Monday, July 6, 2009

Mid-Year Progress Report and Forecast

At the beginning of the year I set my goal at having a list of games completed as long as my list of games bought. I may have to amend that with the advent of copious amounts of cheap, bite-sized iPhone games. Then again, I have bought considerably less high-dollar games over the last six months, and almost nothing at full, new-at-release price. The closest I've come to doing so would be Red Faction, which I got for about $45 new, and Burnout Paradise, which I paid the whole $30 for over PSN. I've passed over things I wanted this year, such as Killzone 2, Halo Wars, Wrath of the Lich King, and numerous PC titles, opting to finish stuff I have and/or wait for awesome sale prices. So, all in all, I'm not doing too bad.

The 6-months of WoW I paid for might have something to do with that, but that game remains half or less of my gaming focus overall, which is right where I like it. I'm paid up for another six weeks or so, and I'm undecided what I'll do after that. I may try EVE Online or another MMO, or I may pick up Wrath and continue on to 80. I probably won't buy another 6-month chunk of time, though; I like more flexibility than that.

I'm pretty happy with the list of games I've completed (or sections of games completed in some cases). My main goals for the rest of the year should be to finish all remaining Starcraft/Brood War campaigns, and to hit, hard, my Wii, DS, and remaining PS2 libraries of games.

I'm almost batting 1000 on 360. I've beaten every retail release I can, leaving only Forza 2 and Rockband 2 that need more playtime, aside from a few XBLA games, of course. On PS3, I'm building a great library of games I hope to one day play: Uncharted, Resistance, Ryu Ga Gotoku 3, and the copy of Infamous I should be receiving in the mail sometime. PC is a new platform for me, so somewhat understandably, I'm building a large library of games, and a lot of those need a lot more time in the rotation--Far Cry 2 (which I'm loving), Crysis, World of Goo, Half-Life 2 series, TF2, L4D, Freedom Force series, and more...

With all this gaming, my reading time has really suffered. It's traditionally been off-topic here, but I want to redouble my efforts on that front, as well. Movies and TV-wise, I've been doing great. I've even managed to work pretty regular exercise into my free time (3-ish times a week). Now if only I didn't have a long-ass commute to and from work every day!


Greg said...

I wish I could say I was making the kind of progress you have been on my game backlog. Nice job.

I picked up Tiger Woods 10 with wii motion + a couple days back, despite all my bitching about motion controls ruining gaming. I think motion controls have their place and this is the type of game where it shines.

The motion controls work pretty well. My only complaint is that at least with my under developed career golfer, I have to swing pretty damn hard in real life to hit 100% power on my drives. I guess this might improve with time as I boost his skills.

I'm looking forward to trying this out online, preferrably with friends. I need some serious practice though. My first 3 rounds have been abysmal. I think I doubled and triple bogeyed on most holes!! I generally do ok with putting but driving and my approach to the green need a lot of work.

Anonymous said...

hey dude, sorry, can you send me your mailing address again? I need to get it to my mom so she can send you Infamous.