Blog: I've Been Playing Way Too Many Video Games

It seems like I've been very much in a video game-y mood lately, even more so than usual. I have now four games that I want to juggle between, three of which are on my 360. This is probably the most I have ever used my Xbox since I got it. Hell, a few months ago I wanted to sell the damn thing. And now that it has a certain game on it, I'll probably never consider it again.

Psychonauts

If you know anything about my taste in games then you know that I consider this my favorite game to date. Although the gameplay isn't perfect, I just love how crazy it is and the humor still holds up. I grew up playing the PS2 version, and it was almost instantly apparent that the Xbox version, despite the emulation flaws on the 360, is the better version of the game. It looks a lot better than the PS2 version and the load times are almost non-existent probably because it's all on the hard drive, but I remember it was something that really bothered me when playing it on the PS2. Regardless, it's very fun playing it for old time's sake and remembering things about to that I once forgot (as well as getting more of the humor now that I'm older), and I want to play it to completion. And if you somehow haven't played it yet, that game is everywhere at this point, it's not hard to snag a digital copy.

Persona 4

I'm about 55 hours in Persona 4 at this point, and I'm getting pretty close to the end. I am at the part where I have made "the choice" and I'm headed on the path to get the good ending. It's weird that even though I know exactly what happens to certain characters in that game, playing it for myself still makes a little emotional. The game has a very powerful third act, and a lot of the voice acting sends chills down my spine at certain parts.

Batman: Arkham City

Gamestop's Black Friday deal for Arkham City GOTY Edition was too good to pass up. I'm not too far into it, but far enough in to confirm that it's totally like Arkham Asylum and playing it reminds me of how awesome that was. The combat is just as satisfying and sneaking around guys feel just as badass. I'm very excited to play more of it along every other game on my to-do list.

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!?

Mass Effect 2: Lair Of The Shadow Broker

I purchased Mass Effect Trilogy last month because I love that universe despite not owning the games, and I wanted to play the third one. But as I was playing Mass Effect 2, I really wanted to see the content that was in Shadow Broker, as well as purchasing From Ashes to have that character in my ME3 game from the get-go. I've been holding off on that for money reasons (see: every other game I bought lately) but this afternoon I decided to just go for it. I bought and played the large add-on for Mass Effect 2 and it was completely worth it. The pay-off at the end especially made it worth the price of admission. It's a really good way to end my ME2 romp (with me making it out alive with every character alive!) and when I get the chance I'll start playing Mass Effect 3. With all the hate died down, it'll be nice to see what's in it. Although I know everything about the cheap color-coded endings and such, I have no clue what happens for the bulk of the game. Other than the kid. God damn it, the kid.

So, that's just about all I've been up to game-wise. In terms of real life, last Thursday I played bass in front of people on stage at school, so that was cool. I also got my licence, and it's nice to drive without having my parents nagging to me about things that I already know. And this Thursday this me and my girlfriend's anniversary, and I can't wait to celebrate that! Going to a record store about an hour away from here. Should be fun.

That's all for now! Gotta get back to playing all these games...

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Edited by MetalGearSunny

It seems like I've been very much in a video game-y mood lately, even more so than usual. I have now four games that I want to juggle between, three of which are on my 360. This is probably the most I have ever used my Xbox since I got it. Hell, a few months ago I wanted to sell the damn thing. And now that it has a certain game on it, I'll probably never consider it again.

Psychonauts

If you know anything about my taste in games then you know that I consider this my favorite game to date. Although the gameplay isn't perfect, I just love how crazy it is and the humor still holds up. I grew up playing the PS2 version, and it was almost instantly apparent that the Xbox version, despite the emulation flaws on the 360, is the better version of the game. It looks a lot better than the PS2 version and the load times are almost non-existent probably because it's all on the hard drive, but I remember it was something that really bothered me when playing it on the PS2. Regardless, it's very fun playing it for old time's sake and remembering things about to that I once forgot (as well as getting more of the humor now that I'm older), and I want to play it to completion. And if you somehow haven't played it yet, that game is everywhere at this point, it's not hard to snag a digital copy.

Persona 4

I'm about 55 hours in Persona 4 at this point, and I'm getting pretty close to the end. I am at the part where I have made "the choice" and I'm headed on the path to get the good ending. It's weird that even though I know exactly what happens to certain characters in that game, playing it for myself still makes a little emotional. The game has a very powerful third act, and a lot of the voice acting sends chills down my spine at certain parts.

Batman: Arkham City

Gamestop's Black Friday deal for Arkham City GOTY Edition was too good to pass up. I'm not too far into it, but far enough in to confirm that it's totally like Arkham Asylum and playing it reminds me of how awesome that was. The combat is just as satisfying and sneaking around guys feel just as badass. I'm very excited to play more of it along every other game on my to-do list.

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!?

