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#1 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -
@guthwulf: But you can criticize Mario Kart for not having realistic driving physics like Forza, especially if you are trying to explain why you don't like Mario Kart.  My primary problem with Just Cause 2 is that there is a narrative aspect to it and that narrative aspect is poorly implemented, which made me not want to play it anymore.
As I said the game is very good but it is not for me so I am just going to agree to disagree with you on the matter. 
#2 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -
@guthwulf: they are certainly comparable regardless of their different approaches.  My comparison to Red Dead was only used when another comment questioned how a game like Crackdown or JC2 could " realistically even tell a good story, or even have worthwhile story elements".  Like it or not JC2 falls into the same style of game (open world / sandbox) as RDR and RDR effectively tells a story while JC2 does not.  On the other hand Crackdown and its sequel hardly bother to present a narrative and for me, that approach tends to work better for me due to the way I play games.
#3 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -
@Bruce: I don't know Bruce, does GTA or Red Dead have worthwhile story elements?  Sure they are different games but they are all open world titles that give you the freedom to do what you want in those worlds.   I thought Red Dead told one of the best stories of the 2010 whereas Just Cause 2 turned me off in thhe opening cutscene.   
For me if there is a main quest, everything else is ancillary to that main goal until it is completed but I need that hook to drive me through to the end.  Crackdown doesn't even pretend, they throw you into the world and basically tell you to play.  Just Cause 2 gives you a narrative focus by presenting you with cutscenes filled with awful voice acting and I just couldn't get into it.  But as I said it just is not my type of game.
#4 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -
@Xeiphyer: It is just a tabs section.   Sorry you don't like it but it probably is not going anywhere.
 @Mikemcn: yeah, I totally understand that.  I tend to jump from game to game unless their is a competitive multiplayer that keeps me coming back.  Sandbox games just aren't really my thing. 
#5 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -

  I have heard a ton of great things about Just Cause 2 from a lot of people who's opinions I respect. Still despite months of awesome praise the idea of playing Just Cause 2 just was not appealing to me. I am not the biggest fan of open world gaming and prefer a game with a tighter focus but after finally giving Red Dead Redemption a try and loving a good portion of that game, I felt it was time to give Just Cause 2 a try. Well that and the fact that Gamefly sent it to me as my next game out.

I am not going to beat around the bush, before I even started the game I envisioned I was going to hate it and I said so publicly. I was not wrong. Just Cause 2 is everything everyone said it was, a huge, beautifully realized sandbox to play around in and the mechanics themselves are actually pretty cool. But it is also a game that tries to present a narrative to drive you along and OH LORD it is awful.

I quickly voiced my complaints and was told to ignore the story and just play around in the world and blow stuff up. Unfortunately that just is not the type of gamer I am. I am not one to play in the sandbox unless there is a purpose to me being there. In the case of open world games, that purpose is generally the story progression.

I am the type of gamer that goes from mission to mission, advancing the storyline to get to the end game. Just Cause 2 has a system to its progression and I did not enjoy it at all and worse than that the story might as well not be there because it is told and performed in such a way that I wanted to slit my wrists watching it. OK, so maybe I am being a bit dramatic but I can easily state that it is one of the worst attempts at the GTA style of storytelling ever.

I was told yesterday that I shouldn't complain that the chocolate wasn't fish and just enjoy the chocolate. If you don't get the meaning of that, well it was implying that I shouldn't complain that Just Cause 2 was not anything other than what it is. I would agree with that sentiment completely if Just Cause 2 did not act like a fish. If it was like Crackdown and the story was nothing more than end pieces used to give a purpose to the sandbox I would probably be on board with it. But the story in Just Cause 2 is not that. It is cutscenes before and sometimes after missions with terrible voice acting that is trying to tell a cohesive narrative.

Just Cause 2, much like Saints Row, is not what I want out of an open world game. That doesn't make Just Cause 2 a bad game, it just makes it a game that is not for me. And honestly with all the games that are out there, having a few not work for me makes me appreciate the ones I do like even more.

