Shameless Gaming: Week One

Shameless Gaming: Week One

Shameless Gaming: Week OneAs you may be aware, July is Shameless Gaming month here at Kotaku. Since there seems to be a dearth of new, interesting releases we’re inviting you to join us as we attempt to make our own personal pile of shame a more manageable heap. I will be documenting my progress here, every Tuesday, but think of this as a place to discuss your own progress…

Shameless Gaming: Week OneShameless Gaming: Week One Friday was a write-off. I had something I had to go to. Something I couldn’t avoid.

But I woke up on Saturday with a sense of poise and purpose. When you combine those two words together you get porpoise.

I was a purposeful porpoise.

I opened my drawer, bursting at the seams. I’ve always had more games that I legitimately have space for, meaning that I tend to loan my games out constantly to friends and family – plenty of my games were missing. Still, regardless, I had a tonne to get through. Metroid Prime Trilogy, Metroid: Other M, Punch Out!!, InFamous 2, Crysis 2, Bulletstorm, Dead Space 2, LA Noire, LittleBigPlanet 2, Homefront… etc – more than I could realistically get through in a month. It was clear that, in this case, priorities must be made.

I decided to focus my time on games I had come close to finishing. I call them the InBetweeners – titles that filled the gaps between the games I truly wanted to play; titles that got tossed when the games I was truly salivating after were released. Alan Wake got tossed for Red Dead Redemption, Batman: Arkham Asylum got tossed for Uncharted 2 – Castlevania: Lords of Shadow got tossed for… any game that wasn’t a frustrating mess of shit.

But I digress. I made, as my first target, Batman: Arkham Asylum. A game I got close to finishing, but stupidly abandoned in the latter stages.

Sliding in the game disc, slipping my buttcheeks into the increasingly comfortable grooves in my couch, I began to realise that Shameless Gaming would be more difficult than I anticipated. It would be a grind. It would be difficult. I had abandoned these games (mostly) with good reason. I hated them, they were frustrating, I had better games to play or – in Batman: Arkham Asylum’s case – I had gotten utterly, stupidly stuck.

I won’t go into details, but jumping headlong into a game, a good couple of years after you last touched it, requires a certain grace period. You’ve completely forgotten the basic controls for a start. With Batman: Arkham Asylum I couldn’t remember what button was counter, which was attack, let alone all the combat modifiers required for Batman to really start bouncing some criminal booty all up in this bitch.

And then there was the context required to play through such a game. In short – there was none. Where was I going? Where had I come from? Being perfect honest, I had no real idea what my next objective was, I had a vague understanding of what the weapons in my artillery did, but couldn’t remember what tool I had acquired last, and couldn’t quite grasp what situation required which ability, etc, etc, etc.

Etc into oblivion.

Shameless Gaming: Week OneBeing stuck was one of the reasons I stopped playing Batman: Arkham Asylum to begin with. Jumping straight to the end of the game amplifed the situation by, conservatively speaking, roughly 1 billion percent.

In short – I was boned. So I did what any reasonable man would do in this situation. I googled the shit out of it.

So yeah, for the first time since Goldeneye on the N64, I had to hit up the internet for the solution to a problem. I was ashamed. And so I should have been. This is Shameless Gaming after all.

But yes, thank you internet. After a solid hour of re-enacting Groundhog Day: Batman Edition, a quick Google search had me on my way.

And it was precisely at that moment that my wife returned with an entourage of our friends and family.

“Turn off the TV,” she said, “stop being so anti-social!”

Yep. Shameless Gaming had gotten off to a ripsnorter of a start…

How are you guys going with your pile of shame? Let us know in the comments below. We’re also discussing Shameless Gaming on Twitter under the hashtag #shamelessgaming. You can follow me @Serrels.

Comments

    • Same boat my friend.
      ..and all those damn sales aren’t helping! I’ve spent like $20 and have 10000000 new stupid games i want to play.

