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  • unmanneddrone 1:29 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink
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    @feenwager After hideously failing your challenge, just because I really don’t want to overwork my ailing machine, all I’ve got in my foreseeable future is Endless Space on PC and Gravity Rush on Vita. Feels…good. I’m sure some indie business will pop up, but that’s about it. Will aim to add Walking Dead to the list at some point. Of course, I’m still battling through Gladiator Begins, and it’s damn tough. @beige, did you pick it up for your commute?

    Endless Space remains oh-so-good, by the way. Oh so very good.

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  • unmanneddrone 1:30 pm on April 17, 2012 Permalink
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    @feenwager *hands you a boutique ale*

    In regards to my own Feenwager Challenge list, I’ve hit a bit of a tech issue on my laptop…namely an ageing machine and wearying guts that now, for some reason, heats up and could conceivably cook steaks to perfection. I can still play things, provided I don’t stress the GPU, but the PC has now taken a backseat and I don’t really turn it on with the same relish, burdened by the knowledge that graphically-pressing titles are now potential machine destroyers. I cannot justify a new laptop for gaming, so for the time being, I’m enjoying the odd spot of FUEL, a touch of GalCiv2, Reign: Conflict of Nations and some curiosities like A.I.M. 2 (a Russian sandbox trader/combat game set in a robot-infested future world)…

    …but, all is not lost. Really loving the little Vita, primarily at this point for Rayman Origins. Now, a few folks – including @feenwager – have enjoyed this one prior, and I just want to laud artistic and aural accolades upon Origins. I’ve been a big Rayman fan since the old days, and always wondered why Mario copped all the praise when there’s so much creativity and visual delight (and it’s so subtly dark and morbid just below the surface in some areas) in these French gems. (Rayman 2 over Mario64 any day of the week! Très controversée!!!)

    Anyway, I can’t say much more than hasn’t already been said. It’s a good challenge, has brilliant production values, character and level design from a scribbler’s perspective is second to none (I still cannot get over the attention to detail in the simple things like foliage crops…take a moment to gaze at the arrangement of ferns on the various planes in the first couple of levels). A very inspired piece of work.

    Coming up next month: Resistance: Burning Skies, then the month after, Gravity Rush/Daze. So very keen.

     
  • bowlisimo 3:45 pm on April 2, 2012 Permalink
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    @feenwager Every time I load this page, I see your challenge list pop up briefly and I couldn’t help but notice you crossed off some heavy hitters recently. Did you actually make it through Deadly Premonition? How was Lords of Shadow? etc.

     
  • feenwager 3:22 am on March 13, 2012 Permalink
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    @angryjedi Congratulations, you’ve broken the Challenge. Nice haul, but sheeeesh!

     
  • mjpilon 2:04 am on March 12, 2012 Permalink
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    Feenwager Challenge Field Report 2: Bayonetta

    On a relaxing Sunday where I finally had nothing to do for a change, I decided to marathon through the rest of Bayonetta and spent 5 hours doing so. Note that, following my previous attempt to get through it, I decided to swallow my pride and play it on easy. I played enough of it on Normal to experience the combat system and enjoy it but to be honest, my desire to finish Bayonetta had everything to do with wanting to see through the sheer absurdity of the whole thing and boy was I not disappointed.

    I truly cannot tell you what actually happens in the game plot-wise but boy was it a ride….The whole thing plays like some teenage boy’s crazy dream. A beautiful women with a naughty teacher vibe spends a whole game throwing around sexual innuendo while kicking the heck of out enemies with crazy guns and weapons. Once you stop shaking your head at the whole set-up and just roll with it, it’s enjoyable from an absurdest point of view. The boss fights are just huge and crazy to experience. Most of Bayonetta’s one-liners made me laugh when they first pop up and her different special moves (especially her “climax” and “torture” moves) are just ridiculous. In what other game would you have a finishing move where her hair/body suit become limbs that play volleyball with a Golem for a bit before smashing it to bits? Or where break-dancing with guns shooting from your feet is a “normal” move? That’s right… none! :p

    Anywho, the game was a fun romp but nothing I would go back to. I don’t care about my scores for each level so the re-playability is lost on me. It is not a game for everyone – the initial set-up will turn some people off immediately. However, if you fall for the initial scene where a J-Pop version of “Fly to the Moon’ plays while you destroy angel demons in a cemetery (like I did), then this will a game that you enjoy.

    Next up from the Challenge list: AC Revelations. Time to see if I’ve gotten tired of the Ezio storyline yet…

     
  • feenwager 1:57 pm on March 9, 2012 Permalink
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    There’s a pretty good sale going on at GoG right now.

    Be strong, lads.

     
  • unmanneddrone 3:01 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink
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    @angryjedi Yeah, not that it was never not on my list, but it just found itself underlined scrappily with a black ballpoint. Good riddance to time units, this frees up a lot tactical options and – as only the best strategy encourages – gives rise to creativity, rather than rewarding patience. Slightly subjective, but there you have it.

    So many good titles on the horizon.

    Feenwager Challenge Update:

    I’ve lost Hitman. Yep, I asked too much of the man…after taking Cambria General, I pushed Ira, Fox and Hitman across to the university. Hitman was already rather wounded, and in game time, these folks have been fighting for nearly six hours. Fatigue had set in, stamina a rare commodity. When the guns didn’t jam, the bullets rarely found their mark. And Hitman was hit, man. I should have pulled out, I should have pulled out and headed back to the airport…

    Frank Hennessey, you were a good man. And, if the lore is to be believed, *this* close to retirement. That old chestnut, just one last mission. I’m sorry, Hitman. Here’s to you *raises glass*.

    16 hours logged
    9% of Arulco liberated
    2 Mercenaries operational (currently in field)
    2 Mercenaries deceased

     
  • unmanneddrone 3:35 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink
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    @mjpilon I’d say finish up Bayonetta first. Especially considering the other two on the shortlist are sandbox’ey experiences and might take a larger chunk of time, even when critical-pathing the main story.

    I think I fall into the same boat as you with the Uncharted series…and funnily enough, the thematically honest parts of Uncharted: Golden Abyss on Vita were the things most critics (and that @ajguy character!) scoffed at, but I appreciated. Everyone talked of pace interruption with the touch and tilt-based modules of GA, but it wasn’t a hugely action-packed shooty-shoot and had a nice intimate and concentrated feel.

    That said, give me a new Syphon Filter, Bend. You’ve done your part.

     
  • mjpilon 3:23 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink
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    Feenwager Challenge Field Report 1: Uncharted 3

    It’s a couple of days earlier than the official start but I figure it still counts 🙂

    Uncharted 3 is a worthwhile experience if you liked the previous ones but to me, it suffers from the same issues that I had with Uncharted 1 and 2 so don’t expect anything different. It’s more of the crazy blockbuster movie-like experience everyone loved before and the cinematic moments are quite amazing. However, when the gameplay elements get in the way of those moments, it is really jarring. Replaying those sequences again because, for example, I died when Drake got caught in the geometry during his stumbling run animation and thus was short on the jump I needed to make during a chase is a frustrating experience. . All the chase/ running away sequences throughout the game suffer from this issue. The whole “WOW” experience gets tainted when the element of surprise is gone.

    My biggest pet peeve with the Uncharted series is how the game ramps up the “difficulty” over the course of the day by flooding you with enemies and/or “enhancing” them in some way (polite way of saying absurd bullet sponges). The 1st two games in the series did it and this one is no different. It wasn’t as bad as the blue guys in Uncharted 1 but still frustrated the heck out of me when it occurs….. surely there is a better way, right?

    I don’t want this to sound so negative because the game is quite good. I guess I’m just focused on the negatives because they impacted me so much given the high quality of everything else. The voice cast, as usual, is spot-on with the witty banter and one liners. The game looks amazing – the desert stuff, in particular, deserves much praise – and the music is great again. All in all, a great game that I would highly recommend to those of you have it on their lists.

    Not sure which game I will tackle next from the list…. should probably finish Bayonetta but I kind of want to start up Saints’ Row 3 or AC: Revelations. Any ideas Squaddies on where my priorities should lie?

