Out with the New and In with the Old

walkera wrote:

God of War 2 is going down this month, and then I start on GTA: Stories from Liberty City. My list is down to about 10, but since Dragon Age: Origins is on there, that does not mean I'll be clearing it out anytime soon.

God of War 2 is as done as it's getting. I'm not going to flail against the challenges to try to get those last few trophies. On to Liberty City, which is taking its own sweet time to install to the hard drive.

So much for picking achievable goals. Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link goes down after just two nights (8h) of play. Not surprising though, the main game kept me hooked for almost two weeks as well.

On to giving RAGE another shake.

Okay, Dragon Age: Awakenings is done. My wife particularly like the look of the final boss.

Fallout 3: GotY is now finished, my first completion of the year! Really it was just about the DLC as I had finished the main game last year, but importantly I can now retire the game to my archives.

Next up: Mass Effect. Technically I've already finished it with default Shepard, but I'm replaying it to build a custom level 60 femshep for use in Mass Effect 2, which I haven't played yet.

I'm not sure that Vanquish and I will get along well. In the meantime, I started Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom, so please add that.

Polished off Rage and Dungeons of Dredmor. (By the way - to knock something off of my backlog, I just have to finish it. I'm not a completionist.) That's one of my short games and a long one down for January.

WWF King of the Ring (Gameboy) - unannounced
Terrible. The music is good and faithful to the wrestlers, there is a decent roster, and the wrestlers are relatively large, and there are several game modes; that's the end of the game's positive aspects. Although large, the wrestlers are poorly animated, but by far the worst sin is that the controls are atrocious. The only way I discovered to make any headway in whittling down the far-too-large health bar of my opponents was to do running drop kicks off the ropes until they were weak enough to successfully pin. Going up against them with the repertoire of punches, kicks, and grapples nearly always resulted in my wrestler receiving 90% of the damage, and it seemed impossible to win a grapple unless the opponent was already significantly weaker than my own character.
I slogged through one King of the Ring tournament - that was enough to make me consider it beaten so I would never have to touch it again. WWF Superstars 2 - King of the Ring's predecessor - is a decent wrestling game for the system; King of the Ring is a travesty.

Metroid (NES) - unannounced
A great achievement for its time, but I'm glad game design has evolved. Reliance on "shoot and bomb EVERYthing" to discover required power-ups and passages is somewhat ridiculous, practically demanding either insane dedication or some sort of outside help - in the past this was Nintendo Power and the like; nowadays it is gamefaqs and youtube. The boss battle vs Mother Brain is insane and seems to require little in skill and instead relies on the player having discovered many energy tanks in their exploration.
I still remember my first immersion into Metroid a quarter century ago and the sense of wonder associated with it. I only rarely noticed the (very!) frequent re-use of level segments. The furthest I ever got was a boss battle vs Ridley (but not Kraid). This time I didn't feel it was nearly as difficult as it seemed then, but I also got the Varia Suit early, which I'm pretty sure I didn't get at all back in the day. That, plus after having beaten most 2D Metroids, I imagine my skills have evolved.

Trine (PC)
Many people have raved about Trine and now I understand why: it really is an excellent, albeit easy 2D platformer/action/puzzle game medley. Not only that, but it is really beautiful and the music, humor, and narration are well done to boot. The different characters' abilities meld well with one another and allow for multiple solutions to most situations. The rogue was my favorite by far, whereas the wizard and knight were only used situationally. Additional abilities and upgrades thereof keep the gameplay varied, and being able to find useful items and ability enhancements reward exploration.
The main downside is that enemies become either a bit monotonous, such as 10 skeletons spawning one after another, or downright annoying, which specifically refers to the bats which are really difficult to hit and do quite a bit of damage. The most reliable way I found to dispatch them was to create a rain of arrows with the rogue's triple-arrow shot, but even then one or two tended to get through to do some damage. Speaking of the rogue, I really enjoyed the finesse with which one could use her bow and arrow to arc shots.
The only stage that seemed to pose any sort of reflex challenge - as opposed to various cerebral "how to use the wizard's abilities to bridge a big gap or reach a great height" - was the final stage. To quote a fellow goodjer:

Jeff-66 wrote:

The last level was also a bit frustrating, with all the timed jumps and gotchas, that make you fall a bunch. There was some cussing involved on that one.

Not only that, but in my case I had to turn the graphics down to 8-bit levels to stop it from crashing at exactly the same spot about 30 seconds into that last stage, but I'm a very isolated case, I think. Overall: excellent, despite a wart or two.

Renegade Ops and the DLC, Coldstrike are done. Had a good time with it. Wish there was more some people to play levels over with.

