Dear 'Valdus', I apparently came across your StreetPass twice while I was on vacation in the midwest. The second time was in the Milwaukee airport on this past Tuesday when we were preparing to fly back home. The first time must have also been in the Mikwaukee airport on the previous Tuesday when we were flying in. Same itinerary I guess? What are the odds of that happening?
Not going to lie, it's really tempting to resub for the upcoming patch but I don't think I have the time or motivation to gear grind or raid anymore :
A few quick notes on Summer movies, anime, and miscellaneous media things.
- Iron Man 3: I liked it a lot but not as much as the previous films. As multiple people have already stated, Tony Stark 3 may have been a more appropriate title given how little suit action there was.
- Star Trek Into Darkness: Benedict Cumberbatch! Bit of a Sherlock fan here...I don't feel that the female characters were as strong as they could have been to say the least as I was a bit disappointed with Uhura and Doctor Marcus; Mostly with Doctor Marcus given how far her character deviates from the original films. Though most importantly, I greatly enjoyed Star Trek Into Darkness as a whole. The reboots have just enough Star Trek flavor without feeling like a huge nerd circlejerk.
- Pacific Rim: Awesome. Exactly what I wanted/expected. If you have ever even remotely been enjoyed or been a fan of giant robots and giant monsters, you must see this film in the theaters. I wouldn't say that the plot or dialogue is Oscar worthy but I don't think anyone goes to a straight up action film expecting Citizen Kane.
- Shingeki no Kyojin: Probably the most interesting new anime series that I have seen in recent memor; Not that it means much coming from me given that the last actual new series that I have seen was Puella Magi Madoka Magica (watch it even if you don't think that it will be your thing, it's quite good).
- Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C3-bu is effectively K-On but with airsoft guns. It is exactly what I was expecting down to the animation quality and character types.
- Daft Punk!
Heart of the Swarm: I have had about $20 Blizzard bucks floating around on my bnet account for about a year that I keep neglecting to spend. Seeing as how I have been kind of wanting Heart of the Swarm (and that it's not likely to drop in price anytime soon), I might as well just buy it at effectively half off. Unfortunately for me, Blizzard allows you to purchase items using either your Bnet balance or normal payment methods, not both for a single order. So in order to purchase this game, I had to add funds into my balance, wait 3 full days for the transaction to go through and then finally purchase the game. Lame. The campaign and what not are fun as expected, even though I have more or less set SC aside to play Animal Crossing and Metro Last Light.
Another Steam sale came and went. I was planning on sitting this round out in lieu of me realizing that I haven’t even downloaded or touched approximately 50% of my existing Steam library; But I mean, literally every single game I had on my wish list was on sale, so you know how that goes. Overall, I did manage to make it through the sale with my wallet relatively unscathed. My haul is as follows: Metro Last Light, Saint’s Row III, & Puzzle Quest 2. Futhermore, I have even managed to not only download all three games but even play them for more than 5 minutes.
- Metro Last Light: Of all games on sale, Metro Last Light was the only one that I was intent on purchasing if it went on sale for enough. Very immersive, really liking its aesthetic as a whole. Fuck the spiders :// I think though, it is best played as a stealth game rather than a straight up guns blazing shooter. If there’s any real criticism that I have about this game so far, it is that the AI leaves something to be desired to say the least. Sneaking through an area without being detected was as a whole, more engaging and more challenging than repeatedly clearing rooms by funnelling the AI around a corner and straight into my sawed off shotgun (they would just literally walk into it one by one until there was no one left...), but to each his own.
- Saint’s Row III: Possibly the greatest game ever, more-so because the campaign fully supports LAN co-op. I really like the fact that doesn’t take itself seriously and is way over the top. It’s like GTA, but so much funnier.
- Puzzle Quest 2: I guess am kind of obsessed with Bejeweled type games. If it involves matching colorful squares into groups or 3 or more, I will probably buy it.
As a sidenote: I have mixed feelings about Steam's new trading card gimmick. I guess it's something new and interesting to do/porn for completionists and people who enjoy collecting things. I did manage to sell a couple of duplicate summer sale cards for piddly pocket change and then in return, purchase remaining cards that I needed to complete the badge and earn a level up. So as a result, I am now level 11. Yay I guess?
Not so much gaming lately, but of the games I have picked up, BioShock Infinite stands out as one of the best and certainly most interesting games that I have played in recent memory. I didn't know too much about BioShock Infinite other than it had received high remakes all around, as it was kind of an impulse purchase. I guess personally speaking, I enjoy playing most game types of more when half the game isn't spoiled by trailers, previews, etc. If at all possible, I would highly recommend playing this game with a fresh perspective, before the Internet spoils it too much (though I guess it's a little late for that).
Thematically and narratively, BioShock Infinite offers depth that is seldom seen in a game. A lot of the story is told without explicitly being said. The environment is littered with clues and puzzle pieces; Not only the voxophones (be sure to listen to these as they explain much of the story), but details placed about Columbia; A pristine 19th century classical American city contrasted by ugly dark undertones. Elizabeth is a good companion who is around just when you need her and not when you don't. Which is nice, otherwise BioShock Infinite could have been the most irritating and longest escort mission ever. I am pretty sure that she is explicitly programmed to never ever stand in front of you during combat or in the line of fire. She cant die in combat and her pathing is pretty solid as well so you don't really have to worry about her.
The actual gameplay the weakest part of the game in my opinion. BioShock Infinite is extremely fun to play, but not mechanically groundbreaking in any way. The weapon choices for example, were decent in that they were sufficiently varied, but the upgrade system was sub-par and the gunplay was so-so for a triple A game. The vigors were also introduced too fast during the later half of the game. The first 2 or 3 or so were fine, but past that I swear that new vigors were basically shoved in your face at the pace of about 2 or 3 per hour of play. The gameplay isn't bad by any measure, but it feels pretty average, which is kind of an shame because the weak gameplay elements were the difference between a very good game and what could have been an exceptional game.
I think a contributing factor to the original BioShock's appeal was how unique it felt in regards to the narrative and environment were integrated into the gameplay experience as a whole. BioShock infinite treads on the same ground, but it does so gracefully. Highly recommended.