Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Uncharted update

So, it's been a long time again since the last update. I actually finished Les Manley a day or two after the last post, but haven't been back to update. It was (almost) exactly the same as I remembered it all the way through. The only difference was the final bad guy. For some reason I remembered a different face behind the mask. Weird. I must be confusing him with a different game bad guy. Anyway, it was all good fun. It'll be interesting to compare it to the Leisure Suit Larry games when I get to them in a thousand years time.

A while back I decided to add my playstation games to the back list, and next up was the first of those - Uncharted 2. I completed the first Uncharted game years ago when I first got my PS3 and enjoyed it a lot. Even Kate seemed to enjoy it a little, back when I used to be able to play games in the open without fear of a telling off :) It was also back in the days before they had trophies, I think it might have been one of the first games to have trophy support bolted onto it. Most annoyingly they didn't count any of the awards you already had toward the new trophies and, typically, I finished the game just before trophy support was added. Was I going to go back and play it again just for the trophies? Hell no. Although I have to admit I was tempted when I saw that there was some kind of special reward unlocked in the second game when you had trophies from the first... But no, I couldn't quite be bothered. Anyway, what's the game like? It's good. Plays pretty much the same as the first game as far as I can remember - Tomb Raider with better guns. The first game descended into a boring shooter toward the end, with zombies no less. This one hasn't done that yet, it's still all very cinematic with lots of exploration and cut scenes. To be honest, it does feel a little bit hand-hold heavy - you never really have to look for where to go next. I guess that's what they intended to keep the story moving along at pace. That's no bad thing, but I think they erred a little too much on the cautious side, and a little bit of head scratching would have benefited the game. I'm not sure how far along I am, maybe two-thirds of the way? I'm looking forward to finishing it, though. It's a very enjoyable romp.

In other news, I've decided to give up on The Bard's Tale. It got to the point where I was preferring to work through lunch rather than go back to it, and that's just terrible! So that means I'm going to skip out on the third game as well. That's actually the one that I used to own, so I was curious to go back to it, but I know it's basically exactly the same game as the second and I'm not that much of a glutton for punishment. Next up on the sequel side, then, is Alone in the Dark 2. It should be a nice change of pace. I completed it before, many years ago, so I'm hoping I'll be able to zip through it.

Oh, and in the last piece of news for this long post, I've finally finished adding all of my random games to the database, and the total count stands at 2950! That might take me a little while to get through. Once I've worked out how many of those I've completed,  I'll add a count to the page to show how far I've still got to go on this silly quest of mine.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Starry, starry night...

...the Protoss made a getaway,
Now I'm lost in L.A.
With Les who sees the geekness in my soul.

So anyway, Starcraft is finished. Long post about it last time so I won't go into much more detail here. Needless to say, it were smashin'. Some flibbertigibbety difficult missions that took a while, but it remained fun until the end, and that's all I can ask for. You could argue that the main bulk of the game is still to come on the multiplayer side, but that's not for me at the moment so it's off to join the done pile (which is still infinitesimally small compared to the not-done pile). So without further ado (and as old-game-geeks among you may have guessed from the Don Maclean rip-off above), the next title from the randometer is...Les Manley: Lost in LA.

This game was one that my good friend George's Dad brought back from Bahrain while he was working out there. Apparently because of the copyright laws you could just walk into (probably still slightly dodgy) shops out there and pay pittance to get copies of virtually anything you wanted. I remember George had a printed list of all the titles they had available and we pored over it for hours marking off the ones we wanted. There was some great stuff there. Anyway, this was one of the games from the first random batch that George's dad brought back. It's a point-and-click adventure and I didn't really remember that much about it until I started playing, then it all came flooding back...befriend the lifeguard so you can talk to the two girls above...talk to the lifeguard about the eclipse and then steal his bandanna when it goes dark...use the bandanna with the fake rap crew to get past them and enter the dodgy pawn shop... I can't remember what's going to happen, but whenever I pick up an object it clicks into place and I remember what I need to do with it. It's quite fun and seems to be proceeding fairly briskly. I'd completely forgotten how saucy it is, too. Not by today's standards, but I was pretty young then, so you'd have thought it would have made more of an impression...ah well, obviously not! Shouldn't be too long before the evil Maladonna is in my clutches, so hopefully there'll be a win post soon.