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31st August 2012: Bastion Rebuilt

Bastion all done. Despite how much I liked the style, especially the audio, I could feel that the repetitive gameplay was starting to bore me a little. So I sat there for several hours and made myself finish it, as I didn't want yet another game to slip through my fingers without completion.
Had a bit of a lucky break really with the soundtrack. Darren Korb, the main man behind it, did a great job, and it kept giving me nostalgic flashbacks to the TV show Firefly. Anyway, after a bit of investigating I discovered the Humble Bundle downloads were still active, so I've been able to download it even though the Bundle ended weeks ago. Pretty cool.

Bull, you are shit

Bull, you are shit

Under fire

Under fire

Grrr

Grrr

I'll hit you with my bommyknocka!

I'll hit you with my bommyknocka!

The end? Make your choice.

The end? Make your choice.

29th August 2012: Fleet Ops @ The Bastion

Not been playing many games the last few weeks as I've been bashing the hell out of my new computer.

Anyway, now the beast is up and running, I've finally been able to slap a couple of games on it to have a jam. Firsty, I'd been fancying a game of Star Trek Armada 2 for a long while. No idea why. But I read that it will not play on Windows 7, and instead you have to install a community-made version called Fleet Operations. So I gave it a go, and it sure is a lot harder.

I slapped an 8 player skirmish on versus CPU players. I was expecting the Borg to be the daddies as I put them on "merciless" skill level, the hardest there is. Instead, the Dominion took over pretty much the entire map, with only myself and the Borg putting up any kind of resistance. Luckily they left me alone for the most part, as I was still learning the game, and was able to build up an enormous defensive line. When they finally came for me, I was ready, and pretty much destroyed their entire fleet. However, it takes so long to create ships in Fleet Ops, that I could not build up a large enough force to pose them a real threat either, so it ended in stalemate after a good couple of hours and I quit.
Quitty quit quitter.
I'll get 'em next time.

The Dominion fleet

The Dominion fleet

You shall not pass!

You shall not pass!

And for the last couple of days I've been playing another one of the Humble Indie Bundle games. This one is called Bastion, and it's an interesting little beast. It's a little similar to the button-bashing-boredom that was Diablo 2, though without the multiplayer option, and with greatly expanded combat mechanics and a strange, more interesting, storyline.
You play as "The Kid", a character that looks about 12 even though he's already supposed to have been a soldier for 10 years. In the wake of a calamity that destroyed your city, you are looking for special cores and shards to re-construct a place called The Bastion. It's a cool, simple little game, with awesome narration and fun combat against funny enemies. The only problems I have is that some of the weapons are awkward to use, so I stick to my trusty hammer and musket combo, and the fact that it's really, really easy to fall off the edge of the "world". Can get frustrating at times.

Weird miner enemy is about to get spanked

Weird miner enemy is about to get spanked

Meeting some poncy new dude

Meeting some poncy new dude

Smile you son of a bitch!

Smile you son of a bitch!

I think I'm about half way through it so far, so will knuckle down to get it done. I've still got the Witcher from GOG to get into, and have also recently purchased Torchlight, another Diablo 2-esque game. Hopefully it will better than Diablo 2 much like Bastion is. Or I will have wasted my monies.

26th August 2012: Multirant

Right, I can't remember ever really having a good old rant at any time since starting this website, but something I just found out has proven to be the straw that broke the camel's back as it were.
This information is that Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron requires Steam authentication in order to run.

This has pissed me off no end. I'm sick of seeing games I'd like to play only to discover it requires this shitty Steam software in order to run. I vowed a long time ago that I would never use Steam because I hate so many things about it, such as:

I've been caught out a couple of times in the last few years with games that need web-based authentication, as if I had known I would not have bought them. These were Mass Effect, Dead Space (I only bought those 2 because they were in a 3 for £10 deal), and Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition. These games do not use Steam or software of a similar type, but instead need authenticating over the internet the first time you play them. Then you are free to play them wherever or whenever you like. This is obviously a much better way of doing things than the Steam way, but is still not without one major flaw: What will happen if those authentication servers ever get switched off? Any new installations of those games will just not run unless some clever dick designs a hack to bypass the authentication requirement.
I don't suppose it will really matter to me about Mass Effect (played it for about an hour, thought it was very over-rated and tossed it into a corner somewhere never to be seen again hopefully) or Dead Space (the shittiest PC port of a console game ever? Must be pretty close) as it's unlikely I'll ever play them again. But playing the occasional game of Blood Bowl is always fun if I can't get an opponent for the actual board game.

