Alien Crush Returns (Wii): COMPLETED!


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Bought, downloaded, played, and completed all in the space of 30 minutes.

That’s not to say it’s rubbish, as it isn’t. It has issues (mainly in that some areas of some of the “tables” are too difficult to reach, and the swooping camera is sometimes too slow to keep up with the ball), and is short, but it’s fun. And pinball games aren’t all about the story mode, are they? No – it’s all score-chasing!

Sadly, the online high score leaderboards aren’t active for the Story Mode, so I can’t compare my aceness with other people. Boo!

de Blob (Wii): COMPLETED!


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I’ve played this a lot today. Which is evidenced by the fact I’ve completed the final four levels (and hence the game), getting a gold on each, and each taking (on average) an hour. Yes, so I played it a lot.

It started to get really tricky near the end, especially as it threw loads of tanks and turrets and inky walls and bottomless drops and all sorts at you. The final level, on a space ship, also had a boss – something there hasn’t really been previously in the game.

So it’s now complete, albeit missing the bonus missions I’ve unlocked along the way. Those I have completed there, though, have been much shorter than main levels however – around 5 minutes or less each – which is good for going back to and dipping in, I suppose.

Final thoughts? It’s an excellent game. It’s quite long, doesn’t get boring like you might expect it to (after all, you do little other than colour stuff), appeals to people like me with Gamer’s OCD, and has fantastic jazz funk music. My only minor complaint is lack of mid-level save points, which is a pain when the level might take 90 minutes to finish. but, as I said, a minor complaint.

Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People – Episode 2 (Wii): COMPLETED!


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And quickly, too. It seems that reading the Help that comes with the board game thing actually helps, as it tells you that a fight that results in a draw means the opposing side can’t move. With this, I used The Cheat to prevent Strong Mad from moving, Homsar to ground Strong Sad, Coach Z to distract Homestar, and The Poopsmith to hide The King of Town every move.

In 9 moves, I’d won both the battle, and the game. Hurrah!

Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People – Episode 1 (Wii): COMPLETED!


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Um, yes. I would say “already”, but it did take about 5 hours. It’s just I’ve played it a lot.

And excellent it was too. I finally figured out how to beat Pompom, and the section in the castle was all sorts of amaze. And the snake game is fantastic in its crapness.

Guitar Hero: On Tour (DS): COMPLETED!


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Well, hand cramp or no, I completed it this afternoon. It had to be done in three sittings as it hurt so much, but eventually I managed it.

So, yeah. Not a bad game, just not really suited for the DS. And the track list is, aside from a few songs, somewhat worse than other Guitar Hero games. But I only paid £12 for it, so I’m not going to complain too much.

The Simpsons Game (360): COMPLETED!


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After yesterday’s play, there was actually just one level remaining: Heaven. And oh. My.

If the previous levels were funny, this was twice that. Or more. From having to beat God at Dance Dance Revolution, to God saying “Oh f–“, to God saying he’ll do anything to get his Oblivion save game back as he was on the end boss.

I don’t think I’ve ever played a game as funny as this. Yeah, there are nasty control and camera issues, and yeah, it’s nothing new, and yeah – a few levels are just crap. But the writing and the presentation and the characters and all that are astounding.

Civilisation Revolution (360): COMPLETED!


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Aaaand done! Well, sort of. I’ve now completed the game as every single nation at least once, and in every possible way at least three times. So it’s complete.

In terms of outstanding achievements, I have a few “do X on Deity difficulty” ones which simply are not going to happen, and the “win before 1000AD on King” which is plainly impossible. There’s also a “don’t change governments, and win on King” which should be possible, so I might give that a go.

Braid (360): COMPLETED!


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Well, I don’t know what happened, but everything I was struggling with last night clicked today, and bar a couple of head-scratchers, I didn’t have any real problems completing the rest of the game.

It was very lovely, and there is some “find the stars” thing I could still do which is completely impossible without a guide, but at just over two hours long it wasn’t really the epic puzzler I was expecting.

