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Time to Finish Some Games: part 2

After a few months of gamestop bin hunting and game borrowing from friends, I found myself with a pretty sizeable stack of videogames that I haven't finished. I mentioned in my first post that my list was as follows:

1.) Beyond Good and Evil (a few hours in)
2.) Okami (maybe 1/4 done)
3.) Ico (a few hours in)
4.) Bioshock (about an hour and a half in)
5.) Re: Chain of memories (45 minute in)
6.) Rogue Galaxy (about 3/4ths done)

Since then i have progressed in several games and my list has expanded, due to me being an absent minded fellow who can't remember what games he has.  The list is now:

1.) Beyond Good and Evil (a few hours in)
2.) Okami (maybe 1/4 done)
3.) Ico (a few hours in)
4.) Bioshock (about an hour and a half in)
5.) Re: Chain of memories (and hour and a half in)
6.) Rogue Galaxy (about 3/5ths done)
7.) Bully (completed a few days ago)
8.) Final Fantasy XII (30 hours in, but mostly due to level grinding)

Beyond good and evil and a few other ps2 games of mine have been experiencing errors on my ps2. It's a launch system that's been on it's last legs for a long time so that is to be expected. I won't be able to get through beyond good and evil, ico or okami until I get a new system. The others, fortunately work and I was able to complete bully (which had been sitting around at "almost done" status for about a year) a few days ago.

Bully is an extremely excellent game that I would recommend a thousand times over. I'm even contemplating buying the xbox version just for the extra missions. It also has one of the best soundtracks to a videogame in the last decade or so. I highly recommend tracking down Shawn Lee's awesome bully OST work, it's very worth it.

Rogue Galaxy is chugging along nicely, though it's kind of becoming the The Game That Never Ends. I've been though nothing short of 3 super crazy climactic battles that pay off with 25 minutes of cutscenes that always fool me into thinking the game is over, but there is always a BUT WAIT THEEEERES MORE moment that tacks on another dungeon and 10 more hours of gameplay. Which I guess isn't all that bad because it hasn't put me off the game quite yet.

Final Fantasy XII is something Im trying to work my way through slowly. I'm playing the game really conservatively and grinding my way through every area to the point where I can buy at least everything in every shop (which is something I typically never ever ever do). It seems to be paying off well at least so far, I haven't encountered any show stopping boss battles that would normally send me crying back to three savepoints ago to grind my way up to a better level. So far I love the characters and the story and the fact that the art style is very much Vagrant story and Tactics instead of the typical Nomura stuff (which I actually like a whole lot btw). The battle system Is also something that really sucks me in due to it's heavy reliance on planning. Nothing feels better than putting together a genius combination of gambits and watching my party lay waste to everything exactly the way I planned it. I really enjoy this battle system more than most traditional JRPG's.

Kingdom Hearts: Re: Chain of Memories is just like the gba game (duh). I'm gonna beat it just like I did the original. It's fun. Not much else to say really.

Bioshock... Oh Bioshock. I want to like you so much, but I can't. I really don't know what it is about Bioshock, but I just can't get into it. I keep playing but it's really not sucking me in the way that I expected. There is so much to like about it, but I feel like I'm dying way too fast, and all of the splicers are like expert marksmen with 20/20 laser beam vision that can pluck me off from 50 yards away with a derringer. It also is filled to the brim with one of my hugest pet peeves in videogames: The spot light security camera system. I hate these moving camera systems in every single game that they end up in. They are right up there with escort missions and out of character car chase sequences, for me at least.  The funny thing is, I enjoy many other games with those same annoyances none the less, but I can't seem to get past it in Bioshock.  I'm gonna keep trying to push through it, mostly because the story is very intriguing, but I don't think I'm gonna keep it up for long.

Alright, time to crack the knuckles and burn through the rest of Rogue Galaxy!