Friday, September 30, 2005

Toamna gaming

Iata ca a venit si toamna. Toamna pentru mine inseamna in general doua lucruri: gaming si game-making. Cum inca nu m-am decis ce joc ma apuc sa fac toamna asta (bineinteles va fi SUPER ULTRA MEGA COOL... assuming I finish 10% of it, make that 5%), am mers pe optiunea gaming pentru moment (hey, mai am doua luni sa ma apuc de joc, so don't panic).
Pentru inceput, optiunile erau basically: A) a rerun of the Final Fantasy or Thief games; and 2) find some new, exciting and most important GOOD games to play. Option 2) was chosen basically because I knew that if I try to run any FF I'll probably get bored with it at 1/2 of Disk 1 (with the possible exception of FF VIII which is at Skander's and apparently enjoying it), and I believe I've just played Thief:DS again at the beginning of the summer.
(Note to self: whatever comes after a "basically" must be long and preferably hard to understand; the above is a good example).

So there I was stuck with option 2). So I valiantly proceeded to do some game huntin'. I'm huntin' games... be vewwy vewwy quiet !
Primul lucru pe care il observa un old-time gamer in ziua de azi este ca jocuri bune nu s-au mai facut de 10 ani :D. Dar daca nu te dai batut descoperi totusi cateva remarcabile realizari. O sa incerc sa le pun in ordine cronologica (sau crono-ilogica, whatever the case).

MAFIA: although I believe I've played this game before fall technically began, it deserves a mention just for being so good. I'm currently waiting for a long enough period of time to pass before I play it again... I don't want to abuse the goodness ;)

GTA San Andreas: I've actually started playing this because of how much I liked Mafia (for the record, Mafia is still about 183% better). It was actually rather enjoyable (good humor 'n all). And then came pilot school... shortly, my options became:

1) try to do pilot school myself until I get to the point where I smash my keyboard into the monitor, afterwards proceeding to slaughter my family and whatever other "innocents" happen to be around;
2) uninstall the game to avoid point 1);
3) have Danutz do pilot school for me.

The game is still on my hard disk awaiting solution 3).

Far Cry (rerun): When I first played Far Cry, I swore to play it again when my video card would be up to it. About one year later and a video card upgrade, ready I was. With no "helicopter of doom" (*) bug, it was much more enjoyable and just as nice as I remembered it (likely the best gameplay ever). It also seemed a bit easier this time due to a better FPS, but not much (and the "look, I can kill you in two hits !" monkeys were as annoying as ever with their long jumps). And for the record, so far it's the only game I've seen that does the G36 justice.
(*) The "helicopter of doom" bug that happened on my old video card basically meant that whenever you'd be looking in the direction of a helicopter, little imps in your video processor would instantly drop the fps to about 0.04. Yes, this even happened when there was hard cover between you and the helicopter, creating interesting ground-looking moments when you could only hear the chopper, but you'd have no idea in which direction lied the abomination. Sometimes it happened with boats too *shudder*.

Counterstrike: amazingly enough, at some point I started playing Counterstrike again. At this moment I do not, but the link still lurks on my desktop, waiting to deprive me of sleep forever. MUHAHAHAHAHA !!! >:)

Firearms: I bet you have no idea what this is. It's actually a HL mod which I liked a lot back in the CS playing days but which, like so many other shooters except the ubiquitous CS, was never played around here. But nostalgia kicks back, and with the help of some bots, I've actually had some two days of fun with this until deciding that it's not that great anyway (and I suppose that is because the G36 sucks bigtime in Firearms). Seriously... I should be allowed to design all the shooters ever... they'd be so much better :D
(Note to self: what does "ubiquitous" mean anyway, and did I spell it right ? Oh well...)

Small Games: Including Air Strike 2 Gulf Thunder and other Reflexive games and the amazingly cool Lemmingball Z which no computer should go without...

Fable - The Lost Chapters: this is the game that proves that good RPGs can still be made. It is also the game that annoyed me to tears (no, really, the part where I had to bit into a pillow to stop swearing so I wouldn't wake up my neigbours at 3AM is a good clue... amazingly I lost no teeth). Basically, the major drawback of this game was that for every thing I liked, there were at least two other that would make my life a living hell (hello to the #$%^&@ "combat multiplier" door). But it has its good (great) parts too, especially the fact that you can be magnificently EVIL... which I was. MUHAHAHAHAHAHA !!! All in all, I'm even willing to play it again someday, although what will happen to my computer, myself, the city and the world remains largely unknown.

Battlefield 2: this game is just too good. Too bad noone else plays it (see the "CS theorem" above). Well, almost noone; I actually found a server (yes, I was shocked too). There was even a player on it ! (although he eventually left). So I spent an entire evening and the following morning trying to install the patch that would make my game work on that server. To make a loooong story short, I failed. Apparently there is a problem with the patch; it has happened to other people as well . Sigh. Well, it was too much trouble only to play on an empty server anyway. Still, it's amazing how much fun one can have with a handful of bots and some small maps.