Mass Effect 2: Lair Of The Shadow Broker

I purchased Mass Effect Trilogy last month because I love that universe despite not owning the games, and I wanted to play the third one. But as I was playing Mass Effect 2, I really wanted to see the content that was in Shadow Broker, as well as purchasing From Ashes to have that character in my ME3 game from the get-go. I've been holding off on that for money reasons (see: every other game I bought lately) but this afternoon I decided to just go for it. I bought and played the large add-on for Mass Effect 2 and it was completely worth it. The pay-off at the end especially made it worth the price of admission. It's a really good way to end my ME2 romp (with me making it out alive with every character alive!) and when I get the chance I'll start playing Mass Effect 3. With all the hate died down, it'll be nice to see what's in it. Although I know everything about the cheap color-coded endings and such, I have no clue what happens for the bulk of the game. Other than the kid. God damn it, the kid.

So, that's just about all I've been up to game-wise. In terms of real life, last Thursday I played bass in front of people on stage at school, so that was cool. I also got my licence, and it's nice to drive without having my parents nagging to me about things that I already know. And this Thursday this me and my girlfriend's anniversary, and I can't wait to celebrate that! Going to a record store about an hour away from here. Should be fun.

That's all for now! Gotta get back to playing all these games...

Posted by Little_Socrates

@MetalGearSunny said:

The game has a very powerful third act, and a lot of the voice acting sends chills down my spine at certain parts.

AAAAAAAAAAARGH!

Great blog! I loved Lair of the Shadow Broker, and Persona 4 is always an amazing game. Buy Leviathan and From Ashes for Mass Effect 3. Brad says he can't imagine the game without the both of them; From Ashes was pretty awesome.

Posted by MetalGearSunny
@Little_Socrates That Kanji yell was great. I lot of the reacting in that scene was incredible. Thanks for the compliment! I got From Ashes. What's so important about Leviathan? I don't feel like spending any more money on Mass Effect stuff...
Posted by pyromagnestir

Only 55 hours into Persona 4 and already near the end? What kind of sorcery is this? I put 115 hours into it, and that's even with the endurance run guiding my way!

Posted by MetalGearSunny
@pyromagnestir Playing on the easiest difficulty.
Posted by pyromagnestir

@MetalGearSunny:

That shouldn't make that much of a difference... I'm just slow.

Posted by MetalGearSunny
@pyromagnestir Well, I did triangle through some cut scenes...
Posted by Colourful_Hippie

@MetalGearSunny said:

@pyromagnestir Well, I did triangle through some cut scenes...

That's what I ended up doing too and I finished Persona 4: Golden in 64 hours on normal. (True ending and bonus dungeon included)

Posted by MetalGearSunny
@Colourful_Hippie Wow...even with all the additional content?
Posted by Colourful_Hippie

@MetalGearSunny: I didn't experience all of the new stuff, just most. I'm not sure if the vanilla version had it but there's a nice skip feature where you press START twice to enter a fast forward mode like fast forwarding through a movie. I did that a lot during the big talk sessions that I've basically already know the lines to. Also the game's normal mode could probably qualify as vanilla's easy difficulty. I only died once and it was because I got one shotted by a cheap mudo move while I was in Rush mode.

Posted by Little_Socrates

@Colourful_Hippie said:

@MetalGearSunny said:

@pyromagnestir Well, I did triangle through some cut scenes...

That's what I ended up doing too and I finished Persona 4: Golden in 64 hours on normal. (True ending and bonus dungeon included)

That's how long the original took me, I think.

Also, Leviathan apparently contains one of the coolest moments in the series, a massive lore dump, and a lot of information that aids one's understanding and comprehension of the ending. I haven't played it myself, but according to Brad, he can't imagine playing through the game without it. It definitely adds a bunch of dialogue at the end of the game, among other things. (I'm playing it myself soon, so I haven't spoilt it for myself.)

Posted by redefaulted

@MetalGearSunny: I played and finished Psychonauts not a couple of months ago, but I felt like I had to force myself to. It was a fun and humorous game that I felt was held back by the fact at one point you had to quit the progression to farm the "currency'" to buy the mind-web vacuum-thing. For some reason that made me put the game down for a couple of days, even though it only took about 20-30 minutes to do it.

Meat Circus was overly-stressful, lol.

Posted by MetalGearSunny

@Colourful_Hippie: Yeah, the PS2 version didn't have that feature. That'd be nice to have.

@Little_Socrates: Meh. I don't feel like buying another add-on. I'm tired of spending money of Mass Effect. Maybe some other time.

@ck1nd: For some reason I felt completely compelled to collect as much arrow heads as I can in exchange for more stuff. Maybe that's just me.

Posted by Cold_Wolven

I hate it when I'm in that mood where I'm playing too many games all at once and not enough time in the day to do it. Especially true when you throw an RPG into the mix.

Posted by verbalmedal

yeah that kid in me3 really fucked me up

Posted by MetalGearSunny

@Cold_Wolven said:

I hate it when I'm in that mood where I'm playing too many games all at once and not enough time in the day to do it. Especially true when you throw an RPG into the mix.

You bet.

Posted by PistolPackinPoet

Nothing wrong with playing too much games. Just make sure you balance real life with pleasure. I wish I had the time to play games, but trying to graduate college is taking up most of my time. But anyways, it seems like you are having a great time with your outside life and your video gaming. So good for you man. Keep at it.

Posted by MetalGearSunny

@PistolPackinPoet: Thanks!