If you want my “professional” opinion on Just Cause 2 after three hours of play, it is very good. Basically it is Mercs 2 (another title I didn't enjoy for much the same reasons) done well. So if you like playing in sandboxes and blowing stuff up Just Cause 2 might be right up your alley.


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#6 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -
@TheChaos: Yeah, The 3rd Birthday (they evidently lost the license to Parasite Eve but the game is the third one set in that universe).  Unfortunately if SE follows their recent track record (no Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep on PSN) 3rd Birthday won't come out on PSN.
#7 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -

Nobody knows what they are going to do but at this point if they did not transfer over what was in the digital store they would potentially hurt their next console sales.   And I would love to go out and buy Xenogears on disc but I am also not willing to pay nearly $100 to do so, so I can play it on my HDTV but offer it for $10 digitally and allow me to play it on my PSP, then I am all over it.

#8 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -

Every once in a while I sit back and think why hasn’t someone done this yet. These are some of the ones I think the most about.

Why hasn’t SquareEnix released Parasite Eve, Parasite Eve 2, Vagrant Story, Xenogears, Chrono Cross, and Dragon Warrior VII to the US PSN yet?

Vagrant Story and Xenogears are two of my favorite games from the Playstation generation. With Final Fantasy IX, they were some of the best games produced by Square in that era and add in the PE games, Chrono Cross and DW VII and those are some massive holes being left out of the PSN store. Vagrant Story has been available in Europe for over a year and all of these games are rumored to be coming to the US PSN. But when?

Why hasn’t Sony released Legend of Dragoon on the US PSN yet?

I don’t know if this is available in other territories and if so I hate you but regardless LoD was one of the best non Square developed RPGs from the PSOne era. This would be a prime candidate for sale in the PSN store and I’m sure many would snap it up.

Why doesn’t Sony offer all of their first party releases via the PSN?

Sure Microsoft doesn’t release them day in date with the retail version but they have been getting them out quicker and quicker. What makes matters worse is Sony looked to be moving in this direction with the release of Warhawk, GT5: Prologue and the PSP Go but they seem to be hiding in their shell. I understand the retail relations issues at play and that MS certainly has more clout with retailers than Sony does but still if your closest competitor is doing it, you need to get on board. Look, I don’t give the PSN much credit but purchasing on the network is far easier than doing so on XBOX Live, the fact that Sony isn’t taking advantage of people out there willing to hand over their money makes me scratch my head. Uncharted, Little Big Planet, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance, Killzone 2, these all belong on the network for digital purchase.

Why doesn’t Square support digital downloads of their PSP games?

I get it, the PSP is a highly hackable device and piracy is rampant on it. But if people are going to pirate games, they are going to pirate games regardless of if they have to rip the UMD or hack the DRM on a digital copy. The only thing you do by not releasing your software digitally is hurt your sales. At this point if I can’t buy it off the PSN I don’t bother with it. I know that Brian Leahy at Shacknews is of the same mindset, so I know I am not the only one.

That is about it for tonight but I’m sure more things that make me go hmm…


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Just Cause 2 and Why It Is Not For Me

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#9 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -

   Last year I set nine goals for myself at the beginning of the year. By 31 December 2010 I had completed five of those nine. Three of the four I did not hit because I just gave up on, like finishing Final Fantasy XII, while I tried hard to hit 300 films watched, mistakes made earlier in the year prevented that from happening. However the goals I did accomplish were massive and kind of crazy.

Seriously finishing 53 games in a year (I hit 60) and writing 52 reviews (I wrote 66). I don't think I can outdo myself with those numbers so this year I want to mix it up a bit.

