Finally finished Jamestown (after getting it in the HIB eons ago). Short game, but just the right length, I think. I spent 4 hours total on it according to steam, but at least 2.5 of those hours must have been spent just trying to beat the final level. Good game, though.
Also playing "Avernum 4." I like it over all, but it's probably the weakest of all the spiderweb games I've ever played (especially when it comes to plotting, which is really taking its sweat time to do anything interesting).
One of my housemates just bought an Xbox 360, so the first thing I did was rush to the store and buy Red Dead Redemption, pretty much the only console exclusive I've been sad about missing. I managed to put in a few hours yesterday and it is indeed excellent.
On the PC, I am unexpectedly enjoying Assassin's Creed: Revelations. I picked it up in the recent Steam sale, kept away for a while by AC fatigue, but I think I chose the right moment to jump back on because I'm having a blast. So far there have been no, uh, assassinations, but the game as a whole does seem to emphasize stealth slightly more than the previous versions, which I like. Constantinople is an awesome and beautiful city, the music is excellent, and the hookblade is a fun addition to the free-running. Rock on AC3!
I also purchased Defender's Quest from the Because We May sale. I've only played a handful of maps, but I've liked it so far. Well worth the $3 if anyone's curious. Plus, there's a demo!
I loved Red Dead, but I also experienced the signature "Rockstar-slump" that I have in every game since Vice City. Their mission structure and game length needs work, I think. It's easy to eventually lose interest and it can feel tedious. I usually come back about a year later to finish.
A lot of it is telling yourself you don't need to do every single sidequest/activity in those games. Do what you want then get out. In GTA4 I quickly stopped giving a crap with regards to all friend/dating missions and just played the main quest, shooting the occasional pidgeon. No idea if this is possible in Red Dead but I'd be surprised if you couldn't just play the main game.
Unlike the GTA3 series or GTA4, Red Dead's world feels a lot more alive so you feel more compelled to explore it. You can just get on a horse, find an area with nice scenery and let the soundtrack play. Just trotting around on your horse gives the world a vibrancy the GTA games lack.
khaz: I agree. I've never been a fan of the GTA games, but the Western setting is incredibly well-realized here. Just riding your horse around and watching the sunset is a pretty amazing experience. The soundtrack is fantastic, as well.
Unless he's a giant eunuch. Then you're fucked.
Besides being a move that requires a fair amount of fortune to actually work, the sort of attack depicted in the gif is a huge liability in actual real world scenarios - like any scenario where you're fighting more than one person - congratulations, you have just positioned yourself on the floor with some dude on top of one of your legs. Prepare for a kicking. Regardless of the fact that there are things a smaller person can do to help even the odds, the larger person has the advantage of being larger, which never stops being an advantage.
That's not to say there aren't martial arts that are good for self defence in addition to sport, such as muay thai, but yeah. I'm sort of getting the feeling this may be slightly off topic though...
I'm playing Day Z and trying to play Diablo 3, but since I've started a little late, finding someone to play it with who isn't already far ahead has been a lot more difficult than I anticipated.
Last edited by Sidian; 25-05-2012 at 08:32 PM.