Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Shameless Neglect...







Dear, oh dear, oh dear... February has entered it's sixth day (just about) and I've not even updated this blog. if I can offer the usual tired old excuses... It's hard to get Ted off the computer (World Of Warcraft addict...), I've been gaming a lot (about which more in a moment), work's a bitch (it is) and The Saturn Junkyard has been hogging all my attention... (true..)

But really, that's no excuse for neglecting my own personal page, and leaving you kind people with no updates, so I need to fill you in on my January gaming, and tell you what's about to be played in February... January has been an epic month really. Starting off with the first title I ever experienced on the 360, Bioshock, I got a nice flavour of the power of the beast and a glorious taste of an intelligent and truly thought provoking shooter.

What did I do next? Did I catch up on all the fuss about Halo 3? Did I dip my toe into the water of Gears Of War? Did I join my two elder sons in their rampant enthusiasm about online death matches in Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare? NO!

I played Shenmue II... Again... For about the fifth time!!! OK, so it was slightly current gen - ish... I did play on the 360, although the game was an XBox port from the Dreamcast. It took the best part of January, while I had Gears Of War, COD4:MW and Umbrella Chronicles, not being played under the telly. Did this make sense?

Hell yeah! Maybe playing my very favourite game of the last gen, was my of saying goodbye to that era, or maybe (more likely) it was me confirming to myself, how relevent the 'last gen' still is. For those of you who don't know about Shenmue (please enjoy the video above...) it's sumptuous graphics, a great story and a stunning fight based RPG... Please check out the links below...

The story remains cruelly unfinished, as the game never reaped the financial payback that Sega had laid out in it's production and fans (especially me) are desparate for the third installment...
Will this ever come? We can only hope...

As the credits rolled at the end of the game, i wonderd what I should play next and I decided to stick with the 'last gen', this time with God Of War 2, on the PS2, which I had started back in October, but never finished. This Spartan based epic of Greek Mythology concerning fallen God Kratos, stands up against any of it's current gen nephews and is simply gaming heaven... I'm well into it now and loving every blood soaked second of it! (And yes Funnyman, I did like the sexy bits! LOL!)

As soon as that is finished, I intend to take on both Gears Of War and Umbrella Chronicles, simultaneously, in alternate sessions, until both are complete. I'm not allowing myself to buy any full price titles until these two games are completed. That means no Ghost Squad, NiGHTS, No More Heroes or Sega Superstars Tennis for the Wii (all of which I most desparately want.) No Virtua Fighter 5, Soul Calibur 4 or Orange Box for the 360 (all of which I most desparately want).

Oh and I forgot, I just bought the Nebachadnezzar recommended Okami which needs a play, so it looks like I'll be busy before any new major titles pass through the door to Krishna Towers.
2008 demands a good gaming backlog clearance (far too many titles to mention) before I embark on anything else... Discipline is required... Am I up to the job? Only time will tell!

Now here's the links!

Bioshock
Shenmue Dojo
Shenmue 2
God Of War 2

17 comments:

FUNNYMAN said...

The sex in God of War II was great indeed. Kudos to you for this blog post.

Junlee said...

Ooooh Okami...very nice game!

NebachadnezzaR said...

Okami, eh? Glad to be making a difference! :D Seriously, you won't regret it (I hope...).

And don't miss Gears of War, that game is tha shit! Beat it for the 2nd time not too long ago on Hardcore difficulty (it's hard as hell...).

FUNNYMAN said...

Gears was the most difficult next gen game I have ever played. Even on the lowest setting, the game is tough to beat. I had more trouble with that game that I did with Ninja Gaiden Sigma.

fatherkrishna said...

You found it dificult on easy mode Funnyman? Cripes! I play every game on easy mode and still find loads difficult! Hmmm... Maybe I need to rethink my next game choices!

Influential Nebacha? Of course you are! I bought Okami because of you (and indeed Steep Slope Sliders!)

NebachadnezzaR said...

It really is a difficult game (the last boss is insane, I actually trembled every time I was about to try the fight again) but I've found it so engaging that I just couldn't stop playing. The other bosses were pretty easy, though...

Keep in mind that this is not a run 'n gun type of game, use cover wisely and avoid showing yourself, and take it slow. The game gets somewhat repetitive and it's quite short, so you're better off just playing 1/2 hours a day.

FUNNYMAN said...

Hiding behind cover doesn't always work. Sometimes even if you are protected behind cover, the mother freaking Locust Horde finds some way to shoot you in the rectum.

fatherkrishna said...

Can I just say boys, you're not exactly inspiring me with confidence at this point... I'm crap at the best of times which is why I have so many games that I never completed...

NebachadnezzaR said...

Relax Father. What funnyman said is true, in more open environments they sometimes find a way around and flank you, but for the most part this is a linear game. You hide, shoot, advance and repeat.

And when you kill your first Locust with a chainsaw and see it's corpse thorn apart on the ground you won't let go of this game...

Junlee said...

lol @ Fatherk!

FUNNYMAN said...

You must have been playing a different Gears of War than I was playing neba. When I was playing, the locust horde was on me like Michael Jackson on children. They swarmed me from all directions, and they were relentless. The mother freaking chainsaw took me 10 hours to rev up. By the time I started it up, the mother freaking locusts were shooting bullets up my asshole.

gnome said...

So nice to see you still are a retro gamer deep inside Father. Apparently the sexy sirens of the Wii and Xbox 360 aren't..uhm... sexy enough.

Oh, and I know I'll be getting Okami for the Wii as soon as it hits the shelves.

fatherkrishna said...

OK, OK, Time Out! I'm already considering not playing Gears Of War at all!!!!!

I might regress back to the warm, unthreatening 8 Bit simplicity of the Master System, played curled up in a ball in the foetal position...

@funnyman... "the locust horde was on me like Michael Jackson on children." Tsk tsk! You know me and Junlee are Jacko fans...

@ Nebacha "Relax Father..." (I'll try Nuno)

@Gnome "So nice to see you still are a retro gamer deep inside Father."

...and close to the surface too Gnome! I worry I'm a gaming Luddite!

Maybe the next game I play will be... erm... Pacman! Asteroids! Pong!!!

Cripes!

FUNNYMAN said...

I never questioned his music career. That comment was directed at his personal life.

Random J said...

"the locust horde was on me like Michael Jackson on children"

*LMAO!!!*

NebachadnezzaR said...

Oh Father, at least do me a favour and just try it, ok?

In the meantime check this out: http://tinyurl.com/345256

Junlee said...

Dammit funnyman, that mj comment was dirty...fatherk and I ALREADY gotta check J for comments...