By the skin of my teeth, I did manage to finish Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning by Halloween. The end game actually came really quickly. After spending hours (a whole lot of hours...) doing side quests and exploring, the last part of the game was focussed solely on moving the main story forward, and it did so at some pace. In fact, there was so much exposition in the last level that I did wonder if perhaps they'd had to cut a bunch of content because of time restrictions, so had a character tell you about it rather than having you do it. The final boss was also slightly disappointingly easy. It was big enough, and impressive enough, but maybe because I'd reached the level cap by doing all the side quests, and maybe because of the mage character I'd chosen, I basically just spammed the same couple of spells over and over (as I had been doing the whole of the game) and bossman waved bye-bye fairly quickly. I don't think I even moved my character. Still, I suppose that's better than me complaining that he was too hard (I'm a bit rubbish at these computer game things, and there's nothing more annoying than having to fight the same boss over and over again). Anyway, after all that moaning, I did really enjoy my time with it, and it's another game down! No platinum trophies for this one - you have to beat the game on hard to do that, and there's no way I'm playing through it all again! Next up on the PS3 list is the perfect Halloween game - Costume Quest. It's a Double Fine game, so I already love it, and the demo I played of it was pretty fun, so I'm looking forward to this one. It should also be quite a lot shorter!
In other news, I'm slowly grinding my way through Retribution. Every time I play it I consider quitting it and moving on to the next game, so that should give you an idea of how much I'm enjoying it! It's really hard, and it's not made any better by the fact it's a flight sim/arcade game controlled by the mouse. I think you should be able to use a joystick too, but I can't work out how to change those settings. It's so annoying in so many ways (e.g., when you die, you have to click about 20 different things in order to restart again) but it's also strangely compelling. There are 44 missions in the game (4 missions on each of the 11 maps), and each one can be finished fairly quickly if you get it right, so you're always progressing the story in bite-sized pieces. I think I'm on the 4th or 5th world at the moment, so a little over a third of the way through. As I mentioned, the game is hard, so if I hit a level further on that completely stonewalls me me then I'm likely to rage-quit and move on. At the moment, though, I'm getting through levels at most on the 3rd or 4th attempt, so it's not too bad. I'll keep on it for a bit longer.