RecSpec Roulette: December 19, 2011

    

Hello, ladies and gents, welcome back to the Roulette. Just wrapped up a crazy week and started another one. Spent a good deal of time with family, so I wasn't able to finish my GotY list yet. I did do a blog on my favorite game songs of the year, and I was able to look back at my list from last year. As I type this I am waiting for a very important package, which you will no doubt see/hear about later on this week. I was a fool for thinking that last week was my last week where I would be pressured, oh well, hopefully things wrap up by Christmas Eve. Oh, and the goddamn Steam sale started this week. So I will buy a ton of games I will NEVER play. Just like last year. Anyway, on to the games I've been messing around with.

INSIDE BETS

Any game past this point doesn't mean anything as far as my GotY is concerned, if I didn't finish it by now, tough luck. I did play a bit of this and a bit of that. This was more of a gathering week for the cold winter ahead. The only game I really spent a good deal of time with was Ghost Trick. I really haven't played anything this week.

Ghost Trick

Last week I came off as indifferent to Ghost Trick, and I still stand by the fact that the puzzles drag early on. But man, that game does some crazy stuff later on. You encounter a different kind of Ghost Trick, and the puzzles got way more intense. I think the part where I left off last week was right before I got hooked on it. The game gets a hell of a lot better in the second half, and the ending is ridiculous and awesome at the same time. Oh right, there's a fourth wall breaking moment that ranks among the best of all time. I don't want to spoil it, but the last time I found a moment like that so cool was MGS4 with Screaming Mantis. Ghost Trick starts off slow, but the game is one of top handheld games this year.

Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights  

This isn't a Layton clone. I thought I was funny naming my profile Hershel Layton, wrong. That game starts you off with a stealth section then a turn-based battle against a spirit hiding in a treasure. There are normal puzzles too, like French crossword puzzles. I'm only an hour in, but it has been a good hours. Loving the characters in this, Lautrec may come off as a complete dick sometimes, but he's a lovable dick. And he totally has a monkey in his hat. A shame that I won't get to this game for a bit, it shows promise.

OUTSIDE BETS

Sonic CD is a lot of fun so far, I find it hilarious that even though I've played it here and there over the years, I've never time traveled in that game until I played the 360 version.

Skyward Sword, still haven't touched it.

ZERO BET: Mixin' it up

So, I finally bought a mixer. I've dabbled in a bit of streaming and video recording. But a big issue was putting commentary over it. I had a quick fix by using my computer as a skype relay point, but that became too unreliable and too hard to control. I've been looking at the Xenyx 802 for awhile, and since it's Christmas time, decided to go for it. Now all I have to do is buy $40 worth of various cables and adapters, not to mention a decent mic and headphones. I can't wait to put my stupid game adventures and commentary on YouTube.  I spent the night I got the mixer trying to draw out what I needed, here's the results of that. I'm really excited.


GAME GEAR BET: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Formerly known as the Game Gear Game of the Week. This game was my first video game. My grandfather bought me a new GG with Sonic 2, and man, what a horrible game to start me off with, if only for that first boss battle. You fight this antlion on a steep ass slope. Well, you don't fight anything, Robotnik throws rocks at you hitting the antlion. A stupid boss, but one of the hardest EVER! Go too far to the right, death because of how steep it is. The resolution on the screen is so small that you have barely any time to react to what rocks Robotnik throws at you. 

  
  

Funny thing about that video. That is the first time I've noticed that you can bounce off it. Amazing! 18+ years of torture from that fucker, and there was an easy trick to it. Still not foolproof, but it's not a complete loss anymore.

The Act intros are funny too, why is it showing Sonic and Tails if he is kidnapped? Nostalgia? "Sigh, I miss when me and Tails went to the Scrambled Egg Zone." The best part of that game is the bad ending, where a solemn Sonic is running through a field, then looks up into the stars and sees the ghost of Tails, shot in the head. I mean, you don't really think it's a star...do you?

This game was full of nightmares.

FINAL BET

My very important package came in today, so it's all about that. Maybe some Lautrec, and maybe some Steam stuff. I also downloaded the new Carmen Sandiego game, because goddamnit I want a Layton clone. A majority of my week will be playing with some random streaming and video stuff. My game of the year list will also be up sometime this week. Until next time.

