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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.

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PSN Games (Summer 2013)   Leave a comment

Finally I get to review the following games: Machinarium, flOw, Flower, Datura.

Machinarium

The first time I played this little gem was almost 4 years ago as a demo on the game’s website. In June, the PlayStation Network offered the game for free to PSN Plus subscribers. I couldn’t say no to a free game.

It’s about a humanoid robot (a he) that found itself on a junkyard. He doesn’t remember much about what happened, but he remembers another humanoid robot (a girl) when he’s idle. You go throughout the game solving puzzles and finding out more about the world and our unlikely metal protagonist.

Machinarium is a point and click adventure game. You move around a cursor on the screen and click on various objects to interact with. Our hero is not much of a robot, but it can stretch and shrink it’s body to a certain length and store objects by opening it’s mouth/head like a trash can. With that in mind, you get a general idea of where interactive objects are located by his reach. Other than that, an indicator pops up next to the cursor showing that the object is interactive.

Everything in the game is hand-drawn. The game developer(s) put their heart into this steam punk-ish industrial setting to make this machine world. They crammed a lot of detail into this game. It’s worth a try if you’re a PSN Plus subscriber. It’s also available on XBox Live and from their main site. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted August 17, 2013 by StupidSystemus in Games, Reviews

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