Happy Monday!

Yeah, that title's about as excited as I can get for a Monday morning.  That said, I had a pretty solid weekend.  Got lots of gaming in over it and got to catch Prometheus to boot (I dug it).  What games have you guys been playing of late?  My list grew a bit over the weekend.  Here's what I've been taking a stab at:

- Diablo III
- RPG Maker VX Ace
- Poked at Skyrim a bit
- J.U.L.I.A


- J.U.L.I.A. Untold

- Kid Icarus: Uprising
- A little Zelda: Ocarina in Time

- Just started L.A. Noire
- Naruto Ninja Storm 2
- Record of Agarest War Zero
- Outland
- NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
- Tekken: Hybrid
- Elemental Monsters

Xbox 360:
- Mass Effect 3 (multiplayer)
- Modern Warfare 3 (multiplayer)
- Rage (Just about done with this guy, but struggling a bit.  Not w/ difficulty, just with interest)
- Alien Homnid
- Halo Anniversary 


- Lunar - decided to try and beat this one again sooner than later

I also poked at a few PlayStation Minis, and figured I'd just toss in some quick thoughts on them here, similar to what I did when I touched on some awhile back.

Doodle Fit - This one is actually pretty cool.  I had never heard of it before, but apparently this game is on several platforms.  Basically, what you have is a puzzle game where you try to fit tetris-like shapes into a pre-drawn region.  The first few come together pretty easily, but the later ones can definitely bend your brain a bit.    There's no timer, so you're allowed to spend as much time on each puzzle as needed.  Since beating it unlocks more content, there is a perpetual reward system already in place.  It has a very charming sort of art style to it that reminds me of Crayon Physics - sort of a hand-drawn affair.  Recommended

Rumble Trucks - I really had no idea what to expect here.  A top down racer perhaps?  Turns out, it reminds me a bit more Joe Danger in that it is a timed racer game, but side-scrolling.  Unfortunately it isn't quite as good.  The learning curve here can be a bit brutal - really, some sort of tutorial or in-game instructions would have saved me twenty minutes or so of frustration.  Once you get these small details worked out, the game is actually pretty cool in short bursts.  The different tracks you can unlock are different enough that they at least add visual variety, even though the core play mechanics don't change a whole lot.  It's okay, but not one I could recommend unless you just really like this sort of racing/platform hybrid genre.

Hungry Giraffe - Odd game, but I found it more interesting than a lot of the minis I've played so far.  So, the premise - you control a giraffe with a ridiculously long and bendy neck.  It wants to eat.  There is food hanging in the air and you propel upward with your head to eat the fruit.  If you keep eating, your head continues its upward momentum, but miss too many or hit too many obstacles, and you slow or even stop your ascent and plummet back downward.  Ever play Pengu or Orbit - these sort of side-scrolling games where you try to get as much distance as possible while hitting the right things to make you continue and avoiding the bad things that make you stop?  This is like that, but vertical.  For whatever reason, those types of games appeal to me on a 'I have 10 minutes to kill- basis and this one works pretty well on that front as well.

Frogger Returns - I'm cheating here.  This one's not a mini, it's technically a PSN release, but the game is so cheaply designed that it is actually probably the worst one of this group.  I'm all for retro remakes, but this one looks and plays pretty rough, with no online play - just a few modes for local co-op which works if only because the view is better.  In single player, you wind up with an angle somewhat behind the frog, which actually makes it much harder to plot your course.  If all you care about in a PSN game is trophies, there's a few here (like 4 or 5 I think?) that are pretty easy to get, but I can't recommend this to anyone else.



  1. Wow, don't know how you find the time to play everything and do updates. Kudos to you sir for making it work! 

  2.  ROFL - don't hold back, how do you feel about Mondays, Tom? :P

    I had a good relaxing weekend, so I don't actually hate today like I might most other Mondays, hah

  3.  I think it's mostly that I consider sleep optional once you've gotten an hour or two in.  Actually, that's not as true as it used to be for me.  I used to be able to get by on almost none, but now I need at least 4 solid hours. :)

  4.  lol That explains it! I envy you, I need at least 7 or I'm not fit to look at.

  5. Your mountain of games is burying all of ours combined.  :)  Not playing a whole lot as usual, but there are some.  Was mainly busy looking at houses last week, putting in an offer and then trying, unsuccessfully, to fix my car.  

    The list:
    - Super Mario 3D Land
    - Watching most of the E3 videos on the eShop
    - LEGO Batman 2 demo
    - Pushmo (finally got back to it and made it through some puzzles that had me stumped)

  6.  What do you mean "Not playing a whole lot as usual"?  I mean, with that attitude, you might as well start your own blog.  Something about... never finishing games.  Games that are incomplete... ya'know. 

    Wat did you think of Lego Batman 2 demo?  My son snagged that for his 3DS and says it's pretty cool.

  7. When I read, "My list grew a bit over the weekend.  Here's what I've been taking a stab at:"
    I see in my head, every single PS3, Xbox 360, and PC game being listed.

    I "played" some Jett Rocket with our oldest, an interesting experiment for a few minutes. Other than that, nothing video game wise over the weekend.

  8.  Haha - it really depends on what I'm playing at the time.  Some fighters, some shooters, I can mix and match those up and play several titles at a time, but then I went through this stint where I was playing these big RPG games like Amular, Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, Agarest War, Final Fantasy XIII-2 - and those were like my only titles for like 3 1/2 months.

    I liked the "an interesting experiment" remark.  I remember a few games like that with my son when he was younger, hah.

  9. You and Coffee:  such comedians... ;)

    I thought the demo was good, but not sure if I'd buy the full game.  I've never played any of the LEGO series and I like batman, but am not a super fan or anything.  

    The puzzles seemed very simplistic and I got bored collecting those little lego nuggets or whatever they are.  Being able to switch characters was nice and I like the different kinds of abilities each had.

  10.  Nice synopsis - I generally like the Lego games and they're pretty popular in my house, but the first LEGO Batman game was probably the least-played out of them all, so I'm not real sure about investing in the sequel. 

  11. "
    I liked the "an interesting experiment" remark."
    Yea, I wanted to see how much we could accomplish. So, I held the nunchuk for movement, and he had the Wii Remote for jumping/dashing. Surprisingly he picked that up really quick, and soon wanted the nunchuk also...he ended up swimming around more than anything, but seemed to enjoy it while he did.

  12.  That is pretty awesome - you need to put a video of that up sometime. :)  Probably easier for a little one to pick up than say, using the actual face buttons (or heaven forbid shoulder ones) on a standard controller toda


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