Gaming Progress - Week 2
January 13, 2012

My 360 gets neglected this week, and the Wii becomes my most used console for the first time since Smash Bros. Brawl was released.

Mario Kart Wii

About half way through Mirror GP, but it's more frustrating than fun at this point. Will probably be shelving this one for a while.

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

I have descended to the world below. It's a quiet, eerie sort of place. I went to a temple and some guy had been sitting there for years waiting for me, just to give me some instructions. What a fulfilling life this guy must have lived. Couldn't just leave a note? Anyway, continued into the Falon Woods and met a Goron who is researching stuff I'm bound to find useful. Did a quest in the forest to find some little Kikwi things and was rewarded with a slingshot for my trouble, allowing me to access the next area and the game's first dungeon - Skyview Temple. Did some exploring. Got stumped once or twice, and the sword spirit thing goes into this whole hint thing, which is just a little too vague to be helpful. Fought a Skulltula, which used to be easy enemies in Ocarina of Time. These things are insane now, and I got my first game over (and subsequent rage quit). After going to GameFAQs to see a lot of people had trouble with it, I found the solution and continued. I'm actually enjoying the game despite some frustrations with the motion control. Who came up with the rotating key into boss chamber locks? worst thing is Link just automatically goes through the door to fight the boss, rather than going to SAVE at the EAGLE STATUE RIGHT NEXT TO THE DOOR and then I died fighting the first boss because it took me too long to figure out how to fight the bastard. (That was my second ragequit). But hey, I endured and pressed on and I'm currently in the Earth Temple, which is really more of a volcano, except I don't get a cool Red suit to protect me from heat. As it stands, it's a very good game. I think it'd be even better if it let me plug in a GameCube controller.

Mario Kart 7

Attempted a GP at 150CC. 1st race = 1st place, 2nd race = 1st place, 3rd race... was first until right near the end of the race where a bunch of shit happened and I somehow ended up in 7th. Almost hurled the 3DS across the room. Plus my hand was hurting pretty bad by the end of that. Ugh. The more I play this game the less I like it.

Pullblox (Pushmo)

The puzzles are getting tougher to solve. I find that I get stumped on a puzzle for a few days, then solve it, and usually solve the next few before landing another tough one. I don't think I've ever gotten so much play time out of a puzzle game that wasn't Tetris.

The Longest Journey

The plot thickens. Currently breaking into a police station's archives.


It was $1.25 on Steam a few days ago. Relaxing sort of puzzler. Just draw lines on a colour group to make them disappear, only catch is you have to get all of that colour in your line. Area bonuses add to the strategy. One attempt to make a huge portion of the screen one colour ended badly when I couldn't get a legal move from it. One criticism I have is that there are 55 levels to progress through, and you can save and exit and resume, but if you start the game and then accidentally press Start instead of Continue, your progress is wiped and you start over. And that is really easy to do. No warning or anything, just watch the first level load up and you try your hardest not to swear.

Disgaea 4

I wanted to play this yesterday afternoon, since I had about 2 hours to kill. But because it's a PS3 game and I forgot to make an appointment, it spent that entire 2 hours downloading a huge update in excess of 2 GB. So I didn't end up playing it until this morning where I sat through some story segments about this vampire who likes sardines and this suck up werewolf, and completed some tutorial missions which is the same old stuff I've learned in the three games prior to this. I'm hoping the story picks up soon because right now I'm finding it hard to care about these characters.

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honestgamer honestgamer - January 13, 2012 (10:38 PM)
The only one of those games I don't own is Pushmo. I'm thinking I probably need to get it. I hear overwhelmingly good things about it. Lucid I picked up on the Steam sale, like you. In Zelda, the skulltula spiders got me, too. And you know how I feel about Mario Kart 7. It's like we're the same person this week!

Myself, I've been playing a game that I'll be reviewing next week, so I'll save up anything I have to say and talk about it then. I haven't had much motivation to do anything lately or I'd have more game progress to share. I need to shake this funk.
jerec jerec - January 13, 2012 (10:45 PM)
I'd go as far as saying Pushmo is the best thing on the 3DS eShop so far.
EmP EmP - January 14, 2012 (09:57 AM)
I'm playing through Longest Journey myself right now.
jerec jerec - January 14, 2012 (02:32 PM)
Wish I'd discovered it 10 years ago. After Grim Fandango, there was a huge empty void where this genre once stood.

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