    • Yeah, I got back into it too after it became free. Lots more people playing now which is NICE. Hell, I even bought a few hats. God I love this game. Even more now its got a bigger community.

  • My own start to Shameless Gaming month was a little more successful. Although I had a few problems of my own, namely my PS3 freezing at the dying stages of Uncharted 2.

    Still, that’s one game successfully removed from the pile of shame and I made a little bit of progress in Darksiders, Trauma Center: Second Opinion and the Starcraft 2 campaign.

    Luckily for me, these are all games that I have just started (instead of abandoning near the end) so there were tutorials to help me through my bewilderment.

  • I’ve finished Borderlands and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, thanks to all the free time this uni break has given me.

    Think I’ve hit a wall though.. bought The Witcher 2 on Steam because of the sale. Don’t think I’m going to be able to get through much more this month..

  • I managed to finish Beyond Good and Evil HD on the weekend, despite having to repair and wash my car (long story, not for now) and made some progress on Alice: Madness Returns.
    I’m starting from this end of things and working back, in the hopes I will recover lost gaming skills as I regress.

  • I started early, but I can cross Batman Arkham Asylum and The Saboteur off my list. They’ve been hanging around for a while! I actually enjoyed them both, the Saboteur more than Batman.

      • +1. Only game where I’ve actually gone out of my way to take care of all the optional side diversions. Took nearly 40 hours, but so worth it. 🙂

        • I hope you guys read my review that’s been posted today. I really really liked it, but had a few really frustrating bugs I had to work around 🙁 One of those I wish had been given the extra 3 months or something to really put the spit polish on. If that had happened, it’d be a stellar game.

  • I’m back in to Rift.
    I started playing at launch, but only got to level 18 as I started playing a heap of other new games.
    I know it’s hard to “finish” an MMO but I at least want level cap.
    Only other game I have I need to finish is Hunted. It just bored me. Anyone wants to co-op it XBox liv

  • I had a similar experience with Red dead redeption. I jumped back in and had no idea what i was meant to be doing so i did what any person does, I got on a horse and started shooting at people. Everyone

  • “for the first time since Goldeneye on the N64, I had to hit up the internet for the solution to a problem”… hhhmmmm

    I can think of at least one other time that the internet helped you out mate?

  • Steam sale has decimated my Shameless Gaming start. I’ve just been playing little new games and such, and haven’t even begun to start touching my pile.

    I hear you with the anti-social wife jibe. It always happens at a crucial moment or in the middle of some crazy action oh my god gotta pull this off moment.

  • Mine went like this.

    Boot PS3
    Insert HomeFront
    Look at icon on XMB
    Eject HomeFront
    Play with Sausage Dog

    So, it’s going well.

  • My Mortal Kombat 9 arrived yesterday and put a pin in my shameless gaming period… the next few days are dedicated to ripping throats and Fatality-ing fools.

  • I finished LA Noire and Zack and Wiki on the first of July, then zero progress since. Mainly due to the mainstays of Magic the Gathering and Trials HD.

    I spent the entire time between dinner and bed last night trying to catch FatShady and Qumulys on a track last night. Took me forever to get back in the groove, but by then exhaustion overpowered the skillz and I got nowhere near them. I did remember why I stopped playing this stupid game though… Good thing my wife is much more tolerant of such things than yours!

    In short, started strongly, now floundering. Might get back on track by finishing the final level of Halo 3 tonight.

      • It’s a tough call.

        If you are happy to play what is effectively the same game with some slightly different modes and different decks (and even then, some of them are very similar to the previous version), then go for it. That’s enough for me personally.

        Load times are improved, which is a big plus, but they haven’t really changed anything else. It feels like they’ve just thrown a new skin over the same game. So if there was anything about the old game that bugged you (e.g. controls, minimal desk customisation, gameplay speed, etc), it’s probably still exactly the same and therefore I’d recommend that you skip it.

        The demo is very indicative of the final product. So give it a try, see which of the above categories applies to you, then buy accordingly!

