Weekly Rundown - 06/06-06/12

This is something I do on my Tumblr account, but, it seems fitting to have it here as well.  So, this was last weeks.  There'll be a new one tomorrow.
Games this week:

  • Playstation 2 - Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus
  • Playstation 3 - Infamous, Dragon Age: Origins, LittleBigPlanet
  • Xbox 360      - Bayonetta

So!  Let’s work our way down the list.  I played a little bit of Dirge of Cerberus.  Not a lot, it’s definitely not catching my interest.  And I hit a wall where I literally could not figure out where to go next, so, I just put it down and moved on.

Specifically, moved on to Infamous.  And finished it.  At least the good side!  I started it again to beat the EVIL side, which is already way more fun.  Speaking of which, ugh, morality systems.  They’re never very good in video games, are they?  I mean, in this game, you can’t ACTUALLY make choices because if you stray from one path to the other you can very likely lock yourself out of missions.  Not that anyone would ACTUALLY want to do any of the evil stuff, because it’s all audaciously evil.  Like starving people so that you can keep three weeks worth of food all to yourself.  And it’s this way in all games with morality, there’s no actual grey area and you’re damn near punished for not going specifically one way or another.  Hopefully they don’t necessarily stay forever in video games.  Or get better.  But, anyway, Infamous is pretty fun, if a little insane with the storyline.  Also, some serious gameplay issues.  Specifically, with some of the collision detection.  There was one especially memorable moment where I just fell through the ground geometry.  Imagine it with me.  You’re Cole McGrath, you’re walking along with your badass lightning powers, and you’re just on your way to a meeting with whoever is going to give you your next mission objective.  Suddenly… the world opens up and you fall!  Not toward hell or anything, but toward a grey… nothingness.  Just a void.  And you do not land.  You just keep falling and falling.  Forever.  All jest aside, it’s incredibly frustrating to clip through solid walls you’re trying to climb and trying to convince Cole that this piece of debris or piping is definitely something he can hold on to because he sometimes seems terrified to even try.  But it’s still a lot of fun, particularly if you suck up your morals and play the evil path because then it’s way more fun.

But, hey, what else have I played this week?  Why, Dragon Age: Origins, faithful readers!  I initially started as a Dwarf.  A Casteless Dwarf, specifically.  After playing through that, I decided I didn’t care for that particular one.  Nothing wrong with it, I guess, I just didn’t want to role play that particular character.  So I restarted with the City Elf.  Likin’ it a lot more.  Not too far into it, though.  Too early to tell.  I’ll get back to you next week.

Also, I started and played a little bit of LittleBigPlanet.  Entertaining, cutesy, kind o’ floaty and frustrating platforming physics… yeah, the jury’s still out on whether it’s fun, but, it is adorable as fuck.  That’s really all right now.  Oh, worth noting, since this is a short paragraph anyway, I got this and Infamous with Sony’s Welcome Back program for the Playstation Network.

And finally, my nemesis, Bayonetta.  I BEAT IT!  I’m still awful at it, but, I beat it.  And it’s now on the shelf and probably won’t be played again any time soon.  At least not by me.  But, let me do a short little blurb on it here.  Um, it’s incredibly frustrating, and some of the little side game things last way too fucking long.  But, despite the ball-crushingly difficult fights it sometimes throws at you, it’s insanely awesome.  The spectacle is insane, it’s hilarious, and it’s full of references to other Sega projects.  The ending in particular is amazing, it’s really not a difficult boss fight at all [except for the tornado, floating platform part, fuck that part], but it seems to go on absolutely forever and after the credits it goes into this crazy dance sequence.  Which is then contained in the extras menu and you can watch at your leisure.  It’s completely over-the-top and definitely worth playing at least once.  But I will never play it again.