I never mentioned that I finished The Sims 3 did I? I meant to but instead I wrote about it on Reso and didn’t feel like writing about it again.

Since then, something strange has happened. I’ve completed three games and I’m now halfway through a fourth. This might not sound so strange to some but bear in mind that all but one of them was purely for pleasure, not for work.

The work based game was Dead Space 2. It turned out to be a huge surprise for me as I wasn’t a fan of the original as there was so much backtracking. I loved this though and it really hooked me. Full views are over at VideoGameUK.

Anyway after that I still had review work to do but nothing hugely story based (Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem might be fun but it’s a pretty shallow tale ;)) so off I went to raid the Pile of Shame.

I came up with Enslaved. I’d only played it briefly at Christmas and I was ill at the time so my memories of it were vague. It seemed about time that I played it properly. I started on the Friday and finished it by the Sunday evening. Amazing game. So cruelly overlooked by seemingly everyone but it was great. A little on the easy side perhaps but it made it an ideal game to play during a relaxing weekend. Jumping from platform to platform was wondrous and did exactly what I wanted recent Prince of Persias and even the Uncharted series tried but failed to perfect. I’m very tempted to double dip at a later date and buy it for the 360 also. And I must buy the DLC soon too!

That was over annoyingly quickly though and I felt in the mood for more platforming antics. Out came Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, a title I was halfway through before something better came along. It was ok. Nothing amazing but it was very easy to play. Not in an amazing way like Enslaved was. More in a ‘might as well clear this from the collection while I’m at it’ sort of way. Plus it threw achievements at you like they were going out of fashion. It was briefly rewarding.

I’m clearly on some sort of platforming, free running type kick as I’m now onto Assassin’s Creed 2. It wasn’t planned but Friday night I wanted a game to play before bed. Looking at the pile of shame, everything felt a bit too aggressive, loud or insane for a late night gaming session. I like to play something vaguely soothing before bed. So a game where you stab people in the back seemed ideal.

I’m about halfway through Assassin’s Creed 2 now and loving it almost as much as Brotherhood. Not quite though, the missions don’t have the variety yet.

I’m making some good headway with my Pile of Shame and I’m feeling good about it all. Excluding a brief infatuation with Inazuma Eleven I’ve had no great urge to buy another game. Even after spending ages browsing a Blockbuster on Friday.

Handy really as I’m now buying Bulletstorm at launch too which is making for an expensive end of February/March.

Who knows what’s next after Assassin’s Creed 2. Left on the main pile (in front of my TV so I never forget) is Battlefield Bad Company 2, Deadly Premonition, Fallout: New Vegas, Halo Reach, Kane & Lynch 2, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Killzone 2 which has just been substituted in for some bizarre reason.

Nearly 3 games off the Pile of Shame