        • Maybe after I’ve cleared my pile of shame. I haven’t even unlocked all the cards in the original. I just end up going on line and using the same couple of decks to try an win. As long as there are still plenty of people online for the original then I will hold off.

  • I filed miserably too. Finished Chapter 1 and 2 of Back to the Future and Bioshock. But added Bionic Commando Collection, Fallout:NV DLC, Assassins Creed 2 and Brotherhood, Lara Croft GOL and Hydrophobia to the list.

    Damn you Steam sales!

  • I never realised how terribly I did in most of the LA Noire cases until I aimed to go through and get 5 stars on each…

    Other than that, I’ve played Pilotwings 3DS which I was enjoying, but put down and didn’t get back into for some reason.

  • Managed to finish Two Worlds 2. By the last stages of the game, I didnt give a shit about the story and just blasted through. Final boss was a bitch though and really makes any degree of boosting pointless.

    Currently playing through DA:O (so I can move on to DA2) and Pokemon Black. Also still practising my Dee Jay on SSFIV AE on XBL.

  • My weekend was a busy one. Drinking, helping my mate build his roof over the decking, followed by more drinking, and then an incredibly shocking hangover on Sunday. So I didn’t manage to play anything. Hopefully I knock over Darksiders tonight, because State of Origin has me busy tomorrow.

  • Ha! This is good initiative.. I’m going to try and finish Infamous and Fallout NV on ps3..

    My PC pile of shame is on a Steam powered ride to Everest height at the moment.. damn them.. sending me broke US $4.99 at a time..

  • Forgetting controls for a game that you haven’t played in a long time is a b***h.

    I try to play only 2-3 games at any given period of time, and only moving on once I’ve completed a game (to my liking). In very rare instances where I’ve abandoned a game and wanted to come back to it a few months/years later, I’d just start a new game, no use continuing a saved file that you have no attachments to.

  • There was a post somewhere that sent me back to GoG.com, and so began my Shameless Gaming Endeavour. On my PS3 I havent really got much of a pile of shame – only really Alone in the Dark: Inferno Edition and Demon’s Souls (one game kind of broken, the other brutally hard).

    I bought Arcanum back in the day when it was released, but never finished it. I found it too hard, and a little broken. Thankfully, over the years, fans have patched the game to make it quite an enjoyable experience. I may have shot myself in the foot though by starting my shameless gaming off with a massive RPG, but it’s always been one of those games for me that I regretted not finishing, and it always seemed to have so much potential.

    And now, one weekend into my endeavour, I think I’m 10% into the main quest, and having a great time!

  • I sat down on Firday night and finsihed FEAR 2 – I was only about an hour and a half away from the end and not only did I finish the game, I finished a bunch of nearly-complete weapon-related achievements. My wife grew increasingly (mock, I hope) irritated with me because barely five minutes went by without another bleep-bloop.
    She’d waited almsot a year to discuss the game’s ending with me, and I can understand her anxiousness. How often does… that happen in an action game, and in the first person perspective to boot?

    On Saturday, I finished FEAR – once again, I was only a couple of ohurs out from the end. My wife hasn’t finished this one either but in her case she’s in a bad place – no medkits, no ammo, no armor – she’s just kind of stuck.
    My last save was in almost the same place as hers, except I had plenty of resources to carry me through. I don’t know why I stopped playing. I guess the FEAR games have always been my in-betweeners.

    Anyway, I got through it – two days, two games! Great progress!

    Then on Sunday I fell ill. Too ill to play games, which is how you know I’m really sick and not just skiving off with a dose of man-flu. I tried feebly to play some F3AR, but I just couldn’t focus. I considered going back to try and five star some more cases or hunt for film reels in LA Noire, but it seemed like too gargantuan a task.