1. Read 20 books. - I hit 15 books read by the end of 2010 and I think I can hit 20 with a little more effort. (this does not include graphic novels)

2. Finish 12 RPGs - I love the RPG genre, specifically the JRPG genre. So this year I want to complete 12 of them. It will be a mix of WRPGs and JRPGs. I already have a solid list going (Final Fantasy IX, Fallout: New Vegas, Dragon Age: Origins, Final Fantasy XIII, Icewind Dale, Shadow Hearts, Xenosaga, Rouge Galaxy etc...) and while it may not be 61 finished games, these are going to take up some time.

3. Play at least 20 hours of Dungeons & Dragons Online or Lord of the Rings Online and if I like it, give World of Warcraft a try
– I've been interested in WoW for a while but I don't know how I am going to like the MMORPG world, so what better way than to try it out with a pair of fairly good free ones.

4. Reach Lt. Colonel in Halo: Reach – As if I needed another reason to play more Halo.

5. Reach Level 22 in Battlefield: Bad Company 2
– I'm at level 11, with Vietnam out now, this should be doable.

6. Prestige once in Call of Duty: Black Ops – The level cap is 50 this time around, I'm at level eight. I think I can do it this time.

7. Play my backlog – I have about 30 games in my backlog and I want to play them to the point where I am done with them, that may not mean finished with them but at least done with them.

8. When I buy a game, finish it before buying a new one – While there will be certain times this won't be totally feasible (as in a great deal comes along and I'd be stupid to pass it up), I'd mostly like to avoid situations like I had with Castlevania:LoS and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit last year.

9. Play my systems more evenly – Last year I played a lot of games on my 360 but I mostly (at least up until the last month or so of 2010) neglected my PS3. Sure some of this is because of how I choose to game but I had PS3 games I could have played but I chose not to. So this year if I finish a 360 game, the next one has to be on the PC or PS3 and the same applies for my handhelds.

10. Watch the Star Wars, Aliens, Matrix and Lord of the Rings series this year – I haven't actually sat down to watch these in quite some time and while it may not be an ambitious goal (ala try to watch 300 films) it is one I want to do for myself.

11. Write a weekly post on what films I've been watching to chronicle my year in movies
– While I don't have the big ambitious number to shoot for this year, I think that the potential of not having any pressure to watch films may actually increase my viewing somewhat and I'd like to have a chronicle of what I've been watching.

So there you have it, 11 goals for 2011. We'll see how it goes.

On a somewhat related note, for those that have asked how I keep track of my gaming time. I keep a notebook by my side almost always. I measure game time from the time I sit down with a controller to play to the time I shut it down. Idle time, as in I am not with a controller in my hand, does not count. However I don't break down each match of Halo, so load time and incidental idle time not related to me, is counted as play time. I also only measure in ¼ hours. It may not be precise but it is a pretty good ballpark for time spent playing.


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Currently Reading: The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry
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#10 Posted by kariyanine (217 posts) -

  Back on New Year's Day 2010 I put down a list of goals for the year and this is how I did with them.

1. Read 12 books this year. - I finished The Age of Ra by James Lovegrove in December and that pushed me to 14 books finished during the year. RESULT: COMPLETED.

2. Hit the 300 films viewed threshold this year. - I watched 31 films in December which brings to a total of 243 on the year. RESULT: FAIL

3. Finish Final Fantasy XII before playing Final Fantasy XIII. - I got bored with XII early on in the year and it kind of soured me towards any JRPGs all year long. RESULT: FAIL

4. Give Shadow of the Colossus and Rogue Galaxy a shot. I finished Shadow of the Colossus and I played a bit of Rouge Galaxy (enough to know that I want to play more of it) RESULT: COMPLETED

5. Hit 75,000 Gamerscore and hit 500 PS3 Trophies. - GS: 75316 Trophies: 550 RESULT: COMPLETED

6. Finish Dragon Age: Origins on the PC. - I gave it a go but it never happened. RESULT: FAIL

7. Prestige twice in Modern Warfare 2. - Yeah... RESULT: FAIL

8. Complete more games than last year (52). - I finished four games in December for a total of 60 on the year. RESULT: COMPLETED

I love stats and lists so here are my statistics for December and 2010 in general.

