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2371  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So Halloween 2009... zuh? on: November 01, 2009, 01:47:24 PM
Our neighborhood is always busy. We had tons of kids last night(probably around 200 or so). We also happen to live on a busy corner, and do the whole "Halloween house" thing. Plus, the wife and I dress up as well. A good time is had by all.
2372  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Facebook. on: October 29, 2009, 11:14:40 PM
all right, it should be obvious to anyone who knows me(including you folks around here), but I'm the guy with the Grim Reaper avatar. Funny that there are at least 5 Mark Donahue's in the Chicago area. We should have a convention or something.
2373  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Facebook. on: October 29, 2009, 10:25:59 PM
I just realized that there are multiple people on FB with my name. Same with dade. How do we know who is  the right one?
2374  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Facebook. on: October 29, 2009, 07:55:56 PM
eh. I do the facebook thing. Good way to keep in contact with the fam. I also use it to post up (mini) reviews of games, books, movies, etc. Plus whatever random thoughts pop in my head.
I'm totally friending you dade! I just go by my fsm given name: Mark Donahue

2375  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: October 29, 2009, 09:02:58 AM
Finished up MGS4 last night(this morning!)
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What. The. Hell!? So much of act 5 was me sitting there watching things happen. Some of those scenes really should have been controllable.
I kinda liked the return of Psycho Mantis, but it wasn't as cool as it could have been.
Then we have the whole Meryl/Akiba thing. WTF? Then they get married?
Then we have the silly fight with Liquid. This might have been cooler if it wasn't just 2 old guys punching each other.
THEEEEENNN, all the boring cut scenes afterward. Big Boss. Zero. Snake NOT offing himself(which is how I think it should have ended). My head was spinning. It was almost 1:00am, and I was DONE with this crazy bullshit 
the final clock said 20 hours and change. I'd swear half of that was cut scenes and such. While I still liked the game, I found it to be just OK. The ridiculous "story" keeps it from being better. I am confused by the high critical scores. I'd give it an 80 or so out of 100.

On to Uncharted...
2376  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Half finished games on: October 27, 2009, 04:05:34 PM

One game that's been totally nagging at me to finally finish is Wild Arms 4. There's many games I put down and say, "well, that was fun while it lasted, but I have no regrets about putting this down". But it's been 4 years since I played WA4, I remember having a really strong love/hate relationship with the game... but enough intrigue to want to finally finish the fucker. Plus I REALLY want to know what happens to Raquel in the end. I've reached for the disc case more times than I can remember, but always changed my mind at the last minute. But I think it may be a deep-seeded cause of stress in my life, so I really should do it!

I can relate to this. For a long time I have been a big backer of the Phantasy Star games(offline only). Love the setting, and have many fond memories. BUT....I have never actually finished Phantasy Star I. Way back on the SMS my brothers and I tag teamed it, play until the last dungeon, and then got stuck. No gamefaqs or help guides back then. To this day, it bothers me that I never finished it. I even bought the PS collection for the GBA with the purpose of playing through it, but stopped a few hours in.
I know its part of the Gen collection for the new systems, and have been tempted to buy that to try again. I know it's a waste of money, though, as I just can't get motivated to play any type of old game anymore.
I shall go to my grave with this burden!
2377  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Half finished games on: October 27, 2009, 10:04:11 AM
Before the current generation, I had all sorts of games(mostly rpgs) that I only partially played through. There just wasn't enough time.
When I got my 360 last October I decided to stick to one game at a time. It also helps that I'm playing less rpgs.
We need more rpgs that can be completed in the 20-30 hr range. Screw this 70 hrs of game play crap.
2378  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: October 26, 2009, 09:39:49 AM
MGS4 - I am now in Act 5:
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What the hell? So Raiden comes back and holds back a giant fucking battleship single-handedly?! I realize he's become some kind of cyborg thing, but come on now. And what the hell is the deal with Akiba? Trying to grope Mei Ling?(not that I blame him) I wonder if we'll ever find out what's up with this guy.
I'm ready to finish this. Maybe tonight. That would be good, as tomorrow is my birthday, and the wife is probably getting me a game.
2379  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: October 22, 2009, 09:41:26 AM
MGS4 - This game has a way of taking a turning a (proposed in my head)30 minute play session into an hour and a half. I have to get up too early(5:30) in the morning to be up til 11:30 or 12.
Anyway. Looks like I'm about to end Act 4:
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I made it to the point where you are fighting Liquid in giant robots. Bad ass! I had to force myself to to turn it off. It took me forever to beat Vamp because I suck at CQC. Had to have "killed" him over 20 times before finally getting it right.
Then we have the Naomi stuff, which totally confuses me. There's no real explanation as to why she turned traitor(or was all along) She even continues to fawn over Vamp as he is dying. Snake should have killed her on sight. Too hot for that, I guess.
 
2380  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: October 19, 2009, 11:28:49 AM
MGS4 - I am now in Act 4
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That was a helluva long cut scene at the end of Act 3. What the hell is up with Miss Bitch Naomi? Ugh. Then to see Liquid kicking Snakes ass. Not cool.
It was also weird to be greeted by the original MGS at the beginning of Act 4. Fond memories of the game flooded my mind. I think I know how this is all going to turn out, but the game has really gotten me feeling Snakes pain. Poor guys been through a hell of a lot.
I'm also thinking that there is a lot of boss battles to come, in a very short amount of time. At least 4, maybe 5. We'll see.

2381  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 19, 2009, 11:09:02 AM
Trick R Treat- It was OK. The look and feel was pure Halloween, and I liked that. They completely misused the sack boy dude. Or maybe I missed something. who knows. Still, I did enjoy it, when compared to the amount of crappy horror movies I've seen.
2382  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Sheena goes Brütal on: October 14, 2009, 04:52:06 PM
Dude, Jennifer Hale is EVERYwhere. IMDB her.
I hear this game pulls a fast one and turns into a strategy game after awhile. Sounds odd.
2383  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: October 14, 2009, 02:30:33 PM
MGS4 is good, but it's not AMAZING. I'm now in act 3 doing some annoying "find this guy and follow him" thing. I lost the guy in the courtyard area with the helicopter. Ugh.
I don't have much patience anymore for sneaking around.
2384  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Uncharted 2 on: October 14, 2009, 02:25:06 PM
I just got my PS3 a couple weeks ago, and have yet to play the first one(besides the demo, anyway). I want to play that first. Plus, I have too many other games to catch up on.
As great as it sounds, it'll be a while before I get to it.  I'll probably end up getting this a year from now when it's $30.
2385  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: October 10, 2009, 10:41:58 AM
downloaded the demo for the original Uncharted. I am a bit let down after playing it. The game looks good. It controls fairly well(the sixaxis stuff threw me for a loop). But so far it's just been one big shootout. This is made worse by the fact that I suck at this type of game play, especially without any type of lock on. Might as well be playing an FPS. Perhaps someone can reassure me that there is more to this game, and that the demo was just trying to appeal to the action crowd?
I want puzzles and exploration. I want friggin' Indian Jones.
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