Friday, April 15, 2011

Pot as many balls as you can..........

Yes, I've been bashing some balls around......let me rephrase that.

Yes, I've been playing with my cue.......hang on.

Yes, I've had a Snooker title to review, better. To be honest it has been quite a lot of fun as well. It is nice and relaxing to play a game that relies on tactics and patience rather than balls to the wall action for once. Obviously it is not a title that is for everyone but for those with even the slightest interest in snooker or pool then I would heartily recommend it. Hopefully I can put in the time required to finish it off, and then I can go back to Snooker 2007 and finish that as well. Doh!

Still my OCD tendencies aside what else have I been up to? Oh yeah, even more OCD issues. I swear that some kind of medication may well cure me but until that day I will continue to chip away at all of those games that I foolishly threw onto my gamercard at one point or another.

Beautiful Katamari was first up and the main concern there is the need for 100 hours played. I seemd to get to 50 hours pretty quickly and Raptr claims that I've clocked 55 hours played recently (which didn't include all of my previous time spent) so I must be there or thereabouts. Hopefully this weekend will finish it off but it has been nice to dip back into the zany world of the King of all Cosmos. The random one liners, and stupid put downs are just the best of all time.

I also finished up Command and Conquer: Kane's Wrath. Well I finished off the story, and all the skirmish achievements to boot, but now I have to plough through Kane's Challenge with each bloody faction. Which is ten levels times by nine (ever so slightly different) groups. Oh joy. Whoever was the brain child behind that little set of tasks will feel my wrath one day, but for now I'll just plug away at it when I have a chance.

In fact the only thing I have managed to finish was The Club which proved to be fairly straightforward if truth be told. It was nice to get rid of one of the games I've had sat around for so long, and I may well have to dig out some other simple stuff and get them out of the door too.

In other news I think that I will try to aim for 250k before Gamescom (assuming I end up going this year) as that would be a nice little milestone to get done. Right about now 300k is looking like it is a long way off, but to be honest I don't have too many designs on rushing to meet it.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Doing fine......

It has been a fairly busy period on the review front recently, with my latest offering (Tiger Woods) now up on x360a in all of its glory. This has eaten into my own gaming time a bit but at least lets me play a few games now and then where achievements aren't really an issue.

I've also been chipping away at The Club in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. Ha ha, basically any time I had available has been put towards the 10,001 online kills needed. Thankfully I managed to do the majority of the grunt work with a turbo pad and a second console. So my actual personal involvement was fairly minimal. The real surprise was just how short the single player aspect of the game was. I've completed 7/8 of the tournaments on Insane difficulty already and will hopefully polish off the last one tonight. My only task then will be to go back through the game on Casual in a bid to find all of the skull shots. If I'd known the game was going to be this easy to 1k then I would have started it sooner.

On the topic of ridiculous kill achievements I started to wonder just how many games achievement DEMANDED that I off a certain number of people in wierd and wonderful ways. Obviously The Club and Gears wanted me to butcher fellow players online, but there are also all of those games that demand X kills with a certain weapon. On that tangent how about sacrificing five people in Fable 2? Killing 53k worth of zombies in Dead Rising? Pulling the arms from your enemies in Lego?

Heck if I add them all together it would probably be computer game genocide of the highest order, and the temptation is there for me to sit down and do just that. Fun times or perhaps a sign that I have too much time on my hands one day?

I've also dredged up a couple of other older titles to compliment my quest to finish off the latest Lego game. My lovely wife has finally said that I can polish off Beautiful Katamari and a few hours of work saw me unlock the 50 hours played achievement. Unfortunately I will need to double that for one more achievement and polish off 200 requests for the other - nothing too taxing but a bit time intensive.

I also made a start on Command and Conquer 3: Kane;s Wrath. This is another of those games I dabbled with a couple of years ago and never went back to but I'm hopeful that I'll be able to stick with it and finish it off this time around.

All in all, it has been a fairly productive week and finishing up a mix of old and new titles is exactly what the doctor ordered and should see make making some kind of progress towards clearing out a bunch of my titles.