Console Game of the Year!

Posted by Tiluvar at at 10:29am on Thursday, January 28th, 2010

I have this bad habit with consoles. I buy them, get them all set up, buy a few of the trendy games, and then proceed to never play them at all.

For example, I own a xbox 360 but it currently lives with my sister and her husband because he/they use it way more than I ever would. I even bought Gears of War, Gears of War 2 and Halo 3 - and never played any of them for more than five minutes, while my sister's husband finished both of the Gears games. No one has bothered to play Halo for more than three minutes though. I'm still totally confused as to how it's so popular.

It's not that I don't enjoy console gaming.. I just find the games shallow. It's really hard for me to get into a console game the same way I can on PC. Consoles are great for local multiplayer, but single player games just feel lonely. Maybe it's psychological.. I don't know, but the end result is that the only console games I've fully completed since the Super Nintendo days have been games in the Final Fantasy series.

But now is my chance! This Friday is the start of a four day weekend for me, and I am determined to do at least the following two things:

  • Not be hung over all weekend.
  • Finish a console game that isn't Final Fantasy!

Luckily for me, these two things go hand in hand - unless the game I choose to finish is Nascar 2009 in which case getting ridiculously drunk would likely be the only way I could bring myself to play it.

After some poking around on the Internet I've made my choice. I have decided to purchase Assassin's Creed II and make a concerted effort to actually play it through to completion. As impossible as it sounds, I think I can do it!

The pressure to quit and have a nap will be immense. My daily quests in WoW will go unfinished! I may have to order pizza! But I will prevail!

With Final Fantasy XIII coming out in March, that may actually push the total number of console games I finish this year to two. That's right TWO! I can already feel the urge to scream homophobic remarks into my microphone rising as I become more of a console fanboy. I'll be sure to get into an argument about why my 360 is better than the other guy's whatever system when I go to buy the game as well. I'm so hardcore I'll say, that I bought Halo 3 and I don't even play it! and then leave before he has time to realize that what I just said doesn't even make sense.

That's the plan anyways. This may all be thwarted by an attractive female, or a lazy me, as is usually the case! (More so the lazy part).

So what's this game all about anyways? Which castle is the princess in?

Sanctifeyedat 10:56am on Friday, January 29th, 2010
First impressions? After finishing 3 console games in Nov and Dec, then going back to WoW in Jan, I think last
night's 10m raid might have driven me back to console games.

Tiluvarat 12:53pm on Friday, January 29th, 2010
It's fun so far. The choice to use a quest/sidequest model is curious, and feels a little awkward. I think it
would be better if it were more linear and story driven but it's keeping my attention.

If some new gameplay elements don't pop up soon though, I'm going to start getting bored of doing the same thing
over and over. I'm in "chapter" 3, not sure how far that is overall.
Tiluvarat 4:29pm on Friday, January 29th, 2010
Once I got out of the "Starting city" and the story starts to get going, and "quests" start getting a longer
instead of feeling like stupid errands, it gets a lot better.

Having a lot of fun with it right now. Getting new assassination techniques and whatnot is fun.

The horses are really well done. More than a few times while playing I had this faint hope that maybe MMO's can
one day feel as smooth instead of being glorified muds ;)
Ghosteat 5:45am on Sunday, January 31st, 2010
I really don't care for consoles either. The last console game I beat was Twilight Princess (on the Wii), and I
have a feeling the next one I beat will be Zelda Wii.

However, I just got a DS about a month ago, and have picked up a few titles on it, and finished 2/3 so far, having
just started the 3rd yesterday.