     
  • feenwager 6:08 pm on March 4, 2012 Permalink
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    Just read down all y’allses lists for the Challenge. This is going to be fun. Also, Pete is nuts.

     
  • mjpilon 4:43 pm on March 4, 2012 Permalink
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    @Bowlisimo Just listened to the song and thought the exact same thing….. now playing the Muppet version on a loop as we speak

    Quick update on my Uncharted 3 playthrough: It took 21 Chapters but, like the previous two games, I officially hit the point where their way of ramping up difficulty/ challenge starts to piss me off ROYALLY. Full field report within the week I expect…

     
  • unmanneddrone 2:57 pm on March 4, 2012 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo @beige You both mentioned “Sailing to Philadelphia” in your submissions, which was great. I decided to choose the road less travelled! Happy listening.

    Feenwager Challenge Update:

    A sneaking suspicion Back in Action will last a good long while. The mods the community have churned out thus far are incredible…and make it a savage, savage affair. I lost a good German mercenary this evening…Helmut ‘Grunty’ Grunther went down valiantly as we liberated Cambria General Hospital. I’m using a couple of new mods, Blue Dawn and Fireams Rebalanced, and they essentially make most enemies elite and heavily armoured, with the FR mod doubling the effective operating range of small arms as well as upping misfires and gun jams. Grunty, a fellow who had travelled with me for the fifteen hours I’d spent in BiA thus far, was cornered in a crossfire, with no angle of attack for Hitman and Ira to cover from and Fox helpless to apply first aid.

    Ironically, Grunty died right there on the floor of the hospital, with doctors cowering in their offices no more than ten metres away.

    He was avenged. It took two hours this eve to clear four rooms, but he was avenged. I will miss that man.

    EDIT: Note that also Frank “Hitman” Hennessey was also quite fond of him, so for the next few missions, his morale is going to be utterly buggered. Might keep him at Drassen Airport until his grief is over. This kind of crazy mercenary interplay is an utter shadow of Jagged Alliance 2 – which has incredible intersquad relationships – but I’m chuffed there’s a tiny case of digital glumness going on at the moment.

     
  • mjpilon 4:14 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone I will focus on Uncharted 3 since I am currently about halfway through and then we’ll go from there. ME3 is not a priority for me so the list will be the focus for now 🙂

     
  • RocGaude 2:50 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone I think Bastion’s the most logical first step for me. Like @feenwager, I’m going to knock it out before ME3 drops on Tuesday.

     
  • unmanneddrone 2:35 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink
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    @feenwager Good stuff. We can always bung together a twitpoll or something to aid in the Feenwager reconquista. I’m going to continue with Jagged Alliance, which should last a good while. 13 or so hours in and I’ve only got 9% of Arulco liberated. God help me. Next stop, Cambria University, and from what I’ve seen via a squad on the outskirts, Deidranna’s forces are there in number.

    More than a great idea, a very sensible idea, this Feenwager Challenge.

     
  • feenwager 2:00 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone I’m gonna try to finish Rochard before Tuesday, then ME3. After that I’m gonna crowd source this piece.

     
  • unmanneddrone 1:50 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink
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    What’re folks going to tackle first on their list?

    @angryjedi It seems to have gotten some great buzz, this Corpse Party. It’s on iOS or at least coming to it here, so fingers crossed for a Western release. Either way, more impressions when you’ve sequestered them, if you please!

     
  • feenwager 1:25 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink
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    I’m taking this seriously. I’ll actually be removing anything not on this list from my house. It’s getting donated to my team’s break room.

     
  • unmanneddrone 1:22 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink
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    @feenwager Cool beans. Plus, it’ll be easy to edit the lists and tick off/mark the conquered.

    EDIT: @rocgaude Will do. Might add a few more games to the list, then.

     
  • RocGaude 1:21 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink
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    @feenwager Right.

    @unmanneddrone @mjpilon @cgrajko @redswir1 and anyone else still interested, please re-post your list as a comment on the sticky.

     
  • feenwager 1:19 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone I think we agreed we’d keep the lists in the sticky and make edits to our posts as the Challenge progresses. Discussion about the games can be in the main Squawk, appropriately tagged.

    Cool?

     
  • unmanneddrone 1:18 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink
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    Should we use the sticky to post lists?

    It’s going to be interesting playing a lot of the backlog that isn’t a strictly linear experience or has a definite end-game. Not sure where one draws the line there.

     
  • RocGaude 1:05 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink |
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    The Feenwager Challenge

    (starting March 6th)

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    • feenwager 1:20 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      The list:

      Xbox 360:

      Arkham City
      Dead Island
      Castlevania: lords of shadow
      Majin and the forsaken kingdom
      Deadly Premonition
      Singularity
      Skyrim
      Sonic generations
      Crysis 2
      Shadows of the damned
      Homefront
      Rage
      Gears 3: raam’s shadow
      Beyond good and evil hd
      Outland
      Sam and max save the world
      The beaconing
      Splinter cell conviction
      Mafia 2
      The saboteur

      PS3:

      Jak 2
      Jak 3
      Ico
      Shadow of the colossus
      Sly 3
      Ghost of sparta
      Shank
      Rochard
      Pixel junk sidescroller
      Back to the future episodes 2-5
      Dead nation
      Trine
      3d dot game heroes

      PC:

      Alice: Madness Returns
      Amnesia: Dark Descent
      Starcraft 2
      To The Moon
      Binding Of Isaac
      Divinty 2: Dragon Knight Saga
      Duke Nukem Fovever
      Gemini Rue
      Neverwinter Nights 2: Platinum
      Tales of Monkey Island 2-5
      Witcher 2

    • CMWhittington 1:30 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      The List:

      *Amnesia
      *Baldur’s Gate
      *Baldur’s Gate 2
      Bulletstorm
      Castlevania: Lord of Shadows
      *Company of Heroes
      Darksiders
      *Dawn of War II
      Deus Ex: Human Revolution
      Hitman: Blood Money
      *Neverwinter Nights 2
      *Planescape: Torment
      Space Marine
      Splinter Cell: Conviction
      *S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
      *The Witcher
      *Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
      Vanquish

      *I currently have no way of playing these games until I get either Win 7 or a gaming PC. It might be awhile.

    • unmanneddrone 1:42 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      PC:

      • Shogun 2: Total War (two runs to a definitive end game)
      • Jagged Alliance: Back in Action
      • Wargame: European Escalation (single player campaign)
      • Real Warfare 2 (one run to a definite end game)
      • Capsized
      • East India Company Complete
      • Darkspore

      Vita:

      • WipEout 2048
      • Unit 13 (All solo missions / High Value Target missions)
      • Motorstorm RC
    • A.J. 2:54 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      You bastards would start this the day that Mass Effect 3 comes out. Let’s see…

      XBOX:
      Alan Wake
      Bullet Storm
      Child of Eden
      Crysis 2
      Dragon Age 2
      Fallout: New Vegas
      Gears of War 3
      Halo: Anniversary
      Lost Odyssey
      Red Dead Redemption

      PS3
      L.A. Noire
      Mortal Kombat
      Shadow of the Collosus
      Ico

      Wii:
      Super Mario Galaxy 2

      PC:
      StarCraft 2
      To the Moon

      Phew, this may take a while.

    • CMWhittington 2:56 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      Don’t worry, this is some long tail shit.

    • unmanneddrone 3:42 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      Am I doing it wrong or is there no way to edit posts in comment threads?

    • CMWhittington 4:00 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      You should be able to.

    • unmanneddrone 4:01 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      Cool. No stranger to doing it utterly wrong. Cheers, Roc.

