August 31st, 2009

          Well, August is almost over! I just finished collecting all of the Riddler's challenges in Batman: Arkham Asylum. All 240 of them! I did it all by myself too, with the exception of the very last set of the Joker Teeth. They were hidden in the top of a room in the Arkham Mansion, I didn't even know the room had a top part. I still plan on getting 100% complete. I'm at 84% now and I have alot of the challenge levels to finish. 
          If you haven't bought this game yet, do so now. It only cost me $43.88 and it's got a ton of replay value. The single player is actually pretty long. When you finish it you get the chance to run around Arkham Island and collect a bunch of stuff. I'm not sure what it is but I really enjoyed solving the Riddler's Riddles. Every now and then he calls Batman to mock him. However after you start solving all his Riddles he gets very pissed off. You also unlock patient interviews, character trophies etc. This was good reason to keep going for me. Not to mention the fact that you can find maps to all the secrets in a particular zone. The maps are not very hard to find and they only tell you the general area of the secret. There are even lists in the pause menu that show you how much stuff you missed in a given area. This is a great way to do collectables, if there were no maps or lists I would never have bothered. Like those pigeons in GTA 4, fuck that. Or the flags in Assassin's Creed.  
          As well as tons of collectables Batman also has his work cut out for him in Challenge levels. There are a bunch of these levels. You unlock them by collecting shit, another reasons to put up with The Riddler. There are two basic types, stealth and beating up dudes. In the stealth levels you must take out a bunch of armed guards. There are three medals for each level that you get by doing specific things, like taking a guy out with explosive gell. The other levels require you to beat the shit outta dudes with your fists. Some of the bad guys are lightly armed with knives or sticks. Your goal is to get a high score by stringing together a mad combo and using a variety of moves. These are basically the same things you do in the strory mode, so if you liked that you should enjoy it. 
          What else is new? Well Champions Online comes out tomorrow. I've never played an MMO during the summer, so this is another sign it's over. I guess it's because there's always a new WoW expansion coming out in the winter and that usually gets be back into it. Not this time though (i think). I am going to start playing Champions Online as soon as I get a hold of it. I just hope my local Walmart gets it in soon because that's the only store in my town that sells games. Well, except for The Source but they still have collectors versions of fucking Hell Gate London! I know right, those guys are totally on the up and up!  
          I also played some pen and paper RPGs. I made a dwarf barbarian in D&D, never got a chance to use him yet though. I spent most of my time playing Call of Cthulhu. It's a horror roleplaying game. You roll dice for your characters stats then you set out on scary adventures. The guy who makes up the story is called The Keeper. He basically sends horrible monsters from H.P. Lovecraft's books after the adventurers. It's similar to D&D in the fact that there is an all powerfull bastard who tries to kill the adventurers. The differance is that Call of Cthulhu is fucking brutal, there are some creatures that if you just look at them your head explodes. I'm not going to explain all about the game because I'm far too lazy. If you like pen and paper rpgs and the works of H.P. Lovecraft then check it out. 
          Back to video games. I also played Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. A video game about the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It came out on the original Xbox and PC. I was playing it on PC and really enjoying it. It's creepy and really does Mr. Lovecraft's unique style of horror pretty well. However my fun came to an end because it keeps crashing at the same part whenever I go to open a safe. This saddens me but I can't expect much since I downloaded it from a torrent site :) Prehaps I will buy it from steam for 20 bones. 
          Alright well that about does it, I haven't been doing much all week since it's been non stop raining and snowing. Summer has officially ended for me. I will miss all that red meat and I'll always remeber how all I ate was barbaque for two weeks straight. I'll always chairish my silly rubber boating experiences and camping trips. However with the snow comes games! Bring on the games! Let the games fall from the sky!