Archive for June, 2008
A quick go at lunchtime. Indulged in some Summer Festival activities, then went and stole some plans from some goblins up in Windshear Crag. Also reached level twenty-two, but I don’t think there’s any point flying off to get my new skills until I’ve completed the poisons quest in The Barrens. The enemies are all level twenty-five, so I’m not sure I’m quite ready even now, despite it being a quest you’re meant to do at level twenty.
Didn’t actually play this today, just wandered round the centre of the village at lunchtime looking for wifi signals to try and generate new soldiers. Got three, which wasn’t bad. A couple of technicians and someone for the sneaking unit.
Three epic games today. I upped the difficulty to Warlord, which fits me well. There’s no danger of actually losing the game, but the other civs can annoy you and interfere with your plans.
The first two games I played today were normal random games and I got a domination victory and then a cultural victory. (I was going for a cultural victory in the first, but everyone kept annoying me and I had to kill them.)
Then I tried the Game of the Week. Took me a long time to win as the first few millennia of human history were just one huge war between my Egyptian civilization and the Russians to the west and the Japanese to east. The story of the whole game was war, really, with me defending for year after year and taking any opportunities for offensive when I saw them. I think I only built one settler during the course of the game – all my other cities were captured from other civs. I finally won a domination victory in the late 21st century. I was 51st in the leaderboards for Warlord difficulty, which I fear means the game’s not sold too well.
Ack, it doesn’t autosave!
Despite telling you it does at the beginning of the game.
All of yesterday’s progress lost.
I must like it, though, because I’ve started again.
I’ve had this sitting around for months, if not years, after a fit of weakness saw me order it from vgp.ca after reading about how it’s great online because you don’t have to play it, you just send your team off to fight for you. Er… or something.
Anyway, I just decided to try the single player game, as I’m too poor to afford the new and shiny Metal Gear Solid 4. It’s surprisingly great, but the PSP’s controls try their very hardest to ruin it. Still, I’ve played a fair few levels, recruited some new soldiers and have created a doctor from my wifi connection, so that’s nice.
I’m slightly concerned that the game will get too hard, too quickly. Due to the control problems there’s a lot of muddling through to do and most sneaky situations end in cack-handed gun fights, often with off screen enemies. I’ve died a few times already and I fear the first boss fight. Maybe there won’t be bosses in this version. Maybe?
A blast from the past. All the Civilization stuff lately has got me thinking about other Sid Meier games, so I dug this out and played it for an hour so. It was fun and I designed some nice holes, but money comes in far too slowly for my liking.
So I was wandering around Silvermoon when a Tauren gave me a quest, which was win a match in Warsong Gulch. So I decided to give it a try. All I knew was that it was some sort of PvP thing. Turns out it’s a Capture the Flag gam, played between teams of Alliance and Horde. Jumped into a match that we lost within a couple of minutes of me joining. Then I joined another match from the start. I couldn’t do much, as I’m only level 21 and everyone else was 28/29, but I helped on quite a few kills. We won that match and I completed my quest and got a lot of honor points. Not quite sure what they are or what they do, but I think it might be something to do with the guys I’ve seen in cities with blue question marks over their heads. Not sure. Anyway, it’s good fun, if appallingly laggy.
Oh, and I got up to Exalted status in Tranquillien and got my posh cloak.
Today I spent most of lunchtime travelling or dead. I did get a couple of quests done in Deatholme, but it was a highly frustrating hour or so.
I only seem to have two quests left in Tranquilien, both of which require groups, so I won’t be doing them. Annoyingly, I’m only 750 points off reaching Exalted status and being able to buy a special cloak. Maybe I need to farm some more rotting hearts and spinal dust.
Not sure what to do next. My rogue poisons quest seems to be impossible to do at my level and the only other quest I’ve got takes me from The Barrens into contested territory, where I’m sure to be ganked every couple of steps.
My creations so far.
If you want to see any of them in greater detail, just save them into your “My Spore Creations\Creatures” folder or just drag the PNG files into the editing window of the Creature Creator software.
Lost Cities – Might be a good game somewhere in there, but the presentation is awful and very hard to read. I got fed up with having to squint to work out what all the numbers were. Deleted.
Battlezone – I love the new look, but the demo is too short to give me any indication of whether the gameplay stands up. Seriously, it lasts about thirty seconds. Deleted.
Sea Life Safari – Actually seems okay and I think my wife would like it. It’s a lightweight Pokemon Snap with an Endless Ocean skin. Basically. I’d spend 400 points on it, but not 800. Not bought, but not deleted.