Four Titles in One Day

Today I realised that, for whatever reason(s), yesterday saw me playing a lot of different games on different systems. It was something I hadn't noticed at the time, but my retrospective look at the day made me feel like I'd accomplished a lot. Well, a lot in gaming terms at any rate. Walk with me through the day's events, won't you?

Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure

Stop looking so happy with yourself, you fucker.

So I started the day as I have been every morning for the last couple of weeks, with a tram ride and a copy of EA's monocled puzzle platformer wedged into my DS. I'm up to the fifth and final world, and if you've been listening to recent Bombcasts you'll know there were times that I had to struggle through an unholy vortex of unjust fuckwittery to get there. As reported, the boss that awaits you at the end of World 3 is an especially taxing battle and is sure to drag combinations of expletives from your mouth that you never thought you knew.

Don't get me wrong, there's some good puzzling and platforming to be had here, albeit with more of a disconnect from each other than the developers had probably hoped. But man, you'll bite into the dark, hard nuggets of anguish all too often while you're trying to enjoy the smooth and creamy nougat the rest of the game has to offer.

On top of that, on the tram ride back home from work I discovered two secret levels, both of which are forced scrolling affairs where a single collision with an enemy or its bullet can mean instadeath, causing you to restart the whole level again - did I mention this game's checkpointing is bullshit unfair at times?

Anyway, as it stands I can't tell whether I want to finish this game because it's a reminder of platforming days gone by, or if I'm doing this out of pure pigheadedness. Either way, I will make that game doff its bowler hat to me or go insane trying. Unless Monster Tale comes into my life and ends up successfully building on the promise that Hatsworth held.

Mortal Kombat II

I got the sparks to fly without a problem.

All the recent MK fervour (and the fact I can't just buy it) has caused me to revisit the game that my mates and I may as well have hotglued into our Mega Drives. After arriving home from the tram stop – a walk that saw me muttering hell on Henry bloody Hatsworth – I popped the MKII cartridge in and gripped my 6-button controller.

Turns out I can remember a lot of the moves, although I had to fumble around in my memory for some of them. The one I couldn't remember for ages was Baraka's Slice 'n' Dice, which I eventually ended up pulling off by accident. I didn't notice what I'd done to activate it, and then spent another few minutes trying to emulate the mash that saw me perform it the first time. I got there in the end but I don't remember it being B-B-B-LP, that's for sure.

I think I'm going to get back into MK II over the weekend and try to return to the standard I was at back in 1994. Can't wait! Gotta remember there's a block button, though. Oh, and in a shocking and horrific turn of events, Mortal Kombat II on MD/Genesis uses Credits. Yep, that's with a C. How on Earthrealm did that slip through the QA process?

Animal Crossing: Wild World

It is happening again... It is happening again...

In a seemingly-random-but-probably-fuelled-by-Hatsworth-hatred manoeuvre, I put Animal Crossing into my DS after dinner. Long ago I had played this game for a year and a half solid, every morning and every evening, until I had caught every fish and collected every fossil. I'd not been back to the town of Xanadu (my girlfriend's idea, she was playing it too) for about a year though, and I was morbidly curious about the state of our tiny digital village.

Weeds. Lots and lots of weeds. And our house was full of bugs. Also, I'd walked out of the place after cramming a bunch of mismatched furniture into it, possibly in a misguided and desperately slutty attempt to squeeze more points from the Happy Room Academy.

I wasn't planning on getting back into Animal Crossing, but this morning while waiting for the tram I discovered I'd left the cartridge in the DS. I like to think it was my subconscious looking out for me after all the vitriol that Henry Hatsworth had induced. I spent the rest of my commute pulling weeds and reconnecting with hazily-familiar faces. And I'm about to do the same once I finish up this blog and head home. What are the odds I'll get hooked again?

Fallout 3

Speaking of hooked, we've arrived at the most important part of our meander through the day's events. Yes, at 2:30 this morning, after 190+ hours and 313 saves, I have finally nabbed the final two Achievements and S-Ranked Fallout 3. I'm sure the game itself needs no further commentary from me – you'll likely know by know if you love it or hate it – so all I'll say is that Fallout 3 is one of my favourite games ever. That's despite the fact that by the end of my (incomplete) second run through the sheen was starting to wear off just a shade.

