Monday, April 25, 2011

Now playing: Oldskool surprises and more

It's Monday... but fuck it, I'll blog. I've been forcing myself to start gaming again... something I've had some issues doing for a little while. Here's some titles I've been busy with:

Holy cow, I love when random old games pop up in my world and thrill the hell our of my face. :) One such title, I spotted on PSN (before PSN went down :P) and I've been playing it since. It's called "Neutopia" and it's a title originaly on the Turbo-Grafx 16 system and it plays near exactly like Zelda of NES fame.

Nostalgic looking, no?
A big bad dude steals the princess and you must travel an over-world finding dungeons so you can collect the 8 medallions to be able to save the princess. Sounds a lot like Zelda, eh? Totally and I dig that A LOT. I went scouring the internet for more information and I learn that, not only is this game also available on Wii's Virtual Console (the online store) but it's sequel as well :D Perhaps when I finish the first, I'll go get the second there :).

I also threw in Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3) as I've been thinking about it lately. I played for a session on Saturday and finished on chapter 11 out of 14 (had to recheck that) but only because I forced myself to stop and chill in the living room a bit with the family. If I had continued to play, I prob would of beaten it in that one sitting... but I left that for yesterday when I sat down again for a few hours and pushed through to the ending.

Andy Serkis is great as Monkey. Trip and Piggy are equally great.

The ending really threw me off! I wasn't expecting it to end like that. But in the end, it was a heavily decent game. I had issues with some of the combat, a camera that felt too close and little graphical quips, but over all I thought it was a moving, character driven story that was worth playing (much like the teams first project, Heavenly Sword). The characters themselves kind of reminded me of the Beyond Good & Evil pair of protagonists. I scored it an 8.5/10 on gamespot.

Been thinking of just plunging into random games that I haven't beaten (or started) yet and just blasting through them. I've been putting gaming off for a little bit and a large collection of games off as well. So, why not just pick on and plow though it and get onto the next? It's really that easy. Thinking about perhaps some Brutal Legend for my next play through. We'll see.

I've also been dropping some serious hours into Red Faction: Guerrilla, as of late. The game is a lot of fun... erm well, the destruction is :D I don't really know what's up with the story too much... outside of the bad guys being bad and the rebels fighting back :P Mechs are killer for ripping down buildings though :)

Hi, I'm Mech... and I'm gonna rip your house down!
Just the other day, I jumped from a speeding vehicle to have it ram into the house of some poor soul and I saw it launch through the floor, come flying out of the roof and then explode, the blast ripping the walls from the structure and then the remaining chassis come smashing down on the structure's last support beams, bringing the whole mass of debris to a crumbling mess at the bottom of the embankment... how incredibly awesome is that for a Sunday drive on Mars? :P

Another title that seems to take up some of my time is Dragon Age: Legends. It's a facebook game oddly enough, but it's got enough good about it to keep me coming back. It's basically a crappy (I use the term lovingly) flash version of what you'd expect from a DA title. You build a character, do turn based RPG battles, level up, collect junk and such, but you also own a castle and workers who craft potions and such for you.

My character, Kaitu at the bottom.
I can only play about 5-15 minutes at a time as I run out of stamina and potions (stamina builds up after time and potions take time for workers to craft) but I think that's a good thing, as it allows me to just casually play it when I've got a few minutes to burn. It's nothing riveting or exciting and it sure as hell doesn't match a real game, but it's got it's charms.

Have also been giving gaming on my new Android based phone a go... it's okay for a distraction... but really not that advanced, I must say. If flash games are your thing, go for it... else, I think I'll be sticking to my regular handhelds... as it's a joke to sit back and call gaming on touch screen phones anything but silly. Even tetris is a bit touch and go as pushing a block with your finger is tricky at times... and tetris is as simple a control scheme as you can get really. Thus far, the best gaming I've got out of it is the emulators for older systems :) Who doesn't like a good old game of Pokemon Red on their phone? :P

With that, I leave you suckers.... so I can go about more gaming :) Peace.