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The Return of the Lazy Backlogging Bum October 22, 2010

Posted by emeraldsuzaku in Anime, Blog-along, Video Games.
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So. Here we are. I am officially a lazy bum. What happened these last months, you ask? A couple of things. For one, I got distracted by a couple of non-backlog-related projects. And then when I did start playing again, I ended up spending all my time playing and not typing up blog posts. Bad, evil, naughty me.

But I’m back! For what it’s worth.

Let’s see…progress….

Dragon Age Origins is done. I started up a Nightmare game with a female human noble rogue, but am still in Ostagar on that. Haven’t touched the game in a while. I did play through the Return to Ostagar DLC on my mage, but I haven’t picked up the Awakenings DLC yet. I should probably do that at some point before DAO2 comes out.

I still have a few trophies to nab on Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, but that game is just about all done. I think I’m just down to a couple of challenge missions and finishing up the boost collection.

I think I’ve touched Demon’s Souls once since my last blog entry on it. It’s at the point where I pretty much need to start over, I think. Or at least replay some parts with my current character to get back into the swing of things. I did watch a speed run of it, though, and was rather amused.

Star Ocean: First Departure has likewise been on the back burner. Mostly because I got bored being so bloody powerful. I’ll probably restart it and refrain from being awesome at Art next time around.

I haven’t touched Metal Gear Solid or Valkyria Chronicles in forever, and I don’t even remember where I am in them anymore.

Okay, enough about how much I suck. I did manage to actually beat some games and finish some anime these last months, even though I didn’t mention it on here. The list of games I’ve taken care of in 2010 is currently thus (as best as I can recall):

Dragon Quest I
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

Ar Tonelico : Melody of Elemia
Final Fantasy X International

Assassins Creed II (+ first DLC)

Final Fantasy XIII
God of War (God of War Collection)
God of War II (God of War Collection)
God of War III
Heavy Rain
Resistance: Fall of Man
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

Dragon Age: Origins (+DLC)

Mass Effect (+DLC)

Mass Effect 2 (+some DLC, but not Shadow Broker)
Plants vs. Zombies

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

God of War: Chains of Olympus

I think that’s fairly accurate. I’m still going through Tsukihime to finish off all the character routes, and I started up Atelier Annie. Oh, and Final Fantasy XI and XIV. Not that I’ve done much with either in recent weeks. And I started up Xenosaga again in an attempt to get through all three games.

As far as anime goes, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and Gundam OO were my most memorable watches, and I very much enjoyed both. Black Lagoon was so-so. I’m slowly working through Golion, at like an episode per month. That is quite a slow series.

And I think that puts us back on track. The next update will likely be on Tsukihime later this afternoon. Like, as soon as I type it up. Which I’ll start doing after I post this. I also have a backlog-related project in the wings that I might start on next week. If that happens, I’ll be posting more details then.

For those (few) interested, my current video game backlog looks like this:


Sadly, it’s actually a tad bigger than that, though the sense of scale is about the same. I haven’t updated it as quickly as I’ve been pulling games from Steam sales >_>

Until next time (which I hope will be matter of minutes or hours, rather than months)!


Metal Gear Solid – Part I: Snake? Snaaaaaake? September 10, 2009

Posted by emeraldsuzaku in Blog-along, Video Games.
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So my Metal Gear Solid collection finally came, which means I had to plug in the first game to see just how much I still suck at it. As it turns out, I can in fact make it to the elevator now. Go me!Of course, the fact that I’m actually celebrating getting out of the first room is really pretty pathetic, but hey. I traditionally suck at MGS games. Mostly because last time I played one I had no idea just what the heck a stealth game was. The whole punch a guy in the head and then suck a fully-automatic hail of hot lead to the face thing was a little confusing.

But I have learned. Sort of. Still working on that whole strangling thing. At the moment I’ve cleared all the VR missions and unlocked the time trial mode, but haven’t done anything with it yet. I’ve also gone through the main game up through the explosive encounter with Revolver Ocelot. There sure are lots of weird things going on in this base. I did have one interesting moment when I went to grab some weapons from a room in B2 after the Ocelot fight and tripped a hidden alarm. Afterwards I got the warning about not grabbing what I don’t need right at the moment. Thanks, game. Love you, too. Luckily a little punching, a dash of kicking, and a liberal amount of hiding took care of that.

The story thus far is excellent, as is its presentation. Even early on I have the sense that the plot is so much bigger than what I’ve already been told. There’s something sinister going on here, and I’m going to badass my way to the bottom of it. I’m really getting a solid feel for these characters, and I haven’t been playing for all that long. The voice acting is superb, as is the back and forth banter between Snake and, well, anyone he’s talking to over the codec.

I really should get back to Valkyria Chronicles since that game’s not mine, but I might have to keep going with MGS. It’s awesome. My only gripe is how blasted dark it is in ventilation ducts. Hmm. Maybe I should just light a cigarette next time. That might work.