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  1.  (10196.1)
    So it's September, and the run-up to the Christmas season means the shelves are going to be filled to bursting with a mind-numbing overload of Sheer Damn Awesome!ness. My personal leanings are more towards smaller downloadable things lately, because they fit my time much better than 80-hour RGP Epicquest or Online FPS With Half-Hearted Single Player Campaign. But hell, let's talk about all of it anyway. :)

    Now playing- Enslaved. I think I got it for $15 and it's good fun. A bit simple and overly scripted, with a camera that really really really wants you to look at what it tells you, but sometimes (more rarely for me lately) that's a nice break.

    Serious Sam DD- Side-scrolling shooty mad goodness. It's pleasantly mad and oozing testosterone.



    Trackmania 2: Canyon- Only played a bit of it so far, just because it's not really out yet and the online multiplayer is all that's available. Stunt-track racing doesn't get any better, period.



    I also beat Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet a week or two ago. Here's a link to the review I wrote, if anyone wants to give it a read.

    Tons of great stuff on the way for September- The Binding of Isaac, Dead Island, Hard Reset, Ico/Shadow of Colossus, maybe Warhammer: Space Marine. And the Minecraft 1.8 update is going to kill me, I can tell. :)

    So what are you obsessing over, or planning to lose a significant chunk of your life to? Or, for that matter, knee-deep in the creation of?
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2011
     (10196.2)
    Ah...the old video game thing! Because of my obsessive addictive nature i virtually wasted 6 years of my life on the PS2.I look back now and just think about the insanity of it all..desperately searching every nook and cranny of GTA looking for packages of floating spinning coke.

    Spending weeks+ on RPGs levelling up til I was the meanest
    S.O.B to grind my way through hobbit land.

    Scaring the shit out of meself playing jap zombie games like Forbidden Siren.

    It became all I ever wanted to do..food,sex and even drugs where secondary to me. I will never forget being focused using dexamfetamine(speed) to complete final boss fights on Metal Gear etc.

    I've got an XBOX 360 yet hardly ever use it now.It's not that i don't want to..since stopping using the dex i've got the attention span of a kid in school who evil teachers decide to put in the special class.They did that to me in infant school.Fuck,I really enjoyed it too...I felt like The Joker having the time of his life in Arkham.

    For me gaming is cool.But if you get to the state I did then it is definitely time to take stock and say "What the fuck!!!".

    Take care young ones!
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2011
     (10196.3)
    Just sticking to the PSP...
    Just finished Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. A little cutesy but heaps of fun beat-em-up/RPG.
    Just starting Valkyria Chronicles 2, which I guess you'd call tactical combat. Pretty cool so far, but I'm still learning it.
    Next up is Lord of Arcana, which I'm hoping is either like God of War or possibly Dynasty Warriors, which is incidentally excellent in itself, set during the 3 Kingdoms period of ancient China (2nd/3rd century AD).
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      CommentAuthorJ.Brennan
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2011
     (10196.4)
    Like Lazarus I'm giving my PSP a lot of time recently, had a fit of nostalgia and grabbed Final Fantasy 7, 8, Metal Gear, and Silent Hill, and Blood Omen. The controls on the original Silent Hill are pretty bad, but the atmosphere is still amazing and creepy.

    On the PS3 I'm occasionally wandering the Mojave wastes, seems like I can't go a couple months without wandering around in the Fallout world.

    Got Deus Ex and loving it much more than I thought it would. I missed the original, but the new one is hitting all my gaming sweet spots: Stealth, RPG elements, good writing and an engrossing story.

    Plus it is really pretty:
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    I received Deus Ex on day 1, but it wasn't until last night that I really just got into it. You know, that feeling you get when you're playing a new game, and you like it, but it hasn't really clicked with you yet? Well, now I wish I'd gotten a little more sleep last night, but yeah, haven't had that feeling in quite a while.

    Now I'm waiting for Dead Island. Pre-ordered a copy for me and a friend, can't wait for some sandbox survival killin zombies.
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    Champions Online. It's the first MMO I haven't wanted to beat with a hammer.
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    Downloaded a couple of beta versions on the PS3 in the last couple of days.

    Tried out the multiplayer online version of 'Resistance 3'. Only a couple of maps available, but it's fun. There are lots of glitches still.

