Finished Psychonauts. This is the best game I've played in years, though it is on the short side- at some point I might go back and go explore every nook and cranny, but I'm a bit burned out at this point.
The last stage, however, was a fucking nightmare. The last sections of the game are reminiscent of hard old-school games found on the NES- you have to play some parts over and over until you have precision and skill to get through.
...Though, the problem with this is that we're in the 3D era now, and that just doesn't work unless you have the camera pan perfectly into the angle that you need to make a jump or something easy. And like I said before, the camera in this game is sub-par, so it just ends up being frustrating when you do it, and not particularly satisfying when you succeed.
The first section of the stage involved protecting someone, which is fine and dandy, but he flies around the stage and at some point I found it annoying because I had no idea where he flew. If the stage wasn't as linear as it was I would have never beaten it.
Then there is a part where
Raz battles against his dad in a contest of acrobatics in his mind
which was actually a neat idea- they tried to bring back a lot of the underused platforming elements and made it exciting by giving you a sort of time limit. Most of this section was actually not too bad, there was just one that was so horrendously annoying that I felt like eating my laptop.
What you basically have is a series of nets while a pool of death rises up from underneath you. It wouldn't have been so bad if it was just "scale the net quickly", but they had several nets that were jump-distance apart.
Here's the problem: You can't really jump while holding onto a net, you can only let go. So in order to remedy this, you climb to the top of each individual net, where you jump onto the top of the net- a plank which is like, one fucking inch wide. Now if you haven't missed jumping on that tiny plank and fell to your doom, you now have to jump onto another net, which isn't that hard, but a bunch of the nets also have sections on fire which will burn your ass if you're not careful. They arn't instant death, but goddamn they'll add up. Now that you're on the other net, scale across to the end and what do you find?
Another end. Now you have to try to jump onto the one-inch wide top of THIS net and jump onto the next one. You have to do a series of these, like 5 or 6 of them. I swear to god I had to repeat this section about 30 times before I got it. It wouldn't be so bad if the camera didn't constantly point at Raz's butt, maybe then I could actually see where the hell I'm jumping.
Thankfully pretty much everything after that was easy. The entire game was easy, really- just that one section was brain-numbingly difficult.
....I want a sequel. =P