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by Ethos

Scatter Storming. Issue #036

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Here we go, I’m on a decent roll. A little hungry and I have more caffeine in my system than food, but a promise is a promise, so here is post 2 of 3!

What do you think of the new “Gaming Rambles” part of the Scatter Storming logo, by the way? I’m pretty much already completely sold on it. But let’s talk games.

A Crack in Time Wastes Nine -
I don’t know what possessed me to pick up Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. I had played a bit of Tools of Destruction and while I had some fun, it didn’t entice me to the series in the least. Still, I saw a used copy, and went for it.

It turns out that the game is quite fun and really addictive. I realize I’m about 8 years late to the party, but the game really keeps things fresh by consistently giving access to new – and usually increasingly bizarre – weapons that all have unique and useful attributes. Typically I’m the guy who finds one weapon and sticks with it, but everything is so much fun, that I’m really trying everything out and keeping things fresh.

Not just that, but the game has a good balance of main and side missions that allow for some solid pacing and plenty of distractions. Visually, it’s vibrant and detailed, and the load times are pleasantly hidden when traversing the universe and landing on the mini-planets.

Not just that, but it looks to be the first game that I’ll Platinum. I know the Trophy race with Abe80 is basically off now, but I’d be kicking his ass!

Given all that, however, there are still a few weird control quirks, and it’s generally a little easy (I’m playing on Hard). Also, it’s basically just like the other 98732 titles from what I hear. Although, like I mentioned, I’m enjoying this a great deal more than Tools of Destruction.

So A Crack in Time was a good decision, but my time at the game store yielded some not-so-great decisions.

Gorgeous.

Gorgeous.

Yup, I “upgraded” to PS3 -
Shut up. My 360 is basically my Mass Effect/Rock Band machine now – excepting some XBLA titles – and I regret buying some games for the system instead of my PS3. So I sold the 2008 Prince of Persia and Eternal Sonata to get the PS3 versions. Although there are notable issues with the 2008 PoP, I think Riddles gives it too hard of a time. I think it is stunning visually, and is actually really fun and quite beautiful after the lands are healed. Whenever I’d crave playing it again, however, I just wouldn’t because that would mean turning on my 360, letting it warm up, and hoping it wouldn’t crash. It’s really not that bad, but I like having everything on my system of choice unless there is a title like Mass Effect.

Eternal Sonata, however, is a bit more difficult to defend.

The characters are annoying as fuck, the story takes itself too seriously, and the gameplay is simplistic. Still, I don’t hate it like some. I think it’s another great looking game, and I’m seriously missing a RPG to fall asleep playing. FFXIII is certainly not that, and Star Ocean’s battle system takes too much skill. Also, the PS3 version of ES has more content and an additional character, so I suppose it’s the definitive version. Also, it was cheap (so was PoP).

Anyway, there’s that. Let’s move on to make fun of Riddles to distract from my idiotic tendencies.

Mono shmono -
Dear Riddles, you didn’t have a single Chai during one of Riddlethos’ greatest weeks, and now – when you’re “too sick” to post anything – you haven’t had an iced latte either. I’ve had three! And I’m just as broke as you, if not more! Whateva! I didn’t make fun of you during your sabbatical, so I’m bringing it back!

Well that’s all I’ve got. If you’re wondering, I haven’t used that exact picture in a Scatter Storming before, but I have used one from the same series. NOW YOU KNOW!

Iced Latte Count: 3

Yeahyeah, standby.

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

I played Metroid and have been playing games all weekend, actually. I’ve even had more Iced Lattes. I’ll do my best to catch you all up tomorrow. Riddles has mono, so just hold your horses, everyone.

Iced Latte Count: 2

Metroid: Other M tomorrow

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Sorry guys, I’ve been back to work, and it’s weirding me out! And Riddles is still sick.

However, I do get to see Metroid: Dumb Name tomorrow, so I wanted to come to you guys to see if you have any questions that you want me to ask. If there’s good stuff that I haven’t thought of, I’ll make sure to include it when I interview the PR dude.

Iced Latte Count: 1

Thank you, destructoid.com

It’s been too long.

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

It’s been 11 months since Riddlethos had a week dedicated to a Starbucks drink. And since Riddles is tied up with limited internet access and we never decided on a week, I took the opportunity to snatch creative control.

Not only that, but it’s been a fucking ridiculously hot summer in Toronto. Really disgusting. I might be broke, but every once in a while, it’s worth it to treat myself to an iced double tall vanilla light ice latte. Perfection. Yes, it’s a long name, but a lot of those modifiers actually make the drink easier to make.

Anyway, I go back to work tomorrow, so expect posts in my boredom.

Iced Latte Count: 0