Don't Be Scared, It's Just the Pile

AndrewA wrote:

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is done. I really enjoyed the game.... here's my gushing review from ShortReviews.net:

Sci fi action-platformer reminiscent of the Uncharted series. Evolving combat never got old, thanks to the progressive upgrade system. Tiny cast, but all three characters were well-acted and endearing. Powerful, thought-provoking ending. A surprise.

I have to reiterate: the story was well-told, interesting, and startling at times. I know that some people complained about Trip (the female lead), but I had a soft spot for her that held up though even some of her most naggy moments; she felt genuine.

The worst part of Enslaved is that there probably won't be a sequel, either spiritual or otherwise.

Looks like Deus Ex isn't going to be finished before the end of the year so it slides to 2012...

It's been a pretty good 3 months for me...

I finished up the last game in the Strongbad series from Telltale. It might have been the shortest one, but I got a kick out of all the 8-bit videogame references/homages. Then, rather than get into 3D Dot Game Heroes, as I had planned to do, I instead took on Tomb Raider: Anniversary in my continuing attempt to get rid of my 360. I figure I can go through the PS3 backlog once the 360 is gone. Anyway, I finished the game yesterday and enjoyed it quite a bit. This was my first Tomb Raider experience and I was happy that it was everything I loved about Uncharted (puzzles) and very little of what I hated (combat).

Knocked off two more of my pledges, leaving only one to try to finish before 2012.

Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 (PC)
Among GRAW 2's feature list is a mission-critical target who repeatedly didn't spawn, the ending cut-scene which refused to play, a final mission which is beyond frustrating and is not helped by the tactically insane insertion point. It also includes terrible, stereotypical voice casting, a barely B-movie story, arbitrary "mission area" boundaries, and AI that can't decide between being pretty decent and braindead.
Nonetheless, it looks good and has some good shooting action, a pretty good interface for directing squadmates (although the pathfinding could be much better), and some memorable moments.

Elite Beat Agents (NDS)
Survived all stages on Cruisin' difficulty plus the first bonus stage. Just like Osu Tatakae Ouendan, its Japanese counterpart, EBA is an absolutely brilliant game. It becomes extremely challenging (although it seemed easier than Ouendan), but never feels unfair. I always felt like I was improving and no matter how badly I did, I was loving every moment! The song selection for the final stage is perfect and had me pumping my fist in the air along with the game's cast of characters. Add in a healthy dose of whimsy and EBA is one of the best games on the DS, if not the generation.

Well, barring a miracle it looks like I'm going to fail my attempt to beat Super Mario Bros. (NES) without using a warp. I can get to 7-3 without a lot of hassle, but things start going south quickly at that point. 7-4 usually finishes me off... it's such a nasty castle.

m0nk3yboy wrote:

Skin of my teeth, but I watched the credits roll on NIER last night (or is it morning, once you go past midnight).

Endings B, C and D await, but by definition of credits rolling, all done. ;)

Yeah, gotta make special exception for that one. Not done until ending B.

Minarchist wrote:
m0nk3yboy wrote:

Skin of my teeth, but I watched the credits roll on NIER last night (or is it morning, once you go past midnight).

Endings B, C and D await, but by definition of credits rolling, all done. ;)

Yeah, gotta make special exception for that one. Not done until ending B. :)

I'm holding onto those three for the first week of the GTASC

Started slacking on my games once Skyrim/SWTOR hit. Managed to finish Miles Edgeworth on December 30th. Still only about halfway done with Spirit Tracks, and haven't touched Ghost Trick.

But during October-December, I did finish some "bonus" pile games, so I did end up beating 10 games on the pile
Beneath a Steel Sky
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Now onto 2012!