Also, I just checked and... it's only been available on Steam since the end of October!? It's not even technically pile worthy. Oh well, it's done. Remove / mark it off / whatever, Hemi. $3 very well spent.

I just finished Homefront. I wanted to like it, I really did. And I did like the setting. It's the game itself that was kinda subpar.

I'm partially caught up. I'll get the rest tonight.

Please remove Titan Quest from my list. Here's my (1.5/5) review of the game from shortreviews.net:

Diablo II clone that is more grindy than fun. Endless repetitive enemies, slow progress, mountains of useless loot, and and terrible inventory system conspire to bore the player to tears. Setting is nice, but not enough to save this mess of a game.

I thought that I was at the end tonight - defeated a Telkine - and then realized that that was only the 50% mark of this awful game. I feel like I wasted my evening.... I stopped feeling the love for the game a few play sessions ago, but wanted to complete the thing just to be done with it. Now I feel a bit cheated.

Ugh.

Oh yeah I finished SPAZ.

Is Bastion old enough on PC? Hm Aug, yep. Put me down for that next then, I'm several hours in.

This has been a great week so far. Progress!

I beat Limbo. Turns out that game is pretty good. Weird it never got any press.

mrtomaytohead wrote:

Wish there was more some people to play levels over with.

Renegade Ops is also sitting in my attack list for this year. Should I give you a holler when I get to it?

shoptroll wrote:
mrtomaytohead wrote:

Wish there was more some people to play levels over with.

Renegade Ops is also sitting in my attack list for this year. Should I give you a holler when I get to it?

It's sitting in mine as well, I'd be down.

Majin is pretty good. Shame it never got any press.

But for real.

Add Bastion (PC) to my pile. The other games I'm playing are all too new for this thread, which is a rarity for me.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Majin is pretty good. Shame it never got any press.

But for real.

I'm feeling the same love for NIER right now. One of the best games I almost never played.

mrtomaytohead wrote:

Renegade Ops and the DLC, Coldstrike are done. Had a good time with it. Wish there was more some people to play levels over with.

Also, I just checked and... it's only been available on Steam since the end of October!? It's not even technically pile worthy. Oh well, it's done. Remove / mark it off / whatever, Hemi. $3 very well spent.

Multi-platform and it came out mid-September on the consoles. Good enough for me.

gregrampage wrote:
shoptroll wrote:
mrtomaytohead wrote:

Wish there was more some people to play levels over with.

Renegade Ops is also sitting in my attack list for this year. Should I give you a holler when I get to it?

It's sitting in mine as well, I'd be down.

Sure, I'll try to join in if I'm around. The baby makes it much harder to devote time, though.

This weekend, I'm taking down Fable 2 with a flying Tijauana Cross Chop.

Stele wrote:

Is Bastion old enough on PC? Hm Aug, yep. Put me down for that next then, I'm several hours in.

Way to read the OP genius.

Anyway Bastion is down! But I already started NG+. Fantastic stuff.

gregrampage wrote:
shoptroll wrote:
mrtomaytohead wrote:

Wish there was more some people to play levels over with.

Renegade Ops is also sitting in my attack list for this year. Should I give you a holler when I get to it?

It's sitting in mine as well, I'd be down.

Hit me up too when you are ready!

I could be convinced to push Renegade Ops up on my list if there are other folks to play with.

Well, there goes Jade Empire. Rather short compared to other Bioware RPG's, but about as long as the original Mass Effect. Wonder if they'll ever revisit this setting? I took the good ending and saw the other two on youtube.

Moving on!

nel e nel wrote:

Viking: Battle For Asgard shall be sent to Valhalla this month! (360)

The Legions of Hel hath been vanquished.

I've realized I have a number of FPS games sitting on my pile and some that have been here for a year, completel untouched, like Bioshock 2. The only thing I ever did with that game was get GFWL set up and quit out. Anyways, I'm going after Hard Reset right now, so add me on the list for that.

I took off the first week of the year and did myself proud.

Defence Grid
Batman AA
Batman AC
COD MWII

All are done and finished and in the books.

Now as long as my family doesnt kill me I plan on finishing these titles before the months up

Rage (95% complete)
Portal 2 (85% complete)
LA Noire (15% complete)

I've completed Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, finally getting through the very long (but rewarding in terms of story) fifth case. It was a lot of fun to play on my iPhone and has me interested in the other two games in the series. Only problem is that it would contribute to The Pile and I don't own a DS, so I would have to get them on Wiiware.

I'm around 35% complete in Puzzle Quest 2and close to 50% through Trenched/Iron Brigade. Having fun with both and hopefully am on track to complete them by the end of the month.

Think I'm about halfway through Bastion. Just found the singer. Hope everyone else who hasn't finished it yet is having fun with it, too.