Checkpoint: 34 Years Edition

Checkpoint: 34 Years Edition

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It’s my parents’ 34th wedding anniversary this weekend. It hasn’t been a smooth ride for them but they’ve stuck together through thick and thin. In contrast, I’m slowly building something very promising with a very special woman. At this rate, I would be happy to even make it to 15 months let alone 15 years. 

What’s their secret? Ultimately, what they fight over is trivial compared to other couples I know. 

Still Nier: Automata. 

 

Checkpoint: C Nier Run Edition

Checkpoint: C Nier Run Edition

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I’ve been picking away at Nier: Automata for far too long now. Social responsibilities and other things like a broken HDTV have kept me from just sitting down and playing through the game. It’s also a though game for me play through because I need to retread similar story beats with two characters. The second time through is easier but it’s not something that should be a requirement. But I played through the B run as 9S to completion and finally started Nier: Automata proper: the C run. 

I was amazed by the opening of the C run but I admit its impact was very effective because I spent 35 hours going through the game as 2B and retreading with 9S. Would I have been as taken with C run if I didn’t “suffer” a bit with 9S and the B run? I don’t know. I certainly didn’t replay the first Nier multiple times to get the true ending. I also never replayed 999 for similar reasons. I have no problems replaying games right after finishing it for the first time but I don’t like it being a requirement to extract the “true” ending. 

LTTP: Nier (360)

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LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for me to catch up and write about games I missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.

A copy of Nier was sitting on my shelf for well over a year. It was recommended many times on NeoGAF and I’ve seen it rank highly when people discuss excellent gaming soundtracks. So when I saw it for $10 over a year ago, I said to myself:

“Why not? I played and replayed Modern Warfare 2’s campaign for its soundtrack and that wasn’t all that great either.”

Nier isn’t tough to describe but it is all over the place with regards to quality, themes and tone. For example, it simultaneously has some of the best and most grating voice acting in games.

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Checkpoint: End of Summer 2012 Vacation Edition

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I chose a pretty good week to not be at work. It freed up a lot of time to witness some amazing feats live but also to sit around and wait for phone calls.

XXX Olympiad

I spent the last week or so watching a bunch of Olympics coverage. Not much during primetime but live. Watching Usain Bolt & the Jamaicans win the 100m, 200m and 4 x 400m live were my personal highlights.

Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity Landing

All we were able to witness were the reactions of the experts over at command center but their elation was more than enough realize what feat this was for mankind. Landing the car-sized was immensely complex but it was successful. In fact, the Mars Curiosity has already produced some amazing high resolution color photos.

I can’t wait to see what else the rover sends back.

Not So Amazing

Not so amazing this week were my brushes with customer service representatives. They’re quick to serve and sell you things but slow to react when it comes to post-sale customer support.

I was hoping to wrap up any customer support related affairs during my week off but none of it panned out. Furniture stores and home builders are such clods.

With Nier done, I’ve gone back to Uncharted 3 to wrap up some trophies. I should have a Nier review by Wednesday but it’s a weird game to review because it’s all over the place.

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