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Games this week:
Games! Not so muchMass Effectthis week, got sucked up into work and doing household chores. But, I had plenty of time for Pokemon, what with being out of town!
So, I’m deciding on a Fire-type and Water-type to roll with. I’m thinking maybe Vulpix/Ninetales and Omanyte/Omastar? But, then I have to wait a damned long time before I get my Omanyte. And I was originally thinking Flareon for my fire-type, which I’ve already evolved my Eevee into, so, it’s too late to go for Vaporeon… I’ll have to keep looking into my options for Water-types as I progress. Anyway, my team, currently, is a Flareon named Clifford, a Pidgeotto named Rock, a Pikachu named Train, a Kadabra named Shazam, a Sandslash named Roses, and an Ivysaur named Fluffy. I’m in Lavender Town and just started going up the Pokemon Tower! Ghost Pokemon!
And then this weekend I played games with the Rebekah. I picked upHeavy Rain, finally, because she had expressed interest in seeing it and we started that. It’s quite intriguing, although the character movement is very awkward. The glove/shades thing that Jayden has is wicked cool, though. Anyway, we’re not terribly far into it yet, so not much to say. Some of the button-prompt stuff is a little frustrating, but, I imagine I’ll figure out what the prompts are asking for exactly and get better at it.
Also with Rebekah, finishedCatherinelast night. It was super interesting seeing what things she was interested in. For instance, as I had mentioned the last time I talked about us playing, she has zero interest in talking to the other people in the bar and the other sheep. Especially the insane sheep, as she finds them exceptionally creepy. She found Catherine completely insane and rebuffed her at every turn and was nice to Katherine, although the good Katherine ending, which is the ending we got, shows Katherine stepping all over Vincent and basically making him her bitch, and Rebekah felt sorry for him.
And that’s what I played! See y’all next week!
Games this week:
Games! So, I finishedMass Effect 3. And I loved it! I even enjoyed the ending, despite at least one glaring plot hole. I think a lot of the reasons I hear about why people hate the ending of that game is just whining because it didn’t end the way you wanted it to end. And the other complaints just don’t bother me as much or are, frankly, personal preference. IsMass Effect 3as good asMass Effect 2? No, honestly not even close. IsMass Effect 3really good and a lot better than a host of other games I’ve ever played? Hells yes.
And then I immediately put inMass Effect, the first one, and created a new character to go through all three games and make as different a playthrough as I can, just to see what happens, y’know? I’m barely into it, but, know that’s coming.
I also played a bunch more old school Pokemon. Don’t know why, but, I’m just really in the mood to play Pokemon. Don’t hate.
Booted upCatherine. I’m doing a playthrough with Rebekah, as she expressed interest. Skipping the puzzles, though, the joy of having played the game pretty extensively beforehand, we can just go right to the story, which is what she’s interested in. It’s also interesting, for me, to see the way she doesn’t care and just doesn’t want to talk to the sheep on the landings or any of the people in the bar. She says, “They never have anything interesting to say.” As someone who wants to talk to everyone and see every line of dialogue that was programmed in, I find that very interesting.
And then we shot zombies last night in House of the Dead 2 & 3 Returns, specifically the second one. Gods, I love that voice acting.
Games this week:
Hello, folks! This week is largely more of the same. Did a bit of Achievement clean-up on Catherine, basically just to see all of the different endings. I like the game, and I’m happy to have thrown $80 bucks at Atlus, and maybe they could see it in their hearts to make me a nice next-gen Persona 5. Oh, a man can dream. And for the love of gods, bring Kanji and Chie into the next Persona. I don’t care how, do it. Ahem, anyway, I think I’m done with it for now. There are some other Achievements I could get, but, I don’t think I care. I fell out of that Achievement craze a while ago.
Speaking of Achievement craze, I’ve been playing the Halo 3 multiplayer pretty heavily last night and today. Just on a whim with my mate Tebo. Hopped in and started screwing around, not really playing the game so much as driving around in a Mongoose or Warthog and making fools of ourselves. I haven’t really touched the multiplayer since the game came out in ‘07, and, damn. It’s like an all-new game. Maps I’ve never even heard of and game types I barely ever played, if indeed I played them at all. It is absolutely reminding me how much I hate playing competitive multiplayer games. I think I’ll do an article on that, so, look forward to that!
Other than that, a lot of Persona 3. I’ve put about 28 hours into it. And I’m kind of in love with that game. Unfortunately, I’m playing it with thorough knowledge of Persona 4 in mind, so, it’s hard not to see where things were improved with Persona 4. For instance, I absolutely hate not having direct control of the party. Hate it. But that’s really my only gripe, I’ve been working around it well enough so far. Other than that, there’re strange quirks, like the scarcity of the save points and how your AI team will sometimes switch their equipment on a whim and you have to go change it back, but nothing game-breaking and nothing that’s really ruining my fun. The story is pretty effing good so far, which probably makes up for a lot of it.
