Yesterday for whatever reason was extremely rough. I felt like I spent the entire day sleep walking, so when I finally got off work I came home and took a nap. Naps are such glorious things at times, I wish I had known that back as a child when I tried to actively evade them. When I got up I cooked dinner and while still extremely groggy settled in for a bit.
One of the things I have been attempting to accomplish over my lunch time gaming break is to finish all of the Ashora and Steppes daily quests in Rift. Usually I manage to chew through Ashora, but rarely do I make a significant dent in Steppes. However yesterday for whatever reason I seemed to be able to do both without much issue. This put me fairly high on the daily infinity stone count, and creeping close to that piece of gear that would tip me over 300 hit.
After all was said and done, I was sitting at 2 stones away from the gauntlets. Last night I went back out to the Steppes and wandered down along the coastline. I knew I had left a carnage quest partially finished down there, and as a result I pushed through those last few stones rather quickly. Still feeling pretty worn out, I decided to go ahead and port back to Tempest Bay and purchase my upgrade. While I knew I did not have the juice to do any random elites last night, I at least was Elite ready for the grouping tonight.
Late to the Dance
Since redoing the loft I have found myself playing around on my PlayStation 3 a good deal more. Quite honestly, the loss of my gaming loft as viable space pretty much marks the end of me regularly playing console games. I simply did not have a TV that was dedicated to gaming, and I never wanted to monopolize the tv downstairs in case my wife wanted to watch something. So as a result I have essentially been a non-console gamer during this current generation of systems.
As a way to catch up, I went ahead and signed up for a years subscription to PlayStation Plus, as this gives me around a dozen games immediately to play around with. Namely there were a bunch of titles that I had wanted, but never really had picked or played… namely Sleeping Dogs, Darksiders, The Cave, Ratchet and Clank All 4 One, and Little Big Planet 2. Since they release new titles for free over the network on a regular basis, I figured it would be an excellent way to passively acquire titles.
I knew this game would be right down my alley, but for whatever reason over the years since its release I have never actually played it. Big dude, in bigger armor, carrying an even bigger sword really is my ideal game archetype… and this game does not disappoint. Everything controls extremely well, and it feels a lot like a modern golden axe at times. I had heard this in the past compared to Legend of Zelda, and I can kind of see the similarities but to me it feels more in line with the old school final fight style fighting games. I played this for quite awhile last night before my ADD kicked in, but I am sure I will be devoting many hours to running around as a badass horseman of the apocalypse.
Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One
Since I was pretty tired still, my gaming wanderlust was in full effect… also I had a whole stack of games I was wanting to try. The next on the list was Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One. I remember being a big fan of the Ratchet and Clank games on the PS2, so this was pretty much a no brainer for me to try out. I went into it knowing that this was basically a streamlined experience designed to be played with four players. I was okay with this, and while the world was not nearly as intricate as the ones I was used to from the PS2, it still retained all of the enjoyment of the earlier titles.
My only takeaway is that the game seemed really easy with Ratchet and Clank as an AI controlled bot. Clank seemed to always be targeting and taking out the mob types that were difficult for me to get with my wrench. All of the controls were essentially the same as before, so I regained my ability to play the game rather quickly. I did not play terribly far but I thought the “driving a space taxi” sequence was extremely fun, with me steering by moving to one side of the taxi platform or another. Should be a great game to return to and give it more time.
The last game I went on a tour of last night was The Cave, and I did so on a very cursory level. I fired it up, and selected a team of the Knight, the Monk, and the Twins. Each character feels extremely interesting and has some special ability… that I have yet to really figure out what it is for. Right now the game seems like it is going to be a puzzle and exploration game. Essentially you have three characters to control, and various puzzles will require one or more characters to solve. It has the interesting and humorous writing that is trademark of Double Fine games, so given the time I am sure I will get into it. Having not played it terribly long, all I can really say is that the world is gorgeous and full of interesting visuals.
At this point I was past going, so I decided I needed to head to bed. I still have Sleeping Dogs downloading as well as a couple others. Having access to a fresh font of games will definitely make the ps3 feel more useful. Also having access to a place to set it up, on a dedicated tv… with a comfy love seat to sit on will make it that more likely to get used on a regular basis. It was absolutely glorious sitting up there with a fan on me happily playing away in our newly renovated loft. I am going to have to try and resurrect my long red-ringed xbox 360 and get started back playing those games as well.
I have a ton of things to deal with, and today is trash day… so I bid you all goodbye. I hope you have a great day, and that you survive the rest of the week. I will be heading downstairs myself to take out the trash, and try and deal with the front door that appears to not be wanting to lock. It is always something…