General gaming updates ftw!

After seeing JonnyAvacado mention the apparent lack of activity around here (apparently I'm not the only one going through a blogging slump), I decided to give you this - another bullet-point filled blog updating my status on a handful of games, if anyone cares about the progress of little-ole-me.

  • Beat the main story mode in GTA: Chinatown Wars, actually by accident, since I was apparently too oblivious to the clues that the story was about to end. Of course I noticed the plot twists and whatnot, but the whole story felt pretty anticlimactic after finishing it, hence my NOT thinking that the last mission actually would be... well, the last. That being said, I'm still having one hell of a good time doing the side-missions (I "finished" the game at a little over 50% completion), and have completed all of the rampages, riding shotgun missions, firefighter, taxi, and vigilante side-quests. All of that combined now puts me at 68 or 69% completion, along with rewarding me with stronger armor, bullet-proof taxis, being immune to fire, and having infinite sprinting abilities. Good stuff. I still have a few dealers and safe houses to find, so I won't be putting the game down for good anytime soon, especially not since the Laundromat flash mini-game was released today on Rockstar Social Club that lets you earn money for your game while on the internet - even more good stuff!
  • I've also been playing a lot more Beautiful Katamari, in an effort to get all of the achievements. If memory serves, I need less than ten more to have all of the points, with most coming from the "play the game for a certain amount of hours" or "complete a certain number of requests" sides of the game, rather than anything skill based. I spent three or four days tracking down the missing pieces of the item collection, and was surprisingly able to find one of each of the game's 3000+ items with the help of Google and a few message boards. I have yet to download the extra levels for the game (which will allow me to get a few more achievements), but that'll come eventually. I also need the "play online 50 times" achievement, so if anyone also needs that and wants to game together, let me know. My tag's "Andaley".
  • Bought Prey with some trade-in credit at GameStop. Beat the game on normal difficulty, and am now about halfway through on the harder difficulty setting (playing that one for the points - what can I say? I've become an achievement whore). It was an alright game - I'm still not as addicted to FPS's as most people are, but I'm definitely not as opposed to them as I once was either (thank this one, along with Mirror's Edge - ok, not a shooter, but it fits - and Killzone 2 for that). Doubt I'll try for any of the multiplayer achievements here though, unless I find a willing friend (hint, hint) that will just walk away from the controller while I pummel them into oblivion. Since that is a very unlikely outcome however, I'm fine sticking with the single-player achievements for now.
  • Went back to GHIII on HARD for the first time in quite a few weeks. Had gotten stuck those weeks back on the Smashing Pumpkins song (those triple note deals killed me), but decided to give it another go. Surprisingly enough, I beat it my first try back into the game. I then excitedly beat the encore for that song set. Then, thinking I was finally going to get on a roll, I jump into the next set and hit a brick wall all over again. Only tried each song once, so I can't say definitively that I'll never pass them, but dammit they don't call it "HARD" mode for nothing. Actually, now that I'm typing this, I have a question (forgive me if it has an obvious answer). How in the hell do you hit those note strings where it's like 20 red, green or whatever colored notes right on top of one another? I thought I was doing it correctly in the past, but once I saw my performance meter plummit yesterday, I realized I was obviously mistaken.
  • Haven't touched Mass Effect since my last blog. Think I hit a bit of a "meh" wall with that one, since I had played SO many hours of it in such a short span of time. Basically what happens every other time I pick up an RPG or RPG-like game. I play for hours upon hours and then suddenly drop it, only to come back a few weeks or months later and start the cycle all over again.
  • Finally, in shopping news, I picked up Sega SuperStars Tennis for the Wii for $3.74 on clearance at Target (haven't played yet), and a 360 Charge and Play cable for $1 at the local mom-and-pop gaming store after trading in five REALLY worthless (I'm talking sports stuff from the turn of the century) games for some credit. Yays all around.

If you're still with me, thanks for reading.
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Posted by Brandy

After seeing JonnyAvacado mention the apparent lack of activity around here (apparently I'm not the only one going through a blogging slump), I decided to give you this - another bullet-point filled blog updating my status on a handful of games, if anyone cares about the progress of little-ole-me.

