Monday again. The weekend is over, and as per usual, it was far too short.
Despite that, I managed to wrangle some pretty diverse gaming out of my limited time.
I’m not proud, but it’s time to admit – I am lost in Final Fantasy 1. I’ve attempted to work through it, and it feels pretty awesome to know my party has sustained itself since Tuesday without venturing into a town to heal, but I honestly need more satisfaction from my portable gaming time.
Enter Mega Man 3. The upcoming Mega Man 9 with it’s retro graphics and gameplay has captured my attention – and when the time comes, will capture my dollar too.
Honestly, if you’d asked me 6 months ago if a game that could run on NES would have me eagerly awaiting confirmation of it’s release date (and price), I’d call you crazy, and go back to COD4.
So what’s changed? I think a lot has to do with Bionic Commando Rearmed, the perfect game to bridge the gap. The classic gameplay with updated graphics and remixed sound is the exact stepping stone required for Capcom to profit from this bold move.
The odd thing is, I’ve never played a Mega Man title (I jumped from the 2600 to the Master System II), and only witnessed one being played once – I was about 11 years old, and probably displaying my first signs of fanboyism. If I remember correctly my verdict was that the game was too forgiving, the player received health from almost every downed foe.
So to give myself a little heads up before 9 dropped, I loaded up my PSP with nesterJ, and knowing only that the series got off on the wrong foot, Mega Man 3 seemed as good a place to start as any.
This game is hard. I don’t know what texta I was sniffing all those years ago, the dude I was watching made it look so easy – and in return I stomped my feet near his NES.
I can say my PSP gaming was more successful than my PC attempt.
I’ve never had any interest in MMO games, but recently stumbled onto this review of a free one called Planeshift, and it got my attention. Unfortunately I was unable to run it, so on the reviewer’s suggestion, gave Eternal Lands a try.
I can now say that I do not like MMO games, or at the very least, I don’t like Eternal Lands. I believe it comes with the territory, but the lag between your commands and your avatar’s action really break the immersion. After creating my character (a dwarf named Malhumorado) I floated around for a while chasing rabbits and harvesting sticks. But the real buzz kill came when I wanted to leave. Failing to find an exit or log out button, I made the assumption that the game used a persistent server that must store my character and details remote to me – so I closed the program.
Well I guess my assumption was wrong, as my attempts to log back in yesterday informed me my username didn’t exist.
Consider this the end of that story.
Oh, and I did fit some Warhawk time in. I’m about 800 points from my next promotion, I’m hoping I can achieve that before next weekend.