Funtime Friday: Contemplation
Given that November is usually the silly season of gaming each year, I made the possibly-wise-but-also-potentially-stupid move of requesting a week or so off work to help me get through the backlog that inevitably builds up when you work full-time and are not bludging/studying an arts degree/recovering from a Schoolies hangover.
With a week off work, what did I actually accomplish?
As you may or may not have guessed by the title, not a whole lot. But I did get through some games which you should also endeavour to play, if you haven’t already.
I bought Deus Ex: Human Revolution for my brother upon release, but actually never got around to playing it myself until now. After several recommendations from various trustworthy folk, including fellow staffers of the Pixel Hunt Ivory Tower, colleagues and most importantly, my brother himself, I decided to plow through Deus Ex first.
It’s a shame the boss fights and the ending isn’t anywhere on the level as the rest of the game. I could go on and say that crappy boss fights are fairly standard for a lot of games these days.
Unfortunately, there’s a massive difference between an ordinary boss fight, and being able to win the final battle of the game by being able to skip all the intricate steps of hacking, cloaking and dodging turrets by pointing a laser rifle at Zhao and holding down the mouse button for two seconds.
I’m not joking.
But like I said, at least the rest of the game was good, right?
Thanks to the lovely fellows at Dungeon Crawl, my copy of Uncharted 3 arrived yesterday at a fraction of the price of other retailers who shall remain unnamed.
Mind you, once I’d paid for postage, the cost ended up being not that much cheaper than JB Hi-Fi, although it was cheaper. The fact that the closest JB to me requires a train trip to Hurstville always makes me feel like a trip of such magnitude (10 minutes away by train) requires doing something more than just visiting JB, so I often chicken out and stay inside instead.
A decision made much easier, I can assure you, by the fact that my nearest retailer was selling Uncharted at some exorbitant price approaching three digits.
Purchasing shenanigans aside, I’m thoroughly entertained by the spiritual successor to the Indiana Jones series. Let’s face it – Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was woeful in so many areas that it doesn’t warrant the Indiana Jones brand.
Consequently, the thought of an Uncharted movie could be very interesting. There’s just one problem: I don’t think the puzzles are going to be wildly entertaining in the cinema unless the audience can participate.
Perhaps a new path for 3D? Who knows.
Either way, I’m going to sunbake in the desert for a few days. What about yourselves?