Sunday, March 31, 2002
Thursday, March 28, 2002
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Hmm... I wonder if I DO need any land in Karachi...
Tuesday, March 26, 2002
I've even tried a couple of the other fighters that I was doing well with yesterday and now I can't seem to do anything right with them. Oh well. I guess I just have to get back into a groove. I should also spend more time with the training mode.
Monday, March 25, 2002
There is also a neat tournament/ranking system that lets you build up one of the fighters and unlock all sorts of hidden items and so forth. You can then play with your personalized fighter against people in Vs. mode or in the several different single-player modes.
Beautiful graphics and amazing levels. I love the snow level. You actually make deep tracks in the snow and can clear it away from the tiles it's on top of as you play!
Granted, if both were in the store today, I would likely pick up Freedom Force. But since FF isn't in the stores till at least tomorrow or Wednesday, and VF4 is in the store, coupled with my thought process above, I think I'll get VF4.
See how my mind works? Kind of sick, isn't it?
Sunday, March 24, 2002
Though I might just wait and see if I can get my cards back from my wife and then I'd just use that money for one of those games instead. Ah, we'll see.
Friday, March 22, 2002
Arcanum is great, but there's just SO much to work on and you've got to think about 50 hours down the road to see how the choice you're making with the character will evolve and turn out... arg!
Best thing I've done so far in Arcanum:
This rummy came up to me in the bar and wanted me to rob the bank. I told him I would but if I didn't show up the next day w/ his cut he'd tell the cops who stole the money. So I get the safe combination, then I go to the cops and tell them that this rummy was trying to get me to rob the bank. They lock him up...
THEN the bank gets robbed by a gang of other thieves and I'm recruited to help stop the robbery. I do so, and I'm the hero of the town...
The door to the vault is open. I go in once everyone has left, use the combo for the safe and take all 500 gp and nobody says anything about it because I'm the hero of the town and I've already implicated the rummy AND stopped the bank robbers :)
Hee hee... fun stuff.
Moments ago, Brock beat No One Lives Forever on his computer, allowing him to bring closure to a great spy movie of a game and bringing a big smile to his face. This also allowed him to start to curse and swear about the fact that the sequel isn't going to be out anytime soon! ARG!
Very cool game, loads of fun, and the story is incredibly strong. I have played RPG's with weaker storylines than this. And for a FPS to have such a strong (and funny) storyline rocks.
It's got a great plot twist at the end too. Just wait till you see who is behind all of the nefarious goings-on...
Now to start working on Arcanum again. It's a great game, but dear god, it's complex... At least with the Baldur's Gate games I knew the core rules like the back of my hand. Arcanum has a 184 page manual and I'm getting the sneaky suspicion I'll be reading it all before I'm through.
Tuesday, March 19, 2002
Went out tonight and was able to get Julie to help pay for most of the cost of Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magic Obscura and the Tron Special Edition DVD at EB, which in my mind constitutes a great birthday present.
Sunday, March 17, 2002
Went out and looked at a house. It was pretty messy inside, but with care it could be quite nice. We're going to keep looking around though.
Saw Resident Evil (der moviefilm) today. It wasn't bad. It could have been a LOT better had they not resorted to the cheapo cut-away shots whenever something gory was about to happen, especially since the movie was rated R anyways. It was a pretty tame R, for all the 'violence' in it... ah well. I liked it though. Definately wasn't the crap-fest that was Boob, er, Tomb Raider.
Saturday, March 16, 2002
Friday, March 15, 2002
Interesting level of the day: First I had to escape a sinking ship, then I had to go back and swim around it in scuba gear... fun stuff, especially when you can use your spear gun to nail the baddies to the wall :)
Thursday, March 14, 2002
I got stuck working the overnight shift tonight. Oh well. I'm just going to go back upstairs and read for a wee bit and then sleep. This means I get more time off next week :)
Wednesday, March 13, 2002
I've been watching more of it over the last day or two and it is getting better. From episode 4 onwards the story really tightens up, the animation has improved and the characters are getting more interesting and less annoying. It's still nowhere near the quality of something like, say, Trigun or Cowboy Bebop, but it's now worth watching rather than just suffering through.
I do wonder if anyone would watch it had it been released without the Final Fantasy name on it. Granted, it has some neat ideas and since the story has matured and set down roots, I'm getting hooked on it. However, it seems too much like a Digimon reject for my critical tastes. But so long as the story holds up, I would be interested to see how it turns out.
An example of just how cool it is: I'm on an airplane. It's just been taken over by the agents of H.A.R.M. I'm trying to escape but there are no parachutes left... just as time is running out, the tail of the plane explodes and I'm sucked out... I then have to fight off the baddies AS I'M PLUMMETING TO MY DOOM and also try to catch up to the one guy WITH a parachute who is below me and trying to avoid my pilfering his parachute... simply awesome.
