These last couple of years have been kinda slow and silent. Many good ideas have gone to waste due to my lack of motivation - which, I once again assure you, is only due to the amazing amount of civic and social duties I have on my hands. When it comes down to actually playing or writing about games within the very little time I have to spare, actually playing them easily takes the win. But, after two full years of trying to find the proper balance to be able to maintain this blog as it was originally intended, and more importantly, stick to my long-term plans (currently, the Marvel marathon), I think I'm beginning to get it. Here's to hoping it eventually shows.
I got only one game for Christmas, a very cheap and easy choice (an Xbox LIVE Arcade compilation), but it's only because people know damn well I take good care of that part myself. I bought nearly 20, if not precisely 20, games in December. One of them hasn't even arrived yet, which is quite strange, 'cause I bought it from a Finnish auction site three weeks ago, and the guy who sold the game gave me (very simple) feedback on the same day I handled the payment, and still, the game isn't here.
Final Fantasy III is. A completely new, custom-made game, ordered all the way from Ohio, USA, arrives on New Year's Eve, although it's scheduled to arrive somewhere in the middle of February. Amazing. You know what's even more amazing? It WORKS. And it looks incredible. Here, let me show you. (Sorry for the soddy picture quality, my phone's camera has some weird issues.)
|One of the best-spent 60 € ever.|
This reproduced cartridge of a fully translated game goes for $80 (about 60 €) on Timewalk Games, an independent group of developers, who literally make these games out of scratch, and deliver them ultra-quickly, much faster than they modestly tell you. Even the paint on the cartridge has not properly dried yet! The game works on the first try. The English translation of at least this game seems picture perfect, and every bit of physical material attached is of great, 95% authentic quality. I definitely recommend Timewalk Games! This copy of Final Fantasy III might not be an official product, but it sure looks like one, and with its arrival I consider my Final Fantasy main series collection complete. Here it is:
|Plus the "bonus material" I've attained thus far.|
The first game reviewed in 2014 will be one of those games, in honour of my lifelong mission as a gamer to collect every piece of Final Fantasy history there is. There ain't a lot of options, 'cause out of those 19 games (and one movie), I've reviewed all but five. I've already decided on the game and I think it'll be one epic kickoff for the year, regardless which one it is. I've always been fascinated by this series, but now I think my fascination with it is on a whole new level.
As for the Marvel marathon, I'm really trying to pick up the pace with that as soon as I'm done with this epic journey... but it will change a little. As you might've noticed, I have kept to certain patterns concerning the order of reviewing those games, and it has started to bore me (which might show, due to my improvisational and sometimes over-analytical writing style), and it has most likely started to bore everyone who reads this stuff. So, I'll shuffle the pack a little. The marathon will see a true end in the coming months, it will not be cut off - but don't be alarmed if the order of things changes a little. Totally unrelated reviews popping up, impromptu franchise switches within the Marvel universe etc., things you wouldn't necessarily expect from me (I'm a well-known neurotic when it comes to order and organization). It's all for a greater good. I still think taking on Marvel Comics was a fabulous idea, but in the beginning I had no realistic conception of how many games I actually had on my hands. Now that I'm this far, I can't stop. I've enjoyed myself, but trust me, once it's finished, I'm NEVER doing a marathon quite like this again. I've learned my lesson. Thank God DC Comics only has Batman to fuel my fire. :D
Wow, this rant turned out much longer than it was supposed to. Stick around for an epic 2014 start-up - it'll take some time, perhaps even a week, but I think it'll be a good one. In every sense. It's something I've never done on this blog before, you could say it's a whole experience and challenge to me, as a gamer AND a critic - even a rebirth of sorts, to be even more dramatic. Perfect for starting off fresh. I think I've said too much here, already, so just... stay tuned.