Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Moving on

I played a bit more of Z last week and cleared a few more levels, but it just wasn't doing it for me. Once the difficulty started cranking up and I started having to replay levels multiple times in order to get anywhere I just gave up. Z is a notoriously difficult game, and it's one that I just haven't got the heart for at the moment. You can save anywhere during a level, so it's probably possible to brute force the game through save scumming (and that's normally what I would have done), but I just want something quick and dirty to get things moving again. I did also quickly have a go at X-Com Apocalypse, but it's quite a departure from the original games, so I'm going to have to read the manual before I can seriously give it a go...I'll get back to it soon, though.

On the subject of manuals, the next game revealed by the randometer was Arachnophobia. It's an action game based on the film. I thought it might have been perfect for my quick-thrill needs, but unfortunately you need the manual to get through the copy protection and I don't have a copy of it (nor can I find one online), so I'm going to give it a miss. So, next up on the randometer is...ugh...Epic Baseball! It's a baseball management sim; really, really not my cup of tea, but I'll give it a quick go and move on to something else before too long.

Monday, 1 July 2013

No Progress

Well, this is certainly slow. A combination of travel and busy work means I haven't made any progress with games recently. I did play through the first level of Z a while back, but that's about it. The game seems to be running a bit slowly - not sure if it's an emulation issue or that's just how it always was and I'm remembering it wrongly. Another issue is that most of the humour (and half the fun) of the game comes from the personalities of the troops you control - both in the videos between missions and in the general comments they make when you order them about. Unfortunately (because I'm playing a dodgy copy of the game and CHEATERS NEVER WIN), there are no video cutscenes in my version, and all of the voices have been dubbed into Russian. That's nowhere near as fun as it perhaps sounds, so I'm mostly playing the game with noises off. Anyway, as I say, I've only played the first training mission so far, so I've got plenty more game to go. I haven't even opened up X-Com Apocalypse yet. Oh, and I did go off-list and spent a couple of free evenings playing Kingdoms of Amalur, which I'm enjoying greatly. I'll post more when I come back to it.

In other blog-related news, I watched the film version of The Fourth Protocol last night, and it wasn't half bad. Plot-wise, it didn't follow the game much, the general idea was the same and there were echoes here and there (setting watchers, the pizza place, etc.) but it felt very different in other aspects. I'm going to have to read the book now (doing things in completely the wrong order!) and see how the original pans out. I get the feeling that the game is going to be closer to the book than the film was - it certainly felt more detailed in its narrative. The other good thing was that Pierce Brosnan starred as the bad guy and barely said a word, yay! If only I could say the same about Michael Caine - he was the good guy, and generally just walked about swearing whilst wearing nice jackets.