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Gaming: Project Pile of Shame – Day Eight

March 22, 2011 1 comment

The project: To spend two hours playing every console game from this generation that I own but have never touched (the ‘pile of shame’), to see if any of them are worth spending more time with. The eighth game is:

Conan

Eurogamer's review (click the image for a link) used the tag line "Macho man, randy savage" for their review of the game. That's excellent.

System: Xbox 360

Reason I’ve never played it: Another of my brother’s purchases.

Achievements earned: Eight (80 gamerscore)

Thoughts: After playing through the first proper level of Conan two things became very clear. The first was that pirates are very impressed by their ability to count, with man after man eager to shout out “there’s only one of him” upon seeing Conan approaching, to the point that I started to wish I’d brought more people with me just so they could try out some higher numbers and maybe not be so repetitive in their shouting.

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Gaming: Project Pile of Shame – Day Seven

The project: To spend two hours playing every console game from this generation that I own but have never touched (the ‘pile of shame’), to see if any of them are worth spending more time with. With Prey 2 recently announced it seemed like a good time to try out:

Prey

 

The portals use the same orange and blue colouring as Portal does and I have no idea why.

System: Xbox 360

Reason I’ve never played it: It’s just one of those games that was bought in a batch with some others and then slipped through the cracks.

Achievements earned: Seven (80 gamerscore)

Thoughts: I waited a long time to see proper portal technology in games. It was one of those things that I really wanted to see and thought it was possible (though I know nothing about game development), with things like Duke Nukem 3D and Unreal having security monitors and portals that did similar things – showing another area of the map on a flat screen – but did so in what were clearly flat, low-resolution images. I wanted to see versions that looked exactly as if they were physics-defying 3D rifts in space, and it wasn’t until playing the demo for Prey that I finally saw them.

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Gaming: The 2010 Backlog

January 2, 2011 3 comments

This is the first of a series of posts looking back at my entertainment consumption over 2010. Still to come are posts about games I finished, games I didn’t finish, the films I watched, the DVD backlog, the TV I watched and the books I read. There won’t be a game of the year post because that’s an ongoing project with a long way to go, and instead of starting off with some celebrating I’m going to kick things off with the gaming backlog that, as always, I managed to build up through the year:

Pile of shame.

Click the image for a link to the source.

I’ve mentioned the backlog before on this blog for Project Pile of Shame, an ongoing project (even if I’ve not done much with it for a while) to give all the games I own from this console generation at least two hours of play. With that sizeable backlog already existing you’d think I wouldn’t go through 2010 adding even more purchases to it, yet that’s exactly what has happened.

Here’s a list of every game I bought in 2010 that I haven’t even played, with a brief reason why:

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Gaming: Project Pile of Shame – Day Seven

July 29, 2010 1 comment

The project: To spend two hours playing every console game from this generation that I own but have never touched (the ‘pile of shame’), to see if any of them are worth spending more time with. On the seventh day I played:

Civilisation Revolution

Civilisation Revolution

Wikipedia fact: "Sid Meier was enthusiastic about this installment, being quoted in both the press release and trailer as saying, "This is the game I've always wanted to make.""

System: Xbox 360 (also PS3 and DS)

Reason I’ve never played it: This was another one of my brother’s purchases. I’ve never got into the Civilisation games and a console-focused version of the series didn’t interest me.

Achievements earned:Twelve (85 gamerscore)

Thoughts: Sid Meier’s Civilisation series is something of a gaming blind spot for me, a series that I was aware of but never actually got around to playing. I knew in general what it was about – building a civilisation up into the world leader through diplomacy, war or cultural or technological dominance – but it had always passed me by. I therefore had no interest in playing Civilisation Revolution, a version of the series made specifically for consoles that would have all the streamlining (unfavourably referred to as “dumbing down” by a lot of the PC faithful) that entails. That was a mistake.

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Gaming: Project Pile of Shame – Day Six

July 22, 2010 2 comments

The project: To spend two hours playing every console game from this generation that I own but have never touched (the ‘pile of shame’), to see if any of them are worth spending more time with. On the sixth day I played:

Bomberman: Act Zero

Cyborg

Wikipedia fact: "X-Play, closing their own review, stated that "Act Zero accomplishes what even Al Qaeda was unable to do: turn "Bomberman" into a dirty word.""

System: Xbox 360

Reason I’ve never played it: This was another one of my brother’s purchases. I was well aware of how big a disappointment the game apparently was and would have stopped the purchase if I’d known.

Achievements earned: None (the achievements are pretty awful)

Thoughts: I couldn’t do it. Two hours would have been too much and in the end I only managed thirty-six minutes. There’s little enough to Bomberman Act Zero though that I’ve seen pretty much all there is to see.

If I didn’t know the game was real it would essentially be the perfect parody of modern gaming’s tendency to lean towards mature, darker games with a big online element. The Bomberman series built itself upon its colourful cartoon characters and visuals, its local multiplayer making it a brilliant social game (I have many fond memories of Mega Bomberman on the Mega Drive with the multitap apdapter to allow four players). Act Zero made a few changes:

The two bombers.

Can you spot the difference?

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Gaming: Project Pile of Shame – Day Five

July 5, 2010 1 comment

The project: To spend two hours playing every console game from this generation that I own but have never touched (the ‘pile of shame’), to see if any of them are worth spending more time with.

As with Deus Ex, today’s entry isn’t on the original list because it’s a PC game, and if I tried to include all the PC games I own but haven’t played the list would be considerably larger (it would be the same if I went back multiple console generations, which is why I limited myself to just this generation). On the fifth day I played:

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

San Andreas

Wikipedia quote: "The game is set in the fictional state of San Andreas, comprising three metropolitan cities, Los Santos, based on Los Angeles, San Fierro, based on San Francisco and Las Venturas, based on Las Vegas, with deserts, rivers, forests and even a mountain separating the cities."

System: PC (also on PS2 and Xbox)

Reason I’ve never played it: I didn’t own it. I wasn’t overly taken with Grand Theft Auto 3 and skipped the series until Grand Theft Auto 4 a generation later (and now will probably skip the series altogether going forward).

Thoughts: I don’t think I like Grand Theft Auto series. I like the idea of the games – the vast open world filled with character, the characters themselves being interesting and going through good arcs and voiced by actors who are at least competent and sometimes pretty good, a ‘sandbox’ playground environment filled with things to do in a game that lasts considerably longer than most other games – but I think I’ll never be in sync with Rockstar’s approach, even though they were the ones who pioneered the entire genre.

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Gaming: Project Pile of Shame – Day Four

June 27, 2010 2 comments

The project: To spend two hours playing every console game from this generation that I own but have never touched (the ‘pile of shame’), to see if any of them are worth spending more time with.

Today’s entry isn’t on the original list because it’s a PC game, and if I tried to include all the PC games I own but haven’t played the list would be considerably larger (it would be the same if I went back multiple console generations, which is why I limited myself to just this generation). So to celebrate its tenth anniversary, on the fourth day I played:

Deus Ex

JC Denton

The character models seem to be the most dated part of the game. They're not pretty.

System: PC (also on PS2)

Reason I’ve never played it: Back when the game first released my PC couldn’t run it well, so it ultimately was just skipped over.

Thoughts: Deus Ex is often called one of the greatest games of all time, if not the greatest. Coinciding with both previews of the new Deus Ex game and the original’s tenth anniversary sites like Rock, Paper Shotgun and PC Gamer have been going over the original and why exactly it means so much to them, making it seem even sillier that I’ve never played it.

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