Monday, 2 April 2012

An unnecessary silence.

I've been rather quiet recently, I apologise.

Though to be fair there's a reason to it all, well several.

It started with Reckoning: Kingdoms of Amalur. The only way I can explain this game is taking World of Warcraft, making it a single player and giving it a more interactive combat. This game is huge, I played hours on it and still found myself on the first continent.

Sadly I had to take a break, Mass Effect 3 was coming, and I still had to finish off Mass Effect 2 (note I'd finished it before and at some point I've deleted all my old saves in a "OH GOD I HATE WHAT I'VE DONE AND I'M STARTING OVER FROM SCRATCH")

Unfortunately this means playing Mass Effect 1 again, which is a fantastic game but so dated compared to it's successors, especially in the UI and control department. That said I still had my old Spectre achievement, Spec guns make everything better, except the guy you're shooting.

I was midway through Mass Effect 2 though going at great pace with a week till ME3's launch. I'd stocked up on snacks, gotten time off work and would have everything ready, with the plan being I'd finish by playing Arrival the night before launch.

Then my PC died, and I got it back Wednesday this week. Much rage has been had.

At this point I'd just quickly like to thank my tired old beat up laptop for playing a vanilla version of ME3 with no imported save data, just so I wasn't sat staring at my Collector's Edition going stir crazy.

So that's the main reason for a lack of updates, I've really not been able to do much gaming. I'm playing through MY version of ME3 now though with my PC back. I'll be withholding opinion on the game (and the ending) till I've done my story of it.

The other reason I've not been around is because with no PC to play on, I picked up my 3DS, bashed my head at a few Sonic levels, played a bit of Mario 3DS and then bought Metal Gear Solid 3DS.

Now I loved Metal Gear Solid, to the point I already knew the game and still bought Twin Snakes on the Gamecube. I saw MGS2 on a friend's PS2 and hated it (seriously, fuck Raiden) and I never picked up the series after that. I got MGS3DS purely on an old friend's recommendation, I owe him a drink for it.

The camera controls take a while to get use to, and you'll be frustrated at the end with EVA's utterly horrible driving (insert women drivers joke here) But this is a measurement as to how much I enjoyed the game.

As soon as I completed it, I hit "Start new game" to do it all again and try different approaches. The story will be exactly the same but the combat and means to an end ranges vastly, it's an absolutely brilliant game that only has the flaw of being shorter than MGS1. However I will have to pick up Guns of the Patriots at some point and just forget MGS2 ever existed.

Anyway back to Mass Effect 3, at some point I'll finish it, get back to Amalur and Skyrim, do those achievements I meant to do in DX:HR and probably buy Kid Icarus for the 3DS.

Oh and there's been a ton of drama in EVE, but there are many many better blogs that cover all that if you want an educated appraisal of the situation. I suggest starting here. Though on EVE related news, there are things on the horizon which I shall talk about at greater length in a future blog, for now. Put Missiles on the Ships...