I'm starting to realise that very soon, things like Steam will probably be required to play any new PC game. This is very painful as I've recently bought my first new PC for the better part of a decade, and I won't be able to put most new games I wanna play on it because of this shitty, shitty software.

Fall Of Cybertron was going to be my first new purchase on PC, but not now. I've been playing a bit of Transformers: War For Cybertron here and there on PS3 the last few weeks, but have always found it really awkward playing shooters on a console controller. Not to mention the shitty graphics of consoles compared to those on PC these days.
This leads me on to another question: Why, when consoles these days have USB ports, is mouse and keyboard not an option for playing games on them? This makes no sense. I could then easily play games like Transformers or Saints Row The Third on my PS3 and leave Steam to the idiots and fanboys that do not see how dangerous and evil it is.
One of the arguments I've read is that makers of console shooters don't want to give some players an unfair advantage, as those playing on keyboard and mouse would be much better on this type of game than those with controllers. But I say bollocks. A perfectly adequate USB keyboard and mouse will not cost you much more than £10 these days. Whereas controllers for consoles will knock you back around £30-40, which is rediculously expensive for such an inferior control method.

Sigh. Perhaps I'm ranting because deep down I realise at some point I will have no choice but to be a sheep and follow the masses into Steam's cold, dark embrace. I'm literally shivering at the thought.

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If that scrap iron man doesn't stop driving passed my house at all times of the day blaring his fucking horn I'm gonna go out and kick his teeth out through the back of his skull! (Seriously, just while typing this blog entry I've heard him 3 times! Wanker.)

7th August 2012: Actually, It Is Over Leon

Resi 2 all done, and my maps done as far as I'm gonna do them. There are a few things that I haven't fully discovered, but I'm not gonna play the game through a bunch of other times just to figure out one or two things that don't really matter.

NOTE: The maps definitely aren't final yet. You are welcome to send me corrections to the maps if I've made errors, and I will fix them. The things I do not know 100% are:

City Area, Both Characters, Both Scenarios

City Area, Both Characters, Both Scenarios

RPD 1st Floor, Both Characters, Scenario A

RPD 1st Floor, Both Characters, Scenario A

RPD 2nd Floor, Claire, Scenario A

RPD 2nd Floor, Claire, Scenario A

RPD 2nd Floor, Leon, Scenario A

RPD 2nd Floor, Leon, Scenario A

RPD 3rd Floor & 4th Floor, Both Characters, Both Scenarios

RPD 3rd Floor & 4th Floor, Both Characters, Both Scenarios

RPD Basement, Both Characters, Scenario A

RPD Basement, Both Characters, Scenario A

Sewage Disposal & Sewers B1, Both Characters, Scenario A

Sewage Disposal & Sewers B1, Both Characters, Scenario A

Sewers B2, Both Characters, Both Scenarios

Sewers B2, Both Characters, Both Scenarios

Vacant Factory, Both Characters, Both Scenarios

Vacant Factory, Both Characters, Both Scenarios

Laboratory B4, Both Characters, Scenario A

Laboratory B4, Both Characters, Scenario A

Laboratory B5, Both Characters, Scenario A

Laboratory B5, Both Characters, Scenario A

RPD 2nd Floor, Claire, Scenario B

RPD 2nd Floor, Claire, Scenario B

RPD 2nd Floor, Leon, Scenario B

RPD 2nd Floor, Leon, Scenario B

RPD 1st Floor, Both Characters, Scenario B

RPD 1st Floor, Both Characters, Scenario B

RPD Basement, Both Characters, Scenario B

RPD Basement, Both Characters, Scenario B

Sewage Disposal & Sewers B1, Both Characters, Scenario B

Sewage Disposal & Sewers B1, Both Characters, Scenario B

Laboratory B1, B2 & B3, Both Characters, Scenario B

Laboratory B1, B2 & B3, Both Characters, Scenario B

Laboratory B4, Both Characters, Scenario B

Laboratory B4, Both Characters, Scenario B

Laboratory B5, Both Characters, Scenario B

Laboratory B5, Both Characters, Scenario B

Platform, Both Characters, Both Scenarios

Platform, Both Characters, Both Scenarios

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