Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Big Daddy Love

It has been quite some time since I last posted. Needless to say, I've been rather busy and I rarely have enough time to just sit down and spend an hour or so writing. I've got a part-time job, I'm going to school, and I've got a social life to maintain. Not that it's very active since half of that alloted time I give away to gaming.

Beginning of September, my boyfriend and I purchased an Xbox 360 in anticipation of Halo 3. Take note: we are equal owners in this. My boyfriend probably won't admit it, but I think I'm the one who got him into serious gaming...although, he is now better than me at most fps'. Sometimes he just blows me away.

Halo 3. What can I say? Most people have already made up their minds about this latest and final instalment in the Halo series. Although I had to get up at 6 the following morning, we attended EB Games' midnight launch "party". Yeah, no. Not a launch "party" but a launch lineup. Sweet. We had a spectacular time standing in line, in the cold and drizzling rain, listening to a bunch of over-excited pubescents comparing cock-size with their Xbox Live prowess. More than half the consumers in the lineup were underage and were accompanied by a parent. Awkward? Uh, yeah.

When we finally arrived at the counter, I was exhausted, it was 1:15 AM and I was trembling. From anticipation? From being over-tired? Perhaps a combination of the two, but as a rather feeble joke, I told the kid behind the counter that we were here to pick up our pre-ordered copy of Viva Piñata. They guffawed appreciatively. We got our free poster, tshirt, and magnet, and drove home.

Didn't actually open it until the following evening after we'd gotten off work. Still, I can say I owned Halo 3 before most of my friends and before most of you n00bs.

We beat the co-op campaign on "Normal" in about 10 hours. Not our best performance since we both hadn't played in a while. "Normal" mode is the "Easy" mode from Halo 2 and it really wasn't very hard. It was just difficult finding the time to dedicate to it. I'm now into solo campaign mode on Legendary and it's taking me considerably more
time. Yes, I'm not afraid to admit it, I'm having a hard time with Legendary. I had a hard time with it in Halo 2, but hell, I did it on my own and co-op mode (which is harder, imho, because every death by either player was a re-spawn from the last checkpoint and you couldn't save in the middle of levels).

We bought Perfect Dark Zero. HUGE disappointment. What the fuck was RARE thinking? I went to GameDeals in New West and picked up the Perfect Dark for N64. I must say, if the N64 version beats the 360 version in gameplay, you need to hire some new designers. Perfect Dark was the first game I had played were I could dual-wield. I used to play multi-player for myself. Ah, the beauty of those bots with personalities.

Forza 2 is pretty rad. It came with the 360. I personally loved Forza and Forza 2 is just more of a good thing. Great graphics, better cars, overall, good racing game. I like my racing games realistic where I could race a VW Golf if I wanted to. Don't get me wrong, Burnout is pretty darn exciting, but I really enjoy the finesse of Forza. I don't get to play it much since the 360 is at my boyfriend's place for the next 6 months (it's our rule).

Rented Bioshock. Uh. Google it. Read the reviews. It is deservedly getting those great reviews and is pretty much Game of the Year. My problem is, I don't do well with the whole "fear" thing and can only really handle playing for about and hour until an ulcer develops from all the stress...I'm going to wrap you in a sheet. Hot damn, I love those Big Daddies. Splicers are the scary shit, Big Daddies rock my socks.

I really like Viva Piñata and I'm thinking of picking it up used. Could be a fun "sim" game to go back to from time to time. Plus, has anyone watched the cartoon? Holy shit, it's freaking hilarious.

Most anticipated games for me right now: Assassin's Creed and Mass Effect. Since I don't have the most money to spare, I'm going to rent them before deciding on purchasing them. I'm fairly sure Assassin's Creed will be a staple for any 360 owner, but one can never be too sure.

All right. Signing out for now since my eyes are all crusty from staying up too late...still playing Halo 2 on XBC. Still pwning. Damn, if you ever meet me on Foundation during Swat, run the other way my friend, run the other way. ;)

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