As a small aside, I also saw Megaton explode for the first time ever in all of my hours with the game. After I got the last cheevo, I loaded up the third save I ever made in the game. I then set about levelling up so I could get my Explosives skill up to 25, enough to prime the shabby settlement's explosive centrepiece. I've gotta say, it was worth the wait.

My long term goal now – Rayfield has called me "DERANGED" for even thinking this – is to go back to the wasteland and clean it all up, removing every last piece of collectable bric-a-brac. Each scorched book and each rusty tin can is cluttering up the place, and I don't think the world can truly rebuild until all the refuse is stashed in the TARDIS-like locker of my Megaton home.

Ha! Only kidding... or am I?

All good things must come to an end...

(...which may mean this blog entry will go on forever.)

So there you have it, a day chock-full of joy and anger, and overtired but satisfied yawns by the end of it. I can't remember the last time I got through so many games in a 24 hour period, and this was even with a full day at work to deal with. Luckily it's getting into the more wintery months here, so there may be even more cause for staying at home and settling in with some new games, and revisiting some more cherished favourites while I'm at it. It's a thought that warms my heart.

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Edited by buzz_clik

Today I realised that, for whatever reason(s), yesterday saw me playing a lot of different games on different systems. It was something I hadn't noticed at the time, but my retrospective look at the day made me feel like I'd accomplished a lot. Well, a lot in gaming terms at any rate. Walk with me through the day's events, won't you?

Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure

Stop looking so happy with yourself, you fucker.

So I started the day as I have been every morning for the last couple of weeks, with a tram ride and a copy of EA's monocled puzzle platformer wedged into my DS. I'm up to the fifth and final world, and if you've been listening to recent Bombcasts you'll know there were times that I had to struggle through an unholy vortex of unjust fuckwittery to get there. As reported, the boss that awaits you at the end of World 3 is an especially taxing battle and is sure to drag combinations of expletives from your mouth that you never thought you knew.

Don't get me wrong, there's some good puzzling and platforming to be had here, albeit with more of a disconnect from each other than the developers had probably hoped. But man, you'll bite into the dark, hard nuggets of anguish all too often while you're trying to enjoy the smooth and creamy nougat the rest of the game has to offer.

On top of that, on the tram ride back home from work I discovered two secret levels, both of which are forced scrolling affairs where a single collision with an enemy or its bullet can mean instadeath, causing you to restart the whole level again - did I mention this game's checkpointing is bullshit unfair at times?

Anyway, as it stands I can't tell whether I want to finish this game because it's a reminder of platforming days gone by, or if I'm doing this out of pure pigheadedness. Either way, I will make that game doff its bowler hat to me or go insane trying. Unless Monster Tale comes into my life and ends up successfully building on the promise that Hatsworth held.

Mortal Kombat II

I got the sparks to fly without a problem.

All the recent MK fervour (and the fact I can't just buy it) has caused me to revisit the game that my mates and I may as well have hotglued into our Mega Drives. After arriving home from the tram stop – a walk that saw me muttering hell on Henry bloody Hatsworth – I popped the MKII cartridge in and gripped my 6-button controller.

Turns out I can remember a lot of the moves, although I had to fumble around in my memory for some of them. The one I couldn't remember for ages was Baraka's Slice 'n' Dice, which I eventually ended up pulling off by accident. I didn't notice what I'd done to activate it, and then spent another few minutes trying to emulate the mash that saw me perform it the first time. I got there in the end but I don't remember it being B-B-B-LP, that's for sure.

I think I'm going to get back into MK II over the weekend and try to return to the standard I was at back in 1994. Can't wait! Gotta remember there's a block button, though. Oh, and in a shocking and horrific turn of events, Mortal Kombat II on MD/Genesis uses Credits. Yep, that's with a C. How on Earthrealm did that slip through the QA process?

Animal Crossing: Wild World

It is happening again... It is happening again...

In a seemingly-random-but-probably-fuelled-by-Hatsworth-hatred manoeuvre, I put Animal Crossing into my DS after dinner. Long ago I had played this game for a year and a half solid, every morning and every evening, until I had caught every fish and collected every fossil. I'd not been back to the town of Xanadu (my girlfriend's idea, she was playing it too) for about a year though, and I was morbidly curious about the state of our tiny digital village.

