Skylanders Unfortunately, have not hardly had time to think about this game, let alone play it :(
Rock Revolution This game is horrible... I think I paid $2 for it and I'm not even sure it was worth that... but getting a brand new, sealed game for $2 is pretty cool.. anyway, I started playing it the other night because I wanted to play something but didn't have the energy to play anything serious, so I put this in. I don't know if it is that I have played so many better music games since getting it, if my tastes have changed or what, but it is even worse than I remember it being. The sound (which should be good) is pretty bad, the graphics are okay, the gameplay is boring, the music is not that good and the controls are horrible... there are times where I hit a note perfectly and it puts it as a miss. It even drove me crazy how the game would flash a giant graphic that said "LAME" when you would miss one note, forget you just got 400+notes perfect, one slight miss (usually not even your fault) and you have to put up with that. Not a big deal, but it just annoyed me. So how can you take a horrible music game with bad controls and bad songs and make it even worse? Include a playlist of only 20 songs that you have to play over and over and over again. Since I didn't really like most of the songs I didn't catch it at first, I thought that I had played the one song before, but I thought I was crazy, and then more songs started repeating and I was shocked. The game is not good to begin with, so why not try to stretch the game out and make it longer by making you play the songs multiple times, even at the very end of the game when you are "touring" you have 4 sets with 5 songs in each, just so that you would have the chance to play each song one more time in case you were afraid you may miss playing them. Overall, this game is horrendous and the only reason I kept playing it was so that I could take it out of the backlog and have another game marked as complete... Unless you are trying to fill your collection and/or have a ton of games, I would stay as far away from this game as possible... even if it is free :P
Super Princess Peach Decided to continue playing the DS games since they seem to be the only games I can squeeze in right now. I really enjoy this game so far, it really have a completely different feel than the typical Nintendo games you would play. I like the way it plays, seems like it is going to have quite a bit of gameplay as well.
I did have a chance to try all the games I got for my birthday that I didn't get a chance to try before my last blog and they were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G tons of fun, they look great (especially Mario Party 9 and Kirby) and I can't way to play them some more.
Mario Kart 7 FREE A friend of mine had some games that they were finished with and didn't want anymore so they asked me if I would like them... of course I would never turn down free games. So, I decided one night to head to Best Buy to trade them in. I looked the values up and Amazon was the same price as one game and $1 less than the other, I was wanting to get Mario Kart 7 that night anyway, so I thought I could put it towards that. So I go in, check that the trade values are the same and trade them in. After what seemed like forever and giving way too much information, I finally was able to trade the games. Just before we finished the guy told me that if I pre-ordered a game I could get 40% more, which I saw the sign but had no interest in any of the games, so I was going to say no, but he informed me that even with the $5 to reserve the game I would still get about $9 extra. So, I went ahead and pre-ordered something (don't even know what ) and he even informed me I could cancel the pre-order and get all the money, so I thought that was a pretty good deal. I ended up getting $43 for the trades, so that was enough to cover Mario Kart and give me a little extra to spend next time, honestly can't beat that! I did go back and cancel the pre-order and got my $5 back as well, so that was really awesome. Aside from a really long process to get all the information it was a smooth process overall. I remember reading that someone on here had traded in and felt like they had to give up their first born because of everything you had to go through. I thought was just a joke, but I guess they were serious. It really is kind of ridiculous how much info they want from you.
I played Mario Kart 7 for a few minutes that night and it was amazing. The graphics were spectacular, the gameplay was fun, new tracks were great, etc. I really can't wait to play it some more. Every time I get a new Mario Kart game it reminds me why I love the series so much. I always think I will be bored because it is the same idea, but I'm always surprised.
