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Then Playing: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

I just finished Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.  I really enjoyed it, as I’d have to for it to pull me out of Fallout 3 and Fable II for three weeks straight.

When I was a kid, I’d use my construction toys (Lego, K-Nex, etc.) to build various fantastic vehicles and then push or hoist them around the house.  BKNB is that, all over again, but you build the vehicles and operate them in fantastic environments to complete challenges.  As you progress, you can also unlock more and more parts to make progressively crazier vehicles.

I probably don’t have to say anything more than that, since there’s a demo out.  The difficulty curve seems to be shallow enough that kids and casual gamers should be able to play it, too, if they enjoy it.

Now Playing: Mirror’s Edge

Full Title – Mirror’s Edge: I Hope You Like Falling To Your Death.  Repeatedly.

You know how First Person Shooter games sometimes have jumping puzzles in them?  And they’re really hard, because you can’t see your body?  And a high-definition screen and surround sound does not really make up for the lack of depth perception and proprioception?

Mirror’s Edge is all those stupid jumping puzzles made into a game.  I’m going to keep trying to make this work, but I can’t help wondering:  Did DICE make this game because they found a way to make this into a good idea, or because console gamers don’t play a lot of FPSes, and don’t already know this is a terrible idea?

If it’s the former, then I need to practice, because my current gaming skills aren’t giving me “awesome first-person running and jumping” except in very short spurts.  The sense of speed in straightaways is breathtaking, but I think I’ve gotten more sense of speed in the race to terminal velocity and sudden, terminal deceleration.

If it’s the latter… well, I knew this game would be a gamble going into it, but I’d still miss those sixty bucks.

Sound Data

I’m really enjoying Fallout 3, but I guess the musical score isn’t very memorable.  I say this because, even though I played it for several hours this afternoon, it’s still the music from church this morning that is playing in my head.  On the other hand, it’s almost certainly unfair to expect ambient video game music to stand up to full-blown hymns.

But no, even trying to recall it only brings to mind that there is a low electronic beeping somewhere in the Megaton theme song that always makes me think of computers, even though Megaton itself seems far more “wild west” to me.

Final Fantasy: Sharks

No That Is Not An Upcoming Square Enix Title

Look, I understand that Final Fantasy is a Fantasy game.  It’s right in the title.  That makes it hard to miss.  Given this, I am willing to suspend my disbelief in a lot of situations.

Sharks are teal blue?  That one’s easy to work with, because teal is not far from a realistic grey.

I'm a Shaaaaaark!

I'm a Shaaaaaark

Mermaids are pink?  OK, sure.  I don’t know what color real mermaids are, anyway.

All the mermaids are identical

All the mermaids are identical

Mermaids are suspicious of my characters’ ability to breathe underwater.  This is fair.  My party possesses “oxyale” (Magic Fairy MacGuffin #802), with which mermaids may not be familiar.  (I mean, you can’t even buy the stuff.  You have to find a pirate who’s kidnapped a fairy and sold her into slavery to a desert caravan… look, it’s complicated.)

How can YOU talk underwater?

How can YOU talk underwater?

But come on… White Sharks…


I'm a Shaaaaaark toooooo

…are purple?  They’re not… white?

(This post is dedicated to my wife, who was willing to buy into all the pseudo-scientific claptrap underpinning Mass Effect, including the mysterious Element Zero (Space MacGuffin #2193) – with its ability to produce both the titular gravity distortions, and make unborn humans psychic – until they mentioned running a “negative current” through a device.  “Negative current?!  There’s no such thing!”  Welcome to our household of nerds.)

P.S. – I almost forgot my obligatory FF8 teaser!

A gun? That's also a sword? e_e

More Final Fantasy

Now With More Ninjas

Ninja vs. Zombie Gilded Lily

Ninja vs. Gilded Lily

Still playing, after playing all weekend…  It helps to have a cable that hooks the PSP up to the TV, so that I don’t get eyestrain from playing a portable game for so long!  Also, this way K gets to participate.

Disassembling Unnatural Creatures

Disassembling Unnatural Creatures

…And of course, this means that other games still have to wait!

"Try to control your emotions."

"Try to control your emotions..."