    • mjpilon 4:11 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      My list

      360:
      Saints Row the Third
      Assassin’s Creed Revelations
      Bioshock 2
      Bayonetta

      PS3:
      Heavy Rain
      Ico
      Shadow of the Colossus
      Uncharted 3 (currently going)
      Pixeljunk Monsters
      Pixeljunk Eden

      Wii:
      Okami
      Donkey Kong Country returns
      Super Mario Galaxy 2

      PC/ Mac:
      Amnesia – this will kept for October as per @Bowlisimo suggestion)
      Cave Story +
      Original Deus: Ex
      Rock of Ages
      Terreria
      VVVVVVV
      And yet it moves
      Blocks that matter
      Civ V

      I do have a issue I guess with my GameAccess subscription in that when I complete the game I have (right now Bayonetta) they will send me another one from my list…. but my pledge is to focus on the games I have right now and work on those once I clear these ones. Good with everyone?

    • RedSwirl 4:38 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      Just wanna say, this is basically the reason for which the Squad was created… or at least why I joined it. Also, I can tell you right now that everything on my list ain’t gonna happen within the span of a year.

      My Current Gen List:

      Xbox 360:
      Need For Speed Hot Pursuit
      Dark Souls
      Shadow Complex
      Stacking
      Gears 3: RAAM’s Shadow
      Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts n’ Bolts
      Halo Anniversary

      PS3:
      3D Dot Game Heroes
      Demon’s Souls
      Top Spin 4
      Sly Collection
      Rayman Origins (nearly done)
      GTA IV

      PC (current gen):
      Skrim
      Fallout New Vegas
      Bioshock 2
      ArmA II
      Metro 2033
      STALKER Chermobyl
      STALKER Pripyat
      Gemini Rue
      Magicka
      Penumbra Black Plague
      Penumbra Requiem
      Amnesia
      Civilization V
      Sonic Generations
      Super Meat Boy
      Bionic Commando Rearmed
      Command & Conquer 3
      Cryostasis
      Deathspank
      Mount & Blade
      Trine

    • feenwager 12:55 pm on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      Don’t worry, Red. I don’t think anyone has any illusions about clearing these lists within 2012.

    • impynickers 8:53 pm on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      My full pile of shame is pretty epic. The pile constitutes game I just never got around to beating, but I want to. I don’t intend on getting to most of it this year, but I would like to have it written down as a chronicle of shame. Just to remind me when I am bored what is waiting for me on my shelf, in a drawer, or digitally.

      will designate games I actually intend on playing for the duration of this challenge.

      Steam:
      Aquaria
      *Rage
      *Magicka
      *Freedom Force
      *Trine
      *Dead Space 2
      *Scratches:Director’s Cut
      Singularity
      Breath of Death VII
      Cave Story
      The Binding of Isaac
      Dino D-Day
      Duke Nukem Forever
      *Machinarium
      Metro 2033
      Torchlight
      The Void

      GOG:
      *Gabriel Knight 3
      Sanitarium
      Beneath a Steel Sky
      Messiah
      Syberia
      Broken Sword

      Origin:
      *Mass Effect 3
      *Battlefield 3

      CD’s:
      Anachronox
      Stalker: Misery
      The Neverhood
      Heretic II
      Sin
      Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller
      Revenent
      Under a Killing Moon
      *The Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of Fate

      Sneak King
      *Saints Row the Third
      *Rayman Origins
      *Dead Island
      *SSX

      Dreamfall
      Fatal Frame II
      Jade Empire
      Conker: Live and Reloaded

      *Pixeljunk Shooter 2
      *Resistance 3 co-op
      Invincible Tiger
      Everyday Shooter

      Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
      Rogue Galaxy
      Maximo
      Tenchu Wrath of Heaven
      Odin Sphere

      Sabrina the teenage witch: A twitch in time
      Vagrant Story
      Crusader: No Remorse
      Blood Omen: The Legacy of Kain

      (you heard me):
      *Last Story
      Xenoblade Chronicles

      F-Zero GX (Story Mode)

      >NES>
      Bill and Ted’s Excellent Videogame Adventure
      River City Ransom
      Dig Dug II
      Battletoads

      That is a relief. Its all out in the open. I hope I am not forgetting anything. Time to get to work.

    • impynickers 8:58 pm on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      elements of this post have disappeared…. Interesting. You get the gist.

    • impynickers 9:02 pm on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      To Simplify:
      *Rage
      *Magicka
      *Freedom Force
      *Trine
      *Dead Space 2
      *Scratches:Director’s Cut
      *Gabriel Knight 3
      *Mass Effect 3
      *Battlefield 3
      *The Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of Fate
      *Saints Row the Third
      *Rayman Origins
      *Dead Island
      *SSX
      *Pixeljunk Shooter 2
      *Resistance 3
      *The Last Story

    • impynickers 9:06 pm on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      And yes, one day I intend on beating both Sneak King and Sabrina the Teenage Witch: A Twitch in time … thank you very much.

    • feenwager 10:32 pm on March 3, 2012 Permalink

      Wow, man. You went deep. Godspeed.

    • unmanneddrone 2:39 am on March 4, 2012 Permalink

      What a cracking list! Some great titles there, Impy. Great to see Revenant in the mix.

    • Pete Davison 6:03 pm on March 4, 2012 Permalink

      ALL RIGHT FOOLS. Here we go. I am doing my own slight twist on the challenge which is to go without buying any new triple-A games for a whole year and see if it’s possible to exist on indie, retro and slightly lesser-known titles alone. I think it’ll be possible.

      Then at a games night last night someone pointed out that if Diablo III came out this year, we should play multiplayer. So I have amended my challenge to be “go without buying any new triple-A games (except Diablo III) for a whole year and see if it’s possible to exist on indie, retro and slightly lesser-known titles alone.”

      My pile includes a few games that I haven’t bought yet. While this may seem like a bastardisation of the very Pile of Shame concept, I have long been intending to play these games and just haven’t got around to it. In short, I would have bought them anyway, and adding them to my list means I might actually get to them. Non-owned games have been marked with a dollar sign.

      So here goes. I will probably have to make several edits to this list.

      PS2
      Killer7
      ICO
      Shadow of the Colossus
      Metal Gear Solid 3
      Odin Sphere
      Persona 3 FES
      Shadow Hearts
      Shadow Hearts: Covenant
      $ Yakuza 2
      Project Zero (aka Fatal Frame)
      $ SMT: Digital Devil Saga
      $ SMT: Digital Devil Saga 2

      PS3
      3D Dot Game Heroes
      Demon’s Souls
      Dark Souls
      Yakuza 3
      $ Yakuza 4
      Midnight Club LA

      PSP
      Corpse Party (currently playing)
      $ Persona
      $ Persona 2: Innocent Sin
      $ Persona 3 Portable (this may replace Persona 3 FES in the above list)
      $ Trails in the Sky

      Xbox 360
      Rayman Origins

      PC
      Amnesia
      Aquaria
      Assassin’s Creed II
      Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (OnLive)
      Breath of Death VII
      Chantelise
      Cthulhu Saves the World
      Far Cry 2
      $ Fortune Summoners
      GTA: San Andreas
      GTA IV
      GTA IV: Episodes from Liberty City
      Hacker Evolution
      Hacker Evolution: Untold
      HeXen II
      Hard Reset
      Jade Empire
      King’s Bounty
      King’s Bounty: Armored Princess
      King Arthur: The Role-Playing Wargame
      Magicka (Squad multiplayer sometime, hmm?)
      Mata Hari
      Neverwinter Nights 2
      Portal 2 Co-Op
      Puzzle Agent
      Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper
      Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis
      Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened
      Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Mummy
      Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Persian Carpet
      Sherlock Holmes: The Secret of the Silver Earring
      Take On Helicopters
      Thief: Deadly Shadows
      Time Gentlemen, Please!
      TRAUMA
      Trine
      Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines
      VVVVVV
      X-COM Apocalypse (and possibly the previous two)
      Baldur’s Gate II (inc. Throne of Bhaal)
      Gabriel Knight 3
      Ghost Master
      Master of Magic
      Ultima Underworld
      Ultima Underworld II
      $ Ultima VII

      Wii
      Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
      Zack & Wiki
      Xenoblade Chronicles New Game + run alongside anyone else playing it… maybe

    • RedSwirl 1:05 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      Honestly, I’m too scared to break out my handheld backlog. Even limiting it to the DS and PSP just looks scary. The bad part is that almost all of my unfinished handheld games are long-ass RPGs.