Games Completed:

Call of Duty: Black Ops (X360)
Front Mission Evolved (PS3)
Alpha Protocol (X360)
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (PS3)

Games Ranked By Play Time (December):

Alpha Protocol (X360) - 12 hours
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (X360) - 10.75 hours
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (PS3) - 8.5 hours
Front Mission Evolved (PS3) - 7.25 hours
Gran Turismo (PSPGo) - 5.75 hours
Call of Duty: Black Ops (X360) - 5.5 hours
Gran Turismo 5 (PS3) - 5 hours
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (PS3) - 4 hours
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (X360) - 4 hours
Halo: Reach (X360) - 3 hours
Pokemon: HeartGold (NDS) - 2.5 hours
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam (X360) - 2.25 hours
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (X360) - 2 hours
Dead Nation (PS3) - 1.75 hours
Napoleon: Total War (PC) 1.5 hours
Amnesia: The Dark Descent (PC) - 1.25 hours
Kinectamals (X360) - 1 hour
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Racoonus (PS3) - 1 hour
Puzzle Quest (PSPGo) - 1 hour
Kinect Sports (X360) - 1 hour
Harms Way (X360) - 1 hour
Doritos Crash Course (X360) - 1 hour
Rock Band 3 (X360) - .75 hours
The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road (NDS) - .5 hours
Plants vs. Zombies (PC) - .25 hours

Top 25 Games Ranked By Play Time (2010):

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (X360) - 14.75 hours*
Dante's Inferno (X360) - 15 hours
Medal of Honor (X360) - 15 hours
Dragon Age: Origins (PC) - 16.75 hours
Split/Second (X360) - 17.5 hours
Guitar Hero 5 (X360) - 18.5 hours
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - 18.5 hours
StarCraft II (PC) - 19.25 hours
NHL 10 (X360) - 19.5 hours
Deadly Premonition (X360) - 19.75 hours
Rock Band 3 (X360) - 19.75 hours
Green Day: Rock Band (X360) - 21.25 hours
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (X360) - 21.25 hours
Modern Warfare 2 (X360) - 24 hours
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (X360) - 25.5 hours
Borderlands (X360) - 25.75 hours
Pokemon: HeartGold (NDS) - 26.5 hours
NHL 11 (X360) 29.5 hours
Mass Effect 2 (X360) - 30.5 hours
Red Dead Redemption (X360) - 33 hours
2010 FIFA World Cup: South Africa (X360) - 39.25 hours
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (X360) - 40.5 hours
Forza Motorsport 3 (X360) - 42 hours
Final Fantasy XII (PS2) - 49.25 hours
Halo: Reach (X360) - 103.75 hours
  *I played Pac-Man CE DX on both the 360 and PS3, if you were to add in the PS3's play time the game would jump into the top 20. 

Movies Watched in December (seen in theaters in bold):

Suspicious River
Allan Quartermain and the Temple of Skulls
The Invincible Iron Man
Sleeping Beauty
Pompeii: The Last Day
The Black Hole
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Lookout
The Keep
Gamers: The Dorkness Rising
Blood In, Blood Out
Die Hard
True Romance
Virgin Witch
Bitch Slap
Tron: Legacy
The Condemned
Winter's Bone
The Road
Easy A
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Muppet Family Christmas
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Die Hard 2
The Incredibles
Starship Troopers 2
Dirty Harry

And that was my December and my year in general. How did your 2010 go?


ALL NEW: The Perfectly Sane Show: Volume 2 - Episode 20 - get it at Vagary.tv or iTunes.

Hit up my friends Game Over and TeaBagRadio.

Coming Tomorrow: Goals for 2011

Currently Playing: Final Fantasy IX (PSOne on PSPGo)
Currently Listening To: nothing in particular
Currently Reading: The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry
Currently Anticipating: Little Big Planet 2