adventuresinbackloggery

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Persona 4 Golden - True Ending

Life is truth, and never a dream… All souls know this from birth… The truth is something that is chosen and grasped… Something discovered with one’s vision and will. Only by gaining that does the seeker become truth himself, a cord that connects past and future.

— Igor, Master of the Velvet Room

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Adventures in Backloggery! - Bulletstorm (pt.2)

Bulletstorm is completed and another game has been crossed off my backlog!

My final thoughts? It was a very fun game that managed to not over stay it’s welcome (although it cut it close). The ending was slightly disappointing as a sequel was setup but it is very doubtful if one will ever be seen.

However, for $10, I definitely got my money’s worth (about 7/8 hours ish) and if you’re looking for a fun shooter that takes itself lightly and has some surprisingly solid writing and voice acting, you can’t go wrong with Bulletstorm. 

Next up: Limbo

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Adventures in Backloggery! - Mass Effect 2

So I put Darksiders aside for a brief bit and have been playing other games here and there. Some Civilization 5, some GRID and ME2.

I have a huge post in my “Things I Love” section so I won’t go on about how much I love this game/series. (Hint: It’s a lot.)

But, I did want to share my wrapping up of a playthrough I started awhile ago. My “Failshep”. I’ve played through ME2 a few times and I have a Female Shepard that I love that I’m importing into ME3. However, I wanted a Male “Fail” Shepard to import as well.

Basically, I played through ME1 and killed everyone. I made as many mistakes, explosions and corpses as I could. I did the same in ME2, just because I wondered how everything will turn out ME3. The only characters I left alive are Legion and Tali (which should be good fun as they hate each other). It’ll be interesting to see ME3 with no Wrex, Kaiden or the majority of the ME2 crew. I also was a dick to everyone.

So my Shepard gets the job done, but at the end everyone hates him and more than likely he fixed it by blowing it up or shooting it. He’s a straightforward guy. I do regret not sexing Miranda for the final mission. (I had no relationship in ME1).

I guess Zaeed is still alive but I’m about to recruit him, do his loyalty mission and leave him to burn in the factory.

It’ll be fun.

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Adventures in Backloggery! - Renegade Ops

After Limbo, this is exactly what I needed.

Renegade Ops is a twin-stick shooter made by Avalanche Studios and published by SEGA. It’s over the top, quite retro and does not take itself seriously. It also very very fun. Thanks to a kind soul on the PA forums I got it for free but really, I would’ve payed full price for it.

First of, apologies for the lack of good screenshots, the game does have great graphics and explosions, as well a good destructible environment however, it’s hard to drive/shoot with my 360 controller and press F12 to take a screenshot.

From what I’ve played so far, I really quite enjoy it. It has up to 4 player co-op and I hear that’s a blast as well (though, I don’t know any friends who owns it, which is a very common problem I have actually).

It really is a blast and I’m looking forward to exploding more things. 

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Adventures in Backloggery! - Darksiders

So up next I’m playing through Darksiders, published by THQ and made by Vigil Games. It is basically a Apocalyptic Zelda. 

I’m a few hours in and it’s quite fun, very grimdark storyline which takes itself quite seriously and is probably unintentionally funny. You play as War, one of the four horseman who’s on Earth to stop the Destroyer, someone who unleashed the apocalypse to early or something. I’m a little bit hazy on the plot to be honest.

What it does well however is brutal combat, a good difficulty curve, Mark Hamill playing a demon Navi and Hermes Conrad (Phil LaMarr) as Vulgrim, the demon shopkeeper which lets you buy items and upgrades in exchange for souls.

I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would. It’s fun but not perfect. It might be a long game too so this game’s updates my be in three parts rather than the usual two.

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Adventures in Backloggery! - Limbo (pt. 2)

Limbo has now been crossed off my list after about a 6 hour playthrough. It was a fun little game that was, at times, quite frustrating. It switched between a faster platformer and a slower puzzle game at will which was sometimes quite vexing. 

However, for the amount I paid for it, it was great to look at it and I did manage to get through it without stabbing anyone. Puzzle/platformers apparently fill me with anger. There is a satisfaction when you get through a hard part though. 

Next up, I have Renegade Ops

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Nope! I haven’t posted about it yet.

I’m about 6 hours into it and I’m really enjoying it so far. Gameplay wise it’s simple but satisfying, and I’m liking the RTS elements. There are some frustrating bits and the driving could be a bit tighter but, I am loving it’s charm.

I am a huge fan of Double Fine games (Psychonauts, Iron Brigade, Costume Quest etc) and this follows their forumla for humor and heart well.

The story and writing is well done, and the cast (especially Jack Black, Ozzy Osbourne and Jennifer Hale) have been amazing. It’s really funny and it’s world/aesthetic has been super unique and charming as well. I like the heavy metal themes a lot. Driving around in the rad looking car just enjoying the Metal landscape which looks like it’s taken from a Metallica album cover while listening to “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue is just fun.

The PC port needs some polish still, performance optimizations and glitch stomping but nothing gamebreaking has happened so far. I am really liking it.