January 18, 2009
Finished up Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia last night. Truly finished it up this time, with the proper ending and 100% exploration, which is a nice feeling. This was kind of an odd entry into the series, story-wise. No Belmonts, no Morrises, no whips, even, but it was pretty damn good regardless. As I mentioned in my last post, it was quite a bit harder than I recall the others being, but that’s alright… that’s what GameFAQs is for.
This brings my recently-battered percentage back up to 33.3%, I’m again a third of the way through my plan. Next up, I believe, will be Valkyria Chronicles, as it continues to dominate my console time. It truly is a wonderful game… highly recommended to anyone out there with a PS3. On the other hand, I’m also considering picking up some new games, too. Moon for the DS is on my mind, as I enjoyed Metroid Prime: Hunters and would love to see more FPSs on the system.
I’m also eyeing NHL 09 as I’ve been really getting into this NHL season, what with the local team not stinking up the joint anymore and deciding that it’s a good idea to actually broadcast their home games. I’ve always been a hockey fan, especially via video games. I learned an awful lot of what I know about hockey in general from NHL 96 on the SNES; I broke the crap out of NHL 98 on my PC (apparently there were issues with scoring over 100 goals in a game… tended to make it crash… a lot), and NHL 2001 was among the first games I bought with my PS2. I haven’t bought another one since then, however. I did play NHL 2K4, but that was my wife’s game. I’m thinking it’s finally time to see what the current gen systems can do for the game. I’ve checked out the demos on XBox Live and have been generally pleased, but never decided to go through with it. So perhaps I’ll go with that for my next purchase. It won’t hurt the ol’ percentage, as sports games are not really there to be finished (I guess you could say winning the Stanley Cup would work, but I’m going for plot here), so it’ll be a perfect addition to my library.
January 8, 2009
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia came out at an inopportune time. Released the same day as Fable II and a mere week before Fallout 3, it totally fell off my radar. Perhaps “totally” is the wrong word there. I had been anticipating it for a while, but somehow managed to miss the release date. It wasn’t until I was trying to find something to finish off a GameStapo gift card earlier this week that I noticed it had actually been out for a few months. As both of you who’ve read this blog for a while can attest, I find it difficult to pass up a Castlevania game, even having played (and enjoyed!) the 3D iterations on the PS2 (although Castlevania: Judgment for the Wii looks bad beyond what even I could stomach). So as soon as I spotted this lapse in my Castlevanity, I immediately rectified it, picking the game up just a couple of days ago.
So far it’s just as awesome as all the rest of the Metroidvanias have been, but they did happen to change one thing. The game is hard as frak! Well, okay, maybe that’s going a bit far — it’s no Ninja Gaiden — but I definitely got my rear end handed to me WAY more often than I’m used to in these games. Now notice how I just used the past tense there… I just “finished” the game, having apparently defeated the main bad guy, but as seems to be the case rather often in this series, I suspect I’m not REALLY done yet. For starters, I didn’t actually fight Dracula himself (no more details to avoid spoilers)… plus, the “ending” consisted of a single shot of one of the NPCs, a couple lines of dialog from another one, and then the exact same “Game Over” screen that you get when you die. Not satisfying. As soon as I’m done with this post, I’m off to GameFaqs to figure out WTF I need to do to get a proper ending here. Until I achieve that, this game is NOT getting crossed off the list (unless it turns out that what I saw WAS the actual ending… in which case, shame on you, Mr. Igarashi… just… shame.). Either way, I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out.