blogging about games out of boredom between classes

Hello internet people, 
 
I've been playing mainly 4 games lately, all '09 games for some reason.
 

Borderlands !

 I got the game on a steam sale because for all the good things Jeff was saying about the game, I didn't really think it would click with me. So buying it at the original cost was a no sell. But one day, one of those horrible steam sales appear and what do my eyes see but Borderland for quiet cheap (don't remember what it was though) and so I dove into Pandora, thinking "hey, I'd give this a shot. Maybe some multiplayer with some friends." 
No long ago, I finished the game playing as Lilith, while actually playing very little online. It seems like that game has one very big plus for it: it's fucking fun. It gets a little repetitive, the game felt a little unbalanced (more on that soon), the plot was silly and not very interesting, and at some point the quest dialong became a chore to read. So how come I've spent the better part of two weeks playing nothing but Borderlands ? 
 
Because shooting dudes in the face with a ridiculous gun is a blast. pun intended. Someone should probably do some research on why gamers enjoy shooting things in the face. 
 
Maybe because the game was a little unbalanced and I kept being 3-4 levels above the creatures I was fighting that made it fun and not this intense, hard experience. In an early stage of the game I bought from a special sale a shield that regenerates health, and not long after got a shotgun with high accuracy. Those two items remained equipped for a long long time. 
In the beginning, I was doing all the side quests in the hopes of finding great loot, but soon found out that all that XP I was getting had me over leveled for most of the game. 
So it's easy to see why my experience felt unbalanced. 
 
I did have a great time playing though. 
 
Maybe the two are related. 
 

Dirt 2 !

 The reason for me having this game is similar to that of Borderlands. While thinking that I'd enjoy playing it, because I really enjoyed Grid, the original cost of it made me go "aaahhhh....... another time". Steam sale and boom. Dirt 2 for around 10 bucks. Talk about a steal. 
 
Maybe it's just my machine, but the game won't run on full screen, only windowed (proper resolution though) and it keeps resetting my controls because my gamepad is this cheap little (though physically huge gamepad) thing and I have to retell it that left on the left stick means I want the car to go left. 
But other then those two things, Man... what a great driving game. Now, I'm really not "That" guy about driving games. I hate GT and never played Forza but I loved Grid and Burnout is a long time romance with me. So I'm kinda in the middle maybe. 
(I just now realized how many times I used "maybe" in this blog until now. Let's see how many more will be) 
 
It feels fast. It feels responsive. You drift, you chew dirt and road, you race Point to Point in the desert to see if you can beat Ken Block's best time. I don't really know what there is to say about this game (So bravo Drew for writing a full review) because It's a racing game. A good one. Licence cars, good number of tracks, what more do you need ? 
The difficulty seems a little too easy on the scale though. I'm playing on the 4th out of 5 (or is it 5th out of 6) and beating most races in first place. Maybe (!) it's just me though. 
 

Assassin's Creed 2 !

Got it in the Platinum Game of the Year edition, so pretty cheap too (a common link ?!). Holy shit what a game. Almost every gripe I had with the first is gone and replaced with a better system/gameplay/direction. All that and keeping what I enjoyed about Assassin's Creed. Leaping from tree to tree on the mighty rivers of British Colombia... (Or from building to building in the watery city of Venice) still feels great and smooth. I still feel like that deadly dude that can strike from the shadows (although I don't do a lot of that). More tools, more weapons, better story, less Desmond walking around a 10 by 10 room, A lot of game in one package, and so on. Really a great game. Might be my 2010's 2009 game of the year.  
 
It still has it's awkward moments, and the combat (while improved a lot) still feels a little slow because counter kills are easy to do and they kill the dude right there. So Ezio usually stands, sword drawn, in the center of a circle of dudes. All looking at each other with dumbfounded looks. Waiting for someone to do something. 
Also, in big battles, it's a little hard to pick and choose targets.
 
