Random thoughts.
August 07, 2010

The other day, I finally got around to watching the film adaptation of Max Payne. This surprised me, but not half as much as when I not only enjoyed the film thoroughly, but got the hilarious joke played on the complain-ready video-gamers who bemoaned the movie the second they saw their first trailer. Jokes on you -- or, should I say, us. I wonít pretend I didnít do exactly the same.

NIER remains a great personal conflict for me. On one had, I love the setting, the characters and the world Cavia (and not Square Enix.) have some lovingly created, but, on the other, the combat is kind of flat, there should be more ways to use Wiessí magic and I might have found myself at a game-ending flaw that sees me trapped inside a dungeon with no healing items (I was too cheap to buy some and assumed Iíd just forage some out on the way. The walked through a desert feeling dumb about this choice) and a boss fight I donít think I can beat without taking enough damage to kill me. Fishing is also a pain.

Star Ocean 4 hasnít got so much as a look in! Instead, Iíve fallen back on LMA Manager 2007 and online FIFA games that Ben seems adapt at avoiding after scoring the luckiest victory this side of a WBA away slaughter fest.

HALO 3: ODST is an interesting idea that is pulled off reasonably well. I like the idea of everything being almost episodic, but the wandering around aimlessly bits that precede this are counter productive. Stranglehold has a lot of people to shoot in slow motion while you slide down banisters and Clover is almost as depressing a game as Alundra was back in the day.

Weíll end things here: What an odd choice of name to depict as a cynical, never-happy critic!

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EmP EmP - August 07, 2010 (01:49 PM)
Oh, bloody, bloody forum box.

A pox on you, Venter!
WilltheGreat WilltheGreat - August 07, 2010 (01:52 PM)
Looks like it's stuck here now. Forever.

EmP EmP - August 07, 2010 (01:58 PM)
Good -- people care about what I have to say.

Show him, forum goers!
wolfqueen001 wolfqueen001 - August 07, 2010 (03:12 PM)
Awww, he's just mad because now the non-blogging public will see all the typos he makes! =P

What an odd choice of name to depict as a cynical, never-happy critic!

Hahaha. That's hilariously appropriate. Though, to be honest, Gary is a good name for that kind of thing. Like if I didn't know you beforehand, I probably would've thought you were a librarian. =D =D =D
EmP EmP - August 07, 2010 (03:45 PM)
It is the real character's name. The lead character is called Tom, and you can;t switch names in Clover.

Gary is a NPC.
wolfqueen001 wolfqueen001 - August 07, 2010 (04:31 PM)
LOL Oh, well, there you go then!

That's actually kind of awesome. XD

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