Slowing things down
So.. I've had this plan brewing in my head for some time now... but up till now it's not been properly executed. But, I'm going to give it my best and have been trying REALLY hard for a few weeks now.
The idea you ask? I'm going to try and stop buying games... for the time being. Silly you say? Crazy, insane? Sure, but, I've seemingly built up a backlog of games that are either partially finished or not even touched and that pile just keeps adding up - so much so that I fear I'll never get to them... and thats not what I want, at all. I want to experience their stories and have fun in their worlds, I don't want to pass over them for game X that comes out. So I'm making a stand. No more games.
That said, I know in my heart that the rule is mostly applied to new full priced games because... it's uber hard to pass a good deal when in a games store or online. For example, while shopping for my brother's birthday (he wanted Silent Hill: Shattered Memories for PS2) I just so happened to graze over a pile of cheap games in a bin. Not being able to pass up some cheap games, I picked up Pure and Dead Rising for the 360 at $8 and $11 respectively as well as Dissidia: Final Fantasy for the PSP at $14. Then while online I picked up a few PSP minis (which aren't too bad, as I can usually blow through them in a few hours) Avatar the Game for PSP (on sale) on PSN and The Witcher for the PC via Steam (again, on sale). So here I am with a growing number of games I need to play :S However, I am doing better and plan on being even more strict with my purchasing of games from here on.
I guess it doesn't help that I just purchases a new Video Card for my PC (link) and along with it comes a copy of Modern Warfare 2 packed in :P lol. But really I just hope to run some of my more demanding games in full now :P
I guess I can't talk about needing to finish games without mentioning which I'm currently playing or recently finished.
I've got about 17hours or so into Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) and I'm really liking it thus far, the whole battle system is rather easy to grasp while also being built in a way that it causes you to think and not just sit there tapping the attack button :P I find the main character, Lightning, kind of annoying.. and question the localization of Vannielle's lines... but over all I feel that most of the characters are strong ones that really fit the world. My fav thus far is Sazh :)
I'm also a good portion of the way through God of War 3 which is f'n sweet. Really what I expected out of a GoW title on the PS3. I love that they display the quick time even buttons on their corrosponding piece of the screen. Square left, Triangle top, Circle right and X bottom with R1/L1 in their top respective corners really A) makes it easier to know which one to press and B) lets you view more of the battle thats unfolding rather than having your eyes glued to the place there the button pops up.
I've also started in on my quest to be a Pokemon Master ;) on Pokemon Heart Gold and thanks to some new software on my card, don't have issues with it freezing. So I'll be able to play more of that :D I chose cyndiquil as my starter pokemon.
Perfect Dark is seriously the best $10 I spent on any game :) I play it constantly and love it. Got the game finished on both Single player and co-op via the agent mode and have various other levels completed on Special Agent and Perfect agent as well. It takes quite a bit of planning and trial/error to get perfect agent levels completed... but I love the game so much I don't mind putting time into it. I am missing 1 gun within the game tho :( It's also preventing me from getting one of the achievements associated with that.
Oh yeah, I also got into playing Left4Dead (PC) a game I got for like $2 on steams christmas sale and have now gotten around to playing. It's kind of fun and chaotic... but I've got issues with it's pacing. It's to the point that I can predict when they're going to send a hoard of zombies rushing at me, so it's really boiled down to wandering around till that point and bunkering down to kill them all. I feel it should have a little more dynamic to it and keep me guessing as to where they're going to come from and when.
As for games I've completed this year. Well, lets see. When MassEffect 2 came out I started in on and re-played (about 37hrs) Mass Effect 1 all the way through - doing most everything there was to do, even giving the dlc a try. I think focused on completing Mass Effect 2, which took around 40 hours as well, to complete and I loved it. Mass Effect and Bioware are f'n amazing at what they do.
I also played through Heavy Rain when I first got it. It wasn't too hard, but I really enjoyed the exprience. Quite a unique game that quite honestly could be a movie :)
So that's what? 3 games for 2010 thus far? lol. Unless you count PD's Agent mode I guess :P But plan on there being MUCH more as I bunker down and set out to finish more.
Lastly, I had a question. Should I do blogs more often? 1 every 2 months is a little crazy imo :P I do actually write up more blogs... just never seem to upload em and they get lost. :S