Road to Story Completion: Game 1 – BioShock 2

BIOART1[1]If you don’t know me, and I assume most people reading this won’t. I’m a big fan of first-person shooters. I’m only a mild fan of RPG’s. Whenever any game combines the two styles I have trouble with it. In any case I decided to start my road to story completion with BioShock 2.

Impressions

I had tried the first game long ago on Xbox, and never got into it. I feel like both have a pretty slow pace. If I had not previously set the goal of completing it I probably would’ve given up. However, I stuck through it and after the first level I was hooked and wanted to complete it. I very much like the moral decisions that have to be made throughout the game. I also think it’s great that it gives you good reason to go with either decision causing a real moral dilemma. I ended up playing about 2 hours a night finishing in 4 days. I might have spent more time on this than others who have played it because I was trying to collect everything I saw not realizing until 3/4 in that there is no inventory and items are used right away. The last night was a 5-6 hour stretch. I felt like the end was right around the corner and every time it wasn’t I did the standard “Okay, just one more..” until it was over.

I did not get the best ending, and I wasn’t trying to. I simply wanted to play the game and do what was necessary to make it to the end. I didn’t try to rescue every little sister but I didn’t harvest them all either. This gave me the Abandoned Evil ending. I looked up the others on YouTube afterwards and there were parts of each that I liked so I would’ve been satisfied either way.

There is a small chance that I might play again in the future. Now that I know the game mechanics I feel like I could stand to do a little more exploring and deal with all the little sisters in some way. There were many areas that I know I missed because I did not want to stray to far from the main path, but the parts I did explore lead me to believe that it is fairly linear anyway and there’s not much chance that I will actually get lost. For now the game has been deleted from the system to make room for others. I have completed the task with this one and would rather have the space for whatever is released next month.

What’s Next?

Quantum Conundrum is my next to be completed. I love the Portal series and wanted to play this since I heard it was by the same creator. I checked out the demo and enjoyed it but never bothered to make the purchase. Fortunately PS+ came to the rescue and released it for free. I have been playing since it’s release on PS+ so I am already halfway through. I imagine that I will complete it within a day or two.

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It’s 2013 and I’m on a mission.

playstation-network-logo[1]I’ve acknowledged to myself a long time ago that I have a pretty bad case of ADD when it comes to gaming. In most other areas of my life I can focus on and complete tasks, but when it comes to gaming I seem to only be able to complete things about 20% of the time. Based on an article I read recently I know I’m not completely alone in this. The author of that article believes it could be due to the number of choices. I too have taken a good long look at my stack of games, and although many are not completed and some I’ve never started I decide that I have nothing to play and fall back on a game of multiplayer in Halo or Call of Duty. The list of incomplete games has grown exponentially since Sony has begun giving out games for free to Playstation Plus subscribers. So, I decided that the best course of action was to pick a group of games and set a goal to complete them. My choice was the free Playstation Plus games I’ve amassed in the past year. In addition to this will be any new games I happen to purchase.

There must of course be exceptions, and here they are:

  • I hate sports, therefore I cannot include sports games.
  • Classic Playstation games do not count.
  • Vita is out, unless I get a Vita.
  • 8 and 32-bit games are out. Sorry, I played enough of those as a kid.

I will also do a small write-up on my thoughts at the end of each game. Since this was all decided half-way through Black Ops II I will not be writing about it. It was a good game, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I will write more about other games as I play them. I have also completed BioShock 2, I will write another post about that later today.

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I’d rather be gaming…

This blog has almost permanently found a place as an “I’d rather be gaming but…” blog. Despite having to get the AC/heat fixed twice, car once, and clothes dryer twice I have managed to get some gaming in. The dishwasher seems to be broken now but prior to that I picked up and have been playing Halo 4. I quickly and stupidly got hooked on multiplayer as usual. I haven’t spent a whole lot of time on campaign, but I really like the direction 343 has taken things. I wasn’t too thrilled about the Call of Crysis changes to multiplayer at first but they’ve grown on me and I can now accept it as the new normal for the Halo franchise. I do like the campaign so far. The story, as always, is very compelling, but I tend to discourage myself from playing by starting on and sticking with a solo heroic run when I should probably just blaze through on normal.

No, I will not be playing Black Ops 2 any time soon. I actually purchased a copy with the $25 off code that came with Halo but the intention is to sell it to a friend who was going to buy it anyway. This way I get most of the money back from Halo. I will eventually get BLOPS2, I was going to give up on that franchise altogether because I hate their constant push of new games, but the futuristic setting appeals to me. When I do purchase it I will get it on PS3 as I try to further distance myself from Xbox fandom. That, of course, is not an easy task since both Halo and Gears of War are Xbox exclusives.

That will be all for this update. As always I hope to be gaming more soon, and I would love to get back to doing actual reviews so if you stop by send some luck my way or else I might have to officially turn this into a home ownership sucks blog.

Why haven’t I seen a gamer on Hoarders?

