Back from the extended weekend - several games to touch on

First off - I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was spent in large part with my dad who is up visiting from Florida, but I still managed to get a lot of gaming in this week and some this weekend (with my son nabbing even more than I did I think).  Probably my happiest gaming announcement?  I beam Final Fantasy XIII-2 finally - and beat it thoroughly.  This is my first PlayStation 3 Platinum Trophy and I'm fairly close to level 11 on my PlayStation Network ID as well.  I enjoyed the game quite a bit - review coming soon.

Aside from that though, I got Diablo III over the weekend and got it installed, but did not get a chance to play it yet.  My son did.  He logged quite a few hours Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and got to level 31 or 32 and beat the game last night.  A few of my co-workers have beaten it as well.  The general consensus from my son and them is that the game is amazingly fun, but not terribly long and can be beaten on default difficulty in about 15 hours or so.

After beating Final Fantasy, I went for some lighter fair in the form of a platforming PSN title called Outland.  So far I have to say the game is pretty cool.  Platforming is actually one of my least favorite genres, but I have heard a lot of good things about this one and picked it up real cheap a couple of months ago.  Right now I'm about a quarter of the way through it.  There are some RPG aspects in upgrading your character via purchases and puzzle-like elements in dealing with the light and dark worlds and also the boss fights, but a lot of the game is timing your jumps and slides to avoid obstacles and enemies as well.

I am about 95% of the way 'done' with Record of Agarest War Zero.  And really, that depends on how you define 'done' I suppose.  The game has a storyline, it also has a 'true end' you can access if you manage the main storyline properly.  Once you get to the True End, there is more content you can unlock, with a somewhat odd, fourth-wall-breaking tonal change.  After beating that, I disocvered you can access the 'True End' content from the original Record of Agarest War as well.  So really, I'm on like my 2nd or 3rd round of 'end content' and most of the way through it.  I'll note when I'm actually done, and then we'll get that review up too.

My poor 3DS with Kid Icarus: Uprising has gotten a bit neglected in all of this it seems. I poked at it briefly this weekend, but that was the extent of it.  I did log an hour or two with Mass Effect 3's multiplayer this weekend, making sure I promoted my 3 characters to qualify for this weekend's bonus operation.  I am pretty excited to see the additional free DLC coming out for it (today I believe?) with more class characters and two more maps. 

Last but not least, I had won a copy of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 for the PS3 awhile back from a local video store in a contest.  I had reviewed the original MvC3 very favorably in the past if you want to see it, and was a fan of Marvel vs Capcom 2 as well.  So far I've been quite fond of this Ultimate update, and hope to get a review of that out sooner than later as well.

Tonight I will not be seeing much gaming - at least not the video kind as my co-workers and I will be getting together with them to play Magic: The Gathering tonight.  Posts may still be a bit sporadic between this site and Otaku Gaming this week and next as my dad continues to visit and I try to wrestle through some other things at work in the meantime, but I will try to pepper in at least a couple of posts or so a week until then.

So, what have you been up to in the world of gaming?  Get any new games like D3?  Beat anything that you've been plugging at for a time like FF XIII-2?  Just catching up on some backlog like Outland or MvC 3?  let me know - and here's hoping you all had a great weekend!

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