Sorry, but I haven't yet shared the information about myself that would typically display here. Check back later to see if that changes, or if I instead choose to remain an enigma.
And this time, it's personal.
Er, not really. I just reviewed Conduit 2 and figured I should check the blogs as well. I can't believe it's been so long since my last visit.
It's amazing how a few fundamental changes can lead to so many improvements. Everything in the game is streamlined; there's no more cheap Grand Theft Auto knockoff between each fight, you don't have to pay to enter boss battles, and the AI is surprisingly sharp. The part-time jobs work so much better as 2D mini-games. Great stuff, for the most part.
The ending is a huge letdown, however. Some of the bosses leading up to it were fantastic (the General Grievous wannabe in particular), but the final showdown and its aftermath were underwhelming. It's got nothing on the first game. The extra playable characters aren't all they're cracked up to be, either. Fans are going to be kind of pissed when they find out Shinobu and Henry are only playable for a battle or two.
I celebrated Christmas today. Everyone in the family was too busy going to other parties/on vacation/etc. to show up for the usual festivities. Instead, we decided to hold the party this afternoon. It was great to see everyone, even if was a little belated. I got:
Under the Dome - Stephen King
The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics Edition)
God of War Collection
PS3 Dualshock Controller
Death Note anime series on DVD
LEGO Empire State Building
LEGO Miniature Christmas Tree
Two 8 x 10 Canvases and a set of acrylic paints
Grey Dress Shirt
Blue Dress Shirt
Blue/White Pajama Pants
Brown Old Navy Zip-Up Sweatshirt
Black Jansport Backpack
$70 commuter train ticket
I've already beaten it, but I'm still working on a 100% completion. Really, really good stuff. Especially the co-op multiplayer. I can't accurately describe the feeling of joy I get when I pick up my friend's character and hurl him into Bowser's lava pits. Mwahaha!
Not to mention the last boss fight:
"I'll be damned! The toilet broke!"
Got it, beat it, reviewed it. The story is surprisingly well done, and there are enough twists to keep things interesting. I like how this was treated as a standalone title, despite it being a sequel. If you haven't played the first game, you won't miss out on a major plot point. The pacing is really good, too; you'll never feel too bogged down by the puzzles, and there's always some new clue or revelation just a few challenges away. The voice acting and animated cutscenes(including a brief but badass swordfight) are pretty damned good, too. The soundtrack steals the show, though. Whoever did the instrumentals for this game needs to come back for the next title.
Gah, how could SNK botch this so badly? It's playable (offline, anyway), but it's nowhere near complete. Where's the Survival Mode? The Challenge Mode? The insane amount of unlockables and easter eggs?
And the worst part? There's not even a boss.
I want a newly-drawn Rugal, dammit.