I think I'm in love...

So over the last week I've been playing a lot of games. I guess it's just my itch to as I've sort of been abstaining from them altogether for the last two months. I've purchased many an XBLA game, very exciting stuff. Just recently (about four hours ago) I went to the GameStop to trade in some games for store credit. I traded in Condemned 2, skate, Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, and Resistance: Fall of Man. What shocked me is that I got about $80 for the whole shindig. Fancy that.

What a bloody mess.
So I picked up some used games, including: Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill 4: The Room, and Persona 3. I've been wanting the former two for a while, and Persona was just a good deal at 25 bucks. That combined with a 1600 Microsoft Points card ran me like 77 dollars, not a bad deal. I resisted the urge to pick up Soul Calibur IV, as that would have foiled my plans completely.

So for the arcade games. Earlier this week I picked up N+ and Lumines Live. They are both fairly great games, that occupy completely different sections of my brain. The ninja game makes me want to kill myself, only because it's so damn hard. Chilling out and playing some Lumines afterwards is definitely time well-spent after the intensity of that other game. Oh yes, Ikaruga. Played that a bit with the EightBitWarrior. Anywho.

You have no idea.
So I purchased a rather significant arcade game, beyond all those. That game is Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved². And what a doozy this is. I think I'm in love, I can't get enough of it. I didn't think I'd get this much enjoyment out of the game, but I honestly love all the game types. I've gotten all but three achievements out of it, and I'm pretty sure at the moment that two of those are out of my grasp. Not talking about "Wax Off" however, I smoked that early (since it's my favorite game mode). My best score right now is in Pacifism, being 13+ million or so. I urge other people to give it a shot, beyond the demo. Even if you think you don't like Geometry Wars, like I did. I'm addicted to beating high scores, even though I'm not particularly good at the game, anybody can score 1 million + in the gametypes with a little practice.

I'm going to either hold out for Bionic Commando Rearmed to spend the rest of my digital fortune, or splurge on two 400 point games, ideally that there marble game and a sequel to a great brawler. Let me know what you think.

P.S. I've been back into Burnout Paradise as you may or may not know, I need to do challenges with people, so if anyone actually owns the game you should hit me up and we'll play.
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Posted by lordofultima

So over the last week I've been playing a lot of games. I guess it's just my itch to as I've sort of been abstaining from them altogether for the last two months. I've purchased many an XBLA game, very exciting stuff. Just recently (about four hours ago) I went to the GameStop to trade in some games for store credit. I traded in Condemned 2, skate, Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, and Resistance: Fall of Man. What shocked me is that I got about $80 for the whole shindig. Fancy that.

What a bloody mess.
So I picked up some used games, including: Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill 4: The Room, and Persona 3. I've been wanting the former two for a while, and Persona was just a good deal at 25 bucks. That combined with a 1600 Microsoft Points card ran me like 77 dollars, not a bad deal. I resisted the urge to pick up Soul Calibur IV, as that would have foiled my plans completely.

So for the arcade games. Earlier this week I picked up N+ and Lumines Live. They are both fairly great games, that occupy completely different sections of my brain. The ninja game makes me want to kill myself, only because it's so damn hard. Chilling out and playing some Lumines afterwards is definitely time well-spent after the intensity of that other game. Oh yes, Ikaruga. Played that a bit with the EightBitWarrior. Anywho.

You have no idea.
So I purchased a rather significant arcade game, beyond all those. That game is Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved². And what a doozy this is. I think I'm in love, I can't get enough of it. I didn't think I'd get this much enjoyment out of the game, but I honestly love all the game types. I've gotten all but three achievements out of it, and I'm pretty sure at the moment that two of those are out of my grasp. Not talking about "Wax Off" however, I smoked that early (since it's my favorite game mode). My best score right now is in Pacifism, being 13+ million or so. I urge other people to give it a shot, beyond the demo. Even if you think you don't like Geometry Wars, like I did. I'm addicted to beating high scores, even though I'm not particularly good at the game, anybody can score 1 million + in the gametypes with a little practice.

I'm going to either hold out for Bionic Commando Rearmed to spend the rest of my digital fortune, or splurge on two 400 point games, ideally that there marble game and a sequel to a great brawler. Let me know what you think.

P.S. I've been back into Burnout Paradise as you may or may not know, I need to do challenges with people, so if anyone actually owns the game you should hit me up and we'll play.
Posted by JonDavis

Great deal, that. N+ is a son of a bitch, but it's an entertaining game so it was worth it. You need to get more Geometry Wars 2 time in though, I got 100+ million points in Pacifism and I need some freaking motivation. Marble game is fun, but you might want to look at something a bit more... modern. That game was out at or near the release of the 360 and it feels a bit dated. Hell, don't let me stop you from getting it though, it's great fun. I rented Burnout and I enjoyed it but my satellite internet hinders any good that can come from a Gold account.

Damn satellite.

Posted by Oni

Should've gotten Braid. Seriously, 1200 points or no, it's amazing. Oh well :(

Posted by EleFlameMax

Had I the money, I would purchase Geometry Wars in snipping snap crackle! Oh yeah, Braid. Get that, will you?

Posted by EightBitWarrior

i was going to ask how you could trade in the great vegas 2, but considering i've never seen you play it.....ever.... makes sense. SUPER STARDUST HD should be your next purchase!

Posted by coonce

dude - awesome blog - i love reading your posts --- keep up the good work.

Posted by Usagi

I'd say just wait and get Bionic Commando Rearmed.  I have a feeling that it'll be better than both of those others combined.

Posted by lordofultima

Braid is overrated. I played the demo and I was like "meh."

Posted by Homes

It's been a good time for XBLA recently. I personally can't wait for Fable II Pub Games!