By dankempster 4 Comments
Hey guys. I feel compelled to blog, but don't have an awful lot of time to write one (QI starts at 8:30), so this is going to be a fairly short update focused solely on what I've been playing lately. No time to pad out this intro with unnecessary sentences, so let's dive straight into the bulk of the blog!
- I've just completed Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. That's pretty much all I'm going to say on that matter, because I want to save my opinion of it for a later blog completely dedicated to the game. For those of you who can't wait for the verdict, I loved the game, in spite of its flaws, and I think it's one of the most important titles of the last ten years or so. If you want to know why, you'll have to wait for that blog. I should get around to writing it at some point this weekend, so keep your eyes peeled for that. I've still got a fair amount of content to check out in Nuts & Bolts, including the DLC, so I'll probably end up returning to it later in the year.
- Now that I'm done playing Viva Pinata and Nuts & Bolts, it's time to pick up another couple of titles and attempt to whittle down my Pile of Shame a little more. The first of these is Borderlands, which my girlfriend bought for me last week. I've decided to play as a soldier, because it seems to be the most well-rounded class. I've poured five hours into it so far and just hit level 13, and from what I've played I have to say it's pretty good. I like the graphical style, the controls feel right, and the combat strikes a perfect mix between RPG and FPS (are you taking notes, Fallout 3?). The questing is fairly weak, but it's ultimately the draw of loot and the constant search for bigger and better guns that drives the Borderlands experience, and I'm having a hell of a lot of fun just with that aspect of the game right now. I can already feel that I'll probably leap straight into Playthrough 2 when I'm done with Playthrough 1, so I expect Borderlands to keep me occupied well into March.
- The second game that I'll be playing over the next few weeks is Fable II. There's a bit of a story behind this one, actually. I was originally intending to play Fable: The Lost Chapters, a game that I've owned for some time but never got around to playing. I started it up and played for around two hours before giving up on it. Not because the game was unplayable from a gameplay standpoint, but because it seems to have some major backwards compatibility issues on the 360. Terrible drops in frame rate, random bursts of noise interrupting the game's ambient soundtrack, and several bouts of freezing punctuated my session with The Lost Chapters, and after the game freezed for the fourth time in the middle of a quest I refused to play it any longer. Despite this, I still have an itch to get my Fable on, so I'm going to switch to Fable II and hope that I have better luck with that. I'm also seriously considering doing something that I never do in morality-focused games and try playing as an evil character for once. I'm just hoping it doesn't hinder my progress with the game like it would in a title like Oblivion. Given Fable's emphasis on the freedom to choose your moral leaning, though, I'm presuming I'll be alright.
- I did something that I might regret yesterday, and ordered myself a copy of Far Cry 2 for the 360. It's a decision I've been toying with for some time, and I finally decided to take the plunge after re-reading Brad's largely positive review of the game here on Giant Bomb. Brad's taste has a habit of syncing up pretty well with mine, and the way he wrote about the game makes it sound like something that I should at least check out. I'm well aware that opinions of the game are pretty strongly divided, and I know that my decision to give it a chance will probably bring a little derision my way. The way I see it, though, if I don't like it, at least I only spent £6 on it.
- A final point I'd like to raise to any of you who happen to be Sam & Max fans: a friend of mine has recently launched a Sam & Max fan site, and is trying to get it noticed. Seeing as I'm part of this rather excellent gaming community and you all seem to be stand-up chaps, I figured that giving his site a mention here wouldn't do any harm. I also figured that doing this favour for him might earn me a beer at some point in the future. Seriously though, a hell of a lot of effort has gone into this site, so if you're even the slightest bit interested in Telltale's dog-and-rabbit duo, you owe it to yourself to check this out.
Well, I think that just about covers everything I wanted to get off my chest. I'm off to get comfy on the sofa and watch QI. Take it easy guys, I'll see you around.
Currently playing - Borderlands (X360)