  • Beat the main story mode in GTA: Chinatown Wars, actually by accident, since I was apparently too oblivious to the clues that the story was about to end. Of course I noticed the plot twists and whatnot, but the whole story felt pretty anticlimactic after finishing it, hence my NOT thinking that the last mission actually would be... well, the last. That being said, I'm still having one hell of a good time doing the side-missions (I "finished" the game at a little over 50% completion), and have completed all of the rampages, riding shotgun missions, firefighter, taxi, and vigilante side-quests. All of that combined now puts me at 68 or 69% completion, along with rewarding me with stronger armor, bullet-proof taxis, being immune to fire, and having infinite sprinting abilities. Good stuff. I still have a few dealers and safe houses to find, so I won't be putting the game down for good anytime soon, especially not since the Laundromat flash mini-game was released today on Rockstar Social Club that lets you earn money for your game while on the internet - even more good stuff!
  • I've also been playing a lot more Beautiful Katamari, in an effort to get all of the achievements. If memory serves, I need less than ten more to have all of the points, with most coming from the "play the game for a certain amount of hours" or "complete a certain number of requests" sides of the game, rather than anything skill based. I spent three or four days tracking down the missing pieces of the item collection, and was surprisingly able to find one of each of the game's 3000+ items with the help of Google and a few message boards. I have yet to download the extra levels for the game (which will allow me to get a few more achievements), but that'll come eventually. I also need the "play online 50 times" achievement, so if anyone also needs that and wants to game together, let me know. My tag's "Andaley".
  • Bought Prey with some trade-in credit at GameStop. Beat the game on normal difficulty, and am now about halfway through on the harder difficulty setting (playing that one for the points - what can I say? I've become an achievement whore). It was an alright game - I'm still not as addicted to FPS's as most people are, but I'm definitely not as opposed to them as I once was either (thank this one, along with Mirror's Edge - ok, not a shooter, but it fits - and Killzone 2 for that). Doubt I'll try for any of the multiplayer achievements here though, unless I find a willing friend (hint, hint) that will just walk away from the controller while I pummel them into oblivion. Since that is a very unlikely outcome however, I'm fine sticking with the single-player achievements for now.
  • Went back to GHIII on HARD for the first time in quite a few weeks. Had gotten stuck those weeks back on the Smashing Pumpkins song (those triple note deals killed me), but decided to give it another go. Surprisingly enough, I beat it my first try back into the game. I then excitedly beat the encore for that song set. Then, thinking I was finally going to get on a roll, I jump into the next set and hit a brick wall all over again. Only tried each song once, so I can't say definitively that I'll never pass them, but dammit they don't call it "HARD" mode for nothing. Actually, now that I'm typing this, I have a question (forgive me if it has an obvious answer). How in the hell do you hit those note strings where it's like 20 red, green or whatever colored notes right on top of one another? I thought I was doing it correctly in the past, but once I saw my performance meter plummit yesterday, I realized I was obviously mistaken.
  • Haven't touched Mass Effect since my last blog. Think I hit a bit of a "meh" wall with that one, since I had played SO many hours of it in such a short span of time. Basically what happens every other time I pick up an RPG or RPG-like game. I play for hours upon hours and then suddenly drop it, only to come back a few weeks or months later and start the cycle all over again.
  • Finally, in shopping news, I picked up Sega SuperStars Tennis for the Wii for $3.74 on clearance at Target (haven't played yet), and a 360 Charge and Play cable for $1 at the local mom-and-pop gaming store after trading in five REALLY worthless (I'm talking sports stuff from the turn of the century) games for some credit. Yays all around.

If you're still with me, thanks for reading.
Posted by Claude

Sega SuperStars Tennis for $3.74, wow... I would buy that. I wonder if my Target has it on clearance. I played Prey on my PC, bought it for $4.99 on Steam and well worth the price. I've been reading your new site and signed up, but haven't introduced myself yet. I'm actually kind of shy, only active on a couple of sites, but I like reading your site for a different perspective on games some people don't play. Take it easy and see you around.

Posted by End_Boss

Hope you pick Mass Effect up again sooner rather than later... You're depriving yourself of an amazing experience! If you find yourself burning out from playing it too much, try to pace yourself; it's worth it for this one.

Posted by DBoy

I'm getting a DSi for summer just so I can play that Chinatown Wars.  Keep at Prey, it's not that good of a shooter, but it's still enjoyable.

Posted by Brandy

@ Claude - Feel free to say hello! We don't bite, I promise! (even though I do have a thing for vampires - not of the Twilight variety mind you, but I think you already knew that. HAHA)

@ End_Boss - I actually already beat the game once, as a female Paragon Vanguard, and I'm now working on a runthrough as a male Renegade Soldier. I'm stalled just after having recruited Liara - haven't done Noveria or Feros yet, as this runthrough I want to get the achievement for having Liara with me for the majority of the game (hence my recruiting her before doing anything else), so I'm just waiting until I get into a mood before going through ALL of those side missions again. But yes, I will definitely say it is an amazing experience - such a great game! And Kaiden's so damn yummy too! :-P LOL

Posted by RHCPfan24

Chinatown Wars is really good...so far. I need to finish it. And I would pick up Sega Superstars Tennis for that cheap price as well.

Posted by ArtG

I need to beat Chinatown Wars, but I don't know, something is just not really clicking with me on the game. I mean, it's a decent enough game where I can play for 30-60 minutes and feel satisfied...but there's nothing really new or interesting that's drawing me into the title.

Posted by JonnyAvacado

Hey Brandy,

Awesome blog as always!!  And of course we are still with you!

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Nice blog, Brandy.  I should start updating my own more often.

I enjoyed Mass Effect, but I guess I found it predictable, especially after having played many of Bioware's previous games.  I'm not sure "predictable" is entirely the word I'm searching for, bu it'll work.  And the vehicular combat drove me crazy for a long while.  It's a very well-put together game, but it felt like a shinier, slicker version of Knights of the Old Republic.  That's not a bad thing, but I was looking for something a little more unique.

Haven't picked up Chinatown Wars yet, but I'm looking forward to trying it.  I've got a to-be-played pile a mile deep, so I'm trying to get caught up on those.

Again, great blog, and keep it coming!

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Posted by crunchUK

prey is horrible

Posted by RHCPfan24
crunchUK said:
"prey is horrible"
I was not a fan of it myself. Loved the first level, but it got old real fast.