But is it art? Oh yes, definitely.

Golf: Tee It Up! (360): COMPLETED!


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Played this again for quite a while today. I’ve now managed to come first (and under par) on both courses – hence the “completed”. The Scottish course, complete with Stone Henge, is by far the harder of the two. It seems to have much stronger winds, smaller patches of fairway, and larger (and more) trees.

On the other hand, the Caribbean course has lots of water. Which I ended up in for the first time playing my wife. I thought I’d take a shortcut on one of the holes, only to have my ball bounce off a tree and into the sea. Pff.

Yoshi’s Story (Wii): COMPLETED!


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N64 on Wii, of course. Even though I have it on the N64 too. Tch.

But I completed it for the first time ever! I know it isn’t a hard game, and the main point is to use it as a sort of Score Attack thing, but still. It really was very good too. And I finished up with three non-dead Yoshis!

Zack and Wiki (Wii): COMPLETED!


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It took over an hour to finish off the boss, as I had several failures, but eventually he was defeated. There were then four (or five?) “Game Over” sequences, including two more after it declared “Fin”, and then it was finally over. Now there are some extra challenges to complete, but I haven’t a clue how to go about accessing them. The books on the bookshelf are mostly empty still too.

Total play time: 12 hours 27 minutes.

Assault Heroes (360): COMPLETED!


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I was going through my list of downloaded content, re-licencing stuff to my new 360, when I realised I’d bought this but barely played it. I’d not even managed the spider boss at the end of the first stage.

So I gave it another go, and, if you’ve read the title of this post already you’ll already know, I completed it. It wasn’t actually that hard, so I’m not really sure how I managed to fail so badly on previous attempts. The only time I actually lost all my lives was actually on the section after the end of game boss! Luckily, you can continue from there, and so I soon finished it off.

Netted quite a few achievements in the process too. Aces!

Link’s Crossbow Training (Wii): COMPLETED!


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Or at least, completed to the point I will consider it so: I’ve managed a Silver or better on every level, and killed the bosses. In fact, I have only three Silvers, I think – two Platinums and the rest are all Gold. Not bad!

I also amazed myself by getting over 65,000 on just Zora’s River – which gave me a Gold without even adding the other two scenarios on that level. Ace!

Grand Theft Auto IV (360): COMPLETED!


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At 57 hours game time, and on my third attempt, I completed the final mission and killed Dimitri. Game over! And around 20 minutes of credits too – they even name the office receptionist…

But I wasn’t happy with the outcome. Someone dies, and I didn’t like it. So I went back to a previous save and chose to kill Dimitri then rather than work with him. The result? Another death. A different death, sure, but one that was a bit easier to take in, even though I still didn’t like it. Then the “new” final mission, which was much like the other one to begin with, but with a different chase sequence and a different “boss” – who was much easier to kill once he was on foot.

And then the end again.

I decided to “keep” this ending, and carry on playing from it rather than return to the other one. I then spent ages taking friends out eating, drinking, going to see shows, going to strip clubs and playing darts. It’s going to be a long process getting them all up to 100% though – most are still less than 40% even after the wining and dining.

It didn’t help that I simply can’t do Jacob’s package deliveries, and his Like for me drops every time I fail.

Nodame Cantabile (DS): COMPLETED!


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Erm, yeah. Already.

After just another half and hour’s play, I reached the final performance, in which it was revealed that virtually all the other characters in the game are, in fact, the orchestra. I imagine you’d know that if you’d seen the anime the game is based on, or can read Japanese. And then there were the credits.

After that, racoonhamsterbear thing played a Special Stage (the game’s theme tune), and it was all over. And! Shock! Racoonhamsterbear was just someone in a suit! OMG!

So, a game that’s excellent fun, but very short. However, Ouendan is also very short (albeit a lot harder than this), so I can’t really hold that against it. And it was only four quid. It’s gone up in price a bit now, but Play Asia still have it pretty cheap if you want it.