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A Gaming Year in Review: 2014   Leave a comment

I took a much needed break from blogging about games and played a bunch of of them instead. On top of the ones I’ve written about last year, I’ve completed a handful ranging from triple-A titles I bought in the last few years, some current ones I bought in 2014 and many PlayStation Plus free games.

I’m currently working on a bunch of other games. I’ve succumbed to the idea that you don’t have to completely finish a game, or finish a game for that matter. It’s a big improvement on my tiny OCD complex, though I’m still adamant about finishing all my games before I buy a PS4.

  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
  • Puppeteer
  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
  • Silent Hill Homecoming
  • Ico
  • Little Big Planet Karting

This does not even include games I haven’t opened or started (disc-based and digital).

  • Silent Hill: Downpour
  • Bioshock: Infinite
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Tokyo Jungle
  • Child of Light

There are just too many games. PlayStation Plus has been a godsend with their monthly free titles. I have a chip in my a shoulder and an itch to scratch if I don’t get my money’s worth with all these games, even if I got them for free from PlayStation Plus or online. Trophies certainly don’t help the cause. I’m trying to get as most of these unfinished games done before the end of 2015. I’ll try to detach myself from trophy list completions.

Other than that, I might write a few reviews on finished and unfinished games. Usually, I write them after I’ve beaten the game. But that shouldn’t be the case.

I’m done.

Posted January 27, 2015 by StupidSystemus in Diary of a Gamer, Games

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The Problem with Gaming…   Leave a comment

I took a gaming break in college. I played unfinished games on my PS2 from time to time without completing them. Towards the end of college, I got into Maplestory. It was crazy addicting. It wasn’t until I graduated in 2008 that I started getting back into gaming again. My dad bought the PS3 around this time.

I started with a decent collection of PS3 games. Soul Calibur IV and Tekken 6 for fighting games, a First-Person Shooter with Unreal Tournament III, a basketball and tennis game and that Motorstorm racing game that came with the PS3. None of these were serious games that I invest my time on. Most of those games were still a year or so away. I was still playing better games on the PS2 and my current Maplestory addiction. My ex also bought Rock Band 2 for me and my siblings, even though I told her it’s a waste. It’s a nice party game, but it’s not a game I seriously invest my time on or the fact that I don’t really host parties lol.

It was about 6 months or so after (2009) when all the good games were released. Over the next two years, not in any particular order, I got Fallout 3, Metal Gear Solid 4, Dante’s Inferno, Heavy Rain, Brutal Legend, Final Fantasy XIII, Silent Hill: Homecoming, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Mirror’s Edge, L.A. Noire, Nier and God of War 3.

Fast forward to now:

  • I reached level 200 in Maplestory in late 2012. I’m probably the only one among my friends in college to ever reach this achievement (no cheating or private servers). I stopped playing shortly in early 2013.
  • I haven’t beaten Silent Hill: Homecoming. I also bought a copy of Silent Hill: Downpour. I haven’t played it yet.
  • I haven’t beaten Fallout 3. I actually traded my copy of it. At first I thought about buying the Game of the Year edition of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, but I felt it was too much Elder Scroll mechanics for me.
  • I did beat Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. I also got copies of their direct sequels, Modern Warfare 2 and 3. Also beat them.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4, Dante’s Inferno and Mirror’s Edge were the only serious game I invested my time on in 2009-2010.
  • When I started playing Final Fantasy XIII on my fat PS3, it actually broke the system. The lens was fried and could no longer play any disks, Blu-Ray or DVD. The system is still operational for downloaded games and is now sitting in the basement. I bought the Killzone 3 bundle of the slim PS3. I beat Killzone 3 (didn’t really care about multiplayer).
  • I started playing Nier, Brutal Legend, Heavy Rain, God of War 3 and L.A. Noire around 2010. I beat God of War 3 and Nier in 2011. I just beat the other three games earlier this year.
  • Sony had problems with the PSN in 2011 and closed it for a while. As their “Welcome Back” package, they gave away a few PS3 games for download and a trial of PlayStation Plus. I got inFAMOUS and Wipeout. Wipeout was meh. I beat inFAMOUS earlier this year and downloaded a free copy of inFAMOUS 2 as a PlayStation Plus member. Still have yet to beat it.
  • E3 in 2012 showcased a trailer for Assassin’s Creed III. That got my so hyped up that I bought the previous Assassin’s Creed games (1, 2, Brotherhood, Revelations) and beat them in the 3 months leading up to the release of AC3 in October 2012. I bought Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag on release date. I beat it about 3 weeks after.
  • I acquired a bunch of PSN games. flOw, Flower, Journey, Datura, Machinarium, etc. Already beat them.
  • I got The Walking Dead: A Tell-Tale Game and the 400 Days DLC. Still waiting for Season 2.
  • I acquired Ni no Kuni and Bioshock: Infinite from Amazon. Bioshock: Infinite includes a free copy of the first Bioshock. I’m actually playing that one first. I started playing Ni no Kuni. It’s a fun J-RPG.
  • I got Beyond: Two Souls. Many people were turned off by this game, but it’s a definite improvement as the spiritual-successor to Heavy Rain. It had better dialogue, acting, pacing and story.
  • Because of PlayStation Plus, I’ve had my pick on the litter on free games. I got Uncharted 3 for free. Rather than play this game first, I bought the Uncharted 1 and 2 bundle at Best Buy and beat the first game.
  • I started playing Final Fantasy XIII again. I’m almost done with the game. I bought Final Fantasy XIII-2 last year for $15 at Target. The final sequel, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII comes out next year.

The problem with gaming is that there are too many games distracting you from playing and completing previous games. I literally have games lying around enough to last me for another year, provided I don’t purchase anymore. With PS4 already out, it’s only a matter of time before I make the switch.

I’m done.

Diary of a Gamer   1 comment

I’ve been dreading to write this post only for the fact that I’ll have to follow it up in the next few weeks with dedicated reviews and first impressions of all the games I’ve played over the last several months. One thing is for sure, though: I’m not making reviews for Candy Crush Saga and Bubble Witch Saga. I’ll start with the basics of what’s up in the gaming front.

I sold my Nintendo DS Lite along with all my DS games. I bought in college, back when it was on sale and many of my college friends were playing them. The last time I played any of my DS games were in 2011. I had 5 games unfinished. I was fine parting ways with it. I received a lot of store credit for the trade, which I used to reserve Beyond: Two Souls back in May. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to play The Last of Us. It came out last month in June and many were blown away. I saw the first 20 minutes of game and that was not fun (read as sad). I’ll probably get around to playing that game eventually. That and Beyond: Two Souls are the last exclusive PS3 games in 2013, if not ever.

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