Fez, VF5, Space Marine, and way too much Choplifter HD.

It's been a while since I've wrote up a proper blog thing here on GB. I didn't really play much new stuff after Gears 3 for a while. I went back to Mass Effect 3, and S-Ranked it. As you probably know by now, that new ending DLC is out tomorrow, but I have low expectations for that actually addressing any of the issues I have with the game, and the fact that you apparently have to go through the last couple of missions (I presume just as a way of getting your current Galactic Readiness score) bums me out, because I was planning on using my old save from when I had max Readiness. I'm not spending another day grinding that out for an ending that will probably just disappoint me anyway. So I'll probably just YouTube some of that stuff once people find out what it is and get the various versions of it online. I'll probably play through it at some point, but not soon, because I've been using my PS3 a lot.

Why, you ask? Well, aside from liking the PS3 more than the 360 (for various reasons I shan't go into), I bought three months of PlayStation Plus because I was super bored and there was a lot of stuff that could be downloaded there. I've already more than gotten my money's worth, and I'm still not done with the stuff I've downloaded, and there should be more stuff next month. Much like last summer when I got the most out of the free month of PS+ that everyone got, this has resulted in my playing a lot of older/really good games that I had missed.

Like Virtua Fighter 5. Okay, technically it's the Final Showdown version, which is new, but I never played any previous version of this game. Or any Virtua Fighter game. The closest I ever got was Shenmue, which was a game about story and exploration first, combat second or third. Anyway, VF5 is pretty great. Too complex for me to really grasp, at least with the amount of time I'm willing to put into it. But I've had some fun with it, and it has that great "This game was made in Japan" feel. Stuff like the characters. One of them is a Canadian professional wrestler named Wolf Hawkfield. And the voice acting! It's great! By which I mean it's bad, but in a great way. I wish there was more of it, but that's just me being spoiled by last year's Mortal Kombat. But really, expecting all that from a $15 game (that has its origin in a time before that specific MK game) is unrealistic.

Then I played Choplifter HD. I link to that page because I wrote all of it, and I feel like I wrote far more than that game deserves. Not that I made stuff up, or that the game doesn't have enough stuff going on to warrant that much text. I just feel like it's mediocre at best, and I've spent far too much time thinking and writing about that game. The best part about it is that Duke Nukem has a cameo appearance, and he's voiced by Jon St. John. Four or five lines of dialog from a tired old character whose last game was a train wreck. I dunno. It's not a bad game, and I had some fun with it. Some of the humor is kinda funny.

Then I started playing Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. That game is awesome, and I had a lot more fun with it than I expected. I don't really have much to say about it that hasn't already been said, but I do think they could have done a little better job explaining stuff to people like me who don't know much about the Warhammer 40K universe. All I really knew before going into it was what Vinny has said on the site since Space Marine came out. Enough to get by, but not really enough to have a solid understanding of what's going on. Not that I want to go all out Vinny-style on it and start reading Warhammer 40K books or anything. I guess I could have looked some of it up on Wikipedia, but too late now. I hope they make a sequel to the game, because it's excellent, and I definitely want to see more of this universe, specifically in the form of another action game. And I'll buy that one, instead of getting it free on PSN. I feel kinda bad for not buying it, what with THQ being in financial trouble and everything.

And after I finished Space Marine, I discovered that Choplifter HD had DLC missions that were free, so I played some of those before finally getting fed up with it.

Speaking of getting fed up with it, I realized that I segued so well that I forgot to mention that I played Fez between Gears 3 and all this PSN madness. I really liked it, and I did just about everything without checking the internet, but there were three puzzles in particular (people who played it probably know which three) that when I looked up, I realized I never would have gotten them on my own. Fez is one of the best XBLA games I've played, and definitely the best "indie" game I've played (though I dunno how "indie" it really is, and I don't care enough to look into it). I cannot recommend it enough to those who haven't played it.

