Long weekend

Not that it was longer than the standard two days, but this did end up being a nice long weekend. I would tell you all about it, but my wife has already gone through all the trouble of writing it all out, so I will just ask that you go read the details at her site.

On Friday night I spent a little time finishing up the last chapter of American Gods by Neil Gaiman so I could start on a new book on Monday’s commute. I’d heard from a lot of people that American Gods was a good book and it definitely did not dissapoint. I’ve been a big fan of Neil Gaiman since the Sandman comics series first came what seems like forever ago. If you are a fan of his and have not read American Gods, I highly recommend it. I really can’t say much about it because I don’t want to ruin any of the details for anyone. I’ll be checking the used book store for Anansi Boys since it has a few of the same characters although I understand it’s not actually a sequel.

On Saturday, Muse had a nice long nap so I finished playing Bioshock on the XBox360. Considering all the hype and glowing reviews surrounding this game I have to admit that I had pretty high expectations for this game. Especially since the creators were some of the same people that created the classic System Shock and System Shock 2 games many years prior. For a lot of the game I felt kind of disappointed and even a bit bored with the repitition. However the mechanics are decent and the story is somewhat interesting so I kept playing and I’m glad I did.

I’m guessing that the reviewers that gave it the good ratings that they did had completed the game because it just doesn’t work until you’ve finished the game and seen the whole picture and the whole story (or at least as much is available in this game). Some parts of the game are tedious or annoying ( I lost count of how many Little Sisters died on my watch in The Proving Grounds) but the overall look and feel of the game is perfect. It’s not a flawless game though and I encoutered the typical errors that are found in most games in regards to graphics, AI and physics. It’s a good game and well worth playing all the way through but I don’t think it was deserving of all the hype that it received.

It has been mentioned that perhaps I need to take a break from playing video games because I seem to be getting jaded in my opinions of new titles.  Which I think is untrue as well as impossible.  Untrue because there have been a number of games that I have played recently that I have absolutely loved (or at least really liked).  Impossible because video games are a huge part of my life and I can’t imagine life without them.  That may change but not today.

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5 Responses to “Long weekend”

  1. Insomnic says:

    I liked Anansi Boys better than American Gods actually. Neverwhere is still one of my favorite’s of his but Stardust is actually very good (the movie changed the ending and some of the more adult humor). Both are quick reads.

  2. cybrpunk says:

    @Insomnic I read Neverwhere a few months ago (or more) and it was definitely a great book. I think I liked American Gods better but it’s hard to say. Coraline is also a good one if a bit short. Smoke & Mirrors is also a good short story collection of Neil Gaiman’s that shows a pretty broad range of stories and ideas.

  3. yoshi says:

    i haven’t played that game yet. I still haven’t even bought portal yet…

  4. Colin Brooks says:

    Like you, I have heard a lot of good things about that game but back then I wasn’t even considering getting a console for games but I really want to play the new GTA and it’s only available for XBOX360 and PS3. I want to get an XBOX but my brother wants us to get a PS3. I don’t think we can afford both.

    Which one would you recommend? (I know this is kind of a random comment but that’s how my brain works, sorry) :)

  5. Eric says:

    I never finished BioShock. I should since I was interested in the story. OrangeBox has been giving me some sleepless nights lately. Dang Earthquake ruined my big screen, cant wait for my new LED DLP to arrive >:)

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