    • RedSwirl 1:18 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      The worst thing about having a backlog though is that it ensures you’ll always be moving from game-to-game. You never have the time to just stick with one or a handful of really great games like you used to. I hate that.

      There are a bunch of games I bought last year that I would still be playing the shit out of if I still had the time. I think it’s devaluing the games themselves.

    • RedSwirl 1:26 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      And shit I didn’t even mention my Wii backlog. Yeah I got a Wii backlog. It’s the reason why I still own the system.

      Wii:
      Rhythm Heaven Fever
      Sin and Punishment: Successor to the Stars
      Endless Ocean
      Endless Ocean 2
      Punch-Out
      Metroid Prime Trilogy

    • unmanneddrone 2:19 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      Don’t stress too much. And if you do, why not go swimming with the cetaceans in Endless Ocean!

    • sinfony 4:27 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      Here is my very sad list:

      (all on PC)
      Total War: Shogun 2 (1 complete, non-tutorial game)
      The Witcher 2
      Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl
      Shift 2: Unleashed (reasonable progression)
      Alpha Protocol
      Left 4 Dead 2 (one attempt at each campaign)

      Sadly, this list is probably too ambitious. But let us see!

    • unmanneddrone 4:32 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      We’ll have to be Shogun 2 buddies, Sin. Let me know a tentative window when you plan to kick it off and we’ll compare notes. I’ll probably be ready for a little Shogun in a month’s time if Jagged Alliance can be dusted in that time.

    • sinfony 4:56 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      I’m afraid my schedule will be too erratic to figure out when I’ll give it a crack. I plan to read over frogbeastegg’s extremely elaborate walkthrough before I give it a go as well.

    • Shingro 6:05 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      I’d love to get some good squaddie info about Shogun 2 from you guys, I got the game but I’m having trouble keeping myself motivated to really dive into it.

    • unmanneddrone 12:52 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      @sinfony Whenever you’re up for it, let us know. I’ll busy myself with Real Warfare 2 until we hit Shogun.

      @shingro I totally (and somewhat shamefully!) just checked out your Steam list for comparisons…and you’ve got quite the swathe of hours on Civ V! I dunno, with the strategic map, it’s kind of the same thing…what’re your concerns at this point? (should this be a discussion outside the Challenge thread? I dunno. Make the call, sir!)

    • CMWhittington 4:18 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      I’ve culled my list over the weekend and dropped Darksiders. I figure that if I’m going to commit to playing through my pile, the games need to serve my entertainment needs at an acceptable level. Darksiders is just pissing me off. Too much of what’s turned me off to Zelda is angering me.

    • Shingro 6:57 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      I just feel like there’s more I should be doing, In civ I’m always trying to work additional tiles, managing building queues, get more technology and manage my social tree. Comparitively I feel like I somehow got through Shogun 2 without identifying the things that I’m supposed to be managing and working with per turn.

    • impynickers 7:08 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      I am in the same boat, I just included the games I got onto my list. When I am done, obviously I want my moneys worth. Games I rent through the service aren’t piling up like my pile of shame, they will stay at a consistent number. So I don’t see a big issue.

    • impynickers 7:14 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink

      Count me in for some Magicka or Portal 2 co-op. These are both things I have yet to finish.
      Also, Baldur’s Gate II has co-op i think. I don’t know how that would manage on modern computers, maybe through Hamachi. You may want to solo it first though. The prospect gives me a joyous shiver. I am sure there will be some time synchronization we could manage.

    • unmanneddrone 8:05 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      There’s a lot of stuff below the surface, unlike Civ where all options are laid out on the table, so to speak. Granted, the Total War titles aren’t as fully-featured as a Civ game, but it’s primarily a wargame franchise. That said, I love the Shogun 2 diplomatic model and the tactical combat is fine as well.

      If you’ve already completed a run, though, I don’t know what to add, but if you’re feeling like you’re missing something, I second Sinfony’s statement of checking out FrogBeastEgg’s guide, as it’ll give you a great overview of things like province management and land development…

      SUPER DUPER GUIDE

      …once you’ve got an idea of what you felt was in deficit prior, have a crack at at a few different early game runs with different clans. And, of course, if you choose Shimazu, three cheers for you! I’m a few pixels west of Kagoshima on the Satsuma peninsula and will spur on the troops and the peasants for you.

    • scribl 8:21 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      @sinfony I just started on The Witcher 2 recently. It’s fantastic. It’s got everything I could ask for in a choice-centered WRPG.

      Would definitely be interested in playing along whenever you hit Alpha Protocol, STALKER, or Shogun 2. Also, I love me some L4D/2.

    • Pete Davison 11:54 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      Excellent, I would love to play some Magicka and Portal 2. Who’s around this weekend? I may make this a separate post to ensure people see it.

    • Shingro 6:03 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      I’m game for this! I never did finish the game entire, missed the early boat on it =P got maybe halfway through the Portal 2 co-op but it’s a bit of a tarred experience ’cause my friend has already solved everything before

    • cgrajko 6:27 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      PS3
      Nier
      Final Fantasy XIII
      LA Noire
      Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
      Resonance of Fate

      PSN
      Wipeout HD
      Costume Quest
      Little Big Planet

      Xbox 360
      Alan Wake
      Child of Eden
      Deadly Premonition
      Lost Odyssey
      Portal 2
      Child of Eden

      XBLA
      Perfect Dark (I have beaten it, but not on the hardest difficulty)
      Rez (cannot beat Area 5 for the life of me)
      Puzzle Quest 2
      Scott Pilgrim

      PC (There’s way too much here as it is, so I’m not listing all of the Indie Bundle stuff)
      Amnesia
      Aquaria
      Baldur’s Gate
      Baldur’s Gate II (I want to do both with the Tutu mod)
      The Blackwell Games
      Beneath a Steel Sky
      Cryostasis
      The Dig
      All 3 Deus Ex games.
      Fallout: New Vegas
      Limbo
      The Longest Journey
      Loom
      Machinarium
      The Penumbra series
      Recettear
      Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
      The Witcher

      Where the hell do I even start with this?

    • cgrajko 7:42 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      Oh, yeah, I just remembered that I also have the Ico collection (both of which I beat on PS2, so they may not count.

      I also have STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl, and Uncharted.

    • unmanneddrone 11:43 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink

      What do you reckon you’ll tackle first, man?

    • cgrajko 12:37 am on March 7, 2012 Permalink

      I don’t even know. I was thinking that I may try to knock out some of the easier/shorter things first, but maybe I should play through an RPG concurrent with some of the shorter stuff on the list, so that I always have a longer game to fall back on if I’m in the mood for that and a shorter game to play in bursts if I want something bite sized.

      I guess I will finish up Nier and try to beat some of the PSN and XBLA stuff.

      How long are LA Noire and Alan Wake?

    • RedSwirl 2:15 am on March 7, 2012 Permalink

      I think we all need to start with the shorter stuff: downloadable games and stuff we’re almost done with.

    • unmanneddrone 1:00 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink

      Hmm, I think Pete and Mark would be able to answer those two enquiries.

      Can I request a nice big @cgrajko spiel on Nier once you’ve dusted it?

    • cgrajko 7:37 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink

      Oh, don’t worry, there will definitely be a nice, big spiel on Nier once I’ve finished it. Though, from what I understand, there are four endings. So, maybe there will be one spiel per ending or something.

    • unmanneddrone 3:17 pm on March 8, 2012 Permalink

      Looking forward to it. Only knowing it by reputation, both Nier and the Souls games seem to evoke some sort of Eastern Euro vibe.

      But yes, very keen to hear your thoughts on Kainé especially.

    • beige 4:25 pm on March 8, 2012 Permalink

      Re: Neir. Yeeeeeah…. I think I said everything I currently need to say on the subject here here and here. I’d repost in its entirity but this is the kind of thing that throws the board into discord. I’ll just add that if you are at all curious, give it a read. It’s shonuff a pretty thorough analysis of my thoughts on the game.