But you still leap 50 feet into a little pile of hay. WHAT THE FUCK ?! it bugged me in the first game, it bugs me now, and it will probably bug me in every AC game in the future. 
(Also, I'm just starting chapter 14 so please, No spoilers in the comments) 
 

The Beatles: Rock Band

It's rock band. 
 
IT'S FUCKING AWESOME. 
 
plus, I am meeting the Beatles for the first time (didn't really had an opinion on them before) and learning about great music, AND my girlfriend loves singing while I play the guitar. 
 
 
That's about it. I played Civ 5 (you can read all about that in the post below) and loved the shit out of it, but it's way too time consuming and the above games are all games you can pick up for a race/song/kill or two and put down. So they are easier on the schedule on me.
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Posted by MoistJohn

Hello internet people, 
 
I've been playing mainly 4 games lately, all '09 games for some reason.
 

Borderlands !

 I got the game on a steam sale because for all the good things Jeff was saying about the game, I didn't really think it would click with me. So buying it at the original cost was a no sell. But one day, one of those horrible steam sales appear and what do my eyes see but Borderland for quiet cheap (don't remember what it was though) and so I dove into Pandora, thinking "hey, I'd give this a shot. Maybe some multiplayer with some friends." 
No long ago, I finished the game playing as Lilith, while actually playing very little online. It seems like that game has one very big plus for it: it's fucking fun. It gets a little repetitive, the game felt a little unbalanced (more on that soon), the plot was silly and not very interesting, and at some point the quest dialong became a chore to read. So how come I've spent the better part of two weeks playing nothing but Borderlands ? 
 
Because shooting dudes in the face with a ridiculous gun is a blast. pun intended. Someone should probably do some research on why gamers enjoy shooting things in the face. 
 
Maybe because the game was a little unbalanced and I kept being 3-4 levels above the creatures I was fighting that made it fun and not this intense, hard experience. In an early stage of the game I bought from a special sale a shield that regenerates health, and not long after got a shotgun with high accuracy. Those two items remained equipped for a long long time. 
In the beginning, I was doing all the side quests in the hopes of finding great loot, but soon found out that all that XP I was getting had me over leveled for most of the game. 
So it's easy to see why my experience felt unbalanced. 
 
I did have a great time playing though. 
 
Maybe the two are related. 
 

Dirt 2 !

 The reason for me having this game is similar to that of Borderlands. While thinking that I'd enjoy playing it, because I really enjoyed Grid, the original cost of it made me go "aaahhhh....... another time". Steam sale and boom. Dirt 2 for around 10 bucks. Talk about a steal. 
 
Maybe it's just my machine, but the game won't run on full screen, only windowed (proper resolution though) and it keeps resetting my controls because my gamepad is this cheap little (though physically huge gamepad) thing and I have to retell it that left on the left stick means I want the car to go left. 
But other then those two things, Man... what a great driving game. Now, I'm really not "That" guy about driving games. I hate GT and never played Forza but I loved Grid and Burnout is a long time romance with me. So I'm kinda in the middle maybe. 
(I just now realized how many times I used "maybe" in this blog until now. Let's see how many more will be) 
 
It feels fast. It feels responsive. You drift, you chew dirt and road, you race Point to Point in the desert to see if you can beat Ken Block's best time. I don't really know what there is to say about this game (So bravo Drew for writing a full review) because It's a racing game. A good one. Licence cars, good number of tracks, what more do you need ? 
The difficulty seems a little too easy on the scale though. I'm playing on the 4th out of 5 (or is it 5th out of 6) and beating most races in first place. Maybe (!) it's just me though. 
 

Assassin's Creed 2 !

Got it in the Platinum Game of the Year edition, so pretty cheap too (a common link ?!). Holy shit what a game. Almost every gripe I had with the first is gone and replaced with a better system/gameplay/direction. All that and keeping what I enjoyed about Assassin's Creed. Leaping from tree to tree on the mighty rivers of British Colombia... (Or from building to building in the watery city of Venice) still feels great and smooth. I still feel like that deadly dude that can strike from the shadows (although I don't do a lot of that). More tools, more weapons, better story, less Desmond walking around a 10 by 10 room, A lot of game in one package, and so on. Really a great game. Might be my 2010's 2009 game of the year.  
 
