Tuesday, February 05, 2008
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!
God Of War 2