    • cgrajko 7:56 pm on March 8, 2012 Permalink

      Whoa, AJ, we have a lot of games in common. Just let me know when you want to start up Alan Wake, Child of Eden, Lost Odyssey, LA Noire, or one of the games from the Ico collection 🙂

    • cgrajko 12:36 am on March 9, 2012 Permalink

      Let me know when you start up Deus Ex, because I have never made it all the way through. I think I may need some external motivation or something.

    • RedSwirl 6:35 pm on March 10, 2012 Permalink

      After I finish ME3 I’m probably gonna catch up on my Film/TV Pile of Shame before I start on games.

    • feenwager 11:14 am on March 11, 2012 Permalink

      At my current pace, the Feenwager Challenge shall last approximately…forever.

    • unmanneddrone 3:35 pm on March 11, 2012 Permalink

      I smell a good ol’ TV show/film discussion on the Squawk!

    • unmanneddrone 3:35 pm on March 11, 2012 Permalink

      Bodes well for the pocket book! Enjoying it so far.

    • mjpilon 12:22 am on March 12, 2012 Permalink

      I’m actually making decent headway…. two down already. But now I enter the “open-world” games with AC Revelations and Saints Row, so my pace will slow down

    • cgrajko 8:07 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink

      My girlfriend bought the most recent Mortal Kombat the other day. I’m not sure that counts as a title I would put up on the list, but it certainly counts as a title that will steal my free time, because, I’ve got to say, it’s pretty damn fun.

    • feenwager 2:24 am on March 19, 2012 Permalink

      Alright, kids…Mass Effect be done. The list is up there. What next?

    • CMWhittington 2:38 am on March 19, 2012 Permalink

      @feenwager Conviction’s on my list, too. Want to tackle some co-op?

      Side note, I went and tried Amalur. I don’t own it but has been in my GameFly queue. I’ve been playing too many RPGs with great stories but unsatisfying gameplay so this game’s a welcome relief. Man, do I feel good about playing one where I don’t give 3 shits about the story and just enjoy fucking shit up. May have to take this one the distance.

    • feenwager 12:46 am on March 20, 2012 Permalink

      I actually decided to go with Singularity, mostly because it was already downstairs.

    • impynickers 1:12 am on March 20, 2012 Permalink

      @feenwager interesting choice. Its on my list too, I played about 3 hours of it. It takes a lot of interesting ideas from other games and mashes them together to some suprising success.

      @cgrajko I played Mortal Kombat a couple of months ago and was a fan. I am not a fighting game guru of any sort, but I felt like they finally brought MK back to its roots. Brutal and fun to play with people.
      Also, I am interested to hear your take on Deus Ex. Its a game I don’t get sick of talking about.

      I am done ME3. I wonder what to get into next. I was thinking of going old school. I dunno.
      Impending exams and papers are choking my free time, but slick time management might ensure I down another game in the next week.

    • unmanneddrone 12:08 pm on March 20, 2012 Permalink

      Oh damn. So, the new patch for Jagged Alliance has some sort of really heinous way of dealing with my GPU, so I can’t get more than fifteen or so minutes into a level without my laptop overheating and shutting down. Crazy. Thought it was a hardware problem, but can run everything else fine without a hitch or a hint of this overheating problem.

      So, back on the digital shelf this goes until that one is sorted. A shame, because it’s great fun.

      Next up, back into Wargame!

    • unmanneddrone 1:07 pm on March 21, 2012 Permalink

      Turns out the heinous patch was simply a heinously corrupted or corrupting something or another in Windows that seemed to push my GPU into some sort of overdrive. Either way, formatted and now have a rather clean system once again. But yes, Wargame for now…will get back to JA down the line.

    • RedSwirl 7:12 pm on March 24, 2012 Permalink

      Looks like the Mickey Mouse Illusion games just got bumped up on my backlog. Nintendo Power just revealed the fourth one: Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for the 3DS coming out this fall.

    • impynickers 5:02 pm on March 29, 2012 Permalink

      Keeping on top of this challenge is tough. Knee deep in The Legend of Kyrandia 2, a game I previously had not touched since sometime in the mid 1990’s. I beat the 2 other games in the series, but some people have been telling me 2 is the actual better game. It is certainly a unique adventure game. Your character being somewhat of an alchemist ensures a few non-traditional puzzles, and the dialogue so far is still charming. I think I may be resorting to FAQ’s just to fast track things though… at the pace I am going I wont be making it through my list until I am a senile old man.

    • RedSwirl 4:28 pm on March 30, 2012 Permalink

      Symphony of the Night is down. Impressions over at my new blog: http://noplatform.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/late-to-the-party-castlevania-symphony-of-the-night/

    • RedSwirl 3:41 pm on April 2, 2012 Permalink

      My report on Sonic CD: http://noplatform.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/late-to-the-party-sonic-cd/
      In short, it’s the real sequel to Sonic 2.

      I think I’m moving on to BioShock 2 next, if for no other reason than “Minerva’s Den”. Somehow I’ve figured out that I can’t subsist entirely on “small” or “indie” games for too long. I can play them in-between the big shit, but they alone won’t quite satisfy my appetite.

    • Pete Davison 12:14 pm on April 3, 2012 Permalink

      My progress is going slowly, not helped by my looting of Game and Gamestation stores over here adding Eternal Sonata, Lost Odyssey, Resonance of Fate, FFVII Crisis Core, Harvest Moon Hero of Leaf Valley, Dissidia Final Fantasy and doubtless some other ones I’ve forgotten to the mix.

      In the meantime, I’m still finishing up Shadow Hearts: Covenant. The final dungeon has been “open” for a while now. I thought I’d just go and do a few quick sidequests. 15 hours later…

      Full thoughts when I’ve finished it.

    • impynickers 6:32 am on April 5, 2012 Permalink

      Finished Legend of Kyrandia 2. Set up a tumblr specifically for this kind of thing…. impressions at:
      http://arpeegee13.tumblr.com/
      Ill say that this game does something unique and horrifying, it takes the worst part of adventure games (the impenetrable puzzle logic) and uses it to basically troll you everytime you think you have figured the game out. This is the Dark Soul’s of adventure games, though I use that term not so much to suggest you should actually play this game. The results are rather entertaining to read about I am sure.

    • cgrajko 8:11 pm on April 6, 2012 Permalink

      Since Nier is going to be put to bed (and will have deleted my saves once it is), I’m going to need something else to play. Does anyone want to recommend a game on my list? I have the house to myself for a week and a half, which should be more than enough time to beat anything you all can dream up.

    • RedSwirl 2:21 pm on April 7, 2012 Permalink

      BioShock 2 is down for the count. Just need to roll on “Minerva’s Den” which I got for $5.

    • RedSwirl 4:04 pm on May 18, 2012 Permalink

      Demon’s Souls is down motherfucker. Final impressions.

    • cptcarnage 4:19 am on June 1, 2012 Permalink

      Figure’d I’d weigh in on this… although listing my complete pile would reach massive wall of text territory. Current tally on Raptr is 422 games… yeesh

      here’s the main ones

      PS3
      ——
      Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
      GoW Collection
      Shadow/Ico Collection
      Sly Collection
      L.A. Noire
      Uncharted 3
      Journey
      Dark Souls (I highly doubt i’ll finish this…)
      DarkSiders
      FFXIII

      XBOX360
      ————-
      FEZ
      Batman Arkham City
      Fable III
      Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
      Bastion
      Rayman Origens

      Assassins Creed Brotherhood
      Assassins Creed Revelations

      PC
      —–
      Bulletstorm
      Mass Effect 3
      Diablo 3
      Torchlight
      Sword and Sworcery
      Skyrim

      Thats probably not even 1/8th of my titles. Still got to start somewhere.

  • RocGaude 12:09 am on March 3, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: The Feenwager Challenge   

    This is the best idea we’ve had in a while. I’ll play through the games and decide whether or not to finish them by the third hour or so. If it’s a “no go”, I’ll mark it off of the list for good with no regrets. I’ll be making it a point to leave my “field report” for each game here on the Squawkbox.

