The Triumphant Return & Uni Impressions

Hey guys! After a week away from the forums, the IRC and the site, I'm back. I've got a few things I want to say and I don't have a huge amount of time to say them in, but I'll do my best to squeeze in as much as I can.

My new home. Pretty nice place, if I do say so myself
My new home. Pretty nice place, if I do say so myself
As you may be able to tell from the title of this blog, the reason I haven't been active on Giant Bomb recently is because I came to University a week ago. I'm studying English Language & Literature at the University of Essex, in Colchester, and really enjoying it so far. The first couple of days were really daunting, but now I've settled in I can offer some opinions on the place. I'm living on campus, in student accommodation with fifteen other people, all of whom are friendly and easy to get on with. The campus itself is pretty big, and offers everything from teaching and studying facilities and libraries through to on-site clubs and bars. The only thing it's missing is a place to play darts (something I'm very annoyed about, being an avid player). I'm not much of a club person, so I've spent most of Freshers' Week checking out the bars with a couple of new friends. We've seen some live bands, played some pool and had plenty to drink. Today I have my first lecture and class, so I need to shift back to an academic mindset and prepare myself for the year ahead.

I may be the only person on the planet who hasn't played this yet
I may be the only person on the planet who hasn't played this yet
Of course, being wrapped up in Freshers' Week means I haven't done much besides eat, drink and socialise. Thus, although I brought a PS2 and an Xbox 360, I haven't really had any time to play anything besides a very short stint on Sonic Mega Collection Plus. I intend to put that right this week, but I'm not sure exactly how. I have Oblivion with me, which I've been meaning to start up ever since I bought it three months ago. I've also got a few PS2 games I own but have never played, among which are Devil May Cry 3, Canis Canem Edit and Killzone. If anyone has a suggestion then please leave a comment. I'm terrible when it comes to making choices about what to play, so any input is greatly appreciated.

Please be better than last year's game. That's all I ask
Please be better than last year's game. That's all I ask
There are a couple of new games I'm interested in picking up before the year's out, although my student budget doesn't really allow me to indulge in such purchases. The first one is Pro Evolution Soccer 2009. I wasn't impressed by last year's effort, but what I've seen of this year's instalment has restored some of my faith. I'll probably wait and see what the game is like before I buy it, though (one of my flatmates is definitely picking it up, so I'll see how his copy holds up before I make the investment). The other game I'm interested in is Gears of War 2. Although I never played the original due to not owning a 360 at the time, I've been sort-of-following the pre-release build up and it does look awesome. If Gears 2 proves to be too expensive for my pitiful budget, at least after its release I'll be able to pick up a cheap copy of the original game.

As a final note, I'd like to say thanks to the people who've viewed my now-finished Jak 3 guide and rated it so highly. It's a huge boost to know that people value the work I put into that guide. Hopefully Version 2.00 of the guide will be coming fairly soon, introducing helpful maps and screenshots for checkpoint missions and the like. As soon as the update hits, this blog will be the first place you'll hear about it. See you all around.


DanK

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Currently playing - Sonic Mega Collection Plus (PS2)
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