    I palyed some Geomtry Wars 2, setting myself the challenge of outstripping my friends on each leaderboard – not really too hard, I was still at the top of 3 of the 6. I racked up a score of 9.8 million in evolved mode, beating out my closest competitor by over 2 million. I raged at King mode as each successive effort seemed to yield me lower scores despite me living longer and racking up more kills. I was baffled. I went to Pacifism mode and more than doubled my previous best but still lagged a million points behind my friendslist leaderboard #1.

    I gave up and looked for a game I hadn’t gotten any achievements in – Fancy Pants Adventures. I won a code over a Twitter contest from @XboxAustralia. I was so chuffed, but I’d only played it to ‘test it out’ right after downloading it. I hadn’t really played it. Hey, let’s give it a go!

    Oh god. I don’t know if it was the fever induced nausea and chills, the entirety of my skin itching as my body waged a silent war against itself, or the mild water poisoning I probably gave myself while senselessly rehydrating by sculling a 1.5L Mount Franklin bottle, but playing Fancy Pants Adventures was one of the worst gaming experiences of my life.

    Maybe the game really is that bad – floaty controls, illogical level design, generally frustrating gameplay and irritating background music. Some of the achievements are bizarre. Collect all 140 wardrobe items? that’s a great achievement, assuming you made a game people actually want to paly! BUGGER THAT!

    I powered off the xbox and curled up on the floor in front of the heater, much to the consternation of my cat who had to settle for curling up atop me.

    My wife has already finished F3AR twice and FEAR was her only shame game – she is now satisfied there is no point in her struggling to finish it now that she has watched me finish it. She spent Sunday rewatching Sanctuary.

    I have a number of games left on my unfinished pile, but I only consider them pile of shame items if I promised myself I would finish them but never have – as opposed to games I have no intention of finishing (most of which I have traded in by now, e.g.: Too Human, Stranglehold, Saints Row 1).

    My pile of shame therefore remains as follows:
    – Batman: Arkham Asylum (finish story mode)
    – Beyond Good & Evil HD (finish story mode/get all achievements)
    – Crysis 2 (finish story mode)
    – F3AR (finish story mode as Point Man AND Fettel)
    – Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (100% completion)

    There are other games but I’m at work and can’t see them in front of me, and my memory is still a little fuzzy. Maybe I’ll update the list tonight.

    • Holy freakin typos! I need to learn to proofread.

      Anyway, I just remembered some more:

      – Fallout New Vegas (finish main quest and currently available DLC)
      – Fallout 3 (finish DLC – I’m currently in… is it Point Lookout? The swamp one? I’m halfway through that, I have done The Pitt and Operation Anchorage – still need to do Broken Steel and Mothership Zeta).

    • Depending on where you are up to, BG&E:HD shouldn’t take too long, if you have the pearl detector and animal detector for acheivements.
      Also, animal detector pays for itself very easily.

      • I think it shows just how unfmiliar I am with the game that I barely understood what you just wrote. I think I have explored like, two caves since fixing my hovercraft and had my first boss battle.

        I still have aways to go, methinks.

        • “She’d waited almsot a year to discuss the game’s ending with me, and I can understand her anxiousness. How often does… that happen in an action game, and in the first person perspective to boot?”

          I’m curious… Do you talk to your wife in 3rd person perspective often? O_o

    • Batman AA isn’t too hard on the achievements if you’re looking to 100% it. I think all of them can be done post-ending (no missable achievements) and the only difficulty comes from the Challenge Rooms

  • I spent my weekend trying to grind out Overlord… Finally finished it last night, but need to spend time in the Raising Hell expansion.

    Also, I don’t care what anyone says, googling for a solution (As long as you don’t overdo it) is perfectly acceptable… The alternative is abandoning a good game because you’re stumped, which is pointless.

  • I’ve put a few hours into overlord two, my main distraction thou is my new phone. Only had it for two weeks and it is my first smartphone. So I keep dowloading apps and free games to fiddle with. But I finally started to enjoy Overlord after two fights in a row killed all my minions. It kicked my previous superior feeling right out of me.

