Nothing! The release of Kirby's Epic Yarn had me tempted to run out and buy it, but I resisted. I still think I may end up getting it in the coming weeks. I have a giftcard for Gamestop anyway and I have tried for a few months to find something to buy with it, but nothing has me that interested. I know I want to get Kirby anyway, so I figure I may just use the giftcard for it.
Wow, this was quite a week for game progress for me. This was by far the most games I have ever finished in one week and definitely helps my backlog. I was not only able to meet my goal for this week, but I was able to beat it as well. It was definitely a long week of games, in fact, I didn't even remember what I played at the beginning of the week So, this week I worked on:
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
Monday Night/Tuesday morning I was able to finish up Jak and Daxter. I was really nervous getting to the end of the game. I was thinking I wouldn't be able to finish it. With my track record on Sony games and the fact I was having a bit of difficulty toward the end had me worried it would have to be put away incomplete. Fortunately, I was able to get past a few spots I was having difficulty with by just taking a break and going back to try again. The final boss battle also had me nervous, but at least in my opinion, it wasn't too bad. Take away a few of my stupid mistakes causing me to die, I didn't have that many problems... as a matter of fact, the first or second attempt at the boss I almost killed him but made one wrong move and that was the end of me
Overall, I did love the game. For me, it finally justified having a PS2. Before this, I was playing pretty bad games and not enjoying the system, but now I really like it. The Jak and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank and Sly Cooper series were the main reasons I wanted the system, so I guess it makes sense. Now, I'm really looking forward to getting the other games. I have heard that the second two are even better, so I'm looking forward to playing them myself.
I did have a few minor issues with the game. The first was the smallest issue and that was just the fact that you couldn't skip through anything in the game, not the logo screens before you start, not the stories or even the end credits. The stories weren't really an issue because I like watching them, but since the save system was really great in the game I would play whenever I had a few minutes to continue my progress. However, having to watch all the stuff before even being able to load the game was getting a little annoying after a while. Again, not a big deal but it started to get on my nerves after dealing with it 100 times.
The second thing, which was a bigger deal to me was the camera. This game has some of the most challenging platforming I have ever dealt with. But, with some practice you could master the challenging areas and be on your way. However, the reason for most of my deaths was the camera. For the most part, it worked pretty well, I did have to adjust it several times, but it wasn't too much of an issue. However, there were so many points where the camera would lock and/or move to a different perspective and it made the game twice as hard. There were areas where I was seeing the "black screen of death" more often than actually playing the game because I just couldn't see right. Again, for the most part, it was a decent camera, but there were a few parts that drove me crazy. Overall, not too bad for an awesome game.
My biggest upset with the game is that I don't have it 100% yet. I was thinking after defeating the boss I would get my final percent in the game, since going in I was at 99% and each of the major tasks prior gave you another percent. Well, after finishing the battle and waiting for the credits to finish, letting the game reload, etc. I pulled up the save file and it is still at 99% I loaded it up and everything saved fine, so it isn't that the battle didn't count or anything, I think it is because I didn't collect all the precursor orbs. Going through the game, I collected as many as I could but I wasn't as concerned with them as I was with just playing through the game. However, now knowing I could have the game 100% if I would have worked a little harder on them is somewhat frustrating. I only have 63 (including only one that I missed in the entire last section of the game ) more orbs I need to collect (out of 2000) and I think it would give me 100% I'm not going to mess with it now because it isn't that big of deal, but knowing I was so close and could have done it if I tried is definitely upsetting. I will go back, at some point and finish it up, but for now I'm happy with getting the main story complete.
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
On Wednesday I finished up Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. I said it back when I first got this game and I still feel the same way. This game is a lot of fun. It is definitely easy, but it is an awesome game. I would say it is probably too easy for most gamers, but if you are looking for a fun/easy game to play for a few hours, I really recommend this one (it is also easy achievements if you are trying to get more) If you have kids, I definitely recommend this game for them. It is a lot of fun, but I don't think it will cause any frustration.
It was just a fun game to spend a few hours with to play through it. I ended up beating it over two days, but it really doesn't take that long. If you have a few hours to spend on it, you could easily get it finished up. Most of the time I spent playing the game was going back and correcting stupid mistakes I made, i.e. missing food that I had to destroy and then having to start the level again. One thing I really liked was that the levels were really short. So, when I had a few minutes I knew I could put the game in and play a few levels and not get stuck playing for too long, or losing progress because I had to stop.
I had two issues with the game, but they were both kind of due to the same problem. The first was the camera. You had no control over it, so you often couldn't judge distance right, see quite what was going on, etc. The second was that a lot of the time there was food that needed destroyed in places that looked like it would cause you to die if you went over to it. This was due, in part, because of the camera as well. Since you couldn't look around with the camera, you really just had to take a chance and see if there were things around the corner. Since you have unlimited lives, it isn't a big deal to die, but it would have been nice to be able to look around more.
Again, this game is a lot of fun, really easy and very enjoyable. Like I said, if you want something quick and easy to play for a few hours this is the perfect game. If you just want to play through the story then it will only take an hour or two, at most. If you actually want to get all the achievements and unlock everything it will take a little more time, but I would still say it could be finished in under 5 hours. Well worth a rental, or a couple bucks on sale, in my opinion.