Back to PlayStation Plus games, after I gave up on Choplifter HD (those DLC missions aren't great), I started playing Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. And after getting through the first mission, I noticed there was Kane and Lynch character skins that were free to download, so I did. And I proceeded to play through the whole game as Kane (played single player), and I think it's great that they actually change the dialog in the cut scenes. I think it's even better that when they swear (and they swear a lot), they bleep out the swears in a comical fashion. Sure, I missed out on whatever the normal story is, but this was way better. And I made sure to replay the first mission with that on, and yeah, way better with them.

But with Kane and Lynch or the normal characters, I really liked that game. It has a much higher emphasis on puzzle solving than I thought it would, and I really liked that. The combat is fun, but at a certain level the combat is really just another dual stick shooter, just with more weapon variety than most of those. The puzzles, meanwhile, are pretty good. Again, I highly recommend this game to those who haven't played it. And play as Kane and Lynch. It's funny and ridiculous.

That was the last of the games I've played. I still have three more that I've downloaded. One is Hard Corps: Uprising. I've heard mixed things about that one, so I dunno. I probably won't like it much, because from what I've seen (the Quick Look on GB), it looks really hard and like it has really bad checkpointing. The second game is...Well, I forgot the name of it, but it's some zombie game that I downloaded because the description said it was set in Canada. Also it was free, but that's a given. But the last game? Well...

Yup, Just Cause 2. You may be thinking, "Moosey, how have you never played Just Cause 2?" My answer is that I don't know. When it came out I thought, "Oh, I'll buy it when it goes on sale," but I never did. If I ever saw it in a bargain bin for $20 (or even $30) I would have bought it. But to the best of my knowledge, I never did. Anyway, this is the game that sold me on the PlayStation Plus time, and I'm very excited to play it. I just played that other stuff first because I think this will take up more of my time, even if most of that is just wandering around and exploring (and then blowing stuff up).

I'll make sure to write something up about those games once I play them. And I'll probably throw something in about what I think about the new Mass Effect 3 ending. Or maybe that'll be it's own thing, because of spoilers. Or, if the mods are as active as they were with the original ending, I may just end up commenting on a forum here. But I'll get my opinion about it out somehow. I've spent too much time playing, thinking, and writing about the Mass Effect games to not do that. I just don't think it'll be good. It's a shame too, because I liked most of the story stuff in Mass Effect 3. It just kinda implodes within the last hour or so.

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Posted by MooseyMcMan

It's been a while since I've wrote up a proper blog thing here on GB. I didn't really play much new stuff after Gears 3 for a while. I went back to Mass Effect 3, and S-Ranked it. As you probably know by now, that new ending DLC is out tomorrow, but I have low expectations for that actually addressing any of the issues I have with the game, and the fact that you apparently have to go through the last couple of missions (I presume just as a way of getting your current Galactic Readiness score) bums me out, because I was planning on using my old save from when I had max Readiness. I'm not spending another day grinding that out for an ending that will probably just disappoint me anyway. So I'll probably just YouTube some of that stuff once people find out what it is and get the various versions of it online. I'll probably play through it at some point, but not soon, because I've been using my PS3 a lot.

Why, you ask? Well, aside from liking the PS3 more than the 360 (for various reasons I shan't go into), I bought three months of PlayStation Plus because I was super bored and there was a lot of stuff that could be downloaded there. I've already more than gotten my money's worth, and I'm still not done with the stuff I've downloaded, and there should be more stuff next month. Much like last summer when I got the most out of the free month of PS+ that everyone got, this has resulted in my playing a lot of older/really good games that I had missed.

Like Virtua Fighter 5. Okay, technically it's the Final Showdown version, which is new, but I never played any previous version of this game. Or any Virtua Fighter game. The closest I ever got was Shenmue, which was a game about story and exploration first, combat second or third. Anyway, VF5 is pretty great. Too complex for me to really grasp, at least with the amount of time I'm willing to put into it. But I've had some fun with it, and it has that great "This game was made in Japan" feel. Stuff like the characters. One of them is a Canadian professional wrestler named Wolf Hawkfield. And the voice acting! It's great! By which I mean it's bad, but in a great way. I wish there was more of it, but that's just me being spoiled by last year's Mortal Kombat. But really, expecting all that from a $15 game (that has its origin in a time before that specific MK game) is unrealistic.

