Nothing! I'm pleased to report that October did not see me give up on any games. Probably because I didn't try to and start as many as in September but still...
October saw me polish off a whopping four games which is quite a few by my standards given that I struggle to make a lot of progress lately due to various other factors in my life at the moment. In fairness, most of these weren't overly involving titles that would have consumed a lot of time but hey, I still completed four games!
Next up was Luminous Arc 2 for the DS and since I typed up a dedicated post on why I love this series, I won't go into too much depth again here. To keep it brief, it was a worthy follow-up to the original and enjoyable for a grid-based strategy RPG because it wasn't too punishing and didn't require excessive grinding to defeat. Granted, there were a few boss battles where I scraped through by the skin of my teeth but otherwise it was an enjoyable experience that clocked in at a reasonable number of hours. Recommended for anybody into the likes of Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire Emblem etc.
Then there was House of the Dead Overkill Extended Cut on the PS3 which I ploughed a heck of a lot of time into, hardly surprising given that I did the same for the Wii original. Again, I've already written about this game in my recent review so to keep it short and sweet, I had an absolute blast and intend to return to it again if I'm ever itching for a quick-fire arcade blaster fix.
Finally, there was Short Peace: Ranko Tsukugime's Longest Day which is a bit of an odd one and only the second 'Hybrid Disc' that I own for the PS3 (the other being Tekken Hybrid). What this means is that you are able to use the disc as a Blu Ray to watch the anime OR enter the 'game' side of the package. The four short anime segments were all of high quality and intriguing in an artistic way. The game itself was what interested me the most however as it is a Suda51 project, great news for somebody who cites No More Heroes and Lollipop Chainsaw among their favourite games. The game is a fast-paced side-scrolling action game where you are constantly sprinting forwards and destroying obstructive enemies...and that's about it. The game is certainly stylish and has a nice futuristic, abstract atmosphere but depth is lacking and it can be beaten so quickly that you'd be forgiven for thinking it was just a demo. Where Longest Day excels however is with the typical Suda51 madness. The numerous animated cutscenes jump from one art style to the next and are so mind-bogglingly madcap that it's a struggle to understand what is going on but at the same time, it's hugely entertaining. The package as a whole has a really nice experimental feel to it so it's just a shame that the game portion is so short. I only paid £4.99 for this one though so I can't complain. Certainly I can see myself replaying the game in short bursts given how accessible and easy to grasp it was.
Currently I have three games on the go but given the lengthy nature of all three, will I beat any of them before the end of November? I'm not sure but here's what I'm currently enjoying...
- Time and Eternity (PS3)
- Rule of Rose (PS2)
- Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS)
Of the three, Time and Eternity is commanding most of my attention as it has shown itself to be a bit of a hidden gem. Rule of Rose is something I'm playing in an on-and-off fashion as it has a lot of good points but plenty of frustrating ones too. It's an expensive and desirable title however so I'm lucky to have been able to borrow it from somebody else. I need to get it finished and sent back! Kingdom Hearts is a series that I've recently re-discovered my love for so it was quite handy that I remembered 358/2 Days was stored away with loads of other un-played games. It's quite the technical achievement for the DS and has the usual Square Enix polish so I'm liking what I've seen thus far.
I've also been lured back into Grand Theft Auto V in recent weeks. Such an engrossing and addictive game but when it steals time away from the above works in progress, it had to be shelved once more!