28 March 2013

Poor Lara!

Never has a girl been so battered and bruised in the name of archaeology.  And no wonder she turned out the way she did. 

Thoroughly enjoying Tomb Raider, though saving it to play when I'm best able to cope with Lara's many trials and tribulations.  There are so many painful moments in the game and I've felt every single one like it's happened to me.  Lara's deaths are brutal and gruesome ... and each one worse than the last.  I'm only about halfway through the game ... mostly because I'm an explorer and have to find every bit of treasure, scrap for upgrades and equipment parts. 

Finding quality gaming time has been a challenge in the Tickle household lately with family illness and work commitments causing a bit of stress ... and a serious lack of sleep ... in the last few weeks.  

Thankfully the worst of it has passed and I can look forward to the next four days holiday for eating chocolate bunnies and hot cross buns ... and I have some holidays coming up next month.  I'm aiming to finish Tomb Raider, play through the Dawnguard quests in Skyrim (keep forgetting to load that one now that my character is a higher level) as well as fit in some lengthy sessions of Sims 3 now that things have settled down after the University Life patch (love how even if you don't get the expansion, you get the worst of the bugs).  

And if I get through all that then there are a few other games on the started but not yet completed pile too ... Dishonoured, LA Noire, Batman: Arkham City to name a few ... and a whole stack of stuff I haven't even played yet.  

27 March 2013

One Person's Paradise ...

Oh, yeah.  I forgot ... a while ago EA announced the new expansion pack due out in June ... Island Paradise.  It was in the live broadcast apparently (sorry, missed the whole thing due to not having nearly an hour and a half free to cringe at the awkwardness of it all).  Do EA make those things deliberately as long and awkward as possible to ensure simmers will find their twitter feed interesting?  

Anyway, so far Island Paradise sounds like my holiday nightmare.  Resorts?  No thanks, unless you mean absolutely last resort, of course.  Epic buffets?  Hmmm, all-you-can-eat is not my kinda thing.  Fire walking pits and many other amenities?  That sounds like a cheesy "personal development" hell-hole.  Scuba diving?  No water activities thanks (shudder).  Jet skiing?  Um, no again (see previous answer).  Houseboats on the open seas?  Sounds like a recipe for sea sickness ... those things are only built for calm water.  Sailing off into the sunset?  No, I don't think ... actually, would that get me outta here?  As holidays go, I'd rather spend a week in a tiny caravan with Father Noel Furlong and an Irish-dancing youth group.  

But, as usual, Island Paradise has some build and buy stuff that would be useful elsewhere so I guess I'll get it eventually ... like in about 6 months when it's less than half price and mods have dealt with the glitches ... and I've worn out the other expansions.  Maybe. 

24 March 2013

Hold the Reticulated Splines, Thanks!

Remember that EA poll I mentioned last month?   Well, I never thought "reticulating your splines" meant "pulling your hair out in frustration at EA's crappy games".   But there you go. 

It looks like offline play wasn't in Maxis's "vision" for Sim City, which was unfortunate given the widespread connection issues on release.   If it did have an offline single player mode then I'd definitely buy it because it looks like a great game, even with the somewhat wacky AI and other issues.  However, it's not in my "vision" to support EA's DRM delusions masquerading as multi-player features I don't want. 

Come to think of it (and I've said it here before), it's not in my "vision" to pay EA anything more than half price for its games.  Especially when buying them on release tends to lead to frustration at their shortcuts and poor implementation, and, at worst, not being able to play at all.  Which means no University Life for me just yet, not that I'm particularly hanging out for it. 

I haven't had Supernatural and Seasons for very long and definitely haven't played my way through all they contain.  Sims 3 is not high on my playlist at the moment anyway.   My weekend simming consisted of downloading the 1.50 patch and all of Twallan's mods that have been updated.  And I grabbed a couple of things from the store that were on special.  Which meant, of course, that I had to reinstall my store content as it magically uninstalls itself every time I try to add more. 

So glad I opted for Tomb Raider instead.