Then I played Choplifter HD. I link to that page because I wrote all of it, and I feel like I wrote far more than that game deserves. Not that I made stuff up, or that the game doesn't have enough stuff going on to warrant that much text. I just feel like it's mediocre at best, and I've spent far too much time thinking and writing about that game. The best part about it is that Duke Nukem has a cameo appearance, and he's voiced by Jon St. John. Four or five lines of dialog from a tired old character whose last game was a train wreck. I dunno. It's not a bad game, and I had some fun with it. Some of the humor is kinda funny.

Then I started playing Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. That game is awesome, and I had a lot more fun with it than I expected. I don't really have much to say about it that hasn't already been said, but I do think they could have done a little better job explaining stuff to people like me who don't know much about the Warhammer 40K universe. All I really knew before going into it was what Vinny has said on the site since Space Marine came out. Enough to get by, but not really enough to have a solid understanding of what's going on. Not that I want to go all out Vinny-style on it and start reading Warhammer 40K books or anything. I guess I could have looked some of it up on Wikipedia, but too late now. I hope they make a sequel to the game, because it's excellent, and I definitely want to see more of this universe, specifically in the form of another action game. And I'll buy that one, instead of getting it free on PSN. I feel kinda bad for not buying it, what with THQ being in financial trouble and everything.

And after I finished Space Marine, I discovered that Choplifter HD had DLC missions that were free, so I played some of those before finally getting fed up with it.

Speaking of getting fed up with it, I realized that I segued so well that I forgot to mention that I played Fez between Gears 3 and all this PSN madness. I really liked it, and I did just about everything without checking the internet, but there were three puzzles in particular (people who played it probably know which three) that when I looked up, I realized I never would have gotten them on my own. Fez is one of the best XBLA games I've played, and definitely the best "indie" game I've played (though I dunno how "indie" it really is, and I don't care enough to look into it). I cannot recommend it enough to those who haven't played it.

Back to PlayStation Plus games, after I gave up on Choplifter HD (those DLC missions aren't great), I started playing Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. And after getting through the first mission, I noticed there was Kane and Lynch character skins that were free to download, so I did. And I proceeded to play through the whole game as Kane (played single player), and I think it's great that they actually change the dialog in the cut scenes. I think it's even better that when they swear (and they swear a lot), they bleep out the swears in a comical fashion. Sure, I missed out on whatever the normal story is, but this was way better. And I made sure to replay the first mission with that on, and yeah, way better with them.

But with Kane and Lynch or the normal characters, I really liked that game. It has a much higher emphasis on puzzle solving than I thought it would, and I really liked that. The combat is fun, but at a certain level the combat is really just another dual stick shooter, just with more weapon variety than most of those. The puzzles, meanwhile, are pretty good. Again, I highly recommend this game to those who haven't played it. And play as Kane and Lynch. It's funny and ridiculous.

That was the last of the games I've played. I still have three more that I've downloaded. One is Hard Corps: Uprising. I've heard mixed things about that one, so I dunno. I probably won't like it much, because from what I've seen (the Quick Look on GB), it looks really hard and like it has really bad checkpointing. The second game is...Well, I forgot the name of it, but it's some zombie game that I downloaded because the description said it was set in Canada. Also it was free, but that's a given. But the last game? Well...

Yup, Just Cause 2. You may be thinking, "Moosey, how have you never played Just Cause 2?" My answer is that I don't know. When it came out I thought, "Oh, I'll buy it when it goes on sale," but I never did. If I ever saw it in a bargain bin for $20 (or even $30) I would have bought it. But to the best of my knowledge, I never did. Anyway, this is the game that sold me on the PlayStation Plus time, and I'm very excited to play it. I just played that other stuff first because I think this will take up more of my time, even if most of that is just wandering around and exploring (and then blowing stuff up).

I'll make sure to write something up about those games once I play them. And I'll probably throw something in about what I think about the new Mass Effect 3 ending. Or maybe that'll be it's own thing, because of spoilers. Or, if the mods are as active as they were with the original ending, I may just end up commenting on a forum here. But I'll get my opinion about it out somehow. I've spent too much time playing, thinking, and writing about the Mass Effect games to not do that. I just don't think it'll be good. It's a shame too, because I liked most of the story stuff in Mass Effect 3. It just kinda implodes within the last hour or so.

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Edited by awesomeusername

@MooseyMcMan: I feel the same way about Warhammer 40K. I never knew anything about the series. I was going to get PS+ and thought, why not, because trophies right? The game was pretty damn good. I didn't expect anything playing it and I had a great time. I hear the multiplayer and the horde mode is great so I'm going to have to check those out. I also feel bad about not buying it too but it's just one of those games that you barely even know about and you play it and your just wowed. I really hope a sequel is made because I would seriously buy it for the whole $65.

I'm on the same boat with Just Cause 2. I never played it until now because of PS+. It's a fun game but some things bother me like the autosave system, it sucks and the small amount of ammo you carry. It's fun jumping off high cliffs and parachuting onto a car and highacking it, even after the 100th time. All the explosions make everything 10x better too. I love driving a car and bailing out for it to smash int some kind of explosive and blowing everything up to kindom come. It never gets old. The map is huge too! I'm 10 and a half hours in and only completed about 17% of the game. It's mind boggling!

Also, if you want to play any of the PS+ games on co-op or multiplayer, that'd be cool. I don't have anyone to play Lara Croft, LBP2, Warhammer, and All 4 One with.

Posted by TheSouthernDandy

Glad you liked Space Marine, that games awesome. The 40K universe is pretty great some pretty great backstory. A good place to look, if you wanna get into it without reading the books (which are mostly great) is http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Main_Page If you get into the mp check out the Dreadnought DLC getting to roll around in a massive armored walker is pretty badass. I also haven't played Just Cause 2 yet. I feel kinda bad about that.

Posted by Redbullet685

@awesomeusername: I've been looking for someone to play Lara Croft with if you're interested. PSN: Rokyracoon68

Posted by Doctorchimp

@MooseyMcMan said:

I started playing Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. And after getting through the first mission, I noticed there was Kane and Lynch character skins that were free to download, so I did. And I proceeded to play through the whole game as Kane (played single player), and I think it's great that they actually change the dialog in the cut scenes. I think it's even better that when they swear (and they swear a lot), they bleep out the swears in a comical fashion. Sure, I missed out on whatever the normal story is, but this was way better. And I made sure to replay the first mission with that on, and yeah, way better with them.

But dude you never felt the emotional high of caring for Lara Croft and the need to protect the pretty digital lady when you played with Kane!

Posted by awesomeusername

@Redbullet685: No problem. I haven't started it yet so we can play whenever you'd like. I'm always free asides from July 7th until the 21st or so because I'll be out of America on vacation. So if anytime this week before Saturday, if you want to play, I'll get on.

Posted by bobafettjm

I also decided to play Warhammer just because I got it on PS+ and ended up loving it and playing it all the way through in a couple of days. I also had the plan to pick up Just Cause 2 when it went on sale, but it seems like in my area it doesn't even exist.

Edited by awesomeusername

@bobafettjm: Just Cause 2 is free on PSN. Just in case you didn't know, your post seems to suggest you don't know.

Posted by CJduke

You are making me want to buy a subscription to playstation plus!

Posted by bobafettjm

@awesomeusername: Yea I was referring to the fact that I was in the same boat with waiting and then now getting it on PSN, but thanks for the heads up.

Posted by awesomeusername

@bobafettjm: Okey dokey Sheamus. ;D

Posted by awesomeusername

@CJduke said:

You are making me want to buy a subscription to playstation plus!

Go buy it damnit! 18 bucks for 3 months dude. Get it before Tuesday so you can download the games listed in this thread for FREE! Over $300 worth of free games and it only costs you $18. By the way, those games are

Choplifter HD

Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light

Sideway: New York

Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown

Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone

Hard Corps: Uprsising

inFAMOUS 2

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

Just Cause 2

Saints Row 2

LittleBigPlanet 2

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One

You probably won't like about 3 of those games though.