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29th October 2017

Did some work behind the scenes of the game blog page so that the game filters now work much better.

30th June 2017

A couple of months back I found loads of old notes about all the old Epic Space Marine games we played, starting from back when I was in high school. I thought it would be a good idea to type them all up as best I could, and upload them all. While I was at it, I also converted the Epic-S and 40K battle reports from their PDF state to HTML, and they can be found on the Warhammer 40K page.

16th May 2017

Finally got my pointing pictures up and into the Vault. Don't ask me why.

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Bloody Hearts & Wine Stones

Computer Games Blog

This is where you can read any of my irregular wafflings about computer gaming. The whole point of this blog is to help motivate me to properly finish games, whether they be recent ones or older ones I played when I was younger that I never managed to beat.

20th October 2017 - Straight No IV

A few months back Scoob and I started to play Saints Row IV, but had some trouble with the game, as well as the original GOG build having its own problems. A few weeks back we tried to continue it, but the connection problems we were having back then came back to haunt us tenfold. In fact, we couldn't even get through a single mission without the second PC quitting out. It didn't matter which computer hosted, the one that was connecting to it just fell over all the time.

So unfortunately I had to push through the rest of it on my own, and that really was not a help. I mostly decided to just get my head down and race through the main quests, ignoring all the shit bonus quests on the map as well as most of the secondary quests. The opinions I had of the game from back then did not get any better. They actually got worse.

Here's the thing. Saints Row The Third was janky and buggy as fuck, and was totally stupid. But it was so much fun to play. This one should have also been fun, with the addition of the super powers, but these additions took away nearly everything about the previous game that I really liked. The gun play ended up being really weak, and the necessity of cars was pretty much eliminated from the game. Loads of the enemies needed you to use the new super powers to kill them, especially the tougher enemies, but the super powers took so long to reload that using them was dull. Also, the super speed and super jumping made it really hard to do simple repositioning in fights, as you'd simply run or jump well clear of where you were hoping to go. There should have been some way of doing regular sprinting and jumping, then having the super jump and sprint as different controls.

It's such a shame, but I've ended up feeling like I had a really crap time with the game. How the third game could be so much fun but this one so frustrating and boring I have no idea. The game even crashed, completely froze, a couple of times when I was playing it solo. One of these even came in the final cutscene where all the characters were dancing in celebration of the bad guy being dead. I have no idea if anything else happened in the cutscene after that, but I was not going to play through the entire last mission all over again to check (there's no saving in this game part way through missions, unbelievably).
The third game, despite its own issues, never crashed or disconnected on us once as far as I can remember. This game was just an absolute mess. I was going to play Enter The Dominatrix and Gat Out Of Hell to follow this up, but it's just put me right off.

Sex doll pilot?

Sex doll pilot?

Jazz hands

Jazz hands

I think I've been smoking something

I think I've been smoking something

Shooting a giant soda can

Shooting a giant soda can

Teaming up with Gat to unleash rage on the streets

Teaming up with Gat to unleash rage on the streets

Things get rowdy

Things get rowdy

Busker playing an invisible guitar

Busker playing an invisible guitar

Bustin' out some moves

Bustin' out some moves

Killing a horde of Genkis

Killing a horde of Genkis

Taking a trophy from Zinyak

Taking a trophy from Zinyak

25th June 2017 - Saints Row Update

Out of the blue back in April, I had a hankering for some more Saints Row action. Scoob was happy to jump back into Saints Row The Third with me to start a second play through.

Woah! Trippy, man.

Woah! Trippy, man.

I seem to be missing my gun

I seem to be missing my gun

Woops. Ran Scoob over again.

Woops. Ran Scoob over again.

Cop busts out some fancy moves

Cop busts out some fancy moves

My awesome pink police car has seen better days

My awesome pink police car has seen better days

Just taking a nap on top of this tank

Just taking a nap on top of this tank

Then as luck would have it, while we were playing through Saints Row The Third, GOG released Saints Row IV on us. I quickly bought and downloaded it so we could get cracking.

Unfortunately, we don't like this game anywhere near as much as the previous installment. It didn't help that the original GOG build had problems preventing the autosaves working, and would not remember any changes we made in the options menus. Though they have now fixed those issues, we haven't yet gone back to it. If we do go back, I think it will be just to go through the story missions, rather than go through all the extra stuff, which in this game seems boring and far too numerous.

