wrote:

So I've been actually distracted away from the consoles and playing Dead Space on the PC. I just finished chapter 4, which I believe has the infamous asteroid blasting sequence, but I'm not sure since I did it with no problems. I thought I was there, so I used the custom DPI on my mouse and set it up one notch and breezed through without taking a single hit to the hull. I kinda enjoyed that part, but feeling I was supposed to hate it made it less fun, I think. Getting to the guns was way more annoying, because I was getting killed by random invisible debris. Anyways, I'll also be working on this game, but more than likely won't finish it until just after the end of the month.

That part is only hard on the console, tomayto.

I just finished off DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue. It was entertaining enough, but I didn't really need a 2nd iteration of the series without any real enhancements. At least I met my March pile goal, as conservative as it may have been.

casktapper wrote:

I just finished off DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue. It was entertaining enough, but I didn't really need a 2nd iteration of the series without any real enhancements. At least I met my March pile goal, as conservative as it may have been.

I wondered. I cleared the first game in eight or ten almost-consecutive hours, and when I started Thongs, I knew I had felt a presence I hadn't felt since...

My attempts to "finish" Forza 3 are doomed to failure. I figured Season 6 will take ~10 hours.... I figure thats a tad steep and I could probably finish an entire action game in that time.

As such I have given Forza the flick (for now) in an attempt to move onto a new game. I have started Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom. Work commitments have me out of town for a few days so it will be my April pile game. If its quick I will probably go for Resonance of Fate or Vanquish - any suggestions? (I am one of the 5 people that liked Final Fantasy 13 if that helps in advice giving).

Quintin_Stone wrote:

That part is only hard on the console, tomayto.

So I realized after playing it. I just didn't remember people saying it was easy on the PC.