Well these past few weeks have been somewhat uneventful. School’s been out for a few weeks now so I’ve been trying to catch up on my games. Last week I finished Metal Gear Solid 3, which I started and put down a cutscene away from finishing the Virtuous Mission. Anyways, I picked it up again and beat it on the Memorial Day weekend. Tranquilized all the bosses and got all the camo except The End’s Moss camo. I have a hard enough time holding up regular enemies, I wasn’t about to try it with the boss. I also took a very no-nonsense approach to defeating The Boss. Instead of donning my camoflauge and getting my shots of opportunity, I just ran up to her and fought her toe to toe with my fists. That strategy probably just emerged out a desire to just finish the damn game and wanting to get the fight over quickly. I guess it worked somewhat as I was able to beat her without ever being updated on the time limit.
This past weekend I finally finished Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles. I had actually gotten all the way up to the final Dracula a few weeks ago, right before picking up Metal Gear. I basically just had my PSP in sleep mode since then. I had the first two Dracula forms down to a science and could beat them without being touched. The third form always gave me a bit of trouble because you have a lot less time to guess what attack Dracula is going to use before having to dodge. It finally snapped into place when I realized I could attack Dracula a few times as he’s reconstructing himself from the bats in the last stage of the fight.
Right now my main focus is on finally completing Baten Kaitos for the Gamecube. I started that game years ago and then put it down for a long time, then I picked it up and made a ton of progress, then the wave of winter game releases hit and I put it down again. I’m currently in the final dungeon which looks to be a series of boss fights. I’m planning to finish that game up next weekend at the latest then I’ll be free to put off Baten Kaitos Origins -_-
I’m also planning to finish Tales of Symphonia by the end of the month, MGS4 permitting. Same deal pretty much. Blew through a lot of it and then put it down towards the end of the game. My friend tells me I only have a few hours left which is a good sign. I might consider going back and finishing the original Summoner on the PS2. I didn’t quite get to the end of that one. I feel like I’m maybe 3/4 of the way through. I did finish the sequel, Summoner: A Goddess Reborn a while back.
This past weekend I stopped by Gamestop and picked up Battalion Wars 2 for the Wii and Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess for the 360. I’m not a subscriber of the latter, but I have been trying to convince a friend of mine to pick it up so he, another friend, and I could form a party and play it if only for a month or so.
I also took advantage of Target selling 1600 Microsoft Point cards for $15 and picked up three of them. I quite possibly just bought the last Microsoft Point I will ever use. Right now I’m looking at getting the Penny Arcade game and all the Oblivion content (Horse Armor? I don’t know if I’m gonna go that far), I got the retail disc for Shivering Isles which covers the expansion as well as Knights of the Nine so the most expensive stuff is covered. Aside from that, there isn’t too much I have my eye on. Not being a big online gamer, Map Packs are hardly worth the price. I might get the Mass Effect add-on if I ever decide to replay the game; I encounterd a game-ending bug and have never, nor can I ever, finish it from that first file. Unfortunately for me, it looks like Gamestop is having a sell and I’m tempted to pick up Condemned 2 for $30. I might stop in and see if they have anything else good.
I’m still ashamed of my PS3 game collection as I only have two games for the system: Warhawk (retail version), and Lair (Fry’s had it for $30). The demos I’ve played for the system’s top titles (Motorstorm, Uncharted, and Resistance) left me unimpressed at best and completely indifferent (Motorstorm) at worst. I had fun with Heavenly Sword and would love to pick it up, but from what I’ve heard about the length, am not willing to pay more than $30 for it. Aside from that, I buy all the multiplatform games on my 360 which leaves my PS3 playing host to my uncompleted PS2 games at the moment.
I’m looking over IGN’s Editor’s choice list for the PS3, using it as a suggestion’s list for researching games, and there’s damn near nothing I’m interested in. Most of the games are ones I already have on another syste (Rock Band, Devil May Cry 4, GTA IV, Unreal Tournament, Castlevania: SotN), games I wasn’t impressed with (Uncharted, Motorstorm, Resistance), or games I have no interest in (Gran Turismo, Grid, Virtua Fighter, Singstar). Basically the only game I see myself getting for the system in the near future is Metal Gear.
Speaking of which, the Metal Gear Solid 4 world tour will be stopping by Los Angeles, a drive which I could be bothered to endure if I choose (I drove up for the Star Wars Celebration IV Convention), but I think I’ll save myself the 130 mile drive this time around. If the reports from the London stop are any indication, apparently you’re only allowed to get the MGS4 sleeve they hand out signed and pictures aren’t allowed. On top of that, its a midnight event, and I hate LA enough during the day. Oh well. Both Konami Digital Art (which I’m hoping has something to do with the Konami of video game fame) and Sony Computer Entertainment will be at Comic-Con International, which is like ten minutes away from me. I’m hoping some executive has the brilliance to bring some autographers to the convention where I can get my Twin Snakes and Subsistance Limited Edition signed.