And a little more Fragile Dreams and Birth by Sleep. Fragile Dreams remains super moody and rather terrific so far and Birth by Sleep is starting to reel me in a little bit. I found myself actually having fun while playing it and taking a bit of interest in the story.
Not a lot of change in games this week. I installed Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 with full intention of starting that game over the weekend, but, ended up playing Halo 3 instead. I’ll start that next week then. So, until then!
Games this week:
Late one, but, this’ll be short this week. It’s been almost completely dominated by Atlus, except for an hour earlier today while I was at the laundrette with my PSP.
So, to kick things off, Catherine. That came out this past Tuesday. I did a little blurb on it before, check that out for my full thoughts. Beat it once, doing another playthrough to clear up some Achievements and get some more endings. Eight endings total! Anyway, my previous write-up continues to hold true. Even more so now on my second playthrough when I’m seeing how little impact the choices have on the story. Sure, it changes his inner monologue, you get one, maybe two if you’re lucky, different text messages on certain nights, and one of eight different endings, but… yeah, not a lot really changes. I kind o’ wish they’d just lifted that part out and had Vincent be wishy-washy the entire game instead of only wishy-washy when I wasn’t choosing a dialogue option. BUT, it is very important to note that I’ve come around and I like the game. I still don’t care for the block puzzles but I’ve at least figured them out well enough to not be frustrated. But the story is interesting and written well, even with my gripes. It seems to be very polarizing, as well. Anyway!
Other than that, played a lot of Persona 3. I’m really falling in love with that game. To the detriment to the other games I was in the middle of, Dragon Age: Origins and Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon! But I’m loving it, almost 20 hours in.
And finally, a tiny bit of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. It’s still grabbing me yet, but, it’s something to play while I’m sitting around at the laundrette. I think I may just be over the Kingdom Hearts franchise… until they put out a proper sequel, anyway. Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days was fun and well-written, but… I kind o’ just didn’t care as much as I did about Kingdom Hearts II. It is awesome to be seeing some new worlds in Birth by Sleep, though.
And that’s it! Pretty much just Atlus all week long. See y’all next week!
It doesn’t seem fair to write a review for the game because I’m not sure the reason I’m having trouble liking Catherine is because it’s a bad game, per se. It’s more like I’m coming to realize it’s not my type of game.
The entirety of the hype for Catherine was that it was from the Persona team over at Atlus, the fine folk who made Persona 3 and Persona 4, both wonderful and beloved games. So, I, as were many I presume, was expecting the same level of crazy story and terrific production values. Which Catherine has, more or less.
The story does feel kind of weirdly disjointed when contrasted with the choices you can make. While I’m clearly picking the “Back up off me, you crazy bitch” dialogue options, Vincent will still react in a relatively positive way to Catherine’s appearances. It kind o’ seems to me that the story is meant to be middle-of-the-road, which would be fine, but maybe don’t give me choices that contradict the cut scene if that’s how you want it to play out. Not to mention that I felt both of the females you’re to choose between were rather unlikable. At the very least, I didn’t particularly like either of them. But I still enjoyed it. I like his friends and the characters you can save and talk to in the bar and the dream world and the twist was at least surprising since I thought I had called it two or three stages in and I was wrong.
I guess the real problem I’m running into is the gameplay is just no fun at all. Even on the easiest difficulty I seem to be having trouble wrapping my head around these puzzles. Granted, I was more than half-way through the game before I ran into such troubles, and it was only on a couple of stages, but, still. It’s rather telling that on the easiest difficulty I ran into any trouble. And frankly I don’t know if that’s because the game is poorly designed, really difficult, or because I just suck at it. I will say that the final stage felt incredibly cheap each time I died.
POTENTIAL SPOILER: Moving the camera and taking away my control while there are falling comets crashing around me and monster blocks that move on their own and can squash me? Really? Getting through that part felt more than a little lucky. END POTENTIAL SPOILER
In the end, though, I really want to enjoy Catherine, and not just because I spent $80 plus tax on it. There is some great stuff going on it, it looks terrific, and has a great voice cast, but I’m really turned off by the block puzzles. And I don’t know what I was expecting from it other than what I got. For me, I guess, I would have preferred a little more consistency with the dialogue options and the ensuing cut scenes and shorter puzzle stages. My hope seems to have been that the balance of story to puzzle blocks would be weighted more toward story. And I still can’t say I hate it! Merely I’m having trouble liking it.