Friday, October 19, 2007

Gave in to Orange Box

Despite not wanting to dive into another fps, a full week of peer pressure and rave reviews destroyed my resolve (not to mention interrupting my pure Phantom Hourglass bliss). Loooove Team Fortress 2, especially since Halo 3 mp hasn’t done much for me so far.

Played some Ep 1 briefly and have been told I will be underwhelmed. With expectations in check, I was actually extremely impressed…with the audio. I played Half-Life 2 on my PC equipped with 5.1 surround sound, but Ep 1 sounds so much better. It’s probably a case of my crappy pc card/speakers vs. a full on AV receiver/surround speakers, but the result is I’m very happy so far.

All that and I haven’t even started Portal yet.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Time to enjoy DS is now

Aside from Jam Sessions, I haven’t been using my DS enough. I need to fight the urge to squirrel games away to enjoy only while traveling or for a time when playing on a TV is impossible. I intend to break mental block by popping in Phantom Hourglass this weekend and perhaps another DS title right after that.

What’s caused this renewed resolve to start enjoying the DS? The announcement of Advance Wars 2 and Fire Emblem. The Fire Emblem announcement is loooong overdue. I have the GameCube FE, but it’s hard for me to embrace that experience on the big screen. It doesn’t help that the graphics aren’t spectacular either. I guess the point is that strategy games are my favorite travel genre and knowing two gems are enroute free me to get to playing. I haven’t even touched the first Advance Wars for DS (finished the two GBA ones though).

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Craving some whimsy

Finished solo campaign Halo 3 last night and...it was fun. Any portion with vehicles was great, but the rest was just average. The levels feel very much like they are meant to be played co-op. Haven't played multi-player matches yet, but I just haven't been in the mood for that.

I'm much more looking forward to tracking down Phantom Hourglass (seems like it's sold out at a lot of places) and Folklore (for PS3 next week). I'm craving some whimsy and fantastical magical worlds now. Had enough of the shooting for quite a while. That means HL2 Orange Box is gonna have to wait, perhaps till next year or even till episode 3! That's probably fps burn out talking.