My Gaming Landscape [April 28, 2014]

Peace and love, gamers and players. It’s Monday, which means its time for My Gaming Landscape, where I talk about what I’ve been playing for the past week. I ended up not playing a whole lot of games this week but that’s because I wasted a lot of time on one in particular. So without further adu, lets get started.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

I’ve wanted to play this game again for a long time now so I started over from when I had played before (back in 2012) and dug in. Holy crap, I am terrible at this game. I keep missing things, I don’t read emails and miss passcodes and quests, and I didn’t save or kill the bad guy at the beginning of the game. I ended up restarting that game three times before just giving up on it. The problem is the game got into my head and I became obsessed with playing the game “right”. As someone who is unfamiliar with the Deus Ex franchise and stealth games, that is the wrong way of going about this game. I think I’ll have to play this game when I literally have nothing left to play because then I’ll be able to devote that much time to it. There’s no way I can just sit down and play Deus Ex: Human Revolution on my 360.

Ratchet & Clank HD

I started this game last week, with trying to get 1 million bolts and since the glitch with the race track wasn’t working, I decided to start a new game and power through until I reached the point where I had access to the level, the Taunter weapon and the Decoy Glove. Then, I went back to the glitch and sure enough the crates where there. So I got an adjustable wrench (yes, I had to look up what it was called) and used it to hold down the circle button. It was 11 at night so then I went to sleep. Woke up and it was still only at 600,000 bolts so I went on with my day, checking socials, writing my Batman Arkham City review that’s taking forever, etc. Finally at 11 am, 12 hours after I started it, it was near the goal so I started watching the game. Then the trophy popped up for 1 million bolts as well as my third platinum trophy. I then went back to my original save and beat the game a second time just to see what would happen after completing Challenge Mode. The answer is nothing so that sucks. But I got the Ratchet & Clank platinum so I’m happy.

Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando HD

Since I completed 100% the first Ratchet game, I started the second game. I’ve never completed this one so right now, I’m playing it just to enjoy it, rather than to get everything and get the platinum trophy. So far I LOVE the strafe button, though now I wish one of the shoulder buttons was the weapon button. I know they did that eventually but I miss it here. I like the game as its faster than the first game and the controls are more responsive. I haven’t run into a level where you have to control only Clank throughout the whole level like in the first game. Also, there’s no level where you only control Ratchet that’s frustrating like in the first game. The only thing so far is I have no idea how I’m going to get 1 million bolts for the RYNO 2. Maybe in the arena, which I LOVE! So far, so good.

Finally, I had Crash Week on my YouTube channel so I played Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Crash Bandicoot: Warped, CTR: Crash Team Racing, and Crash Bash for the Sony PlayStation 1 for that. Check out those videos for my thoughts on those games. I also started a playthrough of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare on my channel this weekend as well so check that out as well. That’s everything! So what did you play this past week?

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Posted by Slag

One man that million bolt challenge sounds awful.

I hate achievements like that.

Posted by csl316

I've beaten Crash 2 so many times, but I just picked it up for 99 cents and transferred it to my Vita a couple days ago. And you know what? It's really one of the best platformers ever made. Just the right amount of challenge, tons of creative secrets to find, fantastic music, great enemy design, the perfect Wumpa fruit sound, and excellent graphics for the era (which still hold up due to art). What's great is that it does so much with it's simple mechanics. A jump, a spin, a slide, and the weird belly flop are all used in different ways to mix up the combat and how you can navigate the levels. When Cerny came back with Knack, I enjoyed it but it took a couple hours to realize exactly why it didn't feel right for a "platformer" (despite being more of a brawler). It didn't have the effortless attack that let's you blow past enemies, which made the gameplay feel sluggish compared to the Crash games.

I played Crash 3 a couple times and it just didn't have the same magic. Instead of sticking to platforming it experimented with some ideas that just weren't as strong. The jet ski? The bike? The plane section? Eh....

It also didn't have the snow level music:

The original has its simple charm, but these days if I want a Crash game I'll go to 2 and CTR.

Props for ending with Sonic 3 ending music.