Welcome, one and all, to a new feature on the site. I’ve seen a lot of people do write-ups of what anime they’ve been watching in the last week, and while I may yet do something like that myself, I wanted to adapt the concept into a gaming post. See, I’ve been gaming a fair bit of late, and wanted to give a run down of what I’m playing and how I’m doing on it. So, that being the case, let’s get this show on the road!
Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey (PlayStation 1)
This one was a Christmas present form my partner. I used to own this way back when I originally owned a PlayStation, but never managed to finish it. Since our PS3 plays PS1 games, it seemed like a good choice to pic up, right? But, could I actually finish it now that I have slightly slower reflexes? Well, I gave it a good crack!
Since Christmas, I’ve been dipping in and out of the game when I have the chance. I finished Rupture Farms and the Free-Fire Zone just before New Year, and then spent January going through the Monsaic Lines and Paramonia. Then, just last week, it happened. I finsihed the game! Now, I didn’t find all the secret areas. Mostly because I didn’t really go looking for them. I was aware though that if I saved 49 mudokans or less then I’d get the bad ending. So imagine my horror when I hit the home stretch and discovered that I’d only saved 49. Then imagine my joy when I saw one lone mudokan ready to be saved! Long story short, I got me the good ending. Just. Most importantly though, the game was just as much fun as I remembered!
Mortal Kombat XL (Xbox One S)
I picked this up just after Christmas because it was on sale for less than £18, brand new. My love of MK goes way back to the first game, and I really enjoyed the previous entry into the series, so I was dead happy to see this one so cheap. I finished the story mode over a couple of short sessions in January, and have been doing Tower Challenges and Krypt unlocks in February. So far, I’ve cleared about half of the arcade endings and made a dent in the various Krypt areas. Honestly, this game is a lot of fun. The new characters are mostly pretty cool, and it makes for a real change of pace from my normal fighter, BlazBlue Central Fiction. The X-Ray moves are ludicrous, mind you. Still, I’ll be hoping to finish the collectibles within a month or so. Or at least get all teh endings.
Oh Sir … The insult Generator (Steam)
This was just a cheap pick-up. I’ve been interested in it since watching Markiplier playing it last year, and given the price, I’ve not been disappointed. It’s simple fun, whether playing online or against the computer, and is an easy time water.
Freedom Planet (Steam)
This is one of my bigger play throughs at the moment. I downloaded the demo for this ages ago and was really impressed with how old-school Sonic it felt. But I never got around to buying it. Then, Steam had a sale that knocked it down to half price and PayPal gave me some free credit. In all, I paid less than £1 for the game.
But how has the game itself been? Well, in a word, brilliant! Thus far, I’ve been alternating characters to try clearing the game with each at around the same time. That meant clearing the first two stages as Carol, then Lilac, and finally as the unlocked Milla. I’m now on stage five as each character. I’m not sure I have a favourite character to play as yet. I seem to clear the levels quicker as Carol, but Lilac’s Tornado makes bosses easier. Oh, and Milla is adorable. Regardless though, I am loving this game.
Star Fox Adventures (Gamecube)
Okay, so this is my current project at the AllGen Gaming Centre. It took me an eternity to finish my last one (Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, also on the Gamecube), and I wanted to grab another long-ish game to throw myself at. So, confession time … I didn’t like Star Fox and skipped over Star Fox 64. You see, I’m not a fan of flight games. Sorry, but there it is. As a result, I never picked this up when I owned a Gamecube because I thought it would be more of the same. Silly me, eh?
I only realised that it wasn’t recently. Being more of an adventure game, this is right up my street. I spent about twenty minutes just fiddling with Krystal in the first level and learning how the game handles. Once I got used to it, it became a breeze for the most part. As it stands, according to my save file, I’m 24% through the game. At about three and a bit hours play, that’s more than a little behind where I could be if I, you know, actually knew what I was doing … but that’s okay. You know why? I’m thoroughly enjoying it! One thing that really stands out for me is that it has some really nice graphical touches at times. Primarily, I was impressed with the little animation that plays whenever Fox picks up a new item, as that shows off some beautiful texture work on his fur. The little ditty that it play during the scenes gets stuck in my head a lot though.
Lemmings (Amiga 600)
We all know what Lemmings is, right? I used to love this as a kid, and playing it again now as an adult, I can honestly say that it still really stands up. Fun, difficult, and addictive!
And … that’s about it for my main gaming at the moment. What about all of you? What are you playing? What do you think of the games I’m getting stuck into? Let me know below!