    I’m gonna beat that game this month, you can count on that!

  • I decided upon Darksiders and American McGee’s Alice (A game I had always wanted to ply but lacked the necessary skills required to do so on PC) and found myself bouncing between th etwo games as moments of frustration took hold of me like the underqualified babysitter shaking the screaming child.

    Alice was the main instigator of these destructive bouts. I was literally yelling at the “Stupid bitch” at several points. The floaty, clumsy FPS controls didnot translate well in to a third person platformer and made for many a near miss when leaping to a floating platform.

    Now, in most game, if you fall in to a carvernous hole the game will penalise you some health and plop you back up to try again. Not Alice. The fall kills you. Dead. “Rightly so!” I hear you cry, and in some cases, I might agree. But not with Alice, a game where the only difference between standing on firm footing and falling to your death seems to be the current position of the moon. I think the starts have to be aligned in a certain order.

    If that wasn’t bad enough, there is the save system. “This game auto saves” we are warned. The first save slot is dedicated to said ‘Auto’ save and we are unable to use it for our own nefarious designs. What we can do is select another of the slots and, in a moment of inspired genius, push square to save and X to load. Or is it the other way round? Doesn’t matter. You’ll probably hit the wrong button at a crucial time anyway. But that’s fine, you always have th eauto save as back up… Right? From my experience, the game rolls an internal die at the start of each level to decide if you’ve played well enough to deserve your “auto save”. On several occasions, having forgot to save at the door to every room, I load up the auto save only to find myself further back than my last save was.

    I did play quite a bit of Darksiders. I started as just another GoW rip off but I stuck with it and now the Zelda elemants have started to surface, I feel a bit more at ease. I’l save th erest of the Darksiders talk for the Game Club.

    • Constant saves are the key to the original alice, as you can save anywhere.
      Also, if you’re having trouble gauging some of the jumps in places where you have time, looking down and waiting will bring up the location where you’ll end up with a pair of feet.
      Longer jumps are frustrating but regular saving really saves time.

    • The new Alice controls are much better, especially with the jumping being so much less frustrating.

  • My pile has gotten bigger with these damn (good) Steam sales.

    I only finished Assassin’s Creed 2 the week prior can that count?, but the pile still consists of Red Dead Redemption 20hrs in, BioShock 16hrs in, Bulletstorm 3hrs in, Crysis 2 3hrs in, The Witcher 2 23hrs in, Two Worlds 2 10hrs in, Divinity DKS 10hrs in, Metro 2033 8hrs in, Dungeon Seige 3 4hrs in.

    Plus there are a few that have been loaded and looked at but never played like Fallout New Veagas, Wolfenstien, God of War 3, Infamous, Force Unleashed 1 and 2, Darksiders, Bioshock2.

    And these are the only one i can remember, but this year have managed to finish Assassins Creed 2, Crysis Warhead, The Witcher 1, Halo Reach, Mass Effect 2.

  • I finally finished the Witcher. As in one. It took me six months. I have 2 sitting in my drawer, but I need to pay some love to Portal 2 first, and possible Mario Galaxy 2. And the Metroid Prime Trilogy. And Trine. And oh god, it’s overwhelming.

  • Traded in Assassins Creed: Brotherhood and Dead Space 2, so thats a few (bad) games off my list.
    However I bought Mass Effect 2 on PS3 and Super Meat Boy and the Bad Company 2 pack on Steam so I now have those added to the list. If thats not bad enough, I’m still on the first level of (*gulp*)…Demons Souls… 🙁

    I also have Metal Gear Solid too. I’m upto the Psycho Mantis fight but I don’t know what the hell to do (despite calling everyone on Codec) and don’t want to look at the internet…Its really surprising how linear today’s games are compared to games of the 90’s, god damn.

    I’ve also given up on Infamous, that game just bores me to tears.

    • 100% agree on Infamous – the most overrated game I’ve played thus far.

      **Cryptic MGS hint**

      Psycho Mantis keeps breaking the fourth wall. Maybe you should ‘swap’ things up too.

  • Mine has started off disastrously.
    Stuck on the original Quake, stuck on Commander Keen, stuck on Ratchet & Clank: TOD. 🙁
    And now I’ve downloaded Torchlight! 🙁 🙁

    • EDIT:

      Jumped back into Quake 1, got a little bit further, then turned it off because my-inner 6-year-old got scared.
      Seriously, being in a dark hallway after taking out an ogre with a Super Nailgun is scary as all hell.

  • I like to pick up games i alway wanted to play cheaply: Enslaved, Vanquish, AC Brotherhood, Alan Wake, Lost Odyssey, Mercenaries 2. I’d estimate the total cost was the same as a new retail game. Great way to spend July.

  • Well seeing this Shameless Gaming month crop up, it finally gave me the motivation to sort a database of all the games I own (also good for insurance), whether I deem the completed, currently playing, not started, or abandoned.

    Just going off current generation consoles (excl Gamecube, and PS2).

    Current Games (eg ones I’m partway through)
    X360 – 43
    PSP – 8
    Wii – 13
    PS3 – 11
    Steam – 16

    Not Started (bought and never started)
    X360 – 48
    PSP – 17
    Wii – 13
    PS3 – 21
    Steam – 107 (and growing with the steam sale)

    The above does not include XBLA or PSN games either, so no matter what I try, I’m screwed, it isn’t even worth trying.

    • Thats a crapload of X360 games mate. In fact, that a crapload of games full stop!

      One thing that always helps me keep my pile of shame small is the cost of games. Perhaps an issue you haven’t had to deal with =)

  • I’m a week late to the party but I’ve been working on my pile (or piles) of shame since January this year. It was part of my new years resolution. I have made progress, but seeing sales for cheap games on ozgameshop/ebay/EBgames has only made it bigger!

    http://i.imgur.com/3IdQs.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/rivoQ.jpg

    So large I needed 2 pictures. This doesn’t even include my Steam games! I have at least.. 50 on there that I haven’t completed. The goal for today is to finish off Crysis 2.. despite how terrible it is. ;__;

  • My efforts have been terrible and I blame the Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta. It is a lot of fun and I don’t completely suck at it. Also I’m a bit of a completionist so for me to move on from some games means completing everything. Currently doing that on LA Noire then I’ll possibly move on to Bioshock 2 or Just Cause 2.

  • I would play other games, but the StarCraft 2 ladder locks tomorrow and I have ONE DAY to try to get into Diamond this season. Not that getting into Diamond is very important, but the idea that after this, I’d have to wait until after uni starts again makes me sad face.

  • I finally finished Agarest: Generations of war on PS3 on Sunday. Now working on Batman: Arkham Asylum on XBox – woot!

  • I was playing WoW again, the height of shameless gaming, chasing that ever elusive level 85 I’ve never quite gotten too.

    But now I have Trenched and I expect to be playing nothing else for the rest of July. Goddamn the game is so good. Like a breakfast cereal made of skittles and fairy floss.

  • I intended to do some work on my pile. I was all set to get on and finish Agarest (I’d stopped somewhere in the second generation way back) since I’d just picked up the prequel and everything. Trouble is, I’ve got the US prequel and the PAL original game. You can import your save from the first into the second, and it unlocks access to various characters and stuff, but I hadn’t realised that the PAL version of the original game is based off an earlier codebase than Aksys’ US release (which has trophies, extra CGs and some fixes) and so you can’t import the save cross-region. Also the US version is much less painful to get the ‘true’ ending in. I could always have finished the PAL release then downloaded a US version save, but playing with someone else’s save game feels really wrong somehow.

    So I decided I’d pick up the US release digitally. Unfortunately my US PSN account was 10 bucks short, so I jumped onto Play-Asia on Saturday and purchased a PSN card like usual. And it took them until Monday to get around to sending me the code. Plans ruined. 🙁

    I guess I could have started on something else but I was all psyched up to play that game. Got it now so might start this week.

    Semi-unrelated: ages back I actually went and registered pileofshame.net, with the intention to set up some kind of database system / alcoholics anonymous-style support group for completion-phobic gamers, but obviously haven’t actually done anything with it so I’m not sure what form it would take. Ideas welcome.

  • Started off my month by finishing Dead space 2. Next up Darksiders gonna be a struggle to relearn all the controls

  • bawble and i have 15 games to finish in 30 days. Him playing LoL and us going out and having other non-gaming things to do is not helping at all.

  • I have got a bit of a stack to get through, although, I dont think anything else is coming out before November that I want in the meantime.

    Playing currently
    LA Noire
    Dirt 3

    Still to play
    God of war 3
    Mafia 2
    Killzone 3
    LBP 2
    Dead Rising 2
    Skate 3
    GT5
    Deadly premonition

  • Tried to finish off Darksiders but its become more annoying than fun. Perhaps hack and slash is not for me anymore.

    Going to try to finish Deadly Premonition and Super Meat Boy. Uncharted 3 beta is derailing such efforts.

  • Terraria has leeched all of my time lately.

    On the list to finish are:
    The Witcher 2
    Enslaved
    among others….

  • ive gone pretty well! that said i started early :p
    went back and finished gears of war 2, god the story and VA is horrible, finished halo 3 and odst on legendary which i was halfway through on both, assassins creed brotherhood and splintercell conviction.

    still to go is mirrors edge which im dreading as ive forgotten the control scheme, and ninja gaiden 2….. which can just go fuck itself i think.

  • Mr Serrels, currently in the same situation.
    Dusted off my Wii (not a euphemism) loaded up
    my “Link to the Past” save game from about 3 yrs ago, am in a temple somewhere, supposed to do… something. Also want to polish of Metroid Prime games, first two I quit on the last(ish) boss, I loaded up Corruption and I don’t even remember what the story is about, this is going to be brutal.

  • Working on:

    * Mass Effect 2 (5th playthrough)
    * Dragon Age 2
    * Uncharted 2 (hard & brutal)
    * Oblivion (giving it another go before Skyrim)
    * The Witcher
    * Heroes of Might & Magic V.

  • Finished Infamous just recently, and I’m trying to make my way through at least one My Player season on NBA2K11. I’m working through (and loving every second of) Mass Effect 2, and I’m really keen to purchase and make my way through Bioshock.

    A couple of things that help keep my pile of shame down is the fact that I only own a PS3 (not interested in 360 now that Mass Effect has moved across) and the cost of games (I’m only a poor student).

  • I loaded up DA2… Played for an hour. Turned it off and uninstalled it. God. What a pile of excrement that game truly is.

    • That Bad Huh?

      I’m surprised they bought out a sequel to such a massive RPG so close to the first game – like you’d think it would take longer to make something like that, then again they seem to be able to churn Assassin’s Creed out in less than a year so what do I know.

      • AC has a lot to build on though and never seems rushed? Brotherhood seemed like a natural extension of 2. Dunno about the new one? Da2 though is a mess. It has NO CENTRAL BADGUY FFS! how’s that for bad???

  • So far I’ve gotten through a few more checkpoints on War for Cybertron and Finished Ch8 (and halfway thru Ch 9) on Mirror’s Edge. The rest of the time has been spent on TF2

  • Was about half way through Deadly Premonition and finished it. Has a really cool story and world and you can help but love the main characters, but combat and visuals are sooo average. Would recommend buying for cheap if you see anywhere.

    Also ordered Enslaved:Odyssey to the West from ozgameshop after hearing good things

  • Steady progress on Outland & Alice as I said I will do over the weekend, but today I picked up MW2 thanks to the half-yearly sales so I’m going backwards not forwards.

    I get the feeling I’m gonna come out of this month with 0% progress with the same X amount of games I buy with the same X amount of games I complete.

  • I seriously haven’t finished anything. It doesn’t help that I keep buying more games! Sales sales everywhere! So…I think shameless gaming month is terrible. However, I refuse to start Zelda 3D until I finish Rayman 3D (which came with the 3DS). It’s incredibly frustrating though.

  • Well I’ve being doing OK so far. Finished off the single player of Call Of Duty:MW (the first) because I could never swallow Activision’s inflated price for it on Steam.

    I have started on Deus Ex. Added a couple of mods to improve the graphics but talking to people close up still makes me feel I’m in a Dire Straights video. Enjoying it otherwise so I’ll see how I progress. Would love to finish it before 3 comes out.

  • I have quite a few games I’ve not finished even after a couple of years since purchase. These are definitely in between games with the must have titles getting the thrashing they deserve.

    I’d forgotten I had some, and wished I could forget I’d bought some others but these are the games I only ever put on when I am sick of the regular inhabitants of my console drives… Don’t even get me started on the Steam sales. Bloody 50gb cap!!!

    Today however, after spending the first of my two days off playing Dirt 3 and Shift 2 online then indulging in a few too many cold beers with a mate), I awoke approximately midday to a clean, empty and quiet house. Having recently purchased Killzone 3, I thought it only fair to explore the campaign further. Much to my dismay, roughly 2 hours later the credits were rolling and I felt somewhat deflated. I had a conflicting sense of what I’d got from the game. It was action packed, loud, full thottle and a complete blast to play however at the same time it was way too cliched, riddled with bugs, graphical glitches and contradictory story archs. Not to mention the lip synching was about 1 or 2 seconds delayed with the audio which made the cutscenes painfully unenjoyable even though for the most part visually stunning.

    I don’t have an overwhelming urge to get into the multiplayer so for the time being I let it rest knowing I paid only $50.00 for a new copy. This will now be put in the in between pile to be booted up only when I can’t decide what else to play, or when I reluctantly join an online match with a friend who has noticed me playing it over the 5 or 6 (?) odd hours it’s even been in the PS3’s drive.

    I had every intention of buying Killzone 3 when it was released in February but for whatever reason didn’t. I know now it was the right decision as after two play sessions it now gets relegated to the dust pile, and was nothing more than a quick filler to the games which have a little more to offer.

    So for me, Shameless Gaming Month launched with Killzone 3 has started much like my first sexual experience at he tender age of 16. Unplanned, exciting, terrifying, exhilerating and over way too soon with many questions unanswered.

    Did I do it wrong? Unfortunately in KZ3’s case, I’ll not be venturing into the campaign again to find out…

  • Got my list ready and it reads

    Infamous
    Vanquish
    Red Dead Redemption
    Prototype
    Metroid: Other M
    Pokemon Black

    Theres 25 days left in the month so one game every 4 days and everything should be peachy

    • Careful… InFamous is on that list. You’ll lose yourself to that game, then run out and grab part 2 with glee, trust me. Its that damn good.

  • hey buddy you should turn off the TV the next time your wife is watching it, or snatch a book from her while she is reading it. And be sure to surprise her with a buttload of your friend.

    See how she likes it.

  • My pile of shame is intense. I’ve got 200 Steam games and most of them are unfinished.
    I’ve also got thousands of DOS games I want to give a whirl.

    But I did finish Trine for the second time and Jedi Knight Dark Forces II the other night. So I feel some accomplishment.

  • I began Shameless Gaming Month with 11 games on my list. It’s currently up to 14… I bought five in the Steam summer sale (Curse you, Steam) but finished Trenched and The Wonderful End of the World.

    Both games are very short… Considering I still have 90% of games like Metro 2033, Assassin’s Creed 2 and Darksiders to get through, I’m in for a rough month. At least those are fun.

    Don’t even get me started on SpaceChem. What started as fun and challenging now just makes me feel like a total idiot…

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