Okay, so it’s coming up on half a year since my last post… did you REALLY expect any different? I did, but apparently I’m delusional about my own ability to keep up on this blog. But enough about that. How about I try to catch up?
When I posted last I had just started playing around with the backwards compatibility of my PS3, having finished up Champions of Norrath. I moved along from there to Dark Cloud 2, which had no discernable issues on the PS3, although I ended up stalling out on it again rather quickly. I also gave the PS1 compatibility a shot (not that I had any concern about that part of it… hell, even the current PS2-less PS3s have PS1 backwards compatibility) by firing up Xenogears. Now, Xenogears is one of those games that I picked up way back in The Day as soon as I got my PS2 but never actually got around to through no fault of its own. I did get farther into it this time than I did originally, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I’ve made any sort of Progress whatsoever. I did, however, discover that the wife of one of the characters is maybe just a wee bit too forthcoming with guests as to her husband’s activities:
Then again, apparently everybody knows about this dude’s “hobby”:
Around that point I just sort of wandered on to other games as I have a habit of doing, leaving the PS3 to moulder for a while as I headed off towards other pursuits. I believe it was around this time that I finally picked up Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, which I’m going to use to replace the original Final Fantasy Tactics on The List. Again, I got further on this one than I had when I first attempted it with the original game, but I still stalled out pretty early on in the game. And as long as I’m on the topic of handheld Fantasies Final, I should also mention that I added Final Fantasy IV for the DS onto the list. While I have played a majority of the game in the past, I’ve never actually finished it up (never owned it when it was released here as Final Fantasy II, although my brothers and I rented it a few times, and then it always just seemed to slip through the cracks emulation-wise while I was busy with fan-translations of III and V).
So let’s see… it was probably around that point that I overhauled my PC, Enoch, in anticipation of Spore (letdown) and Fallout 3 (not a letdown). The problem here is that having a newly-capable gaming PC led me down that path, much to the chagrin of my consoles — the focal point of this project. I was able to sneak Fable II in when it hit, and even managed to complete it! but for the last 3-4 months of the year, I was busy with Spore (didn’t finish), Fallout 3 (did finish and considered adding to the list since it’s “Games for Windows – LIVE”, but I figured cherry-picking’s a bit uncouth), The Witcher Enhanced Edition (didn’t finish), Left 4 Dead (finished what single-player bits there are at least once), S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl (just barely started), and probably more I’m forgetting about right now.
I did end up heading back to Consoletowne after Christmas, as I doubled my PS3 library, receiving both Resistance 2 and Valkyria Chronicles as gifts. I’m a couple of chapters into Resistance 2 and so far it’s surpassing its predecessor just as expected. I imagine I’ll expound upon it in more detail when I’ve got more of it under my belt. Valkyria Chronicles, however, has totally dominated my playing time between the two games. The graphics are beautiful, the gameplay is amazing, the voice acting doesn’t make me want to gouge my ears out as is so often the case with Japanese games… it’s a VERY impressive package. Nice to see the PS3 get an awesome exclusive (although to be perfectly honest, I’m not expecting the game to go over as well in the market as it should, so it’s not like the exclusive on it is going to catapult Sony back up to the number 1 spot).
Now try not to laugh too hard, but I’m going to tentatively set myself a goal of an update at least every week in 2009. We all know it’s not going to happen, but I really do feel shame about going almost six full months without touching this blog and would like to get back on track with it. I do intend to eventually get through all these games, so I can’t in good conscience just give up, which means I can’t give up the posting here, either. I believe what’s held me back from posting in the past has been a desire to always knock one out of the park with each post. If I didn’t have something witty to say or something new to report I just left it alone. I figure I can work on that and start posting general discussion bits if nothing else… perhaps the blog’ll become that much less entertaining than it already is (although that’s tough to fathom), but at least it won’t be totally barren. And so with another lonely update in the books I head to bed… perhaps I’ll see you in a week?