Playing – Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
I did it. I dove back into an open world RPG. It took me a moment to get used to the goofy layout of the Wii Pro Control again. Once I did, it was back on. Xenoblade made it easy to get right back into the action. The first thing I did was die horribly. I had forgotten how good this game looks. The other games in my Wii library look muddy and washed out. I probably should be playing them on a SDTV. Xenoblade’s graphics pop off the screen and beg to be looked at. Part of me wonders if this game was originally planned for the Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. Doesn’t really matter I suppose cause it’s a joy to play. I wish I had not started it the day I finished Skyrim. That way I could have played this without a need to take a break. Yes, you can have too much epic rpg goodness.
Playing – Cthulhu Saves the World (Xbox 360)
I vaguely remember buying this game. I think it was when it dropped down to one dollar. I was scrolling through my games and saw it and thought I would try it. I found the opening few moments very refreshing. Cthulhu is self aware and has some great interactions with the narrator. I tried to save at the first save point you are offered. The game crashed. I will give it another try at a later date.
Playing – Patapon 2 (Vita)
I was a pretty good way into this game when I was playing it on the PSP. There is a good chance that I will be going back to it on the PSP. Not because the Vita doesn’t do a good job of playing a PSP game (it does an amazing job of that), but because I will need to game in a place I don’t want to take my Vita. I forgot just how amazing Patapon 2 is. Mixing strategy with rhythm is simply insane, but the insanity seems to have paid off. I didn’t play the first Patapon. My wife found a digital download version (read: PSN code on a card) of the game in a store. It was on heavy discount, and she picked it up for me. I am in no way a musician, but I seem to have a good sense of timing and rhythm. If you have not seen Patapon in motion (the trailer is right up there), you are missing out. The simple contrast creates a crazy world. Pata Pata Pata Pon!
Reading – Guitar Hero signs off (Email)
I received an email yesterday. It was to inform me that Guitar Hero would no longer be sending me emails. In the grand scheme of things, it is not that important, but still, it seemed like the last nail in the coffin. It felt like the official finality to the series. A series that I played the unholy crap out of. I loved jamming on my cheap and flimsy guitar from a Marilyn Manson song that was just all kinds of crazy to an awesome jam by Weezer. Guitar Hero was the game I loved to rock out to. I was kind of sad at the email, but at the same time, I have a little bit of hope. Hope that someday Activision will dust off the franchise and drop a next-gen version that included every song ever made for it all on one disc. Rest in peace Guitar Hero.
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It was Diablo on the go. I played through it with each character.