Saturday, February 27, 2010

Swapping out some content

My interests have shifted a little, and I'm going to do a 1-for-1 swap from the TV season portion of the backlog.

Coming off: a bunch of HBO stuff. I'm sure Carnivale and Deadwood are very compelling, but I'm just not in the mood for mystical carnivals and westerns these days. Maybe I'll put them back on, maybe not.

Going in instead: La Femme Nikita, seasons 1-5.

This is technically breaking my own rules, but I'd rather have something on the backlog that still interests me. There's no point in keeping something on there that I'm no longer interested in watching.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Elimination: Jagged Alliance 2

Cleared: 2/23/2010 at 9:00 PM
Verdict: Best PC game, ever

Wow, what a ride. I originally picked up Jagged Alliance 2 right after it came out in 1999 and had never, up until this point, beaten it. In a way, it was because I liked it too much. The game is amazingly good, and with the fan-created 1.13 patch on top (which adds lots of new weapons that have been invented since 1999 and a new inventory system based around load-bearing equipment, weather effects, and improvements to the AI) it's absolutely sublime. The graphics and voice acting are dated by today's standards, but holy cow, the gameplay is amazing. If you've never played it, it is well worth the $10 is charging for it. I was tempted to "retire" this one and take it off the backlog without completing it, and in fact, for a few days I had a post here that said that that was my intention, but then I realized how lame that was and made myself push through to the end. 11 years to beat a game. Sheesh. Better late than never, I guess.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Addition and Elimination: Mass Effect 2

Cleared: Saturday, 1/30/2010 at around 11:30pm
Verdict: Blown away

So, uh, I know this site kinda went dark for a while. There was a reason for that: Mass Effect 2. I spent a bunch of time feverishly playing through Mass Effect 1 so I'd have a savegame I liked to import and then spent the last week playing through Mass Effect 2. It may have been the best PC game I have ever played, period. The gameplay was tightened up significantly from the first (which was still a great game) the story was absolutely jaw-dropping top-notch, and the weight of choices from game 1 carrying through was fantastic. I cannot recommend the game highly enough, but I also recommend that you play through Mass Effect 1 first and get a savegame with choices you're prepared to live with. It's an amazing experience, and the only game I've ever seen to use quicktime events in a way I genuinely liked. I'll probably expand this post later, but if you trust my opinion at all, this is one to get.