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.
Suda 51 made a lot of quirky games and I didn’t enjoy the ones I played including Killer7 and what I saw from No More Heroes’ gameplay didn’t interest me at all. His games always intrigued me though. They were always weird and original, I just kept wishing that he wasn’t the one behind the gameplay execution.
Enter Shinji Mikami. He’s a developer that I’d give the benefit of the doubt to any day. When I heard about his involvement with Shadows of the Damned, I was anticipating great things. The style of Suda 51 and the gameplay mastery of Shinji Mikami. What could possibly go wrong?
The answer: Not too much when you tackle everything in moderation.
I had modest plans for my home server. I installed Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials awhile back and since then I haven’t done much with its abilities. In fact, I’ve turned off avoided some of its built-in capabilities and looking to disable more.
It’s primarily due to the lack of memory on the server. This old Socket 939 system caps out a 2 GB of DDR RAM and that’s a paltry amount for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials to work with — especially when I have other services I’d like to run on there as well.
I don’t use Active Directory, but it’s running and I don’t believe I can turn it off without repercussions. I’ve also stopped using the built-in “Connector” software because it was 1) not working with Mac OS X Lion and/or 2) it forces the client’s default gateway to the home server which isn’t what I want at all.
It turns out that all I want from my home server is a file server with media serving capabilities, a web interface and WSUS. And you know what met all that without the added bloat? Windows Home Server 2011. Unfortunately I sold my license away and thus I’m left reading whitepapers, forum posts and blog posts looking for ways to cut memory use down.
The next logical step is to build a faster server with a lot more memory to work with. I then can turn the server I have now to a FreeNAS box. I hear it’s pretty good.
With Skyrim done, I moved onto Shadows of the Damned which I’m enjoying quite a bit. The gameplay is reminding me of Dead Space with a roll mechanic. My only complaint with the game thus far is the segmentation of the levels; they’re too short.
Having just finished my second run through Mass Effect 2, I’m left pondering over what game I should be playing next.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)
- Darksiders (PC)
- Shadows of the Damned (PS3)
- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (360)
- Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition (PC)
- Ico & The Shadow of the Colossus Collection
Seven games if you break it down. Seven games that I’ve purchased recently or have upcoming sequels.
The most obvious answer is to start Darksiders because of Darksiders 2 later this year, but I have Skyrim here and cannot let it stay unfinished like Fallout: New Vegas. To avoid this situation in the future, I’m just going to stop buying Bethesda published role playing games. These games cannot keep my attention.
What should I play next then? I haven’t touched the PlayStation 3 in awhile, so maybe it’s Shadows of the Damned? I hear it’s funny and I wouldn’t mind more funny in my gaming right now.
Blizzard’s 20 Year Anniversary Retrospective (via Blizzard)
Direct Feed of Next Generation Unreal Engine 3 Tech Demo (see below)
- Was shown at GDC
- Features DirectX 11 features like tessellation
Marvel vs Capcom 3 Characters Will Cost $5 a Pop (media below)
- Shuma Gorath & Jill Valentine will be available on PSN and Xbox Live! Marketplace on March 15