Finishing – Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (PlayStation 3)
I’ve never been sure when I should switch the “Playing” header to “Finishing”. But, Revelations was easy on me. I started a mission, and the game didn’t exactly say, “This is the end of the game.” It was more like, “Hey, you are leaving and you are never coming back. Are you sure there aren’t any side missions you want to mop up?”. It was about as subtle as a (cleat) kick to the face. So, I am at the end of the game. I get to use the finishing header. I’m pretty happy about that. Revelations? At this moment the game is a whole mixed bag for me. On this hand over here, it is an Assassin’s Creed game. That’s great because I love Assassin’s Creed. On this other hand over here, it is a bunch of drunk bets the developers made. I am talking about the “additions” to Assassin’s Creed core gameplay.
I was satisfied with the ending to the Altaïr story arc. I am one of those strange people who don’t bemoan the first Assassin’s Creed. I don’t understand why people do that. Yes, let’s complain that the first game has “three missions you repeat”. You know what else Assassin’s Creed had that you don’t complain about? A new game with a new way to play even. It’s rough around the edges, and I just love when people compare it to Assassin’s Creed 2. Okay? That is like comparing you now to your four year old self. You were rough around the edges back when you would occasionally lose bowel control and crap yourself. Man four year old you is nothing compared to now you. Why didn’t your parents just have now you? What were they thinking? Guess what? Assassin’s Creed 3 is probably going to make Assassin’s Creed 2 look like Assassin’s Creed looks compared to Assassin’s Creed 2. Think about it. So, seeing how Altaïr’s life wrapped up was good for me.
Playing – Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (Vita)
I have never done a drug in my life. I also find it funny when people look at me funny when I say that. Since I am not sure what being addicted to a substance is like, I am not certain if I am addicted to Final Fantasy Tactics. I mean, I can stop playing it when I want. I just don’t want to. Don’t worry about it… I got this.
Slowly and surely memories of how I played Tactics before have begun to surface. I play tactical rpg’s a lot, but there is something to be said about a 14 year old game that still manages to best some of the modern offerings in the genera. It’s the formula that everyone seemed to base their game off of. Sure you can add systems and try to change, but aren’t you just adding unneeded paint to something that is fine? It is like deciding that you can best World of Warcraft. You can’t, no matter how many dollars and lightsabers you throw at the project. I am looking forward to getting back to where I was when I lost my original save. I want to see the end of the game. More importantly, I want a save right before the ending so I can go pick fights after I have finished the game. Because picking fights long after you have finished a tactics game is the reason they exist. Also, keep a Chocobo in your party at all times.
Playing – Super Stardust Delta (Vita)
I find myself at a cross roads with this game. I may have played some (read: WAY TOO MUCH) Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2. I played it right up to the point that I didn’t want to play it ever again. All I did was turn my gun and try to take out as many bad guys as I could. That was fine for a bit, but what was the end game? Comparing high scores? That was fun and all until everyone on my friends list moved on. I didn’t move on, but they did. So, I was trying to top my own scores. It got old.
Super Stardust Delta was an impulse buy. The demo was fun, and it reminded me of Geometry Wars. Seconds after I purchased it, I felt a sinking feeling. What had I done? Did I just fall down the rabbit hole again? What if I have no one to compare scores with? What? That doesn’t matter. It has levels, and it has bosses. Holy crap! It’s a real game not just the same level over and over! WIN. I am having a blast with Delta! I have even managed to score some sweet new soundtracks using NEAR on the Vita. So, Geometry Wars I would like to officially tell you that you have been replaced. Sorry about that.
Well, I’m off to game.
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Through a Gamestop error, I got this for next to nothing. It is super repetitive and not very mechanically sound.
It is also good mindless fun.