Cold Fear: I just finished this game today. It's nothing to write home about, but maybe I could blog a bit about it. I had long wanted to play this game simply because of the setting: a stormy night on a ship out on the Bering Sea (well, the second half of the game actually takes place on an oilrig which is less cool, but the ship is just great). Cold Fear is a horror-survival game, but while it has its moments, it's really not all that scary, especially after you start to get an idea about what's going on (it's "monster/SF" horror, and it really doesn't excite me all that much: "so, you've got tentacles, big deal. *shoots*. Yawn..." Now, "paranormal/ghost" horror, on the other hand, now that's a thought...). Anyway, if the zombies don't do it for you, you can always just climb up to the crow's nest and look at the huge, black waves. That was always scary enough for me. I might have enjoyed this game more if it was first person (which I was hoping for), but they decided to use yet again that crappy "check out my haircut" follow-up camera. Although it makes for some nice effects (rain and blood splashing on the "inside" of the screen), it still has many of the problems associated with this kind of camera, and that in a game that really has no excuse for not at least including a first person option as well. Damn.

(Note to self: are there proper names for the two horror genres mentioned above ?)
(Note to self: why do my "notes to self" take the form of questions ? Am I supposed to answer them myself ?)
(Note to self: too many notes for one blog)

I-Ninja: actually, I had just failed to install this game before starting to blog (yes, failed. Yes, my Windows sucks. What, yours too ? What a concidence...). It looks like fun. I'll keep you posted. Maybe.

Until next time, have fun with your evil ways.


Blogger Gabriel Sandu said...

Weeeell, someone has been a REALLY busy man lately...

I totally agree to your GTA:SA theorem. I have actually even managed to prove it. And I also think that there must be a hidden reason for Danut beeing able to do pilot school while we cannot. We have to dwell on this later. Justice must be done! Anyway, after that part, I lost my appetite for GTA:SA. It just slowly blurred out of my mind (and daily schedule).

I see that there is someone else who had problems with FarCry >:) Although at that moment I was the proud owner (at least that's what I was thinking when I bought it) of a 5700 Ultra, FarCry had a really nifty "water-experience" buglike-feature. In other words... there was NO FKIN WATER!!! The islands, people and so on were just floating in the sky... Maybe patching it would have worked, but after seeing that crap, I've thrown the kit away.

Have you tried Dungeon Lords yet? My roommate is very thrilled by it. It also states that it is "the first DnD realtime game". Maybe it's good shit. Then again, I am sure you would hate it for some obscure reason... I didn't have the opportunity to install it. Yet... >:)

Oh yeah... I just remembered I should have told Ciprian to bring the english book with him at B. That's because I feel like my grammar might be getting a little rusty. And I'm sure it did...

6:43 PM  
Blogger Danut Enachioiu said...

La poporu-ti mare, mare viitor.
(a.k.a. la postu-ti mare, mare comment trage)

First of all I can't wait sa aud despre noul tau joc. You know, one day poate designezi un joc asa de fain ca o sa-l putem juca multiplayer. Inainte sa-l programezi or anything. You know what I mean.

Yes, Mafia rulez, but you were kinda late to discover it. Altii (hint: eu :P) au stat la cursa de masini zile intregi frustrati acum cativa ani buni. Well, I eventually did it, fair and square. Unlike some other people (you.. or gabi? well unul din voi mi-a spus ca he CHEATED his way through it. ShuddeR).

Teorema GTA este valabila of course. I shall oblige. La gabi mi-a luat cam 1 ora sa-i fac pilot school. Acum imi va lua mai putin pentru ca I got experience la gabi, si am invatat ceva (dupa o juma de ora de incercari nereusite de a decola): daca tragi trenul de aterizare stat-urile avionului cresc miraculos cu 200%. Well, la fizica mea I can't argue with that.

Far Cry : Yup, should play that eventually. Zici ca e mishto? :P

SmallGames: (Reflexive) Not even a small thank you note for the One who found and downloadeded'em.

Fable: Indeed brilliant game. Well, unii dintre noi nu au tinut mortzish sa deschida combat multiplier door. Just for kicks, ce era in spate. Ah, and before I forget. Not even a small thank you note for the One who found Fable (and recommended it to Ahriman who, in turn, recommended it to you.).

(Ungrateful bastard.)

Battlefield 2: Vreau si eu.

Horror Genres: Err... yes, I totally agree. The "paranormal/ghost" genre rulez, the "monster/tentacles" genre sucks. Didn't they figure that out already.

And yes, we are having fun in our evil ways. My evil way is that of having a Tsabo Assasin and a Prodigal on the table and Repulse, Rushing River and Agonizing Demise in hand. And slowly, but surely damage Memo (1 dmg per turn) to death. But more about that in my upcoming MTG post. Or smth.

Gabi ... your mind is like a steel trap. Rusty and illegal in 27 states.

And chiller is not evil enough. I'll prove my point some other day. Enough Commenting for now.

11:21 AM  

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