There are all sorts of cool missions... some are more sneaky, like in Thief, while others are flat out combat. And there are tonnes of different approaches to a level. I can use my gadgets to avoid detection, or simply run through with guns blazing.
Thankfully I have the next 4 days off too, so I'll have even MORE chances to see what the game has to offer.
Tuesday, March 12, 2002
I couldn't have been further from the mark if I'd tried. This has got to be THE scariest game I've ever played. I'm only an hour into it, but so far I've been creeped out far more than I was in Silent Hill 2 and I can't wait to have the next few days off to really get into the game. It's even scarier than the original Silent Hill and it looks like I'll have an easier time following the story than in the 2 SH's (which needed the excellent online plot guides to approach some semblance of lucidity!)
It's not Resident Evil though. If you're expecting zombies and gun-battles, go elsewhere. This is a game for those who like their scares to take place more in the imagination than on-screen. Heck, your weapon? An old camera that you use to 'capture' and stun ghosts and expose hidden clues around a decrepit old mansion. The presentation and sound is amazing. You know a game is scary when the sudden silences leave you more freaked out than the disturbing breathing sounds you'd just been listening to.
And don't even get me started on the vibration in the controllers. If you thought the heartbeat in the Silent Hill games was creepy, you ain't felt nothin' yet!
I'm very impressed with Fatal Frame (if you couldn't tell) and am even more impressed with the fact that it's such a high quality game for having so little hype. A nice change after the disappointment that was State Of Emergency... sigh.
Monday, March 11, 2002
Sunday, March 10, 2002
Very campy and funny AND it plays great too. I'm only on the first assignment, so we'll have to see how it goes from here, but I like it so far (I got a little further than I am now about a year ago when I first got NOLF, but this time I'm planning on playing the game through).
Saturday, March 09, 2002
In other wacky Canadian sports news, check it out. We've inducted currency into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Now I must go to bed. House-hunting begins in earnest tomorrow!
Wednesday, March 06, 2002
I also saw the DVD for a movie called Series 7, which is a very violent parody of reality TV (people are randomly selected to receive a gun and then have to go kill all the other people in the contest... or something to that effect. Right up my alley :) but alas, I only had my $40 and I will have to *gasp* wait to get Series 7.
Otherwise I've just been busy dealing with yet another mess at work (I go in, I have *1* day to get about 10 quotes for various house projects... and did I mention they'd all have to be finished by March 31st at the latest? Give me a break...) and trying to CONTAIN MY RAGE!!!
Oh, 24 was great last night. I really hope they put the whole season on DVD because I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
I also realized tonight that I've had a real dearth of good adventure games in my life lately. There were a few good ones last year (The Longest Journey, Monkey Island 4) but so far this year, nothing... Ah well.
Monday, March 04, 2002
Front Mission 3 for the PSX. It's a great game, and it brings the beauty of turn-based strategy alongside the sheer joy of great big robots blowing each other up. And for a PS1 game it looks quite nice, especially when you turn on the enhancements on the PS2.
I've heard it takes about 90 hours to beat FM3. And that's just for one of the two storylines. Granted, the thing has an entire virtual internet, complete with passwords that need cracking and e-mail that you can read and respond to, so between that, the long missions and the endless tweaking and customizing of my mechs, I'll be working on the game for a bit.
Oh, and did I mention it's a Squaresoft title? So the story is great by default, even though it's more tangled than a parasitic tapeworm.
Friday, March 01, 2002
According to the recent japanese commercials for Kingdom Hearts, there's going to be at least SOME Nightmare Before Christmas content in this RPG. I can't wait!
I'm currently in that sort of in-between phase of games where I have started a lot of different games, but none to any extent that I am hooked and MUST PLAY UNTIL I FINISH IT. I'm also not sure what kind of game I want to play right now. I've got my music games for quick fixes, there's Maximo or Devil May Cry to work on, though part of my reptilian brain is nagging me to get back into one of my older PS1 Square RPG's... Vagrant Story, Xenogears, Final Fantasy VII or Final Fantasy Tactics are all vying for my attention at the moment. Arg! Part of me also want's to work on Deus Ex or No One Lives Forever on the PC... curse you, Serious Sam, for rekindling my love of First Person Shooters!
Add to this the absolutely insane amount of anime I've been downloading from my buddy lately and I don't have time to game if I'm to enjoy it all! AHHHH!
Oh well. I could be a lot worse off.
Wish us luck tomorrow as my wife and I go off to le bank to try to get a mortgage so we can stop paying our landlord's with our insane rent... whee!
(why am I so goofy? Long week at work coupled with only having to work 2 days in the next 8 is a start.. and I'm not even sick this time! )
Cheers for now.