Monday, February 7, 2011

Quick Note - Getting in the Swing of Things

So, I'm getting back into everything now that I've got everything more or less back to normal.  Everything that isn't basic sentence structure, apparently.  The main problem with getting my schedule all messed up, it seems, is that even though I still get ideas on what to write about, I lost that outlet and, as such, everything I was considering.  Aside from the "What Went Wrong" article I posted, and another of the series that I still have to watch a movie for to be able to write it, my mind is kind of a clean slate.  As in, I can't write anything if there's nothing going on.

This is a problem, of course!  I figured tonight, I can air out a few things at least to help get me back to where I was before, mindset wise, and then it'll get easy again.  So what's on the agenda?  Well, a few things.

Thanks to the generosity of a bro, I've been playing some Dynasty Warriors:  Strikeforce, and even though it hasn't clicked with me just yet, I am enjoying it.  I think the key will leave me saying, "How I learned to stop worrying and start loving the triangle button", since it seems to be the combo chainer button.  Your normal attacks go, but don't carry the Renbu system as it was in Dynasty Warriors 6, which I actually consider a detriment, but Triangle carries more use, not only in charge attacks (though they're unchanged from DW6) but in dash attacks that really serve as a good bridge between slamming down on square.  I still have to experiment, as it's not DW6 and it's not DW: Gundam, but I imagine I can learn to love it.

It's not quite what I expected; I didn't really think they would try to tell the same story of the RotK period, except everyone just came off the set of Dragon Ball Z, but that seems to be the game plan.  I finished off the Yellow Turban Rebellion earlier, and went right into the Anti-Dong Zhou Coalition.  (For the uninformed, don't worry, I intend on doing a series covering the Romance of the Three Kingdoms; it just takes a while to put together, I'm sure you can imagine.)  So it seems like standard procedure, but the inclusion of all the wacky other stuff will assuredly breathe a little more life into the whole story.

As I touched on a few times, I've finally conquered one of my gaming White Whales:  Star Ocean 2.  In a sense, I mean.  I only beat the game, but I've also only scratched the surface.  All the items uncrafted, all the bonus bosses unchallenged, all the Private Actions undone, and a whole other story mode remain for me to attempt at any time.  So I guess it's not unreasonable to state that there's still things I can do with the game, but I have seen the ending, er, one ending, and I've beat the easy form of the final boss, so it counts.  It honestly wasn't that difficult, either; the hardest part was getting through the double boss before the penultimate boss.  And while the last boss gave me some difficulty, it was nothing that a quick leveling session couldn't solve.

There's not a lot I can say about the NGP, when it comes down to it, really.  I want it.  I want it badly.  But it's quite far off, and there's so much we don't know about it.  But suffice to say, I will have it, regardless of anything, because it already promises things that I know it can deliver on, things that I want, and it will be glorious.


  1. I feel the same way about the NGP. Same way I did about the PS3, before I bought it : the games I love, the games I most want to play, are usually made by Sony-owned developers.

    The system I want is whatever Sony's next system is, because that's where those games will be.

    Having said this, I know I come across as an ultra Sony fanchild. I don't care.

  2. You and me are in the same boat. I passed on getting a 360 for the longest time because I knew a PS3 was what I wanted because of the games that would be on it.

    Looking back, I'm not sure I could tell you anything I wanted beyond God of War 3, which is a little funny, I suppose. But having played all the great exclusives I have, and seeing all the ones upcoming, I know that Sony's got me by the gaming fun-bits and I'm not sure I mind.