    'Assassin's Creed: Revelations' online multiplayer is still sitting waiting to be tried. Not holding out much hope it'll be any better than the 'Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood' online experience.


    Will
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      CommentAuthorYskaya
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2011
     (10196.8)
    Currently making Jensen dance in give me deus ex. :)

    And a new first: preordered two games: Batman Arkham City (robin dlc limited) and Uncharted 3 special ed.

    Also
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2011
     (10196.9)
    @William George

    My wife worked for Cryptic when they released that and I have a lifetime account, I should really check it out (especially as I still own the name Cthulhu on it).

    Otherwise I've been playing the hell out of League of Legends lately.
    • CommentAuthorSBarrett
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2011
     (10196.10)
    I have Space Marine pre-ordered for PS3. It comes out next week.

    Other than that I am playing Civ 5, Shogun 2, Empire: Total War, and Bad Company 2 for my video game needs.
  5.  (10196.11)
    I highly suggest the XBox Arcade game called "Half Minute Hero". It's an RPG / puzzle game but each game in it (there's 62 or something in total) only gives you 30 seconds to complete the game. (Buy items, talk to people, do side quests, level grind, kill the big bad guy). Thankfully you can pray to the Time Goddess to reset the time, but it costs more and more money each time. It's a glorious game, and has a demo of the few levels / games.
    It was originally on the PSP but a couple of weeks ago it went up for sale on the XBLA for only 10 bucks or so. Well, well worth the money.

    Everyone should download the demo and let me know what you think.
  6.  (10196.12)
    @ Ren Thing;

    I've found that the enjoyment of an MMO depends upon how they cater to which camp you fall into: The "MMOs are less boring versions of Second Life" camp, or the "MMOs are bigger versions of what's on my Nintendo" camp.

    CO doesn't seem to cater to the first group as much as other MMOs. You can do 99% of the missions without being in a group just fine, and you're not grubbing around killing random bad guys for resources to build some actually useful armor for your character. I mean, you can do it, but it doesn't seem to be too important to the game and really is optional unlike the fake-optional of games like LoTRO.

    Since you're Gold, the whole game is available to you. I say give it a spin if you got the free time.

    Unless, you know, you prefer mining.
  7.  (10196.13)
    Finished Mass Effect 2 in an entire day that should have been dedicated to study - consoled myself by starting a new Mass Effect 1 game before realising I had better things to do; like finishing Fallout: New Vegas. Of course now I'd happily kill for Mass Effect 3. Oh dear.
    (It does make me wonder how I could enjoy Mass Effect 1 and 2 so much, yet despise Dragon Age: Origins as much as I do. Which is a lot)

    Tried Space Marine on PC and PS3, torn over whether or not its worth forking over the absurd amount of money Australians have to pay for there games.

    Ooh, and Bastion was good fun, it's on XBLA and Steam, and it's fucking beautiful.


  8.  (10196.14)
    Currently shooting and burning my way across the Mojave to New Vegas after several months of not gaming at all. I played it almost all the way through before - now I've started again and I'm amazed by how much cool stuff I missed the first time.

    On the downside I'm getting seriously tetris-effected. I was visiting the folks today, saw an agave plant in their yard and had a momentary urge to harvest it.
  9.  (10196.15)
    @ Purple Wyrm: As long as you don't look at people and start seeing parts of their body highlighted you should be fine.


    Will
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2011
     (10196.16)
    @Purple Wyrm
    At work, one day, I was cleaning out a bunch of drawers, and saw a bobby pin another co-worker had left behind. I had to talk myself out of taking it.

    I've played a LOT of Fallout.

    I'm still playing NV, actually, trying to grind my way to 30, for once. I've beaten it twice, just out of impatience.
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      CommentAuthorIan Mayor
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2011
     (10196.17)
    Driver San Francisco

    I worked on this. It's good.

    Here's the 8/10 EDGE review.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2011
     (10196.18)
    @Ian

    Please tell me there is a mission involving racing down (or up) Lombard St.?
  10.  (10196.19)
    @Will Cooper @Brittanica

    I'm pretty susceptible to that kind of thing. Back when Fallout 3 came out I spent an entire weekend playing it then held up an entire escalator of commuters on Monday morning because I spotted a dead cockroach and was overcome with the urge to search it for meat.
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    And if you've ever played Fruit Ninja, you've probably been confused in every day life by the urge to drag your finger across pictures of apples.