Shivans, Wizards, and Meta Knights

Originally posted at GameSpot on March 19, 2008

A few notes on what’s going on in my world of gaming:

 Freespace 2: Still plugging away, and getting closer all the time. A couple highlights have really kept me in it; namely destroying the Sathanas. After taking out all the beam cannons of the Sathanas in the previous mission, this mission (“High Noon”) was a piece of cake. The GTVA Colossus just wailed away with its beam cannons while I watched from a safe distance. All this was, of course, followed by a huge, satisfying explosion.

The next mission, “Return to Babel,” started off fast and furious; two squadrons shooting a whole slew of missiles at the Shivan cruisers, and they respond by promptly blowing up. I have to say these recent missions are really showing off the game – saving the best for last, so to speak.

After the discovery of another (or several, I couldn’t see in the nebula) Sathanas juggernaut located around a newly-discovered Knossos portal in the next mission (Mission 33: “Straight, No Chaser”), the enemy toasted the GVD Psamtik and I was jumping out of the nebula. This brings me to Mission 34: “Argonautica,” where I’m trying to save the good ol’ GTD Aquitaine.

Will I be able to do it? Is it possible that I will finish a game that has owned me for nearly ten years? Stay tuned!

– Puzzle Quest: Level seven with my wizard. My wife is currently on the highest level possible (fifty), and I can only hope that by the time our kids have graduated from college that I will have caught up.

I’m stuck on a vampire bat, a bat which my wife’s knight could kill just by looking at it. Whatever level you’re at, the game is fun.

 Super Smash Bros. Brawl: A friend came over last night and brought the Brawl. We had a good time, but let’s just say I have to get used to the idea that winning isn’t everything.

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Chipping away at the Sathanas

Originally posted at GameSpot on March 11, 2008

And the beat goes on – I continue to plug away at Freespace 2. Currently on Mission 30, “Bearbaiting.” I can’t be 100% sure, but I’m pretty positive that the mission after this one is where I stopped playing the game previously.

In “Bearbaiting,” you have to destroy the beam turrets of the Shivan juggernaut Sathanas – and how many you take out has direct bearing on how difficult the next mission is. When I stopped playing the game years ago, I only destroyed two beam cannons (the bare minimum you need to pass the mission). This meant that the following mission was next to impossible, and I gave up on it after many futile attempts.

So, here I am – almost as close to where I stopped before. I can’t give up now! I’ve got to destroy at least three cannons this time, or I know I’ll be right back where I was before. And yes, I am giving myself a pep talk here.

Still, I have been enjoying the game – I don’t remember everything about the story, so as the plot unfolds I am still surprised from time to time (i.e., when the Knossos portal explodes). And what is Admiral Aken Bosch up to? What is the ETAK project I found about on my stealth operations run? I think it had something to do with communicating with Shivans, but I can’t remember.

Another enjoyment: the GTW-66 Maxim Cannon. The recoil and power of this gun is something you can really feel; it reminds you you’re in a very powerful ship flying in space.

I’ll finish this thing – and hopefully soon.

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