I started Bioshock on it's UK release date in August 07 and really enjoyed working through it. Then I hit a brick wall with a part near the end.
I tried and tried but couldn't get past it. In the old days I would have kept at it until I'd got past this barrier but I've realized that nowadays my attention span is much shorter and when I hit a game stopper I rarely have the appetite or patience to get past it.
Now, I'm not advocating that games should be easy - that would be dumb. I just wish that play-testing made some of these difficulty spikes a thing of the past.
Last week I went back to Bioshock and managed to make it past the part I'd previously been blocked at and made it to the end with little difficulty. The ending was really great, but I'd have enjoyed it even more if I'd experienced it back in Aug 07 when the plot and characters were fresh in my mind.
It also made me think that the announced sequel seems a little unnecessary.
Anyway, a great game that only took me 17 months to complete. For shame.
Roll call for the Ziff Davis employees who lost their jobs yesterday in 1UP/EGM/UGO debacle.
I hope you all find new jobs quickly and that the creative teams find a new outlet for their talents.
Adrian Frieg Amy Mishra Amy Moran Andrea Garcia Andrew Fitch Andrew "Skip" Pfister Anthony Gallegos Cesar Quintero Christina Rosa CoyLou Steel Derek Chinn Doug Parsons Eric Ellis Giancarlo Varanini Greg Ford James "Milkman" Mielke Jason Bertrand Jason Wilson Jervilyn Jaramillo Justin Frechette Leslie Gelfand Marci Yamaguchi Matt Chandronait May Tong Meredith Stowe Michael Donahoe Monique Convertito Ndubuisi Madu Nick Suttner Norris Boothe Philip Kollar Rey Serrano Robert Bowen Rosemary Pinkham Ryan O'Donnell Ryan Scott Shane Bettenhausen Simon Cox Tammy Ross Tipler Ubbelohde
Jan 09 - Wk 1 Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Far Cry 2 Alone in the Dark Lego Indiana Jones Saints Row 2 Quantum of Solace Tomb Raider Underworld Prince of Persia Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Gears of War 2 Call of Duty : World at War Fable 2 Fallout 3 Left4Dead Grand Theft Auto 4 LittleBigPlanet Okami God Hand Kingdom Hearts 2
So many games...so little time.
Have a whole week off work in at the end of January, so I'll have a good chance to get stuck into it then. If only I could stay away from the RB and GH games, I might actually get some other games completed.
Damn it Harmonix, we have a strange relationship, don't we?
You just can't seem to get it quite right. When RB1 came out we had to wait half a year to get our hands on it and when it did arrive the price was stupidly high.
So when RB2 rolled around it was a good chance to put things right, make up for past sins.
Then it all went pear-shaped again with a continual denials of release dates (leaving it to MS to leak the date in an ad campaign) and when it does show up, as magnificent as it is, the instruments fail to make the trip across the pond.
Why do you do this to me, Harmonix, why?
It's 2009 now and still no official word on RB2 instruments in the UK but MadCatz may have let things slip by confirming release dates for the cymbal add=ons for early Feb 09 - so it's probably a safe bet that the RB2 kit should be out by then.