    XBox 360:
    Castlevania: Lord of Shadows
    Space Marine
    Darksiders
    Tony Hawk: Project 8
    Far Cry 2
    Vanquish

    PS3:
    Uncharted 3
    M&M: Clash of Heroes

    Mac:
    Frozen Synapse
    Civ V
    Cave Story+

    …and the most daunting, *the PC:
    Amnesia
    Arcanum
    Baldur’s Gate
    Baldur’s Gate 2
    Commandos 3
    Company of Heroes
    Dawn of War II
    Freespace 2
    Ghost Master
    Hitman: Blood Money
    Neverwinter Nights 2
    Planescape: Torment
    S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
    Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
    The Witcher

    *I currently have no way of playing these games until I get either Win 7 or a gaming PC. It might be awhile.

    Games I will be playing in 2012 despite this list:
    Mass Effect 3 (360)
    Witcher 2 (360)
    SSX (360)
    Persona 4 Arena (360)
    BioShock Infinite (TBD)
    Assassin’s Creed 3 (360)

     
  • scribl 5:09 am on March 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: The Feenwager Challenge   

    I feel like the only way I’ll ever play through games like Deadly Premonition, Dark Souls, Godhand, etc. are if I’ve got some kind of book club/support group. Not sure I can commit to the Feen Challenge, but I’d be up for a side mission. (Do we still do those? 🙂

     
  • RedSwirl 5:04 am on March 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: The Feenwager Challenge   

    @feenwager “Before adding any new inventory into the pile”?! Fuck that.

    Okay, after Mass Effect 3 I don’t think I plan on buying anything else for the first half of 2012. Except probably Xenoblade. And Kid Icarus.

    …and I just tracked down a Dreamcast copy of Resident Evil 2 today because I never got to play that game. A new numbered RE game is coming out this year man.

    This is kinda how I’ve been operating for the past few years though – raise standards on my purchases, and only buy games day one if I absolutely intend to play them to satisfaction right there. It’s… kinda working. In comparison to my oldschool backlog, my current gen console backlog is pretty small I think.

    Most of my list is relatively short too, especially on console, but there are still some troublesome titles in there. Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls ain’t BOTH happening this year. One of them maybe, probably Demon’s since I’m further through it and the servers will probably go down this year. GTA IV is the other big console problem. I think that I seriously only made it a third of the way through that game.

    There are two Bethesda games on my PC list, and ArmA II is a hell of a lot of game. It’s a combat sim with JRPG amounts of singleplayer content. I’d actually almost call that game squad material. I have no idea what’s waiting for me in STALKER.

     
  • ckim 3:42 am on March 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: The Feenwager Challenge   

    Thanks for reminding me @shingro. The Void is also on my PC list… I swear there’s more on that list than even I realize.

     
  • Shingro 3:16 am on March 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: The Feenwager Challenge   

    Ah, I think I’ll bow out of this then. I love old games, classics and steam sales. Besides, if some Squaddie comes in waving an old overlooked gem of a game I want the freedom to buy it. (besides GoG sales and Steam games of the day are good stuff.) If something Like that D&D sale comes along again I’m going to jump on it feet first and I know I will.

    Heck, if anything I’d be more willing to go the other way, to swear off new big releases until I get cracking on some of those old classics I bought like The Void, Freedom Force and finally finishing Planescape:T.

    Of course I know I wouldn’t do that either ’cause I’m going to get Borderlands 2 and Bioshock Infinite day 1 on Steam.

    Best of luck to you though!

     
  • feenwager 2:06 am on March 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: The Feenwager Challenge   

    @shingro Here’s the gist:

    List all of the games that you currently have access to that you have a realistic intention to play. You don’t have to list every Gameboy game sitting in a drawer somewhere, or that copy of Pandemonium you impulsively spent $5 on the PSN.

    The goal is to play through all of these games, however long it takes, before adding any new inventory to the pile. You are allowed special dispensation to play big, tentpole games such as Mass Effect or Assassin’s Creed, but as a group we’ll keep each other honest before picking something up because we’ll get to it “eventually”.

    Bowley suggested an interactive element of the group choosing the next game in the list, and I’m happy to go along with it, but that part can be optional.

    It’s not a race, or anything…more like a support group. It’s also very close to the Squad’s original mission, only the bargain bins are coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE!

     
  • feenwager 1:50 am on March 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: The Feenwager Challenge   

    @mjpilon I think putting the lists in a separate area for reference is a good call. If I knew how to do that, I would.

     
  • mjpilon 1:43 am on March 2, 2012 Permalink
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    @feenwager This should be a fun challenge especially with so many of us planning to follow through.. It might easier to put the lists elsewhere for “official” purposes but personally I think we need to insure most of the discussion and interaction occurs here on the Box… just seems right to me.

    @Bowlisimo Okay…. I pledge to play Amnesia this coming October. I may need you to keep me honest however.

    @angryjedi @scribl I can definitely understand the sentiment regarding AC. So far, the only one I “kept” up with so to speak was Brotherhood. I played AC2 almost a year after it came out and Revelations is still sitting here. The series still pulls me in, so I’m not tired of it although the reports on Revelations make me wonder if that will change. However, the prospects of AC3 keep me excited over the long term.

    Like @Bowlisimo said though, I would never marathon through them…. that would be insane 😉

     
  • feenwager 1:23 am on March 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , The Feenwager Challenge   

    @cgrajko kilgrimage. Love it.

    Ok, if we’ve got a few people doing the challenge, should we consider moving it somewhere specific and cementing the details?

     
  • bowlisimo 12:41 am on March 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , The Feenwager Challenge   

    There’s at least 3 of you now who have listed Amnesia. October, all of you, do it for Halloween. I can throw in my free Steam copy for someone else if you do it…

     
  • ckim 12:35 am on March 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , The Feenwager Challenge   

    As promised, I’m back to talk about religion in Final Fantasy X. (I apologize in advance for what will inevitably be a wall of text.) In order to do so, however, I am going to spoil the shit out of major plot details, so anyone who hasn’t played it and is waiting for the HD port should consider this their warning to stop reading. Anyone who wants to see my list of shame can look below the big line that I put in separating FFX talk and other talk.

    I feel as if religion is the scaffolding for the rest of the game to be built with; the Yevon faith provides the vocabulary and the tone for the rest of the game. The story itself is ostensibly the story of a pilgrimage (and in some cases, a kilgrimage, [I’m so sorry]) to Zanarkand as a way to atone for the sins of a society. The summoners in the Yevon faith are tasked with various spiritual and metaphysical duties, and the party in FFX is tasked with delivering Yuna safely to a point at which she can summon an aeon and defeat Sin, which has been wreaking havoc on Spira. Again, this isn’t news to those of you who have played it, but I wanted to recap in case it’s been a while or in case you don’t give a shit and just want to read my post.

    The reason I point to FFX as an interesting example is because it deals with both the metaphysical aspects of the religion as well as the relevant cultural issues that are mentioned in the article Tolkoto linked. While religion does inform the culture of Spira, it is also something that is directly provable in some ways. Summoners are able to perform Sendings as well as summon Aeons. (If anyone is interested in following a tangent, Aeon has Platonic and Judeo-Christian connotations of eternal ideas and eternal life. I’m sure there’s a Wikipedia page or something.) The Faith manifests itself as a tangible thing, and it doesn’t cast believers as simpletons or naive, although Yuna arguably is.

    The power of belief plays a large role in how the narrative of the game plays out. The “twist” that everyone sees coming is that Yuna will be forced to sacrifice herself to save the planet from Sin. I probably don’t need to spell out the allegory here, but I think the game is interesting for more reasons than this incredibly obvious and blunt metaphor.