Skylander's Dragon's Peak Adventure Pack $19.99 I decided to take a little break the other day when I was doing some house work, so I sat down, checked my e-mails on my iPad and had an e-mail from Amazon. It was the regular e-mails we always get with suggestions and it happened to be Skylander's. So, that reminded me I hadn't checked in a few days to see if the newest adventure pack was available, so I just browsed the website and when the item came up after the search it just showed the 3rd party pricing, so I didn't think much of it. But, for some reason I decide to open the page anyway and it ended up that it was in stock from Amazon. So I quick ran to my office, turned my computer on and placed the order. By the time I had the computer on, the adventure pack in my cart and another item decided on they were down to 20 left, by the time my order was placed they were on backorder again. Checking a few days later they were out completely. It was weird though because I ordered it while they were still showing availability, then got an e-mail that the shipping was delayed so they sent my other item, then I got an e-mail the next day the Skylander's were shipped. I was planning to use the rest of my one gift card I had from Christmas, but it ended up taking all of the money out of my credit, which I was planning to use for some 3DS games... but, other than that everything went very smoothly.
CSI Unsolved $9.66 So, since I was going to have to pay shipping without buying another item I decided to get something else with my Sklander's Adventure Pack. I happened to see this game was a cheap a few days ago so I thought I would give it a go. I'm a sucker for any cheap mystery game, still hoping to find one that is actually decent. If I would have paid shipping it would have been close to $5, so why not get a $10 game instead I haven't had a chance to play it yet.
Game Room Progress
So, the reason my gaming has been cut back so much as of late, aside from work, is because I have been working on my game room as much as I can. As excited as I am to get the room finished, it has been nothing but headaches from start to finish. First was the painting, the fact I hate painting doesn't help, but I have learned that Florida walls just suck up paint, so I felt like I was never going to get done. Plus, because of the texture I had to do a lot of touchups because it didn't fill in all of the spots and the entire room had to be edged twice. Then, just as I was nearly finished with the room I needed more paint, so everything had to go on hold until I could go and buy another gallon of paint to finish the room. When I thought everything was said and done, I couldn't get into the one corner of the closet right and it was a nightmare trying to finish one itsy bitsy little corner. But, I was relieved the painting was done and wouldn't you know as I was moving the ladder to start putting things away one of my brushes fell on the floor that was covered in paint. I managed to paint an entire room without spilling one drop of paint and then drop the brush on the floor as I'm cleaning up. Fortunately I was able to clean it quickly so it didn't leave any stains!
I was excited that I had the paint finished and could start putting the furniture in the room, but first I had to find it. Knowing they specialize in small room organization IKEA was the first place I went to. I walk in the store, browse around until I get to the media center section and the first unit I saw was exactly what I was looking for. It seemed perfect, looked nice, looked like it would hold a lot of games, etc. So I was getting all the information so I could compare it to other models and also shop around some more. But, my mom was with me and told me that it would be perfect for the room, after looking at everything IKEA had I knew that was the only piece that would work for me, but I wanted to check some other stores. She talked me out of it and I ended up buying it that night. I also decided that I didn't want to wait for IKEA to deliver it and I wanted to get started on it, so I took on the task of loading it into my car and everything alone, so I was pretty exhausted by the time I was done, but really excited to get started.
I get home, unload everything and then decided to get started building the piece. It was actually several different pieces that they put together in store as an idea and it was perfect for what I wanted, but that meant building 5 separate parts. So, that night I worked on building the two parts that went on the side of the main unit and the two that went on top of everything. It went perfectly, I had each piece done in under 20 minutes, piece of cake.
This is a picture of the side units
This is the top unit[/CENTER]
The next day I decided to work on the main piece and I was really excited to see it all come together. So I'm working away, really happy because the piece is almost finished when I look at one of the front pieces and notice it is cracked. It was very noticeable and right on the front so I decided I had to take it back because I would look at it all the time, not to mention I was nervous it could have issues down the road. I called up IKEA and they said I could just bring back the damaged piece, but that still meant I had to take the entire thing apart... of course, in the process of taking it apart one of the shelves fell off, leaving giant holes in another piece of wood and then two screws wouldn't come lose leaving more holes. So, my one damaged pieces ended up becoming three pieces.
