This weeks games:
Mass Effect 2
Bleach 3rd Phantom
I've not got a 360, I've not got a PC..all I've got is a Mac and a ps3 (and a ds, and a psp, and a ps2, and a wii, and an original xbox, and a gamecube)
So, you'd naturally think there would be no way, beyond bootcamping my mac (which I can't do) to play ME2, right?
Some genius, somewhere, created this little thing called wineskin. It uses Wine in a similar way to the cider ports we've had from EA etc. It's a wrapper that you put your installed game (using crossover or whatever) in. With wineskin you can port games over from PC. Sure its not a native build from the ground up...but its BETTER THAN NOTHING.
Anyway, having played and finished ME1 on my mac (great port), I finally got around to trying out the ME2 wrapper.
It works...but it still needs a lot of tweaking. The game looks awful, with textures out of place or just black, and it runs between 30fps down to about 5fps at times.
Keep in mind that the wrapper is a work in progress, sure it looks shitty now, but hopefully we'll be able to improve upon it. I've played up to the part in the second mission after meeting Tali again..then it just got too bogged down.
Also my MBP is 3 years old and only has 128mb Geforce 8600M GT. My copy of ME ran fine, and I could play Crysis with everything on medium when i did have Bootcamp.
Anyway, the guys who have put their heart and soul into porting ME2 have done a great job so far and they're still working on it.
As for the game itself, I really don't like the UI..the bit with all the squad members at the bottom annoys me, and the shield and health indicator is in the wrong place for my eyes. I think all that time playing WoW a year or so ago has made me over sensitive to UI's in general. I always want to tweak or move them around.
Other than that, It seems to be a great sequel to a great game. I'm looking forward to playing it as it's meant to be played at some point...just not now.
Finished the main game..now I'm playing hide and seek with Zadornov (or Senor Door Knob as people have taken to calling him)
The story, as in most MGS games, seems to lose the thread near the end. AIs with ghosts in the machine? Why did the Boss really die?
I'm pretty sure this has all been covered before in MGS3. There was no revelation for me about the Boss' motivation.
The final battle with Peace Walker annoyed me at the start...You've got to stop the launch but we don't know how!
So there I am, trying to find the clever way to stop it, when all you need to do is shoot the bugger.
I think that really was the main failing of Peace Walker. All the bosses just needed to be shot over and over again. It's a nice touch to make it matter where you shoot them for the AI parts...but just shooting the pod over and over again with rockets and a heavy machine gun gets a bit tired after a while.
Another problem was the characters themselves.
Coldman? Dude had no personality beyond 'crazy dude' and...you wouldn't have missed him if he had been taken out of the game.
Paz? WTF...Isn't there supposed to be a twist in the tail with her? She's too goody goody to exist. Also, that date with Paz thing and the love box? People are complaining about that? REALLY?
Amanda: First couple of levels she's badass...and then she just disappears from the story to only be heard over the codec....pretty much like everyone else. Why aren't these people out there doing backup for the boss?
The game just felt really compartmentalised. This bit here, this bit here..ne'er the twain shall meet.
Even so, it was a great game well worth picking up and a 'solid' edition to the series...but next time, put Infrastructure in you twats.
Noel and Taokaka continue to give me hours of enjoyment.
Got my first online perfect the other day with Noel against a guy 20 levels higher than me. I'd like to think it was skill, but it's more likely he spilt his tea on his lap or something. Definitely the game for me that SFIV is for many others.
Bleach: 3rd Phantom.
Ahh, Bleach, a DS, a SRPG.
I really want to like this game...really do. I love SRPGs, I like Bleach and i love my DS.
Problem here is twofold.
a) The game mechanics are..boring. It's slow and doesn't..frikky frikky..flow. Attack animations are non-skippable and your movement is severely limited. It can take 4 turns just to get next to the enemy. The graphics are pretty poor too but thats not really relevant.
b) The story. Twins attacked by hollows in the past, taken in by random made up Captain of 5th squad with Aizen as LT (I want to drive my sword through his eye every time i see the fucker) and they become Shinigami..or as the americans like to say Soul Reapers...which really does not have the same ring to it. This is the far past, where all the major Captains and LTs of the 13 squads are still kids (considering they're just souls..I don't quite understand how that works)..so beyond seeing 'Lil Shiro', Momo, Gin, Renji and Matsumoto as kids..or seeing Urahara and everyone's favourite ninja Soi-Fon..there's not much to see here. I think this is post 'turn back the pendulum' so no Shinji as captain here. oh and the main characters..the twins...are fucking annoying.
Anyway, its a nice enough game..and when we get to modern era it might pick up.
After all the bitching about this game when it came out, i was hesitant to get it.
Now that you can buy it for around £16.99 new, I thought what the hell...
First off, either it doesn't install at all, or it does streaming installs like Fallout 3 or Wolverine. This is a very good thing.
Next, on a hdtv at 1080p the game looks incredible. INCREDIBLE. The transitions from battle to travel are smooth, and rarely does it load for more than 3 seconds.
So, onto the storyline. I've only just started the game..just gone off to see Serah in the massive damocles swords type thing.
As I'm just starting out, I don't expect to understand anything..its 'in media res' so I'll just have to pick it up as I go along.
From what I understand you've got Cocoon above and Pulse below. Pulse is bad, Cocoon is good. On Pulse there are these being's called Fal'Cie who are burdened with some sort of power, and they make people into L'Cie if they come too close or something. The government of Cocoon is either sending a tithe to Pulse or culling it's overburdened population by ferrying them off to 'hell on earth' pulse. I have a feeling Pulse is no such thing. Serah is Lightning's sister and Snow's fiancee.
Snow needs to shave, Hope is annoying, I can't stop looking at Vanille's arse during a fight, Lightning seems to be a decent protagonist and Sahaz? is the token Black guy of the story. Hopefully he moves beyond the annoying whiner that he is at the moment.
Oh and why does Vanille sound Australian? WTF is up with that?
Wow, they sure weren't kidding. Straight line from A to B, with some fighting and cutscenes inbetween.
This doesn't bother me so much. I treat games like books..I'm here for the story. If they can keep my interest, I don't really care if all i do is press X.
Which is another point. All you do in RPGs like FF is just press X. You select what you want to do (attack, magic, item, defend) and press X. There is no change apart from the fact that they have simplified the system with auto battle. I have no problem with it. You can use it or not use it, its up to you..just don't whine about it when you do use it.
As i said, I'm still at the beginning of the game, and..erm there's no leveling going on, which is...odd, but whatever. Also with only two attacks, there's not much strategy going on here. I do like the 'break' type system that seems to have been taken from Xenosaga but simplified. Seriously simplified. Hey, if Albedo is in this..that would be awesome.
I think this is the word of today people.
Square has made this game as simple as possible to appeal to as many people as possible, and has lost some fans in the long run.
I don't really have any problem with the game so far..I'd like to stop jumping around characters and stick with Lightning for a while.
Anyway, It'll be interesting to see how it develops..hopefully they'll start putting new mechanics in soon. I could do with some more attack types.
I will say this though...I'm ready for a ps3 Kingdom Hearts.