The problems we have with it when compared to the previous game are mostly to do with the gun action. I know super powers are in this one, but they've really nerfed the guns, and we love shooting the bad guys. They just do less damage, take longer to reload, and take longer to level up to get some of that power back.
I also don't like how cars are pointless, as I enjoyed collecting and modding the cars in the last game. Worst thing of all: THERE'S NO HOT PIZZA SONG!!!

The two computers also sometimes disconnect from each other, which is something that has never happened when playing The Third. It was even more of a bitch at the time because autosave wasn't working. Hopefully they've fixed the network stability in the updated version, but I doubt it.

For the first time in my life I truly go toilet popping

For the first time in my life I truly go toilet popping

Looks like I'm about to ram my head up an alien's arse. No wonder I'm wearing a hoody.

Looks like I'm about to ram my head up an alien's arse. No wonder I'm wearing a hoody.

Scoob powers up

Scoob powers up

What his right name is I've never heard, but around here he's known as Glider.

What his right name is I've never heard, but around here he's known as Glider.

Scoob lets rip

Scoob lets rip

What... the... shit...

What... the... shit...

21st August 2015 - Who Doesn't Love Hot Pizza?

Just got done with one of the most fun games I've played while doing this blog, in Saints Row The Third. I know it's a bit old now, but I was super happy to get to play it after GOG released it on their website a few months back. So me and Scoob joined up with the other Saints to rid Steelport of other rival gangs, and it went something like this...

Because my 2nd computer is too old to run the game, we first had to figure out how to play LAN co-op over the internet, which was something we had not done before. We were originally going to try hamachi, until I read on several sites that Tunngle was supposed to be better for games. Whether it's better for games or not I can not answer, but I have not enjoyed using it for the last few weeks, and am glad I can now remove it. I don't appreciate any service that forces you to watch ads, which Tunngle does. What's worse, very often after waiting through the ad, the program would crash at the end of it, meaning I would have to reload and sit through another bloody ad to get into it. Grrr.

Once in the game, we spent most of our early adventures driving round and blowing shit up while playing the hot pizza song, and certainly had a laugh doing this. Because the game is so bat-shit crazy, even its many glitches and graphics bugs only made it more fun. There were one or two bugs that became annoying, mostly when you were trying to get in a car, or trying to get the NPCs to get in a car, but we managed to muddle through them.

I'm not quite sure what the writers were smoking when they came up with most of the story, but we went from fighting normal gang members to fighting zombies through to going into a computer game disguised as a toilet and a sex doll. Odd.

I guess the main problem with the game was that it was way too easy, especially by the end when we were levelled up. Hardly anything in the game can do damage to you when you hit top level, and I think that was a bad choice.
But overall, the game was a right laugh and gave us something to do outside League Of Legends for a while.

My car doesn't survive an encounter with Scoob's tank

My car doesn't survive an encounter with Scoob's tank

Blowing more shit up

Blowing more shit up

Scoob's high heels give him magical levitation powers

Scoob's high heels give him magical levitation powers

I must have really wanted that guy dead

I must have really wanted that guy dead

Tank mayhem

Tank mayhem

This dude walks straight through my new car

This dude walks straight through my new car

My car scratches an itch

My car scratches an itch

Dead guy twitches

Dead guy twitches

This guy may have lost his legs

This guy may have lost his legs

Arrgggh! Tiger!

Arrgggh! Tiger!

Ninja Scoob covers my back

Ninja Scoob covers my back

Samurai Scoob has special powers

Samurai Scoob has special powers

Beating Genki to death with a giant dildo

Beating Genki to death with a giant dildo

Scoob threatens to shoot my junk off

Scoob threatens to shoot my junk off

Well that's just rude

Well that's just rude

I think I just stubbed his toe

I think I just stubbed his toe

How dare they blow our place up

How dare they blow our place up

What the hell happened to this dude?

What the hell happened to this dude?

Time for some toilet popping

Time for some toilet popping

I don't give a chainsaw!

I don't give a chainsaw!

Zombies!

Zombies!

All hell breaks loose in the final battle

All hell breaks loose in the final battle

Wailing on Killbane

Wailing on Killbane

1st June 2015 - Heading Down To Steelport

The other game is one I've wanted to play for years, after seeing footage of it on Youtube, being Saints Row The Third. Recently, and surprisingly, it was released very cheap on GOG, and I swooped on it like a hawk. We've only played a little of it so far, but it's definitely gonna be fun, and I can't wait to sing along to the Hot Pizza song.

Shooting some shit up in Steelport

Shooting some shit up in Steelport