Zen And The Art Of Gamerscore Maintenance #6 (Mriceguy)

As posted on ButtonMasher.

Some great posts from Team ZATAOGM over the last few weeks. So here I am once again. I didn’t think we’d make it this far with all the internal bickering

— That’s right. You aren’t exactly the easiest person to deal with.
Oh, you’re still here. I think you’ll find it’s the other way around mister. Anyhow, just before we get started —

— Here we go again.
Hey, now this won’t take long. Something I recently learned when it comes to games is that you can’t really stop midway through. I have on occasion continued a long dormant save file, and my play-through of Mass Effect is the perfect example, but it is far from the norm. The best solution to half-finished games is to finish them to begin with!

Too often I’d move onto some other game, saying I’d come back, cough, Prince of Persia, cough. But really it’s often just too hard to convince yourself to jump back in. So my goal from now on is to stick with a game to completion, and not go leaving it to gather dust. Easier said than done I know.

Ugh, you said this would be short. So, moving on, can you give a quick re-cap from last time…
Okay… well I finished this thing called Mass Effect 2, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it?

A year late to the party I’m afraid.
Anywho, I got through the suicide mission with one character gone, and half of my crew dead. Not bad I suppose. But like David Cage stressed with Heavy Rain, I felt I should leave it at that, and not go back and fix my mistakes. Though I have fancied playing again but in the complete opposite direction, i.e. a badass female engineer. Then there’s that DLC, but I don’t know if I can be bothered picking it up right now. Perhaps I’ll give in during a a fire sale or something.

Portal 2 is done. I think I actually finished it the night I posted my first ZATAOGM (pronounced Zata-Odgem, well that’s what I say to myself anyhow). It’s a must-play. Seriously, pick it up if you’ve been sitting on the fence. That ending, ooh it gives me chills just thinking about it.

So I see you finished some games. What about Super Meat Boy?
Well, um, I… I couldn’t do it sorry. Please don’t hate me.

A little late for that.
Look, I tried, I really tried. Those last few levels… I tore my hair out, truly.

You don’t deserve that Avatar t-shirt.
I know, I know, please just let us move onto the next thing.

Okay, how’s Outland? That’s a new thing…
Indeed it is. I have played the first few levels of Outland. It starts out rather basic, but I can see it becoming quite the finger breaker. It looks great, just like the trailer shows. Good to get back into another XBLA platformer, and one with such a neat concept!

You’ve been tracking down crims in L.A. Noire?
Yup yet another game I picked up on launch day this year. Gee, having this job thing is actually pretty neat! So far L.A. Noire is rad, but it hasn’t yet gripped me like Portal 2 did. I think I need to get deeper into it.

Are you serious? Have you seen the reviews? It’s not supposed to be GTA 5!
I know it’s not supposed to be GTA, and I’m glad it isn’t. I’ve gotten into crime shows in a big way over the last few years. Mind you it’s not CSI, my shows usually have some sort of twist. Life on Mars (time travel?), Twin Peaks (supernatural phenomena), or Fringe (weird science). L.A. Noire on the other hand is based more in reality. The interrogations, oh the interrogations. I really need to improve my game. I did play the first Phoenix Wright on DS and enjoyed it thoroughly, shouting Objection and contrasting statements with evidence. But in L.A. Noire you really need to focus on the body language, a reason to put the new MotionScan technology at work. Unfortunately reading people is something I’m not too good at in real life either! I will let you know how I fare.

That all in the new games department?
Well I have been playing some Motorstorm: Apocalypse thanks to Mr. Wuggason. Not much to say right now, I’m still working on the review.

You slacker. Get on it!
I will, I will. Next day or two I promise.

Tusock was kind to donate a Gears 3 beta code…
Yes he was! Thanks again my man Tusock! I played three rounds of the Gears of War 3 beta. They were fun. I died a lot. I’m liking the new little tweaks here and there, but it is still Gears of War. Nothing too drastic. I would’ve like to play more but the Beta finished before I had time to jump back in again.

Any more wisdom to impart?
As if that wasn’t enough I’ve also started God of War III and Dead Space 2, special thanks to dst! God of War III reminds me how fun those games were, while looking damn good doing so. Same great formula. Dead Space 2 started off great, but once I picked up a weapon things got a whole lot less scary. Why do horror games have to keep giving us guns? Give me an Amnesia over a Dead Space any day. Granted I’m only a few chapters in so far.

I did play a few minutes of some iPhone games, namely Sword & Sworcery, which is as cool as everyone says it is. Captain also put me onto Speedball, which is a nice change of pace and reminded me of the days I occasionally dabbled in Soccer games. 

You said “minutes”?
Yeah I’m finding it harder and harder to focus on iPhone games. Over in the forums I described my growing Gamer’s ADD. A few Mashers chimed in with agreement, talking about the worth we assign to dirt cheap Apps. The iPhone is such an awesome platform I feel quite bad it’s come down to this.

Well that’s me. Thanks for being a bit nicer to me this time around.

Why that’s okay Michael. I wish we could do this every day.
Your sarcasm really does get my goat sometimes.

A goat huh? I thought you were one of these.

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