[TV] Heebie Jeebies

I watched Castle yesterday and have to admit they did a good job of making a Halloween episode. They went with ghosts and demons but it was set up in such a way that you were laughing while the hairs on the back of your neck were standing up. Camera work was great, background music set the mood and the sounds were creepy.

“Apparition American,” classic Castle.

I don’t think TheWife will want to watch it because that sort of stuff really creeps her out even though it wasn’t really a ghost. I love it when they venture into the unknown. This one is right up there with the alien abduction episode.

I should add that I was thoroughly fooled into not knowing who it was, but I’ll openly admit I knew it wasn’t who they thought it was before they discovered who it was.

Confused?

Good.

[PS3] Batman: Arkham City

It was a cold, gray and drippey weekend and I was recovering from a cold so I decided to give Batman: Arkham City a try (once TheWife picked it up for me late Saturday afternoon). By the next day I had it beat.

It’s not a very long game if you focus mainly on the story missions and don’t deviate too much. I know I missed several things; 3/4 Riddler rooms, Zsasz’s last phone call, a bunch of trophies and Riddles. There was also mention of Deadshot and someone that was stealing the faces off of people but I didn’t get to follow up with those yet (I can still roam around the area even after beating the game).

I suspect there would have been more to the game if I could get the Catwoman DLC to actually DL and install but it didn’t work and it seemed to corrupt my game data (at least I tried this before actually starting the game).

Overall, lots of fun. It plays a lot like Batman: Arkham Asylum did only with a few different gadgets and I felt AA was longer than AC.

The Shark absolutely freaked me out. I think that whole section had me on edge.

Bosses I beat or defeated/interacted with? (Some spoiler information):

Two Face, Bane, Joker, Mr. Freeze, Mad Hatter, Clayface, Ra’s al Ghul, Hugo Strange, The Penguin, Solomon Grundy and Harley Quinn. I feel like I missing someone, but I think that’s a pretty decent list.

Of all the fights, it took me a bit to figure out Solomon Grundy but Clayface was one of the worst – for me.  Mr. Freeze was likely the hardest overall, mainly because it wasn’t a straight up fight and each time you got to beat on him he prevented you from using that method again.

I’ll likely poke around with it from time to time to see what I missed, but now that I’m feeling better, I’ve set it aside. It was definitely a good ‘rest and recover’ form of entertainment. I estimate about 12 hours was spent playing it (again, note that I did not do a lot of the side missions).

[WoW] Kung-fu Panda the MMO!

As usual, the upcoming expansion name is one of the worst kept secrets by Blizzard. It’s been awhile now that people knew the name was going to be “Mist of Pandaria” – it’s a running joke on shows like Legendary on Gamebreaker.tv and it had a lot of people scratching their heads.

Alright, so what are they giving you with that expansion which isn’t right around the corner (just think of how long ago it was that they revealed Diablo 3):

  • New talent system
  • Pandaren race
  • The region of Pandaria opens
  • New Monk hero class
  • Level cap raised to 90
  • Dungeon challenge mode
  • PVE Scenarios
  • Pet Battle System

I’d keep an eye on WoW Insider if you want to follow this.

From that list the coolest thing I see is the new Monk class. The Pandaren race is cute and fuzzy, I’m not afraid to call it like it is, but it’s a little too cute for my liking.

The rest mostly uninteresting.

Oh look, new expansion? Time to make your class different, so different that you’ll need to learn it all over again, assuming you don’t end up hating the changes they make.

Yay.

Does that sound like it lacks enthusiasm? Yes? Good. That’s what I was going for.

Please don’t tell the kids about this, I could so see my eight year old asking to resubscribe for this.

[TOR] Cosmetics

Courtesy of Georg Zoeller:

At this time, we do plan on having “racial” abilities, but they will be cosmetic in nature. Think of them as “social” abilities or actions that your character is able to do based on their species.

We wanted to give you something special for your character based on species, but we did not want it to influence your choice in the sense that you would feel “I have to be a Twi’lek Consular because they get +5 Willpower.”

So, active “racial” abilities are planned, but they won’t affect your combat gameplay in any way.

We’ll elaborate more in the future.

So that’s an interesting move and something I always fell into; chasing the better racial ability with less care for the look of the character. I didn’t always do that, but later in raiding I did so to squeeze out every little bit of potential in my characters. I was also a little irked that (me playing a DPS class) the offensive racial abilities were on the other faction.

On the other hand, I’m still not sure what races are playable so I’m not sure how much this will matter. All I hope is that I can be a Kel Dor… I’m thinking an evil version of Plo Koon might be cool.

Another bit of info comes from talk about the impact of Dark Side points on the appearance of your character (I’m guessing the opposite might be true). The more Dark Side points you have, the more nasty and wicked you’ll look. Again from Georg Zoeller:

Like ‘Hide head slot’ or ‘Unify colors to chestpiece,’ this is a game option, on by default, which can be toggled on a per character basis.

He not only confirms it, but notes there will be a toggle for it like the good old “hide helmet” or “unify colors to …. ” wait a second. I’ve not seen that toggle before?

“Unify colors to chestpiece”

It definitely sounds like a good idea to keep the character looking uniform if that’s what you’re going for! Or making it very dark themed, or light… what ever is on your chest slot.

Interesting.

[PC] I Found My Filler

I decided to finally finish Dragon Age: Origins and I’ll be using that as my filler game until Skyrim comes out. Oddly enough, I completed Dragon Age 2 but not the first one. Of course, the second one was far shorter and didn’t really have as much content as the original one.

I took a look a Oblivion, but I have completed that and wasn’t all that keen on playing through it again. I was already done with Sanctum which was much like Plants vs. Zombies in that it isn’t a game you play at length over a long period of time – it’s more like Minesweeper or Solitaire.

I was flipping through Steam pages looking at games but nothing stood out. I almost picked up Dead Island but I can’t really get into zombie killing games. I feel guilty for the senseless violence they focus on all too much and it bores me in a very short time. Generally the zombies are not all that challenging or different in much other than looks. Yeah, I get that there are quests and missions and it’s sort of like Borderlands. I just don’t like the content of it. You could have quests and missions just like Borderlands but have the content be Hello Kitty stuff and it wouldn’t do anything for me either.

I even briefly considered checking out Age of Conan which I didn’t really like much beyond level 20 and not much really before then either. The idea was neat, but meh.

So after all that reflection, I decided on DA:O with the excessive gore turned down (at least turned off the persistent blood). I went with a Dalish Elf Rogue (female) because I didn’t play a rouge before and thought it might be different. My previous characters that I played through about 50-60% of the game were Warrior types; one was sword and board while the other was dual wielding and failing horribly because of the heavy armor (he was always out of energy after using one or two of the abilities).

After playing it for a bit yesterday, I’m not sure I shouldn’t just play a Mage type… That’s the same sort of trap I fell into last time, I kept restarting and trying different characters and back stories. Ah well, I’ll knuckle down and see if I can’t get it done by November 11th.