bomba's House Of Flancakes

Posted on Feb 20th 2012 at 11:13:52 PM by (bombatomba)
Posted under Backlog, Treasure Adventure Game, Enslaved, GTA, Stellar Fire

I've decided to start using a numbered system instead of just associating my post titles with dates, partly because it will enable me to add a secondary post and title it in a more intuitive manner (Backlog Gamer 4.1, 4.2, etc), but also so I won't feel so guilty when I post the main article in the middle of the week.

Not a whole lot to say this week.  Due to my Game 2 selection last week I am starting to regret not being more selective with my game collecting.  If I would have just put the crap down my sense of self loathing would be at an acceptable level, instead of the gargantuan level it is at now.  Is this how Emo-folk feel all the time?  If I go stand in the corner with my crappy game(s) and cut myself with a game manual will I feel a accomplishment?  Man, that was dark.


Post Mortem

Enslaved: I really enjoyed playing this game, even though I have to recognize its often glaring flaws, but instead of focusing on camera angles, proportionate bodies, and the quirks of the Unreal Engine, I think I will instead view the game as a whole experience, because I feel that taking this game as a whole is the only way to truly enjoy it (much as I felt about Jak II).



Games For This Week


Game 1 Title: GTA IV: Episodes From Liberty City

Platform: PC (Steam)

Purchase Date: 11/25/11

Cost: $2.49

I was pleasantly surprised to see this chosen as a random game, especially as I had started playing it anyway as a pallet cleanser to the piece of trash below.  So far everything is fine, though in the beginning I had quite a bit of trouble with the controls.  I just don't feel that I will ever be comfortable playing a GTA game with a keyboard and mouse.  It just doesn't feel natural, almost like I am contorting across the keyboard like a damn Twister-nut just to powerslide into a turn.  I suppose that I could just play Lost and Damned on the 360 and come back to the PC for Gay Tony (that sounded awkward), but the game looks so much better on my computer.

The only downside is that the main characters swear so much during gameplay that I can't play this during daylight hours.  While this doesn't kill it, these games will take longer to complete.


Title: Stellar-Fire

Platform: Sega CD

Purchase Date:1998

Cost: $1.00

I spent around three days trying to beat this game and only managed a few levels.  On the plus side I learned how to beat the game, and on the negative side I don't think I want to go through the effort.  Dare I explain?  In the game the goal is to collect gems, which can be easily located by following the white bar displayed on the radar.  The problem is that the gems seemed to be scattered around the level, so that in some stages following the radar will almost ensure repeating the level (meaning that you will die).  However, if you make a map you can find a better, more optimized route than the shitty GPS route the game gives you.  This way of playing is just not an option in some of the latter stages.  Should I give up?  Should I pull an "Arino" and call in a AD to finished the job for me (which means using a cheat to see the ending)?  Only time will tell.  Likely I'll end up just giving in and making the damn maps. 

Once I find an acceptable recorder I'll try to record a playthrough.


Title: Treasure Adventure Game

Platform: PC

Purchase Date: N/A

Cost: N/A

I found this little title while mindlessly clicking on links in my Bookmarks Toolbar.  Even though I spend a lot of time on the Internet, I had all but forgotten that I have a Fileplanet link.  Weird, huh?  Although it is described as a platformer, I find it to be a pleasant combination of platforming, action, and RPG.  I especially like that the game has fully customizable controls (a rarity amongst free Indies games), so I can finally assign my movement to the WASD keys and the action buttons to the arrow keys.  I know you don't understand this but just believe me that it is important.  I might even be able to use a gamepad.  Oh, the possibilities.

Please play this.  You will be surprised then you will have fun.  You will exclaim the first time the character hook-grabs onto the edge of a platform, then you will want to play longer.


In The Bag For 2012
Alan Wake - 1/25
Dead Space 2 - 2/4
Portal 2 - 2/10
Enslaved -  2/17

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Funny that picking up some of these games gives you such a horrible feeling, but you seem willing to repeat the same process by completing Stellar-Fire. There's probably some sort of Freudian thing going on there, but I'll let your shrink figure that out.

Oh, and Emo-folk actually feel?
Well, I love getting games, even when they are obviously bad (my wife once said that I would buy anything if it was $1), but it wasn't until now, when I actually made a commitment (to myself) to play through my backlog that I see where I may have gone wrong.  Should I have padded out my collection with whatever I found at the thriftstores/garage sales?

Luckily for me I managed to sell a great deal of games during my last collection purge, so things could be worse.  Still, I fear the day that Chronicles of the Sword for PSX comes up.  Maybe my resolve will be broken by then.

I can only assume that Emo-folk feel.  Why else would one stand in the corner and cut oneself?

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