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by Ethos

Scatter Storming. Issue #037

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

I’m in a really pissy mood today. Some of you have even felt the effects of it. Oh well, even the friendly ones need a day to hate humanity. So fuck you all. On to games.

One trophy away from a platinum -
My first. Maybe it means absolutely nothing, but I’m excited. It’s something like gamer cred. Only Nate Liles and my friend Alex Aitman have a higher trophy level than me, so it’s a bit of a metagame. Also, the RPG skin to the whole system has me suckered.

The point is that I legitimately enjoy Ratchet and Clank, so getting the Platinum is more of a bonus for my time with the title.

Scott Pilgrim -
Enh. It’s got a cool 8/16 bit graphical style, and the music fits right in with that vibe. I was expecting a side scrolling beat-’em-up, but after Castle Crashers, Scott Pilgrim seems a little dry.

Then again, I got to play Castle Crashers with Riddles and these games are best suited for multiplayer. Also, I’m only one level in and haven’t really powered up enough to explore the movesets and items, so I’m reserving judgement. I’ll play some more before the day is up.

Oh man, this is good Dr. Pepper -
I can’t believe I was debating which drink to get. This is hitting the spot. Pure syrupy deliciousness.

What the fuck games are coming out? -
I don’t give a shit. I wrote that Dr. Pepper thing 6 hours ago. Since then I visited my mother, came home, and continued to be in a pissy mood. Riddles didn’t pick up the phone today, I missed chair hockey, I think I’m sick, I didn’t sleep long enough, and I just want to throw a tantrum and be coddled. I don’t want to be a grown up today.

So yes, no games are coming out. None. Not until Metroid. Fuck that shit.

GIVE ME AIR CONDITIONING! -
So I can play piano again.

That’s it. Nothing more. Disappointed? I don’t care, go eat a fuck.

(sorry, I love you guys, I just needed to let all that out)

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