Thursday, 23 June 2011

Oh GOG...

...you've done it to me again. An Interplay sale...Damn it all! From now on, I am definitely, definitely, definitely operating a one-in-one-out strategy, or even better, a two-out-one-in strategy. My backlog is growing faster than my 5 minutes can keep up. Still, there were some fantastic titles in the sale, very, very tempting.

Also, recently read an article on the Shining series. Fancied a playthrough of some of them, but it looks like some of my backup DVDs are corrupted. BigDarn. I must have a copy of at least Shining in the Darkness somewhere.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Hi Mr. Bull, my name's Red Rag

So my boss just sent me the link to Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri on GOG...does the man know what he's doing to me? Luckily I'm fairly strong-willed against Civ games at the moment, as I bought Civ 3 and 4 in a Steam sale a while back and haven't played either of them yet. (I still don't really feel I've finished playing the boxed copy of Civ II Classic Collection sitting in the bookshelf behind me. One to return to one day...maybe.)

Actually that's a subject I'll write about in more length some time in the future - the tug between playing open-ended games and sticking with games with a clear ending. At the moment I side solely with games I can actually finish so I can make some headway through the backlog, but as a gamer I do enjoy some of those big, open-ended titles. What am I saying, even the small open-ended games suck me in - Desktop Dungeons was a recent case in point before I forced myself to close my eyes and hit the delete button.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

BIG (small) News

So, it looks like I might soon be only having 2.5 minutes a day for games!

(and in other news, I take back everything I said in the previous post. Turns out I also had The Darkest Day (TDD) mod installed and that adds a bonus section after SoA but before ToB. Once I finished that section I got the ending video proper - onwards to Saradush!)

Monday, 13 June 2011

SoA -> ToB

So, the other thing that happened over the weekend was that I finally finished Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn after, what, 7-8 years of playing on and off? And...it was a huge disappointment. I guess that's partly my fault for having the WeiDU Big World mod installed, so the game just runs straight from the main story to the expansion pack. Still, I was hoping that after that long there'd be a nice payoff for destroying Irenicus once and for all, but nothing, just a little speech then I was off on the next quest.

One quick YouTube search later, it turns out there should have been an ending video, but it must have been removed from the Big World mod for continuity, or something. I guess I should think of it as an ongoing story rather than an ending, but still. I love the game and all, but after that amount of time I expected, no - longed for something more. So, going by how long it took me to finish that part, I'll let you know in 2015 whether the ending to the final Throne of Bhaal storyline was worth it!

PS3 Back for Good(ness)

So, my PS3 died a while back, which was annoying. Actually, it was more annoying than that, it was REALLY annoying. Anyway, this deadness just happened to coincide with the deadness of PSN after it was hacked. I had a replacement PS3 sent out without any hassle (though they still haven't sent back the DVD that was stuck in it), but I couldn't actually do much with it. I own maybe 3 or 4 physical PS3 games, all of the rest are from downloads from PSN, so with no PSN I effectively had no games. This was not fun, especially when it dragged on for a month, but hey, it gave me time for some DS love.

So when PSN came back up I dutifully went and downloaded all of my old games - most of which I have yet to play...I know. I'm on Plus, and I'm a sucker for a special offer, so there was a lot of GB to come down. My ISP must have loved me, but bums to them. [Note to Sony: You really need a 'bought games' section as well as just a downloads list. Sorting through 569 games with no indication of which were actual games I owned and which were just demos is no fun. NB: the vast majority of those are demos, I certainly don't own *that* many PS3 games!] So anyway, a week or so later I've downloaded everything again, happiness should resume, right? Wrong.

In their infinite (but severely flawed) wisdom, Sony don't keep the most up to date files for initial download. You can only download the 1.0 version of the files, and then when you first run the game it will pop off to the server and say it needs to be updated to a newer version. Why? I've thought about this from every angle I can, but I still can't see a single reason why Sony would want to do this except for laziness. I can't see how it benefits anybody to have to work this way. So essentially, after spending a week downloading the games, I then had to spend another week essentially downloading them again to bring them all up to date. Fun? No, but at least it's done now, and that is a good thing.

In other news, I had a quick go at Borderlands over the weekend. It's the only game I've bought after a full game trial on Plus, and I'm quite enjoying it. Its irreverent tone feels a bit like a modern Duke Nukem, which is no bad thing. And yes, I know there *is* a modern Duke Nukem out now, but my PC is way too old to play anything like that, and to be honest, I'm not that interested in it.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Fatal Lobsterinth

So, just having a quick blast at Fatal Labyrinth after reading a review from The Retroist. It's a Rogue-like on the Megadrive - quite basic, but quite fun. Annoying inventory system, but that's quite common in Rogue-likes, and some groovy music. Anyway. One thing you have to do in the game is collect food, and you have a constantly dwindling supply.  At the start of the game I had a warning message flash up that I was getting hungry, so since that point I'd been eating food like crazy ... until I wolfed down one snack and a message flashed up saying I was full ... and then it was game over. My character had literally eaten until he burst. Why he didn't stop, I'll never know. He had his Mr. Creosote moment and left. And I left the game, because I don't have time for random deaths like that, Rogue-like or no.

Dear Gog

Why do you tempt me so? There is no time for any of these games you offer, yet I'm so compelled...they're so cheap...

Must resist.

Must...dang.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

First Post!

A quick check to make sure things are running okay.

Currently playing: Baldur's Gate 2 on PC and Mega Man Battle Network 5 Double Team on DS.

I'll write more about them later...why do I do these things to myself?