For more of my random nonsense follow me on twitter (@recspecreno) and check out my YouTube channel  http://www.youtube.com/user/RecSpecReno

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Hello, ladies and gents, welcome back to the Roulette. Just wrapped up a crazy week and started another one. Spent a good deal of time with family, so I wasn't able to finish my GotY list yet. I did do a blog on my favorite game songs of the year, and I was able to look back at my list from last year. As I type this I am waiting for a very important package, which you will no doubt see/hear about later on this week. I was a fool for thinking that last week was my last week where I would be pressured, oh well, hopefully things wrap up by Christmas Eve. Oh, and the goddamn Steam sale started this week. So I will buy a ton of games I will NEVER play. Just like last year. Anyway, on to the games I've been messing around with.

INSIDE BETS

Any game past this point doesn't mean anything as far as my GotY is concerned, if I didn't finish it by now, tough luck. I did play a bit of this and a bit of that. This was more of a gathering week for the cold winter ahead. The only game I really spent a good deal of time with was Ghost Trick. I really haven't played anything this week.

Ghost Trick

Last week I came off as indifferent to Ghost Trick, and I still stand by the fact that the puzzles drag early on. But man, that game does some crazy stuff later on. You encounter a different kind of Ghost Trick, and the puzzles got way more intense. I think the part where I left off last week was right before I got hooked on it. The game gets a hell of a lot better in the second half, and the ending is ridiculous and awesome at the same time. Oh right, there's a fourth wall breaking moment that ranks among the best of all time. I don't want to spoil it, but the last time I found a moment like that so cool was MGS4 with Screaming Mantis. Ghost Trick starts off slow, but the game is one of top handheld games this year.

Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights  

This isn't a Layton clone. I thought I was funny naming my profile Hershel Layton, wrong. That game starts you off with a stealth section then a turn-based battle against a spirit hiding in a treasure. There are normal puzzles too, like French crossword puzzles. I'm only an hour in, but it has been a good hours. Loving the characters in this, Lautrec may come off as a complete dick sometimes, but he's a lovable dick. And he totally has a monkey in his hat. A shame that I won't get to this game for a bit, it shows promise.

OUTSIDE BETS

Sonic CD is a lot of fun so far, I find it hilarious that even though I've played it here and there over the years, I've never time traveled in that game until I played the 360 version.

Skyward Sword, still haven't touched it.

ZERO BET: Mixin' it up

So, I finally bought a mixer. I've dabbled in a bit of streaming and video recording. But a big issue was putting commentary over it. I had a quick fix by using my computer as a skype relay point, but that became too unreliable and too hard to control. I've been looking at the Xenyx 802 for awhile, and since it's Christmas time, decided to go for it. Now all I have to do is buy $40 worth of various cables and adapters, not to mention a decent mic and headphones. I can't wait to put my stupid game adventures and commentary on YouTube.  I spent the night I got the mixer trying to draw out what I needed, here's the results of that. I'm really excited.


GAME GEAR BET: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Formerly known as the Game Gear Game of the Week. This game was my first video game. My grandfather bought me a new GG with Sonic 2, and man, what a horrible game to start me off with, if only for that first boss battle. You fight this antlion on a steep ass slope. Well, you don't fight anything, Robotnik throws rocks at you hitting the antlion. A stupid boss, but one of the hardest EVER! Go too far to the right, death because of how steep it is. The resolution on the screen is so small that you have barely any time to react to what rocks Robotnik throws at you. 

  
  

Funny thing about that video. That is the first time I've noticed that you can bounce off it. Amazing! 18+ years of torture from that fucker, and there was an easy trick to it. Still not foolproof, but it's not a complete loss anymore.

The Act intros are funny too, why is it showing Sonic and Tails if he is kidnapped? Nostalgia? "Sigh, I miss when me and Tails went to the Scrambled Egg Zone." The best part of that game is the bad ending, where a solemn Sonic is running through a field, then looks up into the stars and sees the ghost of Tails, shot in the head. I mean, you don't really think it's a star...do you?

This game was full of nightmares.

FINAL BET

My very important package came in today, so it's all about that. Maybe some Lautrec, and maybe some Steam stuff. I also downloaded the new Carmen Sandiego game, because goddamnit I want a Layton clone. A majority of my week will be playing with some random streaming and video stuff. My game of the year list will also be up sometime this week. Until next time.

For more of my random nonsense follow me on twitter (@recspecreno) and check out my YouTube channel  http://www.youtube.com/user/RecSpecReno