    Yuna’s faith is discussed in depth, and this is one of the few games I can think of where we’re given a window in to the world of a deeply religious person whose faith informs the vast majority of their decisions. Not only does it focus on her own faith but also the type of social pressure that is exerted upon someone of her status. Yevon, and the accumulation of knowledge of Yevon furthers the party’s quest, is central to the narrative of the game. The numerous temples that the party visits during the pilgrimage and the other priests (including Seymour, of course) all shape our perception of both Yuna’s quest as well as Yuna’s notion of the pilgrimage. While she starts out hopeful, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep her spirits up, as she accumulated enough knowledge of the inner working of the faith, the way she previously viewed her role in Spira’s society eventually begins to conflict with how she feels her role will play out. Not only that, Yuna discovers that she has her own personality outside of her social role. She is not a faceless head of a religious organization, which is a rarity in these types of games. (In fact, the eternal Gaian and Messian conflict of the SMT series, is nowhere to be found. There are zealots in FFX, but they are not zealots for black and white reasons.)

    Indeed, I think one of the central conceits of the game is that the social pressures Yuna faces and her religious calling often differ in both scope and tone. The transition from faithful servant to an architect of deicide unfolds as Yuna realizes not that her faith is fake, but that her faith allows others to treat her like a servant and a means to an end. (We can extend this metaphor even further if we look at the way the summoners, particularly Seymour, use their Aeons.) Yuna’s faith is always placed in this dual bind between metaphysics and social pressures, which is something I imagine other people of faith deal with, and it’s one of the reasons I think this game provides a bit more nuanced perspective on some things than is immediately obvious.

    I may have some more thoughts on this topic, actually, but those are my most basic thoughts for now.

    __________________________________________________________________________________________

    I’m definitely in to participate in The Feenwager Challenge. My list of games that I have sitting around unfinished is truly shameful. I’m currently on the home stretch of Nier, but the rest of these haven’t been played much. I’m not bothering to list stuff like Gears of War, Lego Harry Potter, or Halo Reach, because I only play those co-op with my girlfriend. Also, I’m all ears if someone has suggestions as to what I should play next. For what it’s worth, it’s easier to play console stuff than PC stuff.

    PS3
    Nier
    Final Fantasy XIII
    LA Noire
    Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
    Resonance of Fate

    PSN
    Wipeout HD
    Costume Quest
    Little Big Planet

    Xbox 360
    Alan Wake
    Deadly Premonition
    Lost Odyssey
    Portal 2

    XBLA
    Perfect Dark (I have beaten it, but not on the hardest difficulty)
    Puzzle Quest 2
    Scott Pilgrim

    PC (There’s way too much here as it is, so I’m not listing all of the Indie Bundle stuff)
    Amnesia
    Aquaria
    Beneath a Steel Sky
    Cryostasis
    The Dig
    All 3 Deus Ex games.
    Fallout: New Vegas
    Limbo
    The Longest Journey
    Loom
    Machinarium
    The Penumbra series
    Recettear
    Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines

    The PC list is heavily truncated, as there are a ton of smaller or Indie games I could list.

    Now, if you want to see something really bad, I could list all of the books I’ve bought but haven’t read. One of my goals this year is to read all of them. (It’s not shameful because there are hundreds of unread books, but mostly because I have seriously amazing shit like The Master and Margarita and Blood Meridian sitting around unfinished.

     
  • mjpilon 4:21 am on March 1, 2012 Permalink
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    Ah the infamous and pretty annual pile of Shame listing… okay then, here we go:

    360:
    Saints Row the Third
    Assassin’s Creed Revelations
    Bioshock 2 (one more try before I ditch it)

    PS3:
    Heavy Rain
    Ico
    Shadow of the Colossus
    Uncharted 3 (currently going)

    Wii:
    Okami
    Donkey Kong Country returns
    Mario Galaxy 2

    PC – Too many to list due to Steam sales but of note:
    Amnesia
    Cave Story
    Original Deus: Ex
    Rock of Ages
    Terreria

    Most of the upcoming games that interest me will come through GameAccess this year (Canada’s GameFly), so that will help limit the expansion of my physical pile. Also, the one game out of a time will force me to get through a game before I can add to the pile – hence why I need to get through Bayonetta at some point :p

     
  • bowlisimo 4:18 am on March 1, 2012 Permalink
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    @impynickers It’s about damn time someone else got around to Scratches, you buncha ninny scaredy cats. : P

    @redswir1 Please do play Cryostasis, I’d love to hear at least one other squaddie’s view on that game. It gets downright abstract at times, but it’s worth it in the end. Also, ice, and holding your outstretched hands up to flickering light bulbs for warmth.

    I don’t have much hope for any of you people staying on track for very long, by the way, this year’s releases could kill a grown man.

     
  • impynickers 3:51 am on March 1, 2012 Permalink
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    I dared count my steam games one afternoon. Lets say its somewhere over 140 games.
    Good thing for me the majority of those have been put to rest, or have been played to my satisfaction.
    Its mostly a list of classics that I keep for a rainy day of nostalgia, and very few have cost over 5 dollars.
    There are games in there that are simply quick hits well worth the time and money spent, but no more.

    2012 as an itinerary probably won’t be as conveniently binary as I would wish. I know that I cannot force myself into a particular mode of gaming. For me that is a recipe for a one night stand.
    I do however enjoy the concept of this challenge. It might get me to appreciate more of what I have, and less of what is new and shiny.

    The games I have sitting around that I intend on putting to rest are as follows:

    PC:
    Magicka
    Freedom Force
    Trine
    Dead Space 2
    Scratches:Director’s Cut
    Singularity
    Gabriel Knight 3
    Cave Story

    360:
    Saints Row the Third
    Rayman Origins
    Dead Island

    PS3:
    Pixeljunk Shooter 2

    Wii Emulator (you heard me):
    Last Story
    Xenoblade Chronicles

    As far as releases I know I will buy Mass Effect 3 is definitely there. SSX may also be happening.
    Other than that I will afford myself the luxury of multiplayer gaming.

    The next major releases I am looking forward to may be Max Payne 3 and maybe Silent Hill: Downpour if it fixes the franchise. So I will vow not to succumb to these may releases (I think) until I have crossed off pretty much everything from my list. I think this is a good challenge. Nice idea.

     
  • unmanneddrone 2:57 am on March 1, 2012 Permalink
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    @feenwager I’m with you. This year is all about cutting back and making do with what one has for the most part. I seriously don’t know how I’d cope if I operated under the @redswir1 mandate…it’d end up being a burden and choice paralysis would be an encumbrance like nothing else.

    Outside of curiosities, I’ve got all I need for a good long while. This is it as it stands:

    PC:

    • Wargame: European Escalation – This covers my online strategy needs, which can be offset by the trusty old Supreme Commander 2 with friends.
    • Real Warfare 2: The Northern Crusades – Having something this tough is great, and covers a semblance of RPG-ness with unit veterancy.
    • OilRush – Really enjoy this one. Galcon Labs on the sea with node-specific unit creation. It serves the purpose as an evening’s warm-up.
    • Jagged Alliance: Back in Action – For all its faults, I can’t get enough. The new mod scene for BiA is only bringing new and exciting things to the table, so there be legs here.

    Vita

    • WipEout 2048 – Being a racing game, there’s really no end bar the speed of light. Plus, you can always work on being better at WipEout. Plus, having a nice little rivalry with @ajguy on the lap time friends leaderboards is terrific.
    • Unit 13 – The demo is great, so having a score-centric military shooter with heaps of content and challenges allows me to get my shoot on, but also do it in co-op. Especially having reached that time in my life where I simply cannot play any sort of competitive multiplayer shooter on account of time commitment and, frankly, the community, beating score is the order of the day.
    • Motorstorm RC – Who can say no to an RC version of Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart’s Super Off Road? Not me. Cheap as chips, and one game where I won’t mind paying the tiny prices for DLC like new cars and tracks. A new pack of four vehicles came out yesterday for the game in Euro-land with the price of under a buck. Nickel and dime me all you want with Motorstorm RC. Asynchronous racing is where it’s at.

    So, yeah. I’m with you on the backlog attack. To quote the affable Don Chipp of the Australian Democrats, “We’ll keep the bastards honest”.