My wife has to do a colloquium for school and was able to pick my home town (Jacksonville, FL) as the place to do it. We’ve been here for a couple days with about a week to go. While she does all her fun school work I’m tasked with keeping my son entertained and visiting family. Today we ended up at a flea market. A place I have not been in 6 years since I moved away. It’s not that there are no flea markets in Indianapolis, it’s that I don’t have the desire to visit them. Since it is what my Dad has chosen to do to make money we visited him there and my son and I took a walk around. I found myself extremely tempted by piles of old game systems. I’m not exaggerating either. I counted at least 8 original Playstations, and 2 Sega Genesis in 2 separate booths. There were at least 60 controllers ranging from Nintendo to PS2. I saw games ranging from the original Atari up to PS3 and I found myself nearly frozen. I asked if they had an NES since I would really love to have one again, but I came up empty handed. My son managed to talk me into buying him a Nintendo DS and a Spongebob game. That was totally worth the $55.

Because of how I felt seeing all of that nostalgia in front of me, I am really surprised that I have not yet seen a gamer with an amazing collection on hoarders. If I had the money and a way to transport it back that was not an already full Dodge Neon I probably would’ve purchased at least 2 of each system I saw and a good portion of the games even if I didn’t have the systems for them yet.

Now I remember…

I was supposed to be gaming more by now wasn’t I? Apparently that wasn’t up to me. My A/C went out, and my former landlord has sent me a bill for “move out fees” so time has been sucked away from gaming yet again.

I have however played some Disney Universe on Wii with my son. It’s a great family game that would go much faster if he fully understood the concept of teamwork, and not throw me off the cliffs repeatedly. He’s getting better though. I really like that it’s not entirely a story based game. It’s designed to be played for fun, and while there is a story element to it you just unlock whatever levels you want to play until it’s completed.

Aside from Disney Universe I’ve still been doing some mobile gaming. I will play anything that Amazon puts up for free at least once. I also completed Jet Pack Joyride 4 times before getting bored with it. I have since moved on to Zombie Farm. It’s a neat Farmville style game that allows you to of course grow and harvest Zombies to use for attacking others. It’s kinda goofy but if it tried to take itself seriously there’s no way it would work.

Adventures in Mobile Gaming

After I got my Samsung Galaxy S2 (Epic touch) I downloaded the standard games such as all Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. I also added OnLive expecting amazing things but that has turned out to be less than I had hoped for. Mobile gaming was never something I expected to be hugely popular with me. I figured the few time killer games above would pretty much be it. After we moved nothing has really gotten set up properly. We have no seating since we threw our couch away (it really had to go), and I’ve got the wrong TVs in rooms simply because I don’t want to carry a 27″ CRT upstairs. I expect that it will be replaced relatively soon anyway and carrying it back downstairs would be the last thing I want to do even on a day where I have nothing else to do. Since the best TV went in the master bedroom it seemed to make sense putting the PS3 there as well for Bluray and Netflix use. The Xbox is connected to the CRT in the living room and unfortunately there is no HDMI, and the component ports are damaged so I can only hook it up via composite and the video quality is horrible. The Wii(s) are still packed and although we’ve discussed hooking them up, it hasn’t been done yet. This separation of gaming systems coupled with the fact that there’s still rooms of boxes to unpack has left me with little time and desire to play anything on console lately. This, however, has not kept me from gaming. I’ve been doing a TON of mobile gaming lately, and it’s a damn good thing I know I don’t have much money otherwise I’d be buying a lot of them. So far I’ve purchased 2 games. Asphalt 7 which failed to run on my phone and Game Dev Story. My wife and daughter had been playing Cooking Story or some crap like that, I tried it and couldn’t stand it, but I had to check out GDS. After playing through the 4 year demo I couldn’t let it end and I have since completed the 20 year story 4 times. I’ve finally been able to put it down for more than a day, but I have to say it’s awesome. GDS has taught me what I want/expect from a mobile game. I expect them to be easy to pick up, play, and put down when needed. It’s also nice to have a game that draws me back to it repeatedly.

Until we get our new couch, and/or our media room set up with a new TV I will probably be doing a lot more mobile gaming. Everything is new to me so I’ve got plenty of options. If you have any suggestions feel free to comment below.

Kontrol Freek FPSFREEK CQC Signature Series

On August 21st Kontrol Freek will release their latest product, and I am happy to say that it’s a new version of the FPS FREEK CQC.
Last year, as part of their perfect arsenal set they released a version of these coinciding with the release of some of 2011’s best games. The previous version was a very simple gray design with nothing too impressive to note except for the smaller size. They featured a concave design, and a lower profile. Of the several sets of Kontrol Freek sticks I have these quickly became my preferred set, and I hoped it would not be the last of them.
This latest version features the same 1/4 shorter than the original FPS Freek sticks. Additionally, there are a few new things completely unique to this set. They are green, feature a combo of the convex/concave design for improved grip, and they are the only set to currently include the KF logo directly on them. Additionally Kontrol Freek designed these with a new rubber compound used on the grip surface – for even more control.
They will be priced at the very affordable $10.99 so be sure to grab a set or two!