Just got two more reviews published on GameRevolution.com, one for EXIT 2 and the other for GTA IV: Lost and Damned. Both are still at the front page, but if you cannot find them, check them out at:
I'm currently reviewing Peggle for XBLA. It's Peggle and it's simple. Not much to it, really!
As for games, currently playing lots of Street Fighter IV. I managed to reach fifty victories yesterday, and my current win ration is at 2/3, which is not bad, considering my skill at games in general. Having lots of fun, the game doesn't seem to be getting any older. I'm playing a lot online with Cammy and Zangief, trying to get the timing right for the ultra and super combos, albeit the sometimes annoying lag. Overall my crappy wireless network is holding up well, but the match search in the game is what makes it a bit enerving trying to play online. It's hard to find a match I can join, it's so bad, I can only manage to join about one out of every six matches in the list. Just reads 'Unable to play'. Other than that, I've ran into some people just plain quitting mid match, which is a bit pitiful - come on, I'm not that good, but stay til the end. When I'm getting beaten, I stay til the end and even try a rematch or two, and if I have to leave after the first fight, I tend to send a message explaining why.
Overall, awesome game!
For other games; I'm still drudging through Persona 3 FES, and it's really starting to go thin on me. I'm not really going out of my way to grind, but my level is not low, still dying to some annoying enemies. Whoever invented the concept of the main character dying resulting in a game over screen or the insta death attacks needs to get a kick to the shin and to the head, probably at the same time. From watching the GiantBomb endurance runs for Persona 4, seems it fixed those issues, but you never know...
I'm still gonna insist a bit on FES, even though it's almost to the point of going back to the box. Haven't gone back to Dragon Quest IV in over a week now, I plan to jump back to it sometime today or tomorrow. It's not because the game's bad, it's really because of my lazyness to play it.
World of WarCraft is almost, almost out of steam for me, I skipped a Naxxramas raid run on Saturday. I'm going to give another, and probably last real raid run next weekend for Naxxramas in heroic mode (25 people instead of 10 to be coordinated, yay, yawn). Naxxramas is cool and all, but it gets old quick. Same goes to the other raids in the new expansion - haven't tried Eye of Eternity yet, since people only want to group with players that are experienced in it. Why the hell is that? I mean, everyone started at the bottom, not knowing the damn fights, so why enforce it on those starting out? It's really a serious issue, I've been trying to play that level for months now, with no success. Message to raid leaders wanting others to link their EoE completion 'achievements': go bury yourselves in a very deep hole!
Out of raiding, I managed to get into a very good group that killed all of the Horde capital city leaders, earning myself a black war bear mount, which is pretty awesome. The group was very well put together and organized, and we flew through those kills in about an hour - Orgrimmar was the first stop, then Thunder Bluff, Silvermoon City and Undercity. Undercity, ironicly enough, was the hardest fight, since Sylvannas keeps teleporting all over the room, making the whole group chase after her. Orgrimmar was supposed to be the hardest, but even though we went there at a prime server time, not much resistance was found. Oh well, they must have been doing the same to Alliance cities...
Another issue worth mentioning is how bloody annoying daily quests are in World of WarCraft, especially the ones that deal with random item drops. For quite a while now I've been doing daily quests in the Storm Peaks region in order to get the special mount, that depends on a random drop generator once you turn in whatever quest you've done that day. No sucess on that, on about one hundred turn ins. This random drop issue is also relived in some of the seasonal events that are taking place every now and then. Some of the quests depend on that type of item drop, and it takes days to get just an item, sometimes managing to be even worse, since some drops depend on two random instances. I.E. Valentine's Day. It had a random bag of candies drop, and out of that bag, eight types of unique candies could be looted, which were necessary for a particular feat. Now, I'm not one to get crazy after 'achievements', but the seasonal ones are special since a rare flying mount will be awarded to those who complete them all. Since I completed the events since Christmas, I thought I had a chance, but... no, random drops try to drive me mad. With Easter coming close, there will be another event, and for that, eggs will be hunted. Out of the random chance of finding an egg comes the other random chance of getting the items needed for the particular achievement. Not worth the hair tearing in my opinion. Turns the game into a chore.
My WoW gametime will expire in July. I'll probably give a couple of months' rest, then come back with a two month deal just to experiment with the almost-end-of-the-year content, and probably stop for good. I still have a two month game card for Lord of the Rings Online, and I want to get back to that, at least to finish that card up - before they come up with the brilliant idea of closing the servers or some crap like that. I hope my PC can handle it one more time, since I had to take out a lot of upgrades I made over the years due to some lock-ups. It still locks up occasionally, but there's nothing else to revert back to. I'm now using my computer as it was back in 2002.
Anyway, that's enough rambling for now. Have fun, everyone!