What games have you beaten lately?

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Matt Barton
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Mario Galaxy

Yay! Ending credits rolling now on Mario Galaxy. I had a lot of fun with this game and highly recommend it. Very well done!

If you haven't played it, you might be off put at first with the 3D, spherical nature of the levels. You are frequently climbing walls, jumping up on the ceiling (and having the perspective shift), playing with gravity, moving platforms, and the like. As unbelievable as it sounds, the controls are actually quite intuitive and Mario is easy to control. The boss battles are also quite satisfying and just hard enough to force you to do your best to get past them. There are also quite a lots of levels, and you can skip several if you don't like them.

I also liked the good variety of levels and environments--quite a bit here to keep you entertained for many evenings.

Now - back to Final Fantasy IV...Can't wait to get that one off my list. :)

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I didn't try the PC version

I didn't try the PC version of Jade Empire, but it may have better graphics and faster loading times The load times are a noticeable annoyance on the Xbox, but everything else is fine. The combat is real-time and I suppose reminiscent of 3D fighting games. It's not very difficult; you can pretty much button mash you way through all but a couple of really tough boss battles. You can also lower the difficulty of the battles. However, not much point in getting this game if you hate fighting games.

I think I'll finish up Mario Galaxy and then start working on either Far Cry 2 or Pyschonauts on the PC. I also need to finish up Final Fantasy IV on the DS and then setup my Nintendo 64 for Ocarina and Mario 64.

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Jade Empire is BC on the

Jade Empire is BC on the 360. FYI, if you have the 360 controllers, they work very well on the PC. There's not much point in using anything else if you already have them because several games are preconfigured for using it.

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Question on Jade, recently

Question on Jade, recently got it from a gamestop sale (dang them, 12 new games!, err old, but you cant beat those 99 cent sales for picking up old games (err jade was $4.99)). I have it for the Xbox, so am assuming it will play on the 360 (anybody know?) but I have mentioned before I prefer the PC as a gaming platform so picked it up for the PC. I have not read anything on this game (but seen it had high praise). Since it was released on consoles about the time consoles where starting to get the games first, is it made to control with a gamepad? As in, is combat actionor turn based or? I guess my question is, should i play it on console or PC (or hopefully either as it wont matter?) I only ask as some games where designed for the console first and do not play well with keyboard/mouse (that last Star Trek ship combat game, ho-boy it was horrible with mouse/keyboard and menus all had the console colored buttons showing). And I did get the Ishar games (t was yoiu who suggested um wasnt it?), DOSBoX is how Good Old games does it too. They are very EoB, Bards tale like, and yes, require the the old school mapping with grid paper. I would say a few nights and I may just be about 1/2 through the first one (not sure though as there are no walkthroughs on net, gotta do it old school, but i have about half the spells listed in the game PDF so assuming).

Oh I picked up the Jedi Pack from Steam this weekend and beat Dark FOrces 2 (amazing how far FPS have come) this weekend.

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I'm going to beat The Dark

I'm going to beat The Dark Spire on the Nintendo DS eventually, but I'm only a little under 7 hours in. I suspect this is probably a 20 hour+ game. Lots of grinding, though it's finally getting a bit more interesting than just going back and forth between the town and tower to rest and fight monster.

I beat some iPhone games recently, but I don't really count those.

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