Weeds. Lots and lots of weeds. And our house was full of bugs. Also, I'd walked out of the place after cramming a bunch of mismatched furniture into it, possibly in a misguided and desperately slutty attempt to squeeze more points from the Happy Room Academy.

I wasn't planning on getting back into Animal Crossing, but this morning while waiting for the tram I discovered I'd left the cartridge in the DS. I like to think it was my subconscious looking out for me after all the vitriol that Henry Hatsworth had induced. I spent the rest of my commute pulling weeds and reconnecting with hazily-familiar faces. And I'm about to do the same once I finish up this blog and head home. What are the odds I'll get hooked again?

Fallout 3

Speaking of hooked, we've arrived at the most important part of our meander through the day's events. Yes, at 2:30 this morning, after 190+ hours and 313 saves, I have finally nabbed the final two Achievements and S-Ranked Fallout 3. I'm sure the game itself needs no further commentary from me – you'll likely know by know if you love it or hate it – so all I'll say is that Fallout 3 is one of my favourite games ever. That's despite the fact that by the end of my (incomplete) second run through the sheen was starting to wear off just a shade.

As a small aside, I also saw Megaton explode for the first time ever in all of my hours with the game. After I got the last cheevo, I loaded up the third save I ever made in the game. I then set about levelling up so I could get my Explosives skill up to 25, enough to prime the shabby settlement's explosive centrepiece. I've gotta say, it was worth the wait.

My long term goal now – Rayfield has called me "DERANGED" for even thinking this – is to go back to the wasteland and clean it all up, removing every last piece of collectable bric-a-brac. Each scorched book and each rusty tin can is cluttering up the place, and I don't think the world can truly rebuild until all the refuse is stashed in the TARDIS-like locker of my Megaton home.

Ha! Only kidding... or am I?

All good things must come to an end...

(...which may mean this blog entry will go on forever.)

So there you have it, a day chock-full of joy and anger, and overtired but satisfied yawns by the end of it. I can't remember the last time I got through so many games in a 24 hour period, and this was even with a full day at work to deal with. Luckily it's getting into the more wintery months here, so there may be even more cause for staying at home and settling in with some new games, and revisiting some more cherished favourites while I'm at it. It's a thought that warms my heart.

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Posted by Hot_Karl

Henry Hatsworth is one of my favorite DS games ever!!!!!!!


I'll come back and write a better comment later.
Posted by JJWeatherman

That's a heap-o-games! Let's see:

  1. Never really got into Henry Hatsworth
  2. Never really got into MK
  3. Never really got into Animal Crossing
  4. Kinda sorta tried to get into Fallout 3, but ended up never getting much past blowing up Megaton.

Well... crap. 

For what it's worth though, you do make them sound fun. Maybe I'll get into old MK as well. I think I have UMK3 on XBLA.
Posted by Vexxan

You made me wanna visit my Animal Crossing world again. I really liked it while I played it but after the last house expansion I started playing drastically less because...well, it felt like the game no longer had a goal.

Posted by Sparklykiss

I hate not playing Animal Crossing for a few days because I misplaced and only returning to have my neighbors all forget me and complain, so lame.


But if you were to do that on Fallout 3, that would be incredible. (Bonus points if you buy all the junk as well, just to have even more.) I have a friend who went through collecting clipboards in order to "learn more about science" and my sister collected "cookies" (tin cans) just to reverse pick-pocket onto people. Fallout brings out the strange in people. That game is so much fun.
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Posted by buzz_clik
@Vegsen: Yeah, I got a bit of that feeling too, although there was still enough to do after I got it; there were enough fossils, insects and fish out there to keep busy for a while. But you're right, towards the end without any true goal it just ended up feeling like a daily orange/coconut picking simulator.
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Posted by buzz_clik
@Sparklykiss said:
" Fallout brings out the strange in people. That game is so much fun. "
This is all true.
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Posted by AlisterCat

I agree with you about how hard and frustrating Henry Hatsworth can be, but I can't help shouting "It's Tea Time, Mother Fucker!" every time you transform. Justifies everything.

Posted by craigbo180

Props to you for getting every fish and every fossil in animal crossing, did you manage to pay off all your debt and get the gold statue of yourself? I went back a few months ago but I just couldn't stand to see my once great town in that state.

Posted by kalmis

Grats on the S-rank mate. 