It still has it's awkward moments, and the combat (while improved a lot) still feels a little slow because counter kills are easy to do and they kill the dude right there. So Ezio usually stands, sword drawn, in the center of a circle of dudes. All looking at each other with dumbfounded looks. Waiting for someone to do something. 
Also, in big battles, it's a little hard to pick and choose targets.
 
But you still leap 50 feet into a little pile of hay. WHAT THE FUCK ?! it bugged me in the first game, it bugs me now, and it will probably bug me in every AC game in the future. 
(Also, I'm just starting chapter 14 so please, No spoilers in the comments) 
 

The Beatles: Rock Band

It's rock band. 
 
IT'S FUCKING AWESOME. 
 
plus, I am meeting the Beatles for the first time (didn't really had an opinion on them before) and learning about great music, AND my girlfriend loves singing while I play the guitar. 
 
 
That's about it. I played Civ 5 (you can read all about that in the post below) and loved the shit out of it, but it's way too time consuming and the above games are all games you can pick up for a race/song/kill or two and put down. So they are easier on the schedule on me.
Posted by JJWeatherman

Steam sales rock!  :P 
 
I was really considering buying the GOTY Borderlands recently, but didn't really have enough extra cash. I plan to really dig into that one eventually though. Even if it's several years late. 
 
Still haven't played Dirt. It's appealing to me, but i dunno, never really felt the urge to go out and buy or even rent it. 
 
Assassin's Creed 2 is one of my favorite games. I played it obsessively until I S-ranked it, then I played a bit more. Love it. 
 
As crazy as I am about Rock Band, I still don't own the Beatles game. It's a crime; I REALLY should just buy it already. I think what has delayed me so far was that I played it at my family's house just after it came out and we nearly played every song, so I'm not really missing out on much. I'd really like to own it though and get some achievements and see the stuff that I didn't get to before. 
 
I'd play Civ V if I had a better PC.  :(

Posted by HS21

You're playing Civ 5. You're doing it right. I'm not sure what "it" is. 

Posted by MoistJohn
@JJWeatherman said:
"I'd play Civ V if I had a better PC.  :( "  
 First of all, you can play it like GB's Italian Stallion on the strategic view. which means it'll look like a board game, but while the graphics of the game are pretty and nice to look at while you are attempting to tell Montezuma to stick it where the sun don't shine (Seattle, Washington !), they are hardly critical. 
 
About the Beatles, it's just cool to have because: 
a. great game, and great games should always be in your collection. 
b. awesome tracklist to come back to. i've got GH:WT and after playing all the songs, I never touched it more to the occasional playing with friends. 
c. everyone knows the Beatles, so it's an easy sell to play with people. 
 
Dirt: if you find it in a sale, go for it. if not, you can leave it. 
 
How the F-Bomb did you manage to find all those feathers ? I'm not really into Trophies and such, so after hearing Vinny saying that you don't get anything really good out of it, I never felt the need to hunt those down. I'm in the end of chapter 13 (GOTY edition has both DLC) and i have like 30+ of them. 
Heard you get a weapon if you find 50...
Posted by HandsomeDead

About the DiRT 2 difficulty, I found it incredibly fickle. I'd be acing races with a 10 second advantage on one difficulty then I'd put it on the next one up and I wouldn't be anywhere near the podium.

Posted by JJWeatherman
@Marshmellow_Peep:  

 How the F-Bomb did you manage to find all those feathers ?    

I dunno man. I even collected most if not all of the treasure chests which literally don't give you anything at all for collecting. I was obsessed.
Posted by abdo

When I bought my GPU almost a year ago it was supposed to come with a code for Dirt 2, but that didn't apply for my version of the card. This left me sour and I ignored it for a while.  But then, D2D had a sale, and I managed to get it for one dollar. 
 
One dollar. As a huge racing game fan, can you imagine how awesome that was for me? I loved it.

Posted by JJWeatherman
@abdo: God bless the interwebz.  :P