Bring The Payne
Gah! I'm still recovering from an emergency Windows 7 reinstall on my system. I love my computer in general, but there is some lingering issue with the whole thing that eventually gives me I/O errors on my SSD and my USB 3.0 ports have never works reliably.
I don't know if there is an issue with the motherboard but I suspect that my overclocking has led to some instability somewhere. Not really a huge deal, as long as I keep backed up it doesn't take more than a day and a bit to get up and running again. There is simply no way I'm giving up my overclocking at this point on this machine for what amounts to a reinstall every 6 months or so.
Before the crash I finished off Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. It was loads of fun and had me laughing out loud at several points with how much it pokes fun at 80's action films. Everything was in place for a great game, but it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for. I don't really know what I was expecting other than an awesome time, but I finished off slightly disappointed. I think the biggest problem with Blood Dragon, even more than Far Cry 3, is that the game is just far too easy and offers almost nothing in the way of a real challenge. Rescuing the hostages was the most challenging, but sheer patience makes the game very simple. Also, I absolutely loved Far Cry 3, so my expectations for Blood Dragon were over the moon and likely couldn't have been met.
Thankfully the game is fairly short and doesn't have a chance to wear out its welcome. I clocked about 14 hours on the game having completed all tasks. While the neon visuals in Blood Dragon are fun at first, I found the dark look just bored me after a while. The visuals in Far Cry 3 are so much more impressive. In the end I would recommend the game simply because of the fun factor and awesome soundtrack, but I would highly recommend playing the vanilla Far Cry 3 first. Blood Dragon is great but I think it stands in the shadow of its bigger brother.
After finishing off Blood Dragon I was a little undecided what to play. I thought that I was going to move on to Sly Cooper on the PS3, but all the sneaking around in Blood Dragon had me itching for more straight up action. I was having a chat with Retrohunter96 about Rockstar PC ports and then I realized I hadn't played Max Payne 3 yet.
So I downloaded the whopping 30GB of Mr. Payne on Steam and then realized my SSD was getting janky again. After that was all fixed up, Win7 restored, and I used the Steam backup utility that I'd never used before to restore Max Payne 3 on my SSD (as another 30GB download would put a huge dent in my monthly internet cap) I was all set to play.
And...meh. I've only played about an hour and a half, so I can't really pass judgement. I am however surprised how much the game feels like the originals in gameplay and I'm not sure that's a good thing. The way Max moves and interacts with obstacles is a little clunky. The whole game so far feels old in design, but the story is certainly interesting enough to keep me going.
I also had a great time with The Elder Scrolls Online last week. I am extremely close to finishing the main story. It will be interesting to see what the PVP content is like and how much fun areas like Craiglorn are after there is less motivation for me to play. I wonder if I'll just lose interest after the story like I do with most games when I've completed the main story line. I find it very hard to be motivated to get all the secondary objectives and to play DLC after I'm done with the main story in a game. It would also be good for my pocketbook not to shell out $15 a month if I'm over it.
So, hopefully I'll have some time with Max Payne 3 and The Elder Scrolls Online this weekend and maybe get some more time with my son and BattleBlock Theater (remember it is free with Gold for 360 users RIGHT NOW). I can't recommend BattleBlock Theater enough for co-op puzzle/platform fans.
So, what are you playing this weekend?