Sunday, April 23, 2006

Game Updates

Recently I recieved The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion (X360) as a gift and I've been playing it for quite a while. This game is simply massive. I've been playing for hours and I've barely scratched the surface. It's that huge. The graphics have to be seen in motion to be believed. It's amazing. ALthough off in the distance, the textures are completely washed out and it looks like an N64 game. It's not really a bad thing when you consider how good the game looks close up but it would've been nice to see this addressed. As for the combat, it's a little off and gets finicky in a heated battle. with no lock on command, there's going to be a lot of times where you'll just be flailing your sword at thin air. This can be quite frustrating in an intense battle situation.

All in all, it's a great game and I'll have more information (and possibly a full review) as I get some more play time in.

I also picked up Final Fantasy XI. For those who don't know what that is, It's a Massively Multiplayer Online RPG (MMORPG) My friend has been an active player of this game since it released on the PC three years ago. I have wanted to play it but before I got DSL, couldn't. The beta version has been available on the Xbox 360 since mid January and I played a little bit to see what it was like (and it was free. Always a good thing.) and I liked it. So I went out and bought the retail version when the beta ended.

Well, after dealing with PlayOnline (Sony's online service), I've almost been driven to take the damn game back. First off, when the beta concluded, beta players were allowed to carry their beta characters to the retail version of the game. I signed up to be carried over. When i did the entire registration process on the retail version, it said I needed my PlayOnline ID. I couldn't remember it. I went to the site and tried to find a way to retrieve it. No luck.

All that work in the beta, gone.

To be fair, that was my fault, but there should be some way of retrieving your ID if you can't remember it. I knew everything else but that. Then there was this whole thing about needing a credit or debit card to play (requires a monthly fee) and my debit card was declined. It's not like I can walk up to someone on the street and say "can I borrow your credit card?" So until I find some other card, I can't even play it. Even for the 30 day free trial. That's bull****.

I'll have more news to come later, right now, I have to finish up some homework, (just a 6 page paper and a take home exam, no biggie) and then I'll try to get FFXI working again (by that i mean scream at it and yell curse words until i get too frustrated and play something else).

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