    In regards to religion in games, I agree that the most interesting and relatively finger pointing-free experience would be found in the Japanese gaming sphere. Religion, especially the Japanese appropriation and interpretation of Western Judeo-Christian dogma, appears to come from a spiritualist perspective, rather than an ideology that serves also as a civil construct and establishment.

    Does the divergence occur in the West mostly due to the games industry (safely assuming) being primarily of the leftist political persuasion, whereas – at least in my understanding of modern day America – revivalist evangelism and religiosity is very much a part of conservative right-wing affair? And for the most part, the Western European religious experience is in somewhat of a decline and, as Eddie Izzard put it, “a bit of a hobby”, especially in the colonial Antipodes.

    The Japanese cultural experience, traditionally, has had that delightful and rather quaint spiritual malleability. Shinto animism (which I think bleeds through a highly iconographic-centric society into why they have mascots for everything; the spiritual inhabitation of objects also seems to affect a child’s appreciation/respect of surroundings – but that’s another tale) found coalescence alongside Shibunritsu Buddhism. Of course, one could argue that the import of Christianity upset the apple cart, but the cultural packaging was different. Buddhism arrived to mark the birth of Japan’s cultural golden age; heralding the appropriation of kanji, of interesting social and political doctrine, of artistic and architectural breakthroughs etc. The arrival of Christianity could be considered just as important, as the Portuguese brought the arquebus and the breech-loading cannon, new naval and smithing techniques and so on. Buddhism, however, was not one part of the early imperialist arsenal and thus, given the Confucian social construct, religious oppression was not part of the landscape to any great extent (unless you were Christian and faced someone like Kato Kiyomasa).

    If we look at games in general, I find religion in Western games – particularly RPGs – is used as anything other than source of spiritual guidance. It’s portrayed as a specific arm of power or traits, used to define and augment a player as having a particular set of skills or definitions. In King Arthur: The Role-Playing Wargame, your choices and actions (in probably one of the more fascinating aspects of that game) shift your religious persuasion around towards one of four socio-religious points. For the sake of gameplay, this offers your forces and kingdom certain attributes or negatively affects diplomatic standing etc., but religion is purely a convention of mechanic, rather than narrative. I think this speaks to how we in the West view religion. It has historically always been an extreme point of contention on account of its social countenance, rather than its spiritual depth, co-opted into a political force time and time again. The US Republican campaign trail at the moment is fascinatingly similar on some levels to the Iberian Reconquista or the Teutonic push into Prussia.

    Contrast that to the Japanese “religious” experience, where you have Shinto marriages, Buddhist funerals, various superstition-centric time-tempered holidays, the Chinese zodiac being more than simply trivial and other such calendar and life events. Despite this variance of spiritualism, I would be hard-pressed to call the Japanese people “religious”, though most people would tick “Buddhist” on the census. They’re an introspective (perhaps overly so) lot, so religion or belief is just another filtration process for pondering or processing perspective, feeling and emotion. Couple this with an incredible respect for tradition, helped in no small way to – like many old cultures – a fairly inflexible social structure, and you’ve got a group of people who see the spiritual experience as an unshakeable cultural construct, but remarkably one of the few aspects of Japanese life that starts from within, rather than without.

    This sensitivity to others’ preconceptions and beliefs allows for a non-vitriolic attitude to the notion of belief. You’ve a country where the societal glue requires as little friction as possible (due to a number of things, though I’d put it down to population density, natural phenomena like quakes/floods and limited land for food production), so it stands to reason differences in Buddhism schools and variation in Shinto ties are seen with fond interest, rather than hostility – much like a regional dialect or food product.

    As it stands, Japanese spiritualism in games appears – though I am no expert, especially these days – as a challenge of character and source of inspiration. We may kill Gods, but those Gods are merely proxies for adversity and a growth or attainment of sensibility – as Pete said. The true Japanese spiritual experience can be seen where the notion of a pantheon is not a binary equation, where an entitled perspective of good/bad doesn’t stick. In Judeo-Christendom, demons are irrevocably evil. In Japanese spiritualism, they take a far more neutral form – sometimes even good.

    In essence, as much as I can’t stomach JRPGs these days for a number of reasons, their depiction of religion is always the more palatable. I’m not a New Atheist – I find them as bad as religious fundamentalists on account of lacking any hint of humour – but I can understand the stance and enjoy the rhetoric. However, from a cultural perspective, there’s so much room for experimentation and analysis of religion and spirituality in games from across the geographic board.

     
  • RedSwirl 2:45 am on March 1, 2012 Permalink
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    @feenwager Please dog.

    Actually, my current gen backlog is pretty small. The bulk of it is older PC and handheld games. The $60 price point has really helped me reign in my purchasing habits this gen.

    Oh, and skip Conviction.

    My Current Gen List:

    Xbox 360:
    Need For Speed Hot Pursuit
    Dark Souls
    Shadow Complex
    Stacking
    Gears 3: RAAM’s Shadow
    Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts n’ Bolts
    Halo Anniversary

    PS3:
    3D Dot Game Heroes
    Demon’s Souls
    Top Spin 4
    Sly Collection
    Rayman Origins (nearly done)
    GTA IV

    PC (current gen):
    Skrim
    Fallout New Vegas
    Bioshock 2
    ArmA II
    Metro 2033
    STALKER Chermobyl
    STALKER Pripyat
    Gemini Rue
    Magicka
    Penumbra Black Plague
    Penumbra Requiem
    Amnesia
    Civilization V
    Sonic Generations
    Super Meat Boy
    Bionic Commando Rearmed
    Command & Conquer 3
    Cryostasis
    Deathspank
    Mount & Blade
    Trine

     
  • feenwager 2:11 am on March 1, 2012 Permalink
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    Interactive? Oh, hell yeah.

    This practically begs for its own special place…somewhere.

     
  • bowlisimo 2:09 am on March 1, 2012 Permalink
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    @feenwager Whew, that’s a tall order. Good list though, lots of thrills, some frills, a couple of chills. You won’t be bored, that’s for sure.

    Can we do this interactively? Like each squaddie gets to make one call on how your list plays out? I say October is Amnesia time if you find yourself looking at this list.

    >:)

     
  • feenwager 12:47 am on March 1, 2012 Permalink
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    Ok, here goes. This is the list of what I have on hand that I would legitimately like to play. In the interest of making this something that is attainable, I’m not even going to list all of the “stuff” cluttering up my collection, i.e. stuff from previous generations or things bought on Steam sales that I knew I never had any intention of playing. I’m also not listing any iOS games, because that way lies madness. I buy those as a professional curiosity, I know I’m not serious about portable gaming.

    How about this, I’m not going to pretend that I’m going to pass up on games like Mass Effect 3 when they come out, but…I’m going to make every effort not to ADD to this pile by accumulating additional inventory until it’s completely gone. In between tentpole games, I’m going to go right back to this list and see what I can do about making it go away.

    I’m counting on you folks to keep my honest, so before obtaining anything new, I’ll run it by the Squad to see if it’s “legal”. Who’s with me?

    The list:

    Xbox 360:

    Arkham City
    Dead Island
    Castlevania: lords of shadow
    Majin and the forsaken kingdom
    Deadly Premonition
    Singularity
    Skyrim
    Sonic generations
    Crysis 2
    Shadows of the damned
    Homefront
    Rage
    Gears 3: raam’s shadow
    Beyond good and evil hd
    Outland
    Sam and max save the world
    The baconing
    Splinter cell conviction
    Mafia 2
    The saboteur

    PS3:

    Jak 2
    Jak 3
    Ico
    Shadow of the colossus
    Sly 3
    Ghost of sparta
    Shank
    Rochard
    Pixel junk sidescroller
    Back to the future episodes 2-5
    Dead nation
    Trine
    3d dot game heroes

    PC:

    Alice: Madness Returns
    Amnesia: Dark Descent
    Starcraft 2
    To The Moon
    Binding Of Isaac
    Divinty 2: Dragon Knight Saga
    Duke Nukem Fovever
    Gemini Rue
    Neverwinter Nights 2: Platinum
    Tales of Monkey Island 2-5
    Witcher 2

     
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