This has been a pretty diverse week in gaming for me in that I’ve loaded quite a few games into my consoles, even if just for a brief period each.
1 – Forza Motorsport 3, 360 (Turn 10, Microsoft Game Studios)
Honestly, I fired this up because I had very few achievements and I knew I hadn’t played much of this. I played the hell out of Forza 2, so I guess I’d had my fill of racing games for a while. This was a lot of fun to get back in to, and I also found out that my son loves watching it. He’s three months old and was on a blanket on the ground next to me. I had Forza on while he was sleeping and didn’t turn it off after he woke up. I started a race while his mom was playing with him, and soon his attention was on the game and not her. He started flailing his arms and legs in excitement as he watched the screen. I’m guessing it was all the vibrant colors!
2 – Left 4 Dead, 360 (Valve/Certain Affinity, Valve/EA)
I have never played a versus game and thought I’d see what it was all about. Unfortunately the experience didn’t work out so well. I got into a game in progress but was only a spectator. I tried again and was put into one of the survivors for a few minutes and then got booted. I got fed up and will have to try again later.
3 – Halo 3, 360 (Bungie Studios, Microsoft Game Studios)
Fired up the multiplayer to see what the new maps were like since the ODST disc has all the DLC. Got some achievements and turned it off. It’s fun, but I had other things I enjoyed playing more. I’ll wait until Monday’s Reach beta starts before doing more .
4 – Halo 3: ODST, 360 (Bungie Studios, Microsoft Game Studios)
Got this from Goozex and beat the campaign. Tried a little solo Firefight, but that’s tough! I’ll need to set up a match with friend for this, but I don’t think any friends have this game.
5 – Mass Effect 2, 360 (BioWare, EA)
Finished my second playthrough and started my third (on Insanity), but ODST came in the mail so I stopped. It’ll probably be a few more months before I finish the Insanity playthrough.
6 – Rhythm Heaven, DS (Nintendo, Nintendo)
Some games are a piece of cake and I get a perfect on the second try, but others I just can’t seem to get. Fun overall.
7 – Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, DS (Konami, Konami)
I don’t know what I did the first time I started this up, but I apparently did it wrong. I remember getting frustrated and lost in some place I didn’t know what to do. I waited six months and tried again on a whim and now everything is cool. I must have jumped into the other dude’s save game because this time I started at the beginning, which I hadn’t seen before. Only played about an hour, but this will be good to have on my next flight.