The Pile of Shame (2012) January update

Hey, look, it’s the start of February and I’ve managed to not buy a single game since the end of December. Well done me! This is partly down to willpower, partly down to the fact that not much came out in January and partly because I had plenty of games to play anyway. It’s feeling good. Not even Final Fantasy XIII-2 has particularly tempted me. Getting to March (Mass Effect 3) shouldn’t be too hard at all.

Here’s the recap of how I got on! The original post lists some more detail.

Super Mario 3D Land
I suppose I didn’t technically finish this. I got to the ‘first’ ending, played a fair chunk of the special levels then decided I’d seen enough and wasn’t that bothered about persevering. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it. It was a great return to form for the kind of Mario that I enjoy (the Galaxy titles never really grabbed me). I just felt like I was done with it and happy to not return.

Uncharted 3
Oh Nathan Drake, you let me down so very much. To be fair, I enjoyed it in the end but it felt like a constant fight to love it. Every time I felt like I could honestly say it was great, another stupid gunfight came about. I want to explore, damnit, not shoot 301 random enemies. It was worth playing however but it was nothing compared to how much I loved Uncharted 2.

Assassin’s Creed Revelations
By the end, I still preferred Brotherhood and AC2 but I did still enjoy Revelations. Unlike Brotherhood, however, I feel no urge to mess around for the sake of it. I’m happy to just finish the main storyline and leave it at that, at least until I decide I want some more achievements out of it. I tried out the multiplayer and was pleasantly surprised however. Must go back to it at some point actually.

Green Lantern
Film tie-in games are a guilty pleasure of mine and not just because of my achievement whoring past. This was a mindless but fun distraction that only cost me £7 just before New Year. Gained 800 points out of it which satisfied the achievement whore in me. It’s your typical film tie-in game. Run through some very linear levels, beat up some cardboard cut out enemies and move on.

Halo Anniversary
I’ve not played the original Halo since I completed it in co-op mode on the original Xbox with a boyfriend of the time. It was good fun back then. It’s still not bad although time hasn’t been amazing for it. A few bits and pieces appear dated now but it was an enjoyable enough romp. Again, not bad on the achievements front.

Rage was interesting. Plenty of missed opportunites and it really wasn’t gripping enough at first, but it only cost me £3 so I can’t complain much. The graphics are pretty impressive and the gun fights are satisfying. The story falls down a bit though and it’s all a little too short unless you drag things out by going down the mundane sidequest path.

Sims 3 Pets
I’m part way through Sims 3 Pets. Annoyingly, it’s prone to freezing which is extremely frustrating when combined with the lack of auto save. I love the series though and I’m determined to 1k it, much like I did with The Sims 3 before it. It’s going to take a while though. Some of the achievements are very time consuming!

Driver: San Francisco
I briefly returned to this then realised that I needed a lot more practice. I reckon I’ll probably restart it as I’d only finished the first chapter and I need all the help I can get! I just plain old suck at games involving car chases.

Batman: Arkham City
I’ve not gone back to this despite only having a couple of hours at most till the end. I’m not convinced I will for quite some time.

Forza Motorsport 4
I dabbled briefly in this. It’s not a game that needs to be played in solid chunks really so it’s handy for a race here or there.

Gears of War 3
Played a little of this thanks to a double experience event. Loved the time I spent with Horde, even if it was with a bunch of randoms. Plus I started one of the campaign DLC segments which was enjoyable enough.

Below are the games I have yet to touch:

Demon’s Souls
inFamous 2
Metroid: Other M
Xenoblade Chronicles
Battlefield 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Halo Reach
Epic Mickey

February should be fun!