This is what I had put together and then had to undo[/CENTER]
On my next day off I made the trek back to IKEA (which is a good 30 minutes away in rush hour like traffic) with my three damaged pieces. I would have been more upset, but I already had to make a trip back to the store because the two doors that went on the front of my unit were out of stock, so at least I didn't have to make a special trip. The lady at IKEA was super nice and took care of everything, no hassles there. So I reloaded those pieces, got my doors and was on my way. Back at home I had to redo the two hours of work I had finished the night before, which went quicker because I knew more of what I was doing. I managed to finish the piece and was pretty happy. All that was left was to put all of the doors on... which became a nightmare. It was tight corners and for some reason they didn't pre drill the holes like they do for everything else, doing it manually wasn't working and my drill didn't fit, so it was a real headache when I was just ready to be finished with everything.
Finally, after spending several nights working on everything I had the piece finished and it looked great. I worked on lining up the doors they would be straight and then was ready to load up my stuff. First step, of course, is the TV. I had already discovered that the TV I planned to put in there so that I could move all my TVs with the end goal of getting larger TV in my family room was an inch too tall. The book said it was only designed for up to 37" TVs and mine is a 42" (didn't say that anywhere else, just on the instruction manual that is inside the box, guess they don't think that is useful information) so I didn't even think it would be that close. If the TV was just too big in general I wouldn't have cared, but just being a little too tall, especially considering most of the height comes from the speakers was a little disappointing. I wasn't too upset though, just decided I would put my bedroom TV in there since I rarely use it. So, I unplug everything and moved it in there, only to realize that the stand was way too big. The TV was the perfect size but the shelf the TV sits on is only 7" and my stand is over 8" So that was definitely the last thing I wanted to deal with when trying to put all of this together.
A view of the final piece.. note, the doors will all be a piano black finish when everything is done. But, while I'm still doing work in the room I decided to leave the protective cover on so the doors don't get scratched while moving TVs, furniture, etc.
Another view of the final piece[/CENTER]
Right now, I'm trying to find a TV that is decent quality that will actually fit on the shelf. I found an LED Philips TV that has a stand that is 6.97" and it gets good reviews, so I think that may be what I had to get. Everything else I have found is either too big or gets horrible reviews. I hate to have to buy a TV just so I can put something in the new media center, especially one that is so small, but hopefully this will all be worth the effort when it is all said and done.
The tiny space for my TV
A view inside of one of the cupboards, not how it will look in the end, but I was just testing how it will work... considering putting lights in that turn on when you open the door.
What I'm currently working on. I'm scanning all of my games into an Android App and then organizing them all and figuring out where to place them in the unit! I'm thinking the entire top will just before Wii, DS and 3DS games!!![/CENTER]
But, on that note, I don't know what systems I'm actually going to put in the room. I have decided the PS3 is staying put, I use it as a blu-ray player on my main TV and don't really want to buy another blu-ray player and this room is too small, as is the TV for regular TV/DVD viewing. The Wii will not really work in there because the room is so small it won't work well for motion control games. I may still put it in there because I don't play that many motion control games anyway, or I may just buy another Wii once they are super cheap. I'm not sure about the 360, my biggest concern there is that the area I would put it in is kind of boxed in and I don't know that it would get enough air and I certainly don't want/need RROD. I'm thinking the 360 may move to the TV with the Wii so I can get Kinect! So, it may end up being my retro room with Gamecube, N64, Playstation(2) and SNES, with a Wii in there eventually. Haven't entirely decided but I will figure something out.
PS, sorry for the poor quality, little pictures. I decided to use my Samsung Player since I had it with me while I was working and it was convenient and I wanted to have pictures this week. For starters I didn't realize there was plastic of the camera which is causing all the "orbs" and some of the bad quality. And I decided to just include little pictures so they wouldn't be huge. I do have larger pictures if anyone wants to see something a little larger... for whatever reason. Once I have this main part finished I will get out my camera and take some real pictures