Will need to check out that Hatsworth game one day.
Posted by Claude

I saved Megaton the first time I played Fallout 3. After I finished the main story, sure enough, loaded up an earlier save and did the same thing you did. It was quite a display. BOOM!!! Mushroom cloud from hell. I never played any of the DLC, but I did just buy New Vegas, cool game, but like most people said, it's buggy as hell.

Posted by AlwaysBeClothing

Oh Buzz, you and your crazy S-ranks. Making me reconsider putting Lost Odyssey back in and finding that one last god damn chest, but then I remember the 10 second load times into fights and I go ehhh. Even though I put a similar amount of time into that game.

As far as Animal Crossing goes, I try to go back now and again, but I don't want to let it grab hold of me.

Posted by ThePickle

Fallout 3 and MK 2? That's like a gaming orgasm for me.

Posted by Sweep

I love that you call it a Mega Drive.

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Posted by AhmadMetallic
@JJWeatherman said:
" That's a heap-o-games! Let's see:
  1. Never really got into Henry Hatsworth
  2. Never really got into MK
  3. Never really got into Animal Crossing
  4. Kinda sorta tried to get into Fallout 3, but ended up never getting much past blowing up Megaton.

Well... crap. 
"
Posted by Tebbit

I read the title as "four titties in one day"...
Oh I had so many questions to ask.

@Sweep said:

" I love that you call it a Mega Drive. "
Who calls a game console the Genesis anyway? Not only is it blasphemous, but also pretentious!
Now the Mega Drive

There's some baller shit right there. You playin' the Mega Drive it'll fly yo shit to the moon.
Posted by CFB

Damn you, Hatsworth!

Posted by buzz_clik
@Sweep: Obviously that's what I should call it (PAL represent!) but to be honest I every time I use the term I kinda do it with you in mind. It's like catnip for Sweeps! (Sweepnip? No, that both looks and sounds wrong.)
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Posted by ahoodedfigure

Good old Animal Crossing. That game needs to get a full-on release, something with crazy detail and crazy soap opera twists or something.

Posted by melcene

I had finally blown up Megaton after beating the game as a "good" person.  Damn that was cool.  And the suite in Tenpenny Tower is much nicer than the Megaton apartment :(

Posted by Little_Socrates

I feel like I've followed you four times now. XD


Good blog. It's interesting how the world of user blogs can allow us to keep talking about games already a couple years old as fresh experiences. Also, you're insane for S-Ranking Fallout 3. But you've gone this far, so go for the eleventh!
Posted by buzz_clik
@ahoodedfigure: Tom Nook is really his transvestite twin sister! Who replaced the real Tom Nook when he fled to South America! After a bad business deal with a cartel! But then he took over that cartel! And Redd is his right hand man, sent back on a weekly basis to spy on the townsfolk!

@melcene said:
" ...the suite in Tenpenny Tower is much nicer than the Megaton apartment :( "
Y'know what? I totally didn't know you'd get an apartment out of it, figuring you'd only get a place to live by being good, so both times I played through I chose the Goody Two-Shoes option. It was only after I did the bomb thing later that the (ten)penny dropped - gah! Not that it matters much – the home's really just a place to visit for a couple of minutes as you stash gear, heal up and sleep – but it would've been nice for the variation between my two adventures.

@Little_Socrates said:
" Also, you're insane for S-Ranking Fallout 3. "
The funny thing is that I'd done a fair amount of the quests in my first playthrough of the game. When I went back to mop up the last of the Achievements, I got the remaining quests pretty quickly. But then there were the various Neutral/Evil level cheevos to get, and those buggers took a little longer (to the tune of 50+ hours). It didn't help that I kind of got caught up in the whole thing again; I'd promised myself I would just blitz through the main quest to get experience ASAP, but there were just too many distractions!
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Posted by Getz

Hah! It's funny I recently trucked my way through fallout 3 for a final 2 achievements as well. What did you have left? I still needed to hack 50 computers and get all the audio logs on mothership zeta for almost a year.

Posted by buzz_clik
@Getz: The last two I got were for reaching Level 30 at Neutral & Evil. But the audio logs one was also something I put off for ages!
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Posted by Chadster

Congrats on the threesome.

Posted by buzz_clik
@Chadster said:
" Congrats on the threesome. "
Someone's a fan of Celebrity Jeopardy.
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