Unfortunately, this was the first game I really had a chance to get 1000/1000 achievements. I have mentioned it before, I'm not addicted to achievements, if I get them great, if not, I don't care that much. Once my backlog is down some I may go back and get some of the easier ones and use them as a reason to play the game again. However, I would love to have a game on the 360 and PS3 where I was able to get all the achievements and trophies. I don't care what game it is, I just want to know that I was able to do it on one game. Most games are going to have achievements/trophies I would never even attempt because it isn't worth the time/effort. I had heard this game was really easy to get them all, so I thought I had a chance. That was until I saw one of the achievements was for playing a game in co-op. Not a big deal to most, but since I only have one 360 controller, not so easy. I was able to get 24 out of the 25 achievements in the game, which is kind of upsetting since I know I could get it, but at this point have no way of doing it. If I do get another controller down the road, at least I can go back and get the achievement in a matter of seconds, but it would have been nice to be able to get it now. All the other achievements in the game were super easy to get and all but one of them I got just by playing through the game one time. I have never played a game where I got achievements as often as this one.
Family Game Night
I decided to pop this game in again to play through it some. I do like this game, but I have to say, to really enjoy this game I think you need two or more players. I had fun playing through it again, but without someone to joke around with and play against, it just isn't as much fun. Not to mention, the computer cheats! The game is still a lot of fun, especially with groups, so if you are looking for a fun Wii game to play with family and friends, I recommend this one. If you love these games but don't have anyone else to play with, this may be a good alternative. Nothing beats playing against someone, but if you just want to play a a game of Connect Four this could be something worth looking into! There is really no way to "complete" this game, so I just played through all the games several times this week and considered it finished in my backlog. I will still play it again, especially when my family is here, but I like having it marked off the backlog
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Gameboy
Almost one year to the day of purchasing this game, I marked it off my backlog I will say, I ended up liking it more once I got into it than I did when I first bought the game. That being said, it is still a pretty bad game. Let's just say, when you can't even get the walking down quite right (i.e. I would get stuck in the middle of the screen and be unable to move for no reason) then you know the game can't be very good. It was fun to play through once (kind of) but I definitely don't plan to play it again. Unfortunately, I paid $5 for this game last year but I guess it is another game to put on my list of completed games and another game for the collection. Honestly, I really don't recommend this game, unless you were a fan of the series and or want something to play for a few minutes that you can add to your collection, this really isn't worth the time... even if it only takes an hour to finish!
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command PS1
Coincidentally, up next in my gaming schedule was a PS1 game and the next game in my collection was Buzz Lightyear of Star Command as well. I will say that this game is a lot better than the Gameboy version, but it still isn't great. I remember loving this game when I was younger, but I don't remember ever making it too far. The thing that bothers me the most with the game (aside from the bad controls and things) is that you really only have one chance, you play through the level and if you die at the last second, it is over, you have to star over. The levels really aren't exciting enough to play through any extra times.
I did not finish this game because as I was playing through it (and making pretty good progress) I went to start up the next level and it said I needed a certain amount of medals to enter the next level. I didn't see any mention of this anywhere in the game, so I didn't know about it until this point. So, I just thought I would play through the levels another time to get some medals and finish up the game. However, for some reason, I can't seem to get more than 1 or 1 and 1/2 medals for each level. I even read the manual to see what it said and it looks like you are supposed to get two medals just for finishing each level. I looked the game up online (surprisingly, there isn't much info on it ) and found some cheats to open up the levels (which was fine with me because I just wanted to play each level through once, not try and collect everything like I do in most games) but it says to enter them on the password screen and I have no clue where that is... since the game can be saved to memory card, I'm going to assume that this has something to do with a Gameshark, but I found some codes for the Gameshark as well (for different cheats) and they were completely different. So, I'm not sure if I will be going back to this game or not. I like it, but not really enough to have to play all the levels over and over.
Atari Anniversary Edition Redux PS1
On Friday night I wasn't sure what to play. I really didn't want to get deep into a game and I didn't feel like going back to Buzz Lightyear. So as I was putting that game away, I happened to see the Atari game in my collection. For some reason, I never actually played through this one during my backlog conquering, I just skipped over it. So, I decided it would be the perfect game and popped it in for a little while.
I have to say, this isn't my favorite game. I never played an actual Atari, the system was long gone by the time I came around and I'm beginning to think that was a good thing. I am terrible at these games, the controls feel so loose I was flying all over the screen. When I wasn't flying all over the place, I really didn't know what I was doing half the time. They are fun games to play through for a little bit, but this is definitely not the best era of gaming for me... at least I know now I don't need an Atari when I start collecting older systems Anyway, the game is fun, if you like Atari games it may be something to look into because it does seem to have a lot of the popular games on it.
Finally, I started up Drill Dozer at the end of the week. I'm not quite half way through the game, but so far I'm really enjoying it. It is unique compared to other games, but it also isn't anything all that special. It does seem to have a lot of content for a GBA game. I'm hoping the game isn't too long and doesn't get too hard as I keep working through it. I'm hoping to be able to finish it up this week.
iPod Touch / iPhone / iPad Games
I got this game well over a year ago, when I first got my iPod Touch (possibly before I even bought it) I was addicted to it when I first got it and may have played through the entire game back then. But, I couldn't sleep the other night, so I decided to start playing this. I forgot how much fun it was and ended up playing my way through the game. It is a puzzle style game, similar to Tetris or Bejeweled. Basically, at the beginning of the level you start with a blank screen. As the level begins rows of colored blocks will start filling the screen one at a time. Each level has a certain amount of rows that you have to survive before moving on. You match the blocks when there are three in a row or in an L shape. The goal is to remove those blocks so that the newly added rows don't go beyond the top of the screen, when it does, you die. It starts out really easy, but as soon as they add another color in the difficulty really increases. Fortunately, they also add a bomb that allows you to blow up several blocks in one go. The speed also increases which makes the game even more difficult. The game is a ton of fun, really addictive and pretty challenging. Playing through the 15 levels of the game took around 31 minutes. It seems that I can purchase more levels for the game, but I'm not sure if/when I'm going to do that. I have plenty of games to keep me busy for